Chef John's Chicken Lettuce Wraps


When I visit my mom we usually make it to P.F. Chang's® at least once and always start the meal with their very popular chicken lettuce wraps. They do a good job with most of the dishes I've had, but the wraps are clearly my favorite. I don't do a lot of copycat recipes; these chicken lettuce wraps, however, are a delicious exception.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
8 servings


Chicken Mixture:

  • 1 ½ pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, coarsely chopped

  • 1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and minced

  • 1 cup diced shiitake mushroom caps

  • ½ cup minced yellow onion

  • cup chopped green onion

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar


  • ¼ cup chicken stock

  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon ketchup

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 ½ tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, or to taste

  • 1 ½ tablespoons chopped fresh basil, or to taste

  • 1 ½ tablespoons chopped green onion, or to taste

  • 16 leaves iceberg lettuce, or as needed


  1. Stir chicken, water chestnuts, mushrooms, yellow onion, 1/3 cup green onion, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, ginger, and 2 teaspoons brown sugar together in a bowl. Pat mixture down, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to use.

  2. Whisk chicken stock, rice wine vinegar, garlic, ketchup, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, sesame oil, 2 teaspoons brown sugar, red pepper flakes, and dry mustard together in a bowl until glaze is well-mixed.

  3. Heat vegetable oil in a heavy nonstick skillet over high heat. Cook and stir chicken mixture in hot oil until chicken no longer looks raw, about 2 minutes. Pour 1/2 of the glaze mixture into chicken mixture; cook and stir over high heat until chicken begins to caramelize and brown, 10 to 15 minutes.

  4. Reduce heat to medium-low, pour remaining glaze into chicken mixture, and cook until heated through and slightly reduced, about 3 minutes more. Stir in cilantro, basil, and 1 1/2 tablespoons green onion. Transfer chicken mixture to a bowl and serve with lettuce leaves to wrap.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

212 Calories
11g Fat
11g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 212
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 333mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 4mg 21%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 269mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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