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Shredded Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Shredded Chicken Lettuce Wraps sport a spicy Asian filling in a crisp cup of Boston bib. They’re low carb and packed full of flavor!  Plus, they’re a healthier option compared to the restaurant version!

Asian Lettuce Wraps garnered the world’s attention when P.F. Changs added them to their menu. This shredded version is less greasy, extremely tasty and easy to make!

Shredded Chicken Lettuce Wraps on a white tray

Low-Carb Shredded Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I’ve mentioned my issues with my blood sugar in a previous post. Upping my protein has helped immensely, but I’ve also veered away from high carb entrees. These Easy Asian Lettuce Wraps fit the bill. No buns, no tortillas, no pizza crusts. Low carb, low calorie lettuce is the vehicle for the Asian spiced chicken.

Bill and Nick raised their eyebrows when I announced that dinner was shredded chicken lettuce wraps, so I offered them tortillas as an alternative. But on a sultry summer evening, I was thrilled with the cool crisp lettuce shells filled with flavorful shredded chicken.

Overhead view of Shredded Chicken Lettuce Wraps on a serving platter

P.F. Chang’s Lettuce Wraps Knock Off

Though P.F. Chang’s chicken lettuce wraps use ground chicken, and seem to contain a heck of a lot more oil, they’re still memorable. I remember when Bill and I stopped for lunch when the restaurant was new in town. He’s not exactly into exotic food which includes curries and other Asian fare. But their dishes are designed for the American palate, and he enjoyed their Asian Lettuce Wraps.

I’ve made a copycat recipe in the past, pre-blog and it was quite tasty. But I’ve created this recipe more to my liking with shredded chicken instead of ground chicken and my own designer sauce. My version of Shredded Chicken Lettuce Wraps was extremely flavorful and healthier than P.F. Chang’s Lettuce Wraps.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Make Lettuce Wraps?

  1. Lettuce wraps are very easy to make. First, a protein source, like chicken, pork or beef, is selected. Often made with ground meat, shredded chicken, pork or beef is another tasty option.
  2. Next, the flavor profile is chosen. The inspiration for this recipe was Asian, so using Asian ingredients like garlic, fresh ginger, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sriracha, and more were added. Tex-Mex, Cajun, Italian or any other cuisine could be selected.
  3. PRO-Tip: Since the lettuce offers little in regards to taste, the filling should be extremely flavorful.
  4. Saute any aromatics and chopped vegetables first, then add the sauces, and finally the cooked meat.
  5. If using ground chicken or beef, cook those with the aromatics and vegetables, then add the sauces.
  6. Choose your lettuce. I like using Butter Lettuce, as it naturally forms “cups” in which to hold the filling. See other options below.
  7. Lay out lettuce cups across a serving dish. Fill the cups with your chicken or other filling.
  8. Garnish with cilantro, thinly sliced scallions, if desired, and serve.
  9. PRO-Tip: For a shortcut, shred some rotisserie chicken meat for the filling.

What  Type of Lettuce is Used for Lettuce Wraps?

My preference is bibb lettuce as it forms cups as you peel individual leaves off the head. Plus, it easily folds without cracking. Bibb lettuce is also the perfect size when serving shredded chicken lettuce wraps as an appetizer. But Romaine lettuce and Iceberg lettuce will also work.

 

 

Shredded Chicken Lettuce Wraps in a white bowl with two forks

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This post was first shared in July, 2014. Photos and text were updated in 2019.

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Shredded Chicken Lettuce Wraps

A twist on P.F. Chang’s Lettuce Wraps using shredded chicken. Perfect for a light dinner or an appetizer.

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer, Entree
  • Method: Saute
  • Cuisine: Asian, American

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk of celery, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon. minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce (if using regular soy sauce, start with a teaspoon or it may make the chicken too salty, then adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 12 teaspoons sriracha (adjust to your taste)
  • 1 pound chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • 2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 23 green onions sliced
  • Bibb, butter or iceberg lettuce, rinsed and dried
  • Cilantro, optional to garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add the onion, celery and bell pepper and cook till soft. Add the garlic and ginger and saute for a minute or so till fragrant.
  2. Add the soy sauce, oyster sauce, vinegar, and sriracha, then the cooked chicken. Mix to coat all of the chicken.
  3. Cook until the chicken is hot, then stir in the sesame oil.
  4. Stir in the green onions, check for seasoning and add salt to taste.
  5. Arrange leaves of lettuce on a platter and fill with chicken. Garnish with cilantro leaves or chopped cilantro, if desired.

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25 comments on “Shredded Chicken Lettuce Wraps”

  1. I love lettuce wraps, especially when it is far too hot to cook. This is my kind of dinner! (Saving room for dessert, of course ;))

  2. I love these and they are Arabella’s favourite meal. We have a lot of Thai influence here in Sydney and they love meals served in lettuce cups. When my young adults were going through an anti-carb phase, I used to make these for dinner all the time. (And I’d have a bit of rice on the side!) xx

  3. Sounds like a great lunch! My son is a big PF Chang’s fan and has tried to recreate their chicken a few times. Happy 4th of July Weekend Liz-enjoy:@)

  4. They look very delicious and I would love some for the lunch!

  5. Dear Lizzy, I could see myself enjoying these all summer long. I agree, there is nothing more refreshing than a lettuce wrap. Such a healthy, satisfying meal that will fill you up not out! xo, Catherine

  6. I have no idea why I have never tried making them at home.. But I just love lettuce wraps ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. These lettuce wraps look amazing, Liz! Love that you made them lighter and your sauce sounds perfect!

  8. Lizzy,
    I tried low carb for a long time but after a while I found it wasn’t helping my allergies anymore. That’s when I said hello carbs again. I eat chicken a lot and your wraps look like a great way to have chicken.
    Annamaria

  9. I keep want to try one of the lettuce wraps and I really have to know after seeing this recipe. loks awesome and yes perfect for summer.

  10. Lettuce wraps are my favorite lunch, I make them probably four out of seven days of a week. You can adapt them so easily to what you are in the mood for with protein, spices, veggies, etc. I just love them. I pinned your recipe to give it a try soon.

  11. Adults at my home love lettuce wraps, this is a lovely twist to the original one.

  12. Those look fantastic Liz and your sauce sounds delish! Happy 4th of July to you and yours!

  13. I have a PF Chang copycat recipe that I haven’t tried yet – it’s probably this one. Glad to know its good. I love lettuce wraps and typically will order these when out for my entree. I much prefer wrapping foods in something healthy rather than bread. I love bread but the older I get it doesn’t seem to like me anymore.

    By the way I NEVER get your posts in my inbox anymore but do see them in your weekly post.

  14. This shredded chicken looks divine! Fresh and packed full of flavour!

  15. If I must eat protein and not just sweets all day long…Your chicken lettuce wraps fit the bill =) Nothing like soy sauce and fresh ginger with chicken =) Trust your Fourth was terrific, Liz.

  16. Now this is my kind of eating….. I would eat the whole platter. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. –What an excellent, creative idea to cut down on those stupid carbs, Elizabeth!! x

  18. I love LOVE looooooove these, they are a household favourite. Since returning from our month of adventuring in Asia over Christmas/New Year this year, we have eaten Thai/Asian influenced food almost every day, just cant seem to get enough of it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Bring on summer so I can eat these. Delicious!

  19. Obviously, I don’t make chicken wraps nears enough. Love the flavors in these!

  20. Soy sauce, oyster sauce, sriracha. There’s NO WAY WE’RE MISSING THIS RECIPE!:) Delicious idea Liz! PF Chang doesn’t exist in Greece, so we will use THIS version, which sounds better than that of a fast food chain:) And we trust your cooking. We know it’ll be DELICIOUS.
    Have a great week ahead!
    Panos and Mirella
    xoxoxo

  21. Thank you for this recipe! I want to try it tonight. The only question I have is, I don’t have sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, or oyster sauce. Can I use any substitutes? I was thinking just regular vinegar for the rice wine vinegar, olive oil for the sesame oil, but no idea on the oyster sauce..Thanks!

    • Hi, Marta, for the vinegar, any can be substituted, but the sesame oil and oyster sauce really provide a nice Asian flavor. You could use olive oil and maybe Hoisin or a BBQ sauce instead of the oyster sauce. It would really change up the recipe, but it would still be tasty.

  22. It’s been a while since someone posted here, but today (November 21, 2017) I found this recipe and we freaking loved it. We had about a pound of boiled chicken meat after having made chicken broth in preparation for making Thanksgiving gravy. What could we do with the boiled chicken? My wife is on a no-carb diet, so I could make nothing with tortillas, breadcrumbs, etc. Most recipes I found on the internet included melted cheese (high in fat, which is bad for cardio health) or recipes with high carbs. So, okay, this one is high in sodium, which means you can’t have everything. I had an old bottle of Oyster Flavored Sauce in the fridge (expired 2009) so I ran out and replaced that. We have lots of salad ingredients in the fridge but needed Boston lettuce. We were blown away by how great this recipe is. Thank you for posting this. Great. Just great.

  23. This recipe is absolutely bomb. I cooked the chicken in my slow cooker before shredding. This will definitely be a big batch go-to for this summer. Awesome prep meal to have ready so you don’t fall off the healthy eating wagon on those crazy days. Thank you!!

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