P. F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps – a copycat recipe of a popular restaurant favorite! Ground chicken is cooked in Asian hoisin sauce and served on lettuce cups. So delicious!
Over the years, I acquired quite the collection of copycat recipes of our favorite restaurant meals. I absolutely love recreating our favorites and adding them to our weekly menu. These Chicken Lettuce Wraps that are a copycat of P. F. Chang’s restaurant, are one of them. They are easy, filling and fun to eat!
HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAPS?
This popular dish is one of the easiest to make and also very versatile. Lettuce wraps can be made with any filling you like and any lettuce you like. For this recipe, I used ground chicken (that you can easily make at home from a boneless skinless chicken breast) that’s cooked in a sauce with all the Asian flavors you love. Hoisin sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, sweet chili sauce and ginger are whisked together into one flavor-packed mixture. Simmer the cooked chicken in the sauce to absorb it, add chopped water chestnuts for texture and you are done! Serve in lettuce leaves, taco style.
If you don’t have ground chicken on hand, you can slice boneless skinless chicken breast into slices, partially freeze it (20 to 30 minutes in the freezer should do it), then pulse in the food processor until you reach desired texture.
If you don’t like or have chicken on hand, you can also make this recipe with ground turkey. Out Korean Beef would be perfect here too!
WHAT IS A HOISIN SAUCE?
Hoisin sauce is a sweet and spicy, dark sauce, often referred to as the Asian barbecue sauce. It’s made with soybeans, garlic, vinegar, sugar and spices. It has a thick consistency and is very fragrant. Hoisin sauce is very popular in Asian cooking and you will see it in many recipes.
For an authentic homemade version of this sauce, check out the Best Authentic Homemade Hoisin Sauce recipe from Daring Gourmet. It’s amazing!
WHAT IS THE BEST TYPE OF LETTUCE FOR LETTUCE WRAPS?
Any kind! Typically, you will see lettuce cups recipes call for butter lettuce. That includes Boston and Bibb lettuce, which are varieties of butterhead lettuce. You can also use Romaine lettuce as the leaves are strong enough to be filled. They look more like boats then cups.
CRAVING MORE? Check out our round up of favorite Asian takeout recipes! You can make our Teriyaki Chicken or the Cashew Chicken and use in place of the ground chicken in lettuce cups. So fun and delicious! I also highly recommend the Instant Pot Orange Chicken Lettuce Wraps recipe from FoodieCrush, for those who have the pressure cooker. It’s awesome! For a meatless, vegan option, check out the Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen. You will love it!
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- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 lb ground chicken
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 small yellow onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 8 oz. can water chestnuts drained
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
- 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 8 leaves of butter lettuce
- In a skillet, heat up both oils over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until done.
Add chopped onion and minced garlic and cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until the onion is almost translucent.
- In a small mixing bowl or measuring cup, whisk together hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, ginger and sweet chili sauce. Pour mixture over chicken and stir well.
- Simmer over medium-low heat for 5 minutes.
- Add chopped water chestnuts to chicken and stir. Remove from heat.
- Place up to 1/4 cup of mixture onto each lettuce leaf. Serve immediately.
If you don't have ground chicken on hand, you can slice boneless skinless chicken breast into slices, partially freeze it (20 to 30 minutes in the freezer should do it), then pulse in the food processor until you reach desired texture.
If you don't like or have chicken on hand, you can also make this recipe with ground turkey.