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Spicy Asian Lettuce Wraps

  • Author: She's Almost Always Hungry
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


These lettuce wraps are a tasty and a little messy way to enjoy lean protein and veggies without a lot of heavy carbs.


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For the lettuce wraps

3 tablespoons oil

1 pound ground chicken or turkey (I use a mixture of white and dark meat)

1 medium onion, chopped

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper (or to taste)

1 teaspoon garlic, minced

1 medium zucchini, chopped into 1/4” dice

1 red bell pepper, chopped into 1/4” dice

1 hot pepper, minced, seeds and ribs removed if desired

1 cup fresh mushroom, minced (white button, enoki, oyster, or other fresh mushroom)

1 cup dried Chinese black mushrooms, reconstituted and minced

2 6ounce cans water chestnuts, minced

1/2 cup cilantro, chopped (or to taste)

Salt and pepper to taste

Butter or Iceberg lettuce

For the stir-fry sauce

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon Mirin or rice wine vinegar

2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce

For the special sauce

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons Mirin or rice wine vinegar

2 tablespoons ketchup

1/8 teaspoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon prepared hot mustard (like Coleman’s)

2 teaspoon chili garlic paste (or to taste)


For the stir-fry sauce

In a small bowl, mix the ingredients for the stir fry sauce and set aside.

For the special sauce

In another bowl, mix the ingredients for the special sauce and refrigerate until ready for serving.

For the filling

Separate the leaves of lettuce, clean under cold water and drain. Set aside until ready for serving.

In a wok or large frying pan, heat half of the oil. Brown the chicken or turkey until thoroughly cooked. Remove from the pan and set aside, draining any excess oil or liquid.

Heat the remaining oil. Add the onions and fry until translucent but not browned. Add crushed red pepper and garlic and fry for about 30 seconds. Add the zucchini, bell pepper, and hot pepper and fry for about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook down until the mushrooms release their liquid. Add the stir fry sauce and salt and pepper as needed. Turn off the heat and add the cilantro.

To serve

Fill the lettuce leaves with the filling and top with the special sauce.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Cuisine: Asian-American


  • Calories: 392.1
  • Sugar: 29.8 g.
  • Sodium: 1294.9 mg.
  • Fat: 12.7 g.
  • Saturated Fat: 2.9 g.
  • Carbohydrates: 47.7 g.
  • Fiber: 4.7 g.
  • Protein: 26.7 g.
  • Cholesterol: 80 g.

Keywords: lettuce, vegetables, ground chicken