Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe


Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Sautéed ground chicken thighs, shiitake mushrooms and water chestnuts seasoned with Asian spices are served in a crispy cold lettuce leaf with a spicy hoisin dipping sauce. I can’t think of a more playful appetizer to celebrate the Year of The Dragon!

  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Cuisine: Asian


  • 8 oz skinless, boneless chicken thighs, ground
  • 1/4 cup water chestnuts, chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (I used reduced sodium)
  • 1/4 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1⁄2 tsp sugar
  • freshly ground white pepper, to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 6 iceberg lettuce leaves, rinsed (careful not to break)
  • 2 tbsp diced scallions



For the Spicy Hoisin Dipping Sauces:

  • 4 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 tsp chili sauce, I used Sriracha
  • 1 tbsp warm water


Place mushrooms in hot water to soften a few minutes. Remove stems and chop fine.

Combine soy sauces, oyster sauce, 1/2 tsp sesame oil, rice wine, sugar, and pepper in a bowl.

Combine ground chicken (I put the chicken in the food processor), softened mushrooms and water chestnuts into a bowl. Pour over chicken; toss. Let marinate for 15 minutes.

Mix Spicy Hoisin Dipping Sauce ingredients in another bowl. Set aside.

Heat remaining sesame oil in a wok or skillet over high heat. Add garlic; cook until golden, about 10 seconds. Add chicken mixture; stir fry until browned, breaking the chicken up as it cooks, about 4-5 minutes.

To serve, spoon 1/4 cup of the chicken into each lettuce leaf. Garnish with scallions and a spoon a little Spicy Hoisin Dipping Sauce onto each one.

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