Asian chicken lettuce wrap with peanut sauce and water chestnuts

Chicken Lettuce Wraps (video)

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Easy and flavor-packed chicken lettuce wraps with a delicious sesame and peanut dipping sauce! If you enjoy this chicken dish at restaurants, be prepared to be blown away with this recipe! The filling is made with juicy chicken thigh, bell pepper, mushrooms, carrots, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots and plenty of garlic! And the dipping sauce is so easy to make! Plus, this is a one-pan recipe so less dishes to clean up at the end of the day! It’s also a great recipe for those on a low-carb diet!

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What Chicken to Use

These chicken lettuce wraps are all about the filling! I make mine with a mix of chicken and loads of veggies! First, let’s talk about the chicken. Most lettuce wrap recipes and restaurant dishes use ground chicken or turkey meat. I like to use diced chicken thigh or chicken breast instead. I love the texture of the diced chicken versus the ground meat and the flavor is so much better!

Sauté the diced chicken in a large frying pan and seasoning lightly with salt. The chicken needs to be cooked all the way through; sauté for about 7 to 8 minutes until it’s well cooked.

easy Asian chicken lettuce wraps with dipping sauce

All the Veggies

My chicken lettuce wraps filling recipe is made with a large variety of veggies, which add both texture and flavor! I add sweet red bell pepper, sweet onion, grated carrots, mushrooms, cashews, water chestnuts and bamboo shoots. First, sauté the mushrooms until they’re golden brown. Then fry the bell pepper, carrots and onion until the onion is translucent and the pepper tender. The chestnuts and bamboo shoots don’t need to be fried for long, just heated. Add them at the very end and mix in with the remaining ingredients.

chicken lettuce wrap filling with chicken, peppers and carrots

The Peanut Dipping Sauce

These chicken lettuce wraps wouldn’t be the same with this incredible and easy, homemade sesame and peanut dipping sauce. I make the sauce with a combination of soy sauce, peanut sauce, sesame seed oil, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic, honey and cilantro. My favorite premade peanut sauce is by the brand Tang. It’s a delicious sauce that’s perfect for this recipe. Don’t want to use a peanut sauce? Just add a few tablespoons of plain peanut butter instead!

Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl or measuring cup and whisk together. Use half of the sauce to season the chicken lettuce wrap filling and the other half as a dipping sauce.

How to Serve Lettuce Wraps

Once you have the chicken filling and the dipping sauce ready to go, it’s time to put together some lettuce wraps! I usually buy 2 small heads of leafy lettuce. Just about any variety of soft lettuce will work, even iceberg lettuce! Wash the lettuce thoroughly and then sort the leaves. You want to use medium-sized leaves that aren’t torn. Save the smaller leaves for a salad for later!

For each chicken lettuce wrap, add a few tablespoons of the filling directly onto the leaf. Top the leaves off with more chopped cashews and chopped cilantro. Gently wrap the lettuce around the filling, then dip into the sauce and enjoy!

chicken lettuce wraps with peanut dipping sauce

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