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Copycat Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Posted: November 25

Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

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You don’t need to go to your favorite Asian restaurant for some delicious lettuce wraps! These Copycat Chicken Lettuce Wraps are full of robust flavors and served on a crunchy lettuce leaf. The chicken mixture derives its savoriness from soy sauce, sesame oil, hoisin sauce, and rice vinegar. Each bite has a variety of textures from the chicken, the chopped veggies, and the fresh lettuce. Make Copycat Chicken Lettuce Wraps for a yummy appetizer, or even as a main course!


3 tablespoons hoisin sauce, plus more to taste
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon cornstarch, optional
2 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided
1 pound ground chicken
8 ounces white button or cremini mushrooms, finely chopped
onions, optional, finely diced,
bell peppers, optional, finely diced
carrots, optional, grated or finely diced
1 (8-ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and minced
1/2 cup scallions, thinly sliced and divided
2 small heads butter lettuce, rinsed and dried
red pepper flakes and hot sauce, optional, for serving


Step 1

Combine, by whisking, 3 tablespoons of the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil in a small bowl. To make the sauce more thick and glossy, whisk in the cornstarch.

Step 2

Heat 1 teaspoon of the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat until the oil starts to shimmer.

Step 3

Add the ground chicken and cook until it is no longer pink, about 7-8 minutes. Make sure to break the chicken up into small pieces while you are cooking it.

Step 4

Move the cooked chicken to a clean bowl and set it aside.

Step 5

Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil in the same pan until the oil starts to shimmer.

Step 6

Add the mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, and carrots.

Step 7

Cook the vegetables, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 4-5 minutes.

Step 8

Add the water chestnuts, garlic, and ginger, and cook for 30 seconds.

Step 9

Return the cooked chicken to the pan with the vegetables and add 1/4 cup of the scallions.

Step 10

Add the sauce and cook, stirring occasionally, until bubbling and warmed, about 30-60 seconds.

Step 11

Add more hoisin sauce to your desired taste.

Step 12

Separate the leaves from the heads of lettuce.

Step 13

Place a large spoonful of the chicken mixture onto the middle of a lettuce leaf and top with the remaining scallions and the hot sauce and red pepper flakes.

Step 14

Gently roll or fold the lettuce to enclose the mixture without cracking the lettuce.

Step 15


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