Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Servings : Prep Time : Cook Time : Ready In : Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps not only fall into the low-fat, low-carb, category, they also fall in the easy to make, delicious to eat category.

Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps


The making of Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps


As the days get warmer, I look for ways to, not only cut down on my “in the kitchen cooking time”, but also ways to keep things fresh and light (and bathing suit friendly). These Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps fit the bill precisely. Not only do Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps fall into the low-fat, low-carb, category, they also fall in the easy to make, delicious to eat category.


simple, low-fat, low-carb and delicious


Lettuce matters!

One of the things I’ve discovered from eating lettuce wraps is, the lettuce is important. You really can’t just use any old lettuce. Iceberg lettuce is too firm and it falls apart when you try to roll the wrap up. The very top of romaine lettuce can work, right up to the rib…but then you have all those ribs to try and figure out something to do with. The best lettuce? Bibb. Also known as butter lettuce. Or Boston lettuce.

Butter lettuce accomplishes a feat that not many other lettuces can — it manages to be velvety soft and tender, while also being extremely sturdy.  Study enough to hold up to lettuce wraps without falling apart. And nothing is worse than having your wrap fall apart in your hands and onto your lap. Frustrating!


Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps Lettuce


The way butter lettuce grows is practically an invitation to put something inside its wide slightly rounded leaves. While it also remains one of my favorite salad lettuces, due to its soft buttery texture, wraps is where it really shines.

Butter lettuce is really easy to grow, and I usually have some in the garden from early spring to mid-summer. Given shade and not too hot temperatures, butter lettuce could be grown all summer…but high heat will make it bolt and that makes the leaves bitter. And bitter leaves are, well, bitter. Don’t eat bitter leaves. Most supermarkets sell “live” butter lettuce. You can find them in the produce section in a pretty plastic dome…leaves with roots still attached and just enough dirt so you know it’s really real!

I’ve made this recipe really simple and tasty. Filled with fresh veggies, lean chicken breast meat that’s been lightly marinated (let the chicken marinate while you cut the veggies into a nice julienne); then a quick toss in the wok, add a simple sauce … put some freshness on top…


Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps



Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps


It’s a party in your mouth. But not on your hips!

So enjoy these lazy days of summer while cooking up some Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps.

Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps


  • The Chicken

    2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 5 ounces each) cut into small cubes (about 1/2 inch or smaller)
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • For the Veggies

    1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 of a large red bell pepper, julienned and then sliced across into about 2 inch pieces
  • 1 large carrot, cut into 2 inch pieces and then julienned 🙂
  • 1/2 can sliced bamboo shoots, rinsed, drained and julienned
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons grapeseed, rice bran, coconut or other oil
  • For the Sauce

    1/2 cup Hosin
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Sambel Oelek (garlic sauce found in Asian section of grocery store) or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black bean sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon shirrachi, or to taste
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • For the Toppings

    2-3 green onions, thinly sliced (green part only)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts or cashews
  • Lime wedges
  • And of course, cleaned bibb lettuce leaves


Step 1

Combine the marinade ingredients together in a bowl, add the chicken breast and toss to coat. Set aside to marinate at room temperature while you julienne the vegetables and prepare the "toppings".

Step 2

Heat a small amount of oil in a wok or large sauté pan over medium-high heat; add the chicken and cook for 2 - 3 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from the wok and set aside. Wipe the wok clean

Step 3

Add a bit more oil and add the garlic, ginger, red bell pepper and carrot, cook, stirring often for about 2 minutes or until crisp-tender, return the chicken to the wok along with the bamboo shoots; stir in the sauce and stir until well combined. Turn off the heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes so it's not super hot when you put it into the lettuce cups.

Step 4

Take 1 or 2 bibb lettuce leaves; fill with 2 or more tablespoons of the filling, then add toppings of your choice. Fold, taco style, and enjoy.

Written for two but can easily be doubled, tripled or whatever.

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by BB on July 1, 2014

    The coolest part of this dish is the crunch of the veggies and the contrast with the savory heat of the sauce….not mention it’s easy on the waist line, only about 400 calories per serving.

    • posted by LindySez on July 2, 2014

      Thank you BB…yes, the crunch and the heat go nicely together. And this is delish with a nice crisp Riesling to drink.

  2. posted by Judy Miranda on July 1, 2014

    This looks so yummy but I got stopped in my tracks when I looked at the sodium count. My husband must be careful with his sodium intake. Any suggestions on how to reduce it some?

    • posted by LindySez on July 1, 2014

      Both the soy, and the black bean sauce are high in sodium. I would cut back on both OR if you have a super low sodium soy, use that instead. I don’t have a problem with salt, so I only use the reduced sodium soy, which is still higher than I would like. And do remember that I can only give what my program tells me with my input. I included the marinade ingredients which can be disposed of and only the chicken used, that would also help along with unsalted peanuts or cashews (I used salted in my analysis).

  3. posted by Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness on July 1, 2014

    This is perfect for a warm summer day, sounds delicious. I wanted to let you know also – I love your new blog, it looks lovely!!

  4. posted by Cher on July 8, 2014

    Looks fabulous, Linda! I always love the sauce, especially!

  5. posted by Elle on July 9, 2014

    Always in favour of cutting down kitchen time – it’s flipping hot in Fl. Looks like a perfect way to go Linda.

    • posted by LindySez on July 10, 2014

      Perfect on a hot day…cool and refreshing and light.


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Nutritional Info

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  • Calories
  • Fat
    9g (2g Sat, 7g Mono, 3g Poly)
  • Protein
  • Carbohydrate
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Cholesterol
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  • OK y'all, you know I do my best to do my duty to give you the skinny, and here it is, to the best of my ability, but may not be 100% accurate.

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