Karyn ColeKaryn Cole Karyn Cole is the lucky mom of 2-year-old girl/boy twins, Mia and Miles. After teaching elementary school for over 15 years, she now spends her days trying to enrich her class of two and organizing the chaos that is her household. After bedtime, she enjoys baking, crafting, and watching bad reality TV.

These lettuce wraps are my absolute favorite One-Episode Entrée, meaning it comes together in less time than it takes my twins to watch an episode of Paw Patrol!

With two toddlers at home, I love a meal that I can make ahead – before my sweet, funny children turn into gremlins at precisely 5:00 each evening. This recipe fits the bill. You can make it at any point during the day and then simply heat up the chicken mixture when you are ready to eat. It is quick, healthy, and flavorful.

I found the original recipe, which is a version of the popular P.F. Chang’s dish, through the website Damn Delicious. Over time, I have made a few small changes to make it even easier, like replacing fresh garlic and ginger with a jarred variety to reduce the amount of time spent chopping.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 lb. ground chicken

2 cloves garlic, minced (or a Tablespoon of minced garlic from a jar)

1 small yellow onion, diced

¼ cup hoisin sauce

2 Tablespoons soy sauce

1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar

1 Tablespoon chopped ginger

1 Tablespoon Sriracha (optional)

1 8 oz. can diced water chestnuts

2 green onions, thinly sliced

salt and pepper

1 head butter lettuce

Chicken Lettuce Wraps Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan or skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken and onions. Cook until chicken is browned, about 3-5 minutes. Drain any excess fat.
  2. Stir in garlic, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger, and Sriracha (if desired). Cook another 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add water chestnuts and green onions. Then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. To serve, spoon the chicken mixture into the center of the lettuce leaf, taco style.

I usually omit the Sriracha from at least part of the chicken mixture for my children. They sometimes actually eat it instead of proclaiming it “icky,” which is the equivalent of a 5 star Michelin review from a toddler. And the entire dish comes together in one pan, leaving very little cleanup. Try them and you will see why these lettuce wraps make such frequent appearances in our family’s dinner rotation.

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