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Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps (gluten-free, paleo)

These Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps are reminiscent of PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps, yet they’re gluten-free, paleo-friendly and much healthier. With fresh ingredients and a few simple swaps, you can easily make this family favorite chicken dinner recipe.

These Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps are reminiscent of PF Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps, yet they're gluten-free, paleo and much healthier. It's a family favorite chicken dinner recipe.

If you’re looking for an easy, weeknight chicken dinner recipe that’s bursting with flavor, let me introduce you to my Asian chicken lettuce wraps. They’re reminiscent of the “back in the day” PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps that I used to devour during college. But this version is gluten-free, healthier and I think has a little more pizzaz (especially with those crunchy mung bean sprouts).

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It can be difficult grabbing Asian “take out” if you’re celiac or gluten-free like me. You always have to double (and triple) check that the meal you received was indeed made with tamari rather than soy sauce.

Now, if you’ve read Roaming Free you know I’m a big proponent of traveling the world, gastrotourism and just getting out there. To not let your dietary restrictions restrict you from life. But preparation and a little extra caution should always be exercised as well.

The good news about this recipe is you know it’s 100% gluten-free and safe because you’re making it at home. And likely with fresher and cleaner ingredients than anything in a restaurant.

These Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps are reminiscent of PF Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps, yet they're gluten-free, paleo and much healthier. It's a family favorite chicken dinner recipe.

These Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps are reminiscent of PF Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps, yet they're gluten-free, paleo and much healthier. It's a family favorite chicken dinner recipe.

These Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps are reminiscent of PF Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps, yet they're gluten-free, paleo and much healthier. It's a family favorite chicken dinner recipe.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps: The Ingredients

So let’s chat about what it’s my version of these chicken lettuce wraps. The sauce is a mix of organic tamari (you could also use coconut aminos), blackstrap molasses (the best flavor enhancer), toasted sesame oil, white wine vinegar and almond butter (hello, homemade almond butter).

It’s a salty, nutty, umami sauce that’ll definitely have you going back for seconds.

These Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps are reminiscent of PF Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps, yet they're gluten-free, paleo and much healthier. It's a family favorite chicken dinner recipe.

Then, you’ve got a chicken “mix” that’s ground chicken, garlic, onion, ginger, water chestnuts and green onions. And it all comes together so quickly and easily.

Once everything is cooked, all that’s left to do is pile it high into the perfect green eating device – butter lettuce leaves! Just lay out the washed leaves, spoon in the chicken mix and top with mung bean sprouts for a delicious, new and improved Asian chicken lettuce wrap.

For more healthy chicken dinner recipes, make sure to check out my Roasted Balsamic Chicken, Coconut Curry Chicken, Parsnip Noodle Chicken Alfredo and Grilled Chicken Souvlaki with Dairy-Free Tzatziki.

Enjoy!

These Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps are reminiscent of PF Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps, yet they're gluten-free, paleo and much healthier. It's a family favorite chicken dinner recipe.

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Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps (gluten-free, paleo)

These Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps are reminiscent of PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps, yet they’re healthier, gluten-free and paleo (they can also be modified for Whole30). I’m sure they’ll soon become one of your favorite chicken dinner recipes. Watch me make them in the video above.

Ingredients

Sauce

Lettuce Wraps

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 (8-ounce) can water chestnuts (whole or sliced), drained and diced
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 head butter lettuce, leaves removed and washed
  • (optional) 1 cup mung bean sprouts

Directions

  1. Combine all of the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl and whisk together.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan on medium-high heat. Add the ground chicken and cook until browned, making sure to break up the chicken as it cooks.
  3. Add the minced garlic, onion and ginger to the chicken and cook for 1-2 minutes longer, or until the onion starts to become translucent.
  4. Pour the sauce on top of the chicken and stir until well combined. Add the water chestnuts and green onions, then stir everything together. Season with black pepper.
  5. To serve, place a large spoonful of chicken mixture onto a butter lettuce leaf. Top with mung bean sprouts.

Lisa's Tips

You can use dark or light meat for the chicken. Both taste wonderful.

If you can’t find butter lettuce, you could also use romaine, iceberg or any other lettuce leaves.

Make sure to read my post on the differences between tamari, soy sauce and coconut aminos. And I use this brand of low sodium, organic tamari.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 330.2
  • Total Fat: 18.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.7g
  • Cholesterol: 97.5mg
  • Sodium: 962.6mg
  • Carbohydrates: 17.5g
  • Fiber: 3.1g
  • Sugar: 4.4g
  • Protein: 24.8g
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This post was original published April 2016, but updated to include new photos and a video. 

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29 comments on “Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps (gluten-free, paleo)”

  1. Absolutely DELISH!!! I adjusted a bit for our needs using low sodium tamari and tahini instead of almond butter (tree but allergy). It also keeps really nicely in the fridge. 

    Rating: 5
  2. Made these for my family tonight and they were ah-mazing!!! So so good! We have a long list of your recipes we plan to try! I have 4 little girls who are hard to please! 

    Rating: 5
  3. These are delicious. I used coconut aminos. How do you modify for whole 30

    Rating: 5
  4. Loved this recipe!!! Super easy to make for a quick dinner or meal prep for the week!

    Rating: 5
  5. This recipe has become a family favorite! Works well with ground turkey or beef as well as chicken. I also love adding it to a bowl of lettuce and spiraled zucchini or some rice noodles. DELICIOUS!

    Rating: 5
  6. Delicious!  I used half amount of water chestnuts diced them. Used Coconut aminos for Tamari! Made in 35 min total!

    Rating: 5
  7. This recipe is DELICIOUS! Given my food sensitivities I pretty much never eat Chinese food out any more. How cool to be able to cook these lettuce wraps so they are healthy and safe for me to eat! My husband loved them too.  I don’t know how you figured out that combination for the sauce ingredients, but I am so glad you did. THANK YOU!

    Rating: 5
    • That makes me so happy to hear Ellen! And I can totally relate to your fear of eating out with food sensitivities. But the good news is that you now have this recipe to enjoy at home! And it did take me a few tries to get that sauce just right. ;) x

  8. Oh my gosh Lisa!!! These are delicious!!!! My entire family ate these right up ( including my 4 kiddos). It is not very often that I can make something that all 6 of us can agree upon. This recipe is definitely going in the “ make again” pile. Thank you for sharing.😘

    Rating: 5
  9. What a great weeknight dinner.  It looks so easy and full of flavor.

  10. Love the flavors in these lettuce wraps. That sauce sounds fabulous…can’t wait to try!

    Rating: 5
  11. Great video as always Lisa! I love asian lettuce wraps and this recipe sounds reaaaally good!

    Rating: 5
  12. Asian chicken wraps are one of my favorite lunches of all time. I honestly don’t eat them enough. Yours are motivating me…so pretty and scrumptious. Thanks for sharing :)

  13. These look so amazing! So many bright and fresh flavors. I have been wanting to cook more Asian inspired dishes, can’t wait to try them!

    Rating: 5
  14. O.m.g. My 3, 4 and 5 year Olds loved loved these! They were so happy! It took my husband back to our last pf chang visit 8 years ago in Mexico! But this was so healthy/yummy/guilt free! Thank you!
    What other meal of yours would you pair this up with?

  15. That looks just delicious!!!