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Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Enjoy these Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps in under 30 minutes – for a healthy, flavorful low-carb wrap! Choose the protein of your choice (chicken breast, ground chicken or turkey, etc.) and load it up with a savory sauce and cashew nuts piled up into fresh crispy lettuce – way better and healthier than any restaurant!!

For those days when you want something lower carb than chicken burritos and even lighter than these low-carb chicken enchiladas!

Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chicken lettuce wraps are on the menu of most restaurants these days. Truth is I never order them anymore because of the price. Even more truth – we rarely eat out except for sushi. That’s what happens when you learn how to cook.

Instead when I get a craving for takeout, I make dishes like chicken tacos (including ground chicken tacos and buffalo chicken tacos), tostadas, and – for those days, I want something lighter- these healthy lettuce wraps with low fat chicken or turkey. Combine the meat with cashews (always!), firm veggies I have on hand, and a fair amount of delicious healthy sauce for a simple low-carb lunch or dinner.

This chicken lettuce wraps recipe beats any restaurant’s menu. Flavorful, crunchy and saucy low carb dinner or appetizer. It can be prepared ahead and served with a side like quinoa, rice, or even a baked potato for extra hungry people like my husband.

Once you make these easy chicken lettuce wraps, you will stop eating out too!

Ingredients for Lettuce Wraps

To make teriyaki chicken lettuce wraps you need simple ingredients you probably have on hand already. I swear I cook with same 30 ingredients over and over.

  • Chicken breasts or thighs, or ground chicken or ground turkey
  • Cashews
  • 1 head of lettuce
  • Firm veggies like zucchini and bell pepper – You could also use cooked veggie leftovers, like grilled zucchini.
  • Onion, garlic, ginger and green onion
  • Soy sauce, maple syrup, vinegar and cornstarch

Don’t feel intimidated if you are missing something. Just use what you have on hand (and those veggies starting to go a little wrinkly in the back of the fridge!)

zucchini, chicken breast, lettuce, cashews, onion and bowl of maple syrup, cornstarch and soy sauce

Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps Sauce

When it comes to Asian dishes like beef stir fry, chicken stir fry and teriyaki chicken, I always make my own sauce. I never buy pre-made sauces because they are loaded with sugar, sodium and preservatives. They are the worst of all processed foods!

All there is to a healthy Asian sauce is:

  • Cold water so cornstarch dissolves.
  • Soy sauce or liquid aminos.
  • Any sweetener like maple syrup, honey, agave, sugar etc.
  • Any light colour vinegar like rice vinegar or just white or white wine vinegar.
  • Cornstarch or arrowroot powder or none. Not the end of the world.

What Kind of Lettuce Works?

The best lettuce choices for cashew chicken lettuce wraps:

  1. Iceberg lettuce – It is what PF Chang’s serves their ground chicken lettuce wraps in. It is not my favorite for a few reasons. Its leaves are hard to separate and I find them tasteless and watery. It is also hard to find organic and you know me and my Dirty Dozen.:)
  2. Romaine lettuce – It is the same lettuce you use for making Caesar salad. It is often sold in plastic bags, hearts only. Super easy to separate and buy organic. Romaine leaves are also sturdy which are perfect for holding the filling. I don’t love the longboat look though.
  3. Butter lettuce – Also known as Boston bibb lettuce is my favorite. It has soft texture paired with sweet taste and pretty round shape. Easy to separate and you might need to stack a few leaves on top of each other. It is not always available and can be pricey off season but I still buy it for lettuce wraps.:)

I feel like the butter lettuce I grabbed (pictured) had leaves a bit too small. But hey, it worked and was locally grown.

How to Make Chicken Lettuce Wraps

  1. Make sure all ingredients are ready before cooking. It is kind of like stir fry situation.
  2. Toast cashews first and set aside.
  3. Cook onion, garlic and ginger for 1 minute. Then add chicken and cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Whisk sauce ingredients in a bowl and to the skillet with chicken. Also add zucchini and bell pepper at the same time—Cook for 1 minute.
  5. To assemble chicken lettuce wraps, use 2-3 stacked lettuce leaves and spoon desired amount of filling on top.

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Tips for Best Lettuce Wraps

  • Make sure chicken and veggies are diced and minced where required.
  • If you don’t have cashews use almonds or skip. I did not like the taste of walnuts.
  • Use well pre-heated skillet.

How to Store

Chicken lettuce wraps taste best fresh. Obviously, because of the nature of my job where I cook dinner at lunchtime, I just reheat filling in the skillet before dinner. I place skillet in the fridge, remove straight to the stove and voila. Saves washing dishes.

You can refrigerate filling for up to 3 days.

What I also like to do is to separate, wash and dry leaves from entire head of lettuce. Then I wrap them in a linen towel. And it kind of will be moist from the leaves because it’s impossible to dry lettuce completely. And it’s perfect. You can refrigerate lettuce this way for up to 3 days too. When it’s time to eat, healthy dinner becomes easy-peasy.

 Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps served on plates. One plate of lettuce wraps served over brown rice.

Serving Ideas

This Asian lettuce wraps recipe is perfect for a low-carb dinner. I stack 2-4 layers of leaves to load up on fiber and avoid late night hunger.

However, they can also be served as a light main alongside several sides for those particularly hungry (my husband, for sure!).  In that case, I suggest serving these lettuce wraps alongside dishes like:

You can also serve the wraps as an appetizer or as part of a party spread alongside other simple appetizers like parmesan mushrooms or healthy salads like this healthy chicken salad.

It’s perfect for a hot summer day or  equally amazing at a winter Super Bowl party.

Kids love-love the filling in warm flour tortilla. Just heat tortilla in a cast-iron skillet until bubbles appear on each side. Your teenagers will be kissing you “Good night, mom!”.

Hope you enjoy these healthy chicken lettuce wraps! And I would love to hear below how much you enjoy them:)

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Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

30 Minute Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps with chicken cooked in tasty savory sauce and loaded up on crispy lettuce leaves.
4.91 from 22 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 301kcal
Author: Olena Osipov


  • 1.5 lbs chicken breast diced
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 inch knob ginger minced
  • 1 small zucchini diced
  • 1 small bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup cashews coarsely chopped
  • 2 green onion sprigs chopped
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce I used aminos
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 head of butter iceberg or Romaine lettuce, leaves separated
  • 1 tbsp avocado or any oil for frying


  • Make sure all ingredients are chopped and ready.
    Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  • Preheat large ceramic non-stick skillet on medium heat and add cashews. Pan fry until toasted, stirring constantly. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
    Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  • Return skillet to medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add onion, garlic and ginger; cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Add chicken and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  • Right before chicken is done cooking, in a small bowl add cold water, soy sauce, maple syrup, rice vinegar and cornstarch; whisk with a fork. Add to the chicken along with zucchini and bell pepper; cook for 1 minute or until sauce has thickened. Stir in cashews and green onions.
    Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  • Serve chicken lettuce wraps immediately. To assemble, use 2-3 stacked lettuce leaves (depending on its thickness) and spoon desired amount of filling on top. If someone is very hungry, serve over a bed of brown rice or quinoa.
    Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Store: Refrigerate filling in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat on a skillet before assembling lettuce wraps. You can also refrigerate washed lettuce leaves wrapped in linen towel for up to 3 days.


    Instead of chicken breast you can use diced chicken thighs, and ground chicken or ground turkey.


    Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 319mg | Potassium: 801mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1660IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 3mg
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    Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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    1. Hi ! I’m going to try this recipe tonight, it looks delicious !
      I was just wondering, when you put 300 calories, is that for just one small wrap?

      Thank you!

      1. Hey Clara! The nutritional info is for 2-3 wraps (depending on how big your wraps are). I updated the recipe card to reflect this. Thanks for bringing up a great question!

    2. 5 stars
      Hi Olena,
      I’ve never commented on anyone’s blog before, but I am so happy to have found you! I really appreciate your no-nonsense approach, your healthy relationship with food, and your commentary on parenting picky eaters. I have 5 kids and its sort of like cooking for a dinner party every night–I am not a chef, and infact really dislike cooking a lot. However, I have found your variety of meals is terrific, your recipes are easy to follow, and your grounded sense of things refreshing. Thank you for being my go-to meal prep site!
      PS. I made the lettuce wraps last night, and they were a hit!

    3. 5 stars
      I made the Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps but I used 74% lean ground turkey!! Absolutely delicious!! Actually have now made it several times! Can’t thank you enough

    4. 5 stars
      I’ve made a lot of your recipes and this is my favorite one yet! Made it for lunch for 2 people, cut the recipe down to 1/3. Probably had more chicken than called for, guess-timated on the sauce ingredients. So quick to make. And OUTTA THIS WORLD tasty. Going into the regular rotation immediately…

    5. 4 stars
      Super easy to make and even more fun to present! I didn’t have rice vinegar so I used champagne vinegar and it worked just as well. I skipped the ginger too, since I am not a fan and it was still amazing. I served it with brown rice 1 minute rice in the cups that you can microwave. Made a great presentation.

    6. 5 stars
      OH. MY. GOSH. This is AMAZING! I made these tonight, and they are so yummy! I will definitely be making this much more often.

    7. 5 stars
      It’s delicious! I think a trick is dicing everything, including the chicken, into small pieces. I’ll definitely make this again. I did not have rice vinegar on hand (it’s here somewhere!), so I used white wine vinegar which worked. I’m trying to eat more healthily, and this recipe fits the bill!

    8. 5 stars
      This recipe was delicious!! I’m going to double the recipe next time (except cashews) so we can have left overs! Very good and loved the flavor. Next time I’m going to try it with your fried cauliflower recipe instead of the lettuce wraps. Yum! Thank you Olena! We can’t wait to cook up more of your recipes!

      1. I am thrilled that you liked this recipe so much Jessica! Please don’t hesitate to let me know what you think of any of my other recipes 🙂

    9. 5 stars
      We used ground turkey. My son is allergic to all nuts so we omitted those. I didn’t have zucchini so I used asparagus. And I used apple cider vinegar instead of rice vinegar. They were delicious. My 7 year old couldn’t stop eating them and my 2 year old was eating up the filling. Definitely a new regular at our house.

    10. 5 stars
      My husband loves these. This has become a weekly meal at our house. Easy and delicious!
      Thank you!

          1. Nutritional information is located at the bottom of every recipe. Sometimes you have to wait a minute or so for the info to load on the webpage. For the Chicken Lettuce wraps, there are 328 calories per serving (a serving size is 2-3 wraps depending on the size of lettuce you use.) Hope that helps.

    11. 4 stars
      This recipe was pretty good. I didn’t have zucchini so I substituted with other vegetables. Also, I didn’t have chicken breasts so I used chicken parts and left it as parts. So I had one piece of chicken with each lettuce wrap. Three wraps was able to fill me up.

    12. I found this recipe as we are trying to eat healthier. We made them tonight and they were so good! And I’m the type of person who never ends up like what I make. We will be making this over and over again. Thanks!

    13. 5 stars
      Delicious!! I doubled the recipe and it was gone almost instantly. I also added some all spice to give it an extra something.

    14. 5 stars
      If you mention PF Chang – I am in!! 🙂 Yes, butter lettuce is a perfect variation – it looks and tastes superior to any other lettuces. Loved your sauce too! Thanks, Olena!

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