Asian-style chicken lettuce wraps

Asian-style chicken lettuce wraps

Total Time
30 min
23 min
7 min
This popular appetizer item is transformed into a healthy main course. As instructed, you can serve them just like fajitas for a choose-your-own adventure; you and your guests will love this unique presentation, and it's a lot healthier for you than traditional fajitas. You can use large iceberg lettuce leaves instead of romaine, but if you don't like either of those choices, make sure you pick a sturdy enough green to handle the filling. The chicken, scallions, and water chestnuts wonderfully complement the cherry tomatoes and diced cucumbers as well as a simple sauce. Feel free to garnish with fresh cilantro if you have some on hand.


Low sodium soy sauce

4 Tbsp, or regular soy sauce , if preferred

Unseasoned rice vinegar

3 Tbsp, divided

Hoisin sauce

2 Tbsp


1 tsp

Cherry tomatoes

16 small, halved


1 small, seeded and shredded, or diced


1 tsp

Canola oil

2 tsp


2 medium, thinly sliced

Minced ginger

1 Tbsp


2 clove(s), minced

98% fat-free uncooked ground chicken breast

1½ pound(s)

Table salt

¼ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp

Canned water chestnuts

8 oz, drained and chopped

Romaine lettuce

24 leaf/leaves, or Bibb lettuce


  1. In a small bowl, whisk soy sauce, 1 1/2 Tbsp rice vinegar, hoisin sauce, and cornstarch until smooth; set aside.
  2. Stir tomatoes, cucumber, sugar, and remaining 1 1/2 Tbsp rice vinegar in a second, smaller serving bowl; set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add scallions, ginger, and garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds, or until aromatic. Add chicken; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring to break up chicken, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add soy sauce mixture and water chestnuts to chicken mixture. Cook, stirring, until bubbling and slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat; transfer to a serving bowl.
  4. Serve these like fajitas: place about 2 1/2 Tbsp chicken mixture in a romaine leaf, top with about 1 1/2 Tbsp tomato mixture, and fold to form a “U.” (The leaf won’t fold closed.)
  5. Serving size: six-filled lettuce wraps