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5 from 3 votes

Asian Lettuce Wraps

I serve these with condiments such as julienned red and yellow peppers, cucumber sticks, cilantro and sliced radish – as well as Sriracha for those who like extra spice. You can substitute ground turkey or pork for the chicken, and make it gluten-free by using gluten-free hoisin and coconut aminos or tamari (instead of soy sauce).
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Asian
Author: Marcia W. Smart


  • 1 tablespoon organic avocado oil any neutral flavored oil is fine
  • 2 pounds ground dark meat chicken or turkey or pork
  • 4 green onions white and green parts sliced thin, about 1 cup
  • 2 large carrots diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari use coconut aminos to make Whole30
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce omit to make Whole30
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger about a 2-inch section, grated on a microplaner
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil omit to make Whole30
  • 1 large head bib or butter lettuce washed, dried and leaves separated
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped cilantro


  • In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, warm the oil and brown the ground chicken, breaking it up the pieces. When it’s almost cooked through, add the green onions and carrots and saute with the chicken for about 2-3 minutes.
  • In a bowl, stir together the soy sauce, hoisin, ginger, water and sesame oil. Pour over the chicken mixture in the pan, cover and simmer for 5-7 minutes, until carrots are soft.
  • To assemble each chicken wrap: Top a lettuce leaf with about 1/4 cup of chicken mixture and sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with other optional condiments on the side (julienned red pepper, cucumber sticks, shelled edamame and chopped peanuts).