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PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps (copycat recipe) are an easy, light appetizer. The dipping sauces in the recipe are to die for! Way better than any restaurant lettuce wraps!
Included With This Recipe
I just love the taste of lettuce wraps. They are full of so many delicious flavors and textures and they are just a delight to eat. That’s what makes these PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps such an amazing copycat recipe. Try these lettuce wraps with the dipping sauces provided below to take them to the next level!
What’s In PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps
Though we can’t say for sure the exact ingredients PF Changs actually uses in their lettuce wraps in the restaurant, but we can get really close based on what we have observed (and tasted) when eating them. Here is what we put in our copycat PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps:
- Chicken – cooke, diced chicken breast
- Asian sauce blend – a mixture of teriyaki sauce, chili sauce, chili sauce, soy sauce, ginger, and red pepper flakes. You can also add a little hoisin sauce if you prefer.
- Oil – for sautéing the chicken. You can use vegetable oil, sesame oil, olive oil, or even chili oil if you like it spicy.
- Green onion
- Water chestnuts
- Chopped cashews (or you can use peanuts or pine nuts)
- Mushrooms – shiitake mushrooms are a great choice, or you can use button or white mushrooms
- Lettuce leaves – you can use butter lettuce, iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, or any lettuce that is pliable and easy to wrap.
Some people like to use ground chicken or ground turkey in lettuce wraps, and that’s fine… it’s just not my cup of tea. I just think that diced up chicken breast tastes MUCH better. As for the lettuce, this is a great debate. For me, I always go with butter lettuce. Some like iceberg, but I am not the biggest fan. Iceberg lettuce is not terrible, but it’s not my first choice. The flavor isn’t my favorite, plus it doesn’t seem to be as pliable as other lettuces. If I can’t find butter lettuce, I will go with bibb or Boston lettuce. It is totally up to you though. Do what is easiest and what you and your family will eat!
Lettuce Wrap Sauce
One of the best parts about lettuce wraps is the variety of sauces you can serve on the side. The sauces are easy to make once you have made your teriyaki sauce mixture for the lettuce wraps. If you love the sauces as much as I do, you can even make a little extra sauce just so you have plenty for dipping. Here are the sauce combinations we love:
- Spicy Teriyaki Sauce: ⅓ cup teriyaki mixture + 1-2 tablespoons peanut butter
- Peanut Sauce: ⅓ cup teriyaki mixture + 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce (or to taste, depending on how spicy you like it)
- Asian-style BBQ sauce: ½ cup hoisin sauce + low-sodium soy sauce or water added until desired consistency is reached
- Spicy Oyster Sauce: Oyster sauce + Sriracha (to taste)
For a low-sodium option you can swap out the soy sauce for coconut aminos, tamari, or simply just use low-sodium soy sauce. Teriyaki sauce can also be high in sodium, so be sure to check your labels. You can also make your own teriyaki sauce by using the recipe provided in our Hawaiian Grilled Teriyaki Chicken recipe and use low-sodium soy sauce.
Gluten-Free Lettuce Wraps
These lettuce wraps are super easy to make GF because the wrap itself (the lettuce) is already gluten-free. The only thing you need to watch out for is the soy sauce and teriyaki sauce. Neither of those ingredients are gluten-free. Be sure to opt for gluten-free sauces and check the labels when looking for ingredients to make this recipe.
Can I Make These More ‘Kid Friendly’?
As a little added note, Asian lettuce wraps aren’t the most “kid-friendly” meal. If you have young ones like I do, lettuce wraps are pretty much impossible because little ones have a hard time keeping the lettuce wrap intact. To solve this problem, I cut up the lettuce and place it in a bowl and put the filling over the top. Sometimes I cook up a little rice and add it to the bowl with the chicken mixture. They LOVE it!
No. PF Chang’s Lettuce wraps are not gluten-free as ordered from the menu. However, you can make a special request for them to be made gluten-free OR you can make them at home to be gluten-free by making this recipe with GF soy sauce and teriyaki sauce.
Lettuce wraps are overall a very healthy choice. You can make them even healthier by using low-sodium and low-sugar ingredients when you make them at home.
You can either fold them up like a taco or you can roll them up like a burrito. Lettuce wraps can tend to get messy and that’s ok! Using a pliable lettuce like butter lettuce will help keep all the contents contained.
More Great Copycats
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So here goes. Some great imitation recipes from your favorite restaurants.
How to Make PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps
PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps (Best Copycat Recipe)
- 1 cup teriyaki sauce we like to use Mr. Yoshidas original
- 1/3 cup sweet chili sauce we use Mae Ploy brand
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger finely minced or grated
- red pepper flakes to taste
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, diced into small pieces
- 2 tablespoon oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoon oil
- 1/2 cup sliced green onion
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 cup chopped water chestnuts
- 1/2 cup pine nuts chopped cashews work great too
- 1/3 cup chopped mushroom optional
- 1 head butter lettuce
- remaining teriyaki mixture about 2/3-¾ cup
- 1/4 teaspoon Sriracha sauce or to taste– depending on how spicy you like it
- 1-2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- Combine teriyaki sauce, chili sauce, soy sauce, ginger, and red pepper flakes in a bowl.
- Mix well and set aside.
- In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. When oil is hot, add chicken.
- Season chicken lightly with salt and pepper. When chicken is white on all sides (doesn’t need to be completely cooked through), remove chicken from skillet and set aside on a plate. Discard any extra juices.
- In the same skillet, heat 2 Tbsp oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, water chestnuts, pinenuts, and mushrooms and saute for about 1-2 minutes.
- Stir in about ½ of the teriyaki mixture and chicken to the skillet. Cook uncovered, for about 7-8 minutes, stirring often until chicken is cooked through. Place 2-3 tablespoons of the chicken mixture in the center of a lettuce leaf, roll up, and enjoy!
For the dipping sauces:
- Heat remaining teriyaki sauce in a small sauce pan. Simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and divide into 2 small bowls (one for spicy teriyaki sauce, one for peanut sauce).
- In one bowl, add about ¼ teaspoons Sriracha sauce (or more to taste) and mix well.
- In the other bowl, add 1-2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter (or to taste), mix until creamy and smooth.
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Those look tasty and love the sound of all the dipping sauces to go with them.
Ah, these are so light and easy to make. Just what I have been looking for – thank you!
Yup….I’m making this! I’ve recently been LOVING Asian style vegan lettuce wraps. I can’t wait to try this one. Thank you 🙌🏾🙌🏾!!
I love PF Chang’s lettuce wraps and this recipe tasted just like the restaurant version! It was so delicious!
I absolutely love the Asian Lettuce Wraps at PF Chang’s! I was so darn happy to find this copycat recipe on Pinterest. Thanks so much for sharing it! I’m serving this for dinner tonight.
Extremely salty!! I can’t even eat them :(. I followed the recipe exactly however I did substitute chili garlic instead of the sweet. I’m so bummed.
What kind of Teriyaki sauce did you use? We use Yoshida’s in this recipe and it should make it actually a little on the sweeter side.
Hi, how many would you think this serves? 3-4? Thanks in advance!
It would probably serve 4 (each person being able to have 2-3 lettuce wraps) depending on how hungry your guests are!
Hi can I use ice berg lettuce instead cant get butter lettuce ???? Thanks
You can but the lettuce just won’t hold together quite as well as butter lettuce. It should still taste great though!
Have you ever had the Tofu lettuce wraps? Would it be as easy to replace the chicken with tofu?
I haven’t had them, but I am sure you would be able to replace it without any problems. Let us know how it turns out if you try it!
I served these for dinner tonight, and my family loved them. I was too lazy to make the dipping sauces, and as it turned out, the lettuce wraps were fabulous all on their own. Thank you for a wonderful recipe.
These lettuce wraps are FANTASTIC! I’ve tried a few other recipes and this one by far is the best. I love Yard House’s lettuce wraps and I think these come pretty darn close if not better! I use ground turkey most of the time and leave out the chili flakes for my kids and they turn out great. Thanks for posting the recipe!
Yummy!! Sounds delicious!! Thanks for the recipe 🙂
Those look delicious! I love lettuce wraps, this variation sounds yummy. 🙂
This would be my summer favorite as well. Bookmarked and needs to happen here very soon!
Thanks Matt– we are fans of Real Food by Dad! Thanks for your comment! 😀