Lettuce Wraps

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Lettuce Wraps are a flavorful, healthy lunch, dinner or appetizer. Simple ingredients, big bursts of flavor, and light on calories!

plate of lettuce wraps

If you’re slowly coming out of a heavy holiday food coma like we are, you’ll appreciate this Lettuce Wraps recipe! Healthy veggies, tender chicken in a tangy rich sauce wrapped in crisp lettuce leaves make this the perfect post-holiday lunch or dinner! We order lettuce wraps all the time when we go out to eat, but this homemade recipe tastes even better!

What Lettuce Do You Use for Lettuce Wraps?

For this recipe, we love using butter lettuce, because it’s sturdy yet soft and perfect for holding all the delicious filling. But you could use iceberg, green leaf or even Boston lettuce. Iceberg is best for crispness, but it can be tough to roll. Experiment with your favorites and find what you like best.

Lettuce wraps ingredients in bowls

Are Lettuce Wraps Gluten Free?

All of the light, crunchy veggies and tender chicken are gluten-free. But for the sauce, find a gluten free soy sauce. There are a few good options out there, so just swap regular soy sauce out for a GF variety and you’re good to go!

Are Lettuce Wraps Healthy?

These healthy lettuce wraps are the perfect meal to start with when you’re trying to change your holiday eating habits. They’re primarily made with crisp vegetables and low fat chicken, so they rank high on the health meter. The lettuce wrap sauce is where only a few calories will live, but the flavor is out of this world! Everything in moderation, that’s our motto!

close up of lettuce wraps

What Meat is Best in Lettuce Wraps?

We adore chicken in these wraps because the sauce compliments the meat so beautifully. But you could easily use ground turkey, pork, shredded beef or even ground beef in this recipe.

tray of lettuce wraps

More Delicious Salads and Wraps

Craving lighter fare for the new year? These delicious and healthy salads and wraps are light on calories, not on flavor!

close up of lettuce wraps ingredients

How to Make Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce Wraps

5 from 3 votes
Lettuce Wraps are a flavorful, healthy lunch, dinner or appetizer. Simple ingredients, big bursts of flavor, and light on calories!
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • 1 large carrots shredded with a peeler
  • 1 vinegar cucumber recipe (see below)
  • 1 package ramen noodles cooked and drained-discard seasoning
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts boiled and shredded
  • 3-4 mushrooms chopped and sauteed (optional)
  • homemade peanut sauce (see below)
  • 1/2 cup peanuts chopped
  • 1 bottle Newman's Sesame Ginger Dressing

Vinegar Cucumbers

Homemade Peanut Sauce

Instructions

  • Prepare the Peanut Sauce by mixing all the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook 1 to 2 minutes to thicken. Set aside and bring to room temperature.
  • Cut the cucumber into thin wedges and marinate in the sauce while you prepare everything else. 
  • Core out the butter lettuce and pull off large leafs. Rinse and dry each leaf individually. 
  • Cook and shred the chicken, stir in the peanut sauce, then gently stir in the mushrooms (we sometimes marinate the chicken in some of the peanut sauce and grill and dice it instead). 
  • Place the noodles, shredded chicken, vinegar cucumbers, carrots, and chopped peanuts in individual bowls on the table so everyone can build their own lettuce wrap. 
  • To make each lettuce wrap, start with a large leaf of butter lettuce.  Layer noodles, chicken, vinegar cucumbers, carrots, and chopped peanuts on the lettuce.  Drizzle Newman's Sesame Ginger Dressing on top and enjoy!
  • If you want a little more heat, sprinkle some extra sriracha on the top!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 352kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 33gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 1177mgPotassium: 809mgFiber: 3gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 2983IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 2mg

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Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. I haven’t tried this yet, however, you mention you only need to swap out regular soy sauce for GF soy sauce to make it gluten free. You also need to eliminate the ramen noodles and sub with a GF pasta that is cooked, which is trickier to work with as they go from hard to over done in a matter of a minute or two.

  2. The wraps all looks so healthy and appetising. I ALWAYS buy my ingredients with good intentions, but never actually follow thru with it. The ingredients then ends up in the bin as I dont make the time to prepare it. I’ll definitely try it again.
    Thank u once again

  3. Hi, were you able to fix the link to direct us to the chicken satay recipe? also, what is the sauce for the cucumbers? the recipe looks wonderful and am looking forward to trying it! thank you, sue lee

      1. Have you fixed the link to the marinade and peanut sauce? Can’t seem to click it. Really want to try the recipe! Looks delicious.

        1. I just fixed it, sorry, some of our links were broken on the site and we thought we had caught them. Thanks for bringing it to our attention! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I've always done zucchini on my lettuce wraps with a sauce I make, but never thought about the noodles. And ever since my trip to disney I've looked for a peanut sauce – will give this one a try. Thanks for sharing! I'm hungry now that I saw lettuce wraps!

  5. 5 stars
    I've tried several lettuce wrap recipes, but also have never used noodles in them. The marinated cucumber is an interesting addition also.

  6. 5 stars
    Your lettuce wraps look wonderful and easy to do. I've never seen noodles used, but then I am not a lettuce wrap expert. I'm going to try these. Thanks!