Sweet & Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: Eating Light After a Holiday Weekend

Yield: 4 servings (3 lettuce wraps per person)

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 3 min

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Just what you need for dinner after a weekend of indulging! These are light, yet filling too. The sauce, lightly spiced and sweet, is mixed with chicken and cabbage & topped with peanuts. Tuck it in a lettuce leaf and you're good to go!


3 Tablespoons unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
3 Tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
2 cups thinly sliced cabbage
1/2 cup grated carrot
1 cup canned, sliced water chestnuts, drained
1 cup finely diced cooked chicken breast
12 Bibb/Butter lettuce leaves


1. Place peanuts in a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; cook 3 minutes or until lightly browned, shaking pan frequently. Remove pan from heat; set aside.

2. In a small bowl, combine hoisin, vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, oil, pepper and garlic in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk.

3. In a medium bowl, mix 2 Tablespoons peanuts, slaw, water chestnuts, and chicken; add sauce and toss well.

4. Spoon about 1/3 cup of chicken salad in the center of each lettuce leaf; Sprinkle each lettuce wrap with remaining 1 Tablespoon peanuts. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 3 lettuce wraps
Calories per serving: 197
Fat per serving: 7.4g
Fiber per serving: 3.4g
Protein per serving: 16.5g
Cholesterol per serving: 37mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 18.2g

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 5 Old Points Program: 4

Source: RecipeGirl.com (Adapted from Cooking Light)

10 Responses to “Sweet & Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps”

  1. postedJul 7, 2010 8:57 PM

    Already printed it out and am going to make them this week. Thank you!

  2. postedJun 20, 2011 7:14 AM

    These r so good and easy to make! We made them at our last ladies nite. Didn’t add the red pepper for those who didn’t like hot, but had it handy for those of us that did!

  3. postedJan 17, 2012 11:02 AM

    This is absolutely fabulous. We ate them so often I finally quadrupled the sauce and keep it in the fridge. The wraps are so easy to make

  4. postedMar 24, 2012 9:56 AM
    Karla Cross

    This looks like my type of recipe. It looks beautiful too. Following you on Pinterest for more great recipes!

  5. postedMar 31, 2012 7:09 PM

    A great addition to by gluten-free diet. Thanks so much for giving me what I know will be a favorite!

  6. postedMar 9, 2014 4:59 PM

    These were delicious!

  7. postedAug 15, 2015 7:17 PM

    Do you think these would tastes good with cashews instead? My daughter cannot have peanuts.

  8. postedApr 2, 2016 2:23 AM
    Mary Mentzer

    Thanks Lori! This recipe is really healthy… I usually design simple healthy dinners…..this recipe will be good option.

  9. postedSep 22, 2017 10:57 AM

    Excuse my complete lack of culinary skills but I’m a bit confused — do I cook the chicken plain then toss with the other stuff? Does anything else get cooked (e.g. the slaw)?

    • postedOct 3, 2017 8:01 AM

      Nothing is cooked in the recipe except the peanuts. You’re using already roasted chicken.

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