Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps are a healthy low-carb and keto lunch or dinner recipe. This easy dish is made with an entire rotisserie chicken and a good-for-you peanut butter sauce that will make you want to lick your plate! On top of it all, you’ll never turn on an oven or stove. What could be easier?

A hand picking up a chicken lettuce wrap from a white plate.

Healthy Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Look no further. You’ve found a quick and simple lunch that is anything but boring and mundane. These Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps just might change your life.

After over 2 years of eating the same ole’ salad for lunch, I finally hit a wall and decided to change things up.

Not wanting to spend too much prep time for lunch, I went ahead and purchased a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken at the grocery store. As soon as I got home, I shredded it up, and tossed it in a tangy peanut Asian sauce. This easy wrap recipe was ready in under 30 minutes!

If you’re looking for flavor and ease, skip the fan favorite PF Chang’s chicken lettuce wraps and throw these together. You’ll thank me later.

Looking for a few other low-carb and keto lettuce wrap recipes? You might also like these Ground Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps, Rainbow Veggie Hummus Wrap, as well as these Ground Chicken Thai Lettuce Wraps.

A bottle of honey, a red bell pepper, gluten-free soy sauce, smooth peanut butter, Sriracha sauce, roasted peanuts, and Bibb lettuce on a white table as the ingredients for an Asian lettuce wraps.

Ingredients

The simple, fresh ingredients you need for this homemade Asian lettuce wrap recipe include:

  • Chicken. An entire rotisserie chicken works best. They are already cooked, full of flavor, and make this recipe super quick and easy. If you are super gluten-intolerant, check the labels!! Go for the “Natural” chicken, or the one that is not pre-seasoned, as these are much less likely to have hidden gluten in any seasonings. You can always get raw chicken breasts or chicken thighs and cook them yourself if you prefer.
  • Lettuce. You can get a few different types of lettuce leaves, or look for a whole head of lettuce if needed. Boston or Bibb lettuce are both considered “butter” lettuce and are the preferred option. However, they can sometimes be difficult to find in the grocery store, even though they are the best lettuce to use. Romaine lettuce might not be quite as pretty as butter lettuce, but it still gets the job done. This kind is hardy enough to carry your filling without breaking and still has great flavor. Iceberg lettuce is probably the least preferred of the varieties since it is pretty bland and watery, but it will work if it is your last resort. One benefit to using iceberg lettuce is that it is extremely durable and will hold up to quite a bit of chicken filling.
  • Soy sauce. You can use gluten-free soy sauce, tamari sauce, or liquid coconut aminos.
  • Honey. Adds a touch of natural sweetness.
  • Rice vinegar. Make sure you do NOT get seasoned rice vinegar.
  • Sriracha. Gives it a nice kick. Adjust to your taste preference.
  • Oil. Either olive oil or avocado oil can be used, or sub in your go-to neutral oil.
  • Garlic powder and black pepper. Both of these add a nice bit of flavor to the sauce.

How to Make Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Below, you’ll find the basic steps to follow to make this Asian chicken lettuce wraps recipe:

Make the Peanut Asian Sauce

The peanut sauce is the secret to what makes these Asian lettuce wraps recipe SO good.

Add all of the sauce ingredients to a small bowl. Use a whisk to thoroughly mix it up. There should be no clumps left.

Set this simple sauce aside until you’ve prepped the chicken.

Asian peanut sauce in a clear bowl that is being whisked until smooth.

Shred the Chicken

Using your fingers or a fork, shred pre-cooked rotisserie chicken or cooked chicken breasts.

Make sure it is in bite-sized pieces once done shredding.

Add the chicken to a large bowl.

Cook’s Tip: Chicken shreds easiest when it is still slightly warm.

A rotisserie chicken that has been shredded on a wooden cutting board for a lettuce wraps recipe.

Add the Sauce

Pour the prepared sauce over the chicken, and toss to combine. You can always add additional sauce, so don’t go overboard at first. Otherwise, the chicken will end up soggy.

Asian peanut butter sauce being poured into a clear bowl full of shredded rotisserie chicken.

Serve Them Up

Scoop some of the chicken mixture into a piece of lettuce. Be careful not to overfill them, however. Sprinkle on some red bell pepper pieces along with sliced green onions.

While lettuce wraps can be an entire meal on their own, there are a few things you can serve with them if you are wanting a more filling lunch or dinner:

Asian lettuce wraps with a peanut butter sauce and shredded chicken filling on a white plate.

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep Ahead: You can shred the chicken or make the sauce up to 1 to 2 days ahead of time.
  • To Store: It is essential that you keep the ingredients separate. If you are packing these peanut Asian chicken lettuce wraps up for lunch, do NOT assemble them beforehand. Bring your lettuce separately or store it in the same container with a paper towel between it and the chicken. Otherwise, you will end up with not-so-yummy, soggy wraps. (Yup, learned that the hard way.) Keep chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days.
  • To Freeze: Shredded chicken freezes beautifully for up to 4 to 5 months. The lettuce, on the other hand, should not be frozen.

What kind of lettuce for lettuce wraps?

A quick walk down the produce aisle at the grocery store yields many options for leafy greens. However, when making lettuce wraps, you want to find the perfect combination of flavor and durability. Look for butter type lettuces, like Bibb or Boston, for the best results. Romaine and iceberg will work, as well, but don’t have as much flavor or nutritional value.

What to serve with lettuce wraps?

One of the best things about lettuce wraps is they are delicious on their own! They work great as an appetizer or main dish, depending on your preferences. They are also delicious alongside fried rice or noodles, or of course you can whip up a soup, as well.

Are lettuce wraps healthy?

Yes! Lettuce wraps can be an incredibly healthy dish, assuming you steer clear of sugar-filled sauces. Making a homemade sauce ensures only whole and healthy ingredients are used. A restaurant version likely contains extra sugar and artificial ingredients, however.

A hand picking up a healthy lettuce wrap that is full of shredded chicken and an Asian sauce.

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • Crisp is key. Not all lettuce is created equal. Choose a variety that is firm enough to hold up to the filling.
  • Take a shortcut. Rotisserie chicken is super simple and perfect for this recipe.
  • Make your own. While you can buy a sauce for the chicken, mixing up your own will yield healthier results.
  • Increase the nutrients. You can easily add extra veggies to this dish to boost the nutritional benefits.
  • Customize it. The beauty of making your own sauce is ensuring it fits your dietary needs. Leave out what you can’t have to make this sauce work for you. You can even add some spice to make it a hot sauce if you prefer.

Other Asian Recipes

Asian dishes are known for being full of flavor. Thankfully, it’s easy to recreate some of your favorites at home. Try any of these recipes next.

Beef Stir-Fry and Japchae are healthy, delicious, and easy dinner recipes.

If you love fried rice, try Shrimp Fried Rice or Cauliflower Fried Rice for a low carb option.

Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce is a crowd-pleaser every time if you’re looking for a great appetizer.

Egg Roll in a Bowl, Asian Cucumber Salad, and Thai Yellow Chicken Curry are some of my favorite things.

 

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Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps are a healthy, gluten-free, and low-carb lunch or dinner. This easy recipe is made with an entire rotisserie chicken and a good-for-you peanut butter sauce that will make you want to lick your plate!
Chicken lettuce wraps with an Asian peanut sauce on a white plate next to green onions.
Yield 5 servings
Prep 20 minutes
Total 20 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 rotisserie chicken* shredded, about 4 cups
  • ¼ cup soy sauce* gluten free
  • 3 Tbsp. peanut butter smooth
  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. sriracha
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 small red bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 head lettuce Butter, Romaine, or Iceberg
  • cup roasted peanuts
  • 1 bunch green onions finely chopped

Instructions 

  • Shred pre-cooked rotisserie chicken.*
  • Place all ingredients from soy sauce to garlic powder together in a large bowl and whisk until well mixed.  Add shredded chicken and diced bell pepper.  Toss to coat.
  • Serve chicken mixture in a lettuce wrap and top with peanuts and green onions to serve.  Feel free to serve it warm or cold depending on your taste preferences.
  • Store chicken and lettuce separately between servings.

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Meal Prep and Storage

    • To Prep Ahead: You can shred the chicken or make the sauce up to 1 to 2 days ahead of time.
    • To Store: It is essential that you keep the ingredients separate. If you are packing these peanut Asian chicken lettuce wraps up for lunch, do NOT assemble them beforehand. Bring your lettuce separately or store it in the same container with a paper towel between it and the chicken. Otherwise, you will end up with not-so-yummy, soggy wraps. (Yup, learned that the hard way.) Keep chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days.
    • To Freeze: Shredded chicken freezes beautifully for up to 4 to 5 months. The lettuce, on the other hand, should not be frozen.

Nutrition

Serving: 2g, Calories: 383kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 86mg, Sodium: 1083mg, Potassium: 602mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 1065IU, Vitamin C: 23.1mg, Calcium: 49mg, Iron: 1.7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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    1. Yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Tami! I aim for easy recipes that are also delicious. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment and rating!

  1. 5 stars
    This is such an easy, delicious recipe for leftover rotisserie chicken! Super good for meal prep lunches, or easy summer lunches! Will definitely make again.

    1. Thanks, Cassidy! And thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment and rating 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    LOVE this recipe! My husband and I have made it twice. It’s easy to make and healthy. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yay!! So happy you and the hubby enjoyed the recipe so much, Sarahbeth! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and rating 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    This was so tasty. I added a splash of sesame oil, grated fresh ginger, and used minced garlic. I also added water chestnuts and snap peas for added crunch.

    1. Yay! So happy you enjoyed it, Suzy! Those additions sound delicious. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and rating 🙂

    1. Hi Erica! You can do it either way! I have enjoyed the chicken warm and cold (kind of like a chicken salad)… they both taste great!

  4. I just love the idea of using lettuce as a wrap – this is so healthy and delicious!