Looking for a few other low-carb and keto lettuce wraps recipes? You might also like these Ground Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps, Rainbow Veggie Hummus Wrap, as well as these Ground Chicken Thai Lettuce Wraps.
Chicken Lettuce Wraps to Overcome the Mundane!
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, Cohl and 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, tossed it in a tangy peanut Asian sauce and made these easy wrap recipe… in under 30 minutes!
How to Make
Lettuce wraps have become a staple in our house and are a super easy and healthy lunch or dinner recipe you can whip up in a moment’s notice.
- Shred pre-cooked rotisserie chicken or cooked chicken breasts.
- Make sure it is in bite-sized pieces once done shredding.
- Combine all ingredients to make the peanut butter Asian sauce and whisk until well combined.
- Toss the chicken in the Asian sauce and add chopped bell peppers.
- Serve in a lettuce wrap and top with roasted peanuts and green onions.
Cook’s Tip: Chicken shreds easiest when it is still slightly warm.
There are three key components to this recipe:
- 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.
- Lettuce – More on the type of lettuce to use below!
- Peanut Asian Sauce – This is the secret sauce to what makes this Asian lettuce wraps recipe SO stinking good. The ingredients you will need for it include:
What Type of Chicken to Buy
As mentioned previously, I prefer to buy a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store since it saves time and is already perfectly cooked.
Opt for the “Natural” flavor instead of a “Lemon Pepper” or “Italian” variety. The peanut Asian sauce is already FULL of flavor and does not need any competing tastes.
What Kind of Lettuce To Use
While numerous types of lettuce can be used in lettuce wraps recipes (such as these Ground Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps and these Ground Chicken Thai Lettuce Wraps), there are a few varieties that are the best:
- Boston or Bibb Lettuce – These are both considered “butter” lettuce and are my personal favorite to use. However, they can sometimes be difficult to find in the grocery store. (Pictured above.)
- Romaine Lettuce – While romaine lettuce is not quite as pretty as butter lettuce, it still gets the job done. This kind is hardy enough to carry your filling without breaking and still has great flavor.
- Iceberg Lettuce – Probably my least favorite 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.
What to Serve
While I consider lettuce wraps to 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:
- Honey Oven Roasted Broccoli with Garlic
- Sesame Noodles
- Skillet Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes
- Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes
There are numerous substitutions and alterations you can make when preparing your chicken lettuce wraps. A few of them include:
- Use cooked chicken breasts instead of the rotisserie chicken.
- Substitute smooth almond butter in place of the peanut butter.
- You may need to add additional oil if the nut butter is not creamy enough.
- Soy sauce can be substituted for Tamari sauce or liquid coconut aminos.
- The sriracha sauce and be swapped for hot sauce or left out completely to decrease the spice level.
- Substitute a green or yellow bell pepper for the red.
How to Store and Reheat
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.)
Additionally, store the chopped peanuts separately and at room temperature so they keep their crunch.
You can choose to serve these cold and straight from the refrigerator or warm up the filling separately from the lettuce. Both warm and cool lettuce wraps taste great!
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Peanut Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Peanut Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps are a healthy, gluten-free, and low-carb lunch or dinner recipe that does not require any cooking!
- 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
- ⅓ cup roasted peanuts
- 1 bunch green onions finely chopped
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.
- I like to buy the rotisserie chicken already cooked at the grocery store and get the “natural” flavor so there is no hidden gluten or competing flavors.
- Hint: Chicken shreds easiest when it is still warm.*
- Can use Tamari gluten-free soy sauce or liquid amino acids, also.
- Serving size is for 2 lettuce wraps.
- To make this recipe keto-friendly, substitute the honey for 5-15 drops liquid stevia extract. 8 carbs / 3 grams sugar per serving.