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Chicken Lettuce Wraps

These Chicken Lettuce Wraps are full of freshness and bold flavor, easy to prepare, and satisfying in every bite!

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Of all the small plate recipes, one of the easiest to prepare and one of my personal favorites is Chicken Lettuce Wraps. The crisp lettuce leaves hold a saucy ground chicken and vegetable mixture and every bite is full of freshness and bold flavor! If you love to make Asian-inspired recipes as much as I do, then you might already have a lot of these ingredients at home, which makes this recipe simple, easy to prepare, and satisfying in every bite!

Overhead shot of chicken lettuce wraps with a small bowl of chopped peanuts and a small bowl of peanut lime dressing served on the side.

Ingredients Needed For Chicken Lettuce Wraps

This recipe includes 3 simple elements: a sauce, the chicken and vegetable filling and a dressing drizzled on top. The dressing is optional, but highly recommended :)

  • Ground Chicken – ground chicken is a very lean meat with not a lot of fat, but it comes to life with this delicious sauce poured on top. You can easily sub the chicken for ground turkey or ground pork if you prefer.
  • Vegetables – I kept things simple with some chopped water chestnuts and a diced red bell pepper. You can find the water chestnuts usually in the International food aisle.
  • The Sauce – the sauce is the star of the show in these lettuce wraps! It’s made with a simple mixture of asian sauces, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and a little bit of fresh ginger and garlic.
  • Peanut Lime Dressing – when you order chicken lettuce wraps in a restaurant it’s often served with a dipping sauce, but we decided to pair ours with a half portion of our fav creamy Peanut Lime Dressing! You only need a little bit drizzled on each lettuce wrap and it adds great depth of flavor to these tasty wraps.

What Lettuce Is Best For Lettuce Wraps?

You can use a variety of different types of lettuce for chicken lettuce wraps including bibb lettuce, butter lettuce, green leaf lettuce or even romaine lettuce. We opted for these cute iceberg lettuce boats that we caught on sale, and the chicken filling fits perfectly inside each one. Bibb lettuce will wrap nicely around the filling and looks beautiful plated, but it can also be on the pricier side.

Ingredient Substitutions

I love recipes that you can easily customize with ingredients you already have in your fridge or pantry. Here are few suggestions:

  • Ground turkey – ground turkey also works well in these lettuce wraps. It’s leaner than beef and tastes great with the sauce! Just make sure you buy 93% lean ground turkey and not ground turkey breast which has almost zero fat in it. You definitely don’t want to make that mistake.
  • Vegetables – you can easily add or swap out the vegetables with some of your own favorites like diced onions, green bell peppers, or chopped baby bella mushrooms. Just make sure to dice them up into smaller bite size pieces so they fit nicely in the lettuce wraps.
  • Dressing & Toppings – we paired these lettuce wraps with our creamy peanut lime dressing, which worked beautifully, a few green onions and peanuts for extra texture; but feel free to skip the dressing and top with a sprinkle of sesame seeds or a little sriracha if you wanna add some spice!
Very close up shot of chicken lettuce wraps being drizzled with peanut lime dressing.

What to Serve With Chicken Lettuce Wraps

You can have chicken lettuce wraps as an appetizer or your main dish, but they also taste great paired with some coconut rice, a quick & easy vegetable lo mein, sesame cucumber salad, crispy rice noodles, or this simple cold peanut noodle salad. The noodle salad uses the same sweet & tangy peanut lime dressing so you can easily just make a full batch of the dressing and drizzle it on both!

How To Store Leftovers

If you’re lucky enough to have any leftovers, be sure to store the chicken filling and the lettuce separately. You can store the chicken filling in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Then store any extra lettuce in a food storage bag in the fridge for up to 4 days as well.

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Overhead shot of chicken lettuce wraps with bowls of chopped peanuts, chopped green onions and peanut lime dressing on the side.
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Chicken Lettuce Wraps

These Chicken Lettuce Wraps are full of freshness and bold flavor, easy to prepare, and satisfying in every bite!
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Asian
Total Cost $12.94 recipe / $3.23 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 3 lettuce wraps each
Calories 496kcal

Ingredients

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce $0.42
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce $0.14
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar $0.10
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil $0.30
  • 1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger $0.60
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced $0.16
  • 1 lb ground chicken $4.49
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil $0.04
  • 1 red bell pepper $1.25
  • 8 oz canned water chestnuts, drained $1.69
  • 2 green onions $0.22
  • 1/4 cup peanuts $0.12
  • 12 lettuce leaves $2.20

Peanut Lime Dressing

  • 1.5 Tbsp natural style peanut butter $0.11
  • 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar $0.02
  • 1 clove garlic, minced $0.08
  • 1/4 tsp fresh grated ginger $0.05
  • 1 lime $0.50
  • 1 tsp soy sauce $0.04
  • 2 Tbsp neutral oil $0.41

Instructions

  • First, make the sauce for the chicken lettuce wraps. In a small bowl combine the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, fresh grated ginger and minced garlic. Set the sauce aside.
  • Next chop the red bell pepper and water chestnuts into similar size pieces. Then slice the green onions and give the peanuts a rough chop. Set veggies and nuts aside.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the cooking oil. Once oil is heated, add the ground chicken, crumble and cook until browned.
  • Add the red bell pepper and water chestnuts to the skillet. Saute for two minutes.
  • Pour the prepared sauce mixture into the skillet and mix well. Cook for two more minutes to allow the sauce to soak into the chicken and vegetables.
  • Remove from heat and top with green onions and chopped peanuts. Serve 1/3 cup of the chicken and vegetable mixture inside each lettuce wrap and drizzle a little of the peanut lime dressing on top. Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serving: 3lettuce wraps | Calories: 496kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 32g | Sodium: 966mg | Fiber: 6g

How To Make Chicken Lettuce Wraps – Step By Step Photos

Overhead shot of a bowl of asian sauce mixture.

Start by making the sauce for the chicken. In a small bowl mix 1/4 cup hoisin sauce, 2 Tbsp soy sauce, 1 Tbsp rice vinegar, 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil, 1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger, and 2 garlic cloves minced. Stir well and set aside.

Chopped bell pepper, water chestnuts, green onions and peanuts on a wood cutting board.

Dice one red bell pepper. Drain and dice one 8oz. can of water chestnuts. Slice 2 green onions and give the peanuts a rough chop. Set these ingredients to the side.

Cooked ground chicken in a large stainless steel skillet.

Add 1 Tbsp cooking oil to a large skillet and heat over medium. Once oil is hot, add 1 lb ground chicken, crumble, and cook until browned.

Cooked ground chicken with red bell pepper and water chestnuts.

Mix in diced bell pepper and water chestnuts into the skillet and saute for 2 minutes.

Asian sauce mixture being poured over cooked chicken and vegetables.

Pour the sauce mixture into the skillet and mix well. Continue to cook and stir for 2 minutes.

Finished chicken and vegetables with green onions and chopped peanuts sprinkled on top.

Remove from heat and add 2 sliced green onions and 1/4 cup chopped peanuts. Feel free to reserve some of the green onions and peanuts to add on top of the individual lettuce wraps.

Overhead close up shot of peanut lime dressing.

Next, make the peanut dressing. In a small bowl combine 1.5 Tbsp natural style peanut butter, 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar, 1 minced garlic clove, 1/4 tsp grated fresh ginger, 1 lime, 1 tsp soy sauce, 2 Tbsp neutral oil. Mix well.

Chicken and vegetable filling being added to chicken lettuce wraps.

Serve chicken filling inside lettuce with a drizzle of the peanut lime dressing and enjoy!

close up shot of chicken lettuce wraps with peanut lime dressing being drizzled on top.

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Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

These shrimp lettuce wraps are juicy and delicious, made even more irresistible with a creamy peanut dipping sauce! We’re always…

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These shrimp lettuce wraps are juicy and delicious, made even more irresistible with a creamy peanut dipping sauce!

Shrimp lettuce wraps

We’re always looking for fun and healthy dinner ideas, and this one makes a splash: Shrimp Lettuce Wraps! They’re bursting with zingy flavor and crunchy veggies, and the creamy peanut sauce seals the deal. If you’re wary of eating your food in lettuce leaves, know that this one is so flavor-packed you won’t go away unsatisfied. These were quick to disappear at our house, and we hope they will be at yours!

Ingredients in shrimp lettuce wraps

These shrimp lettuce wraps are a fun way to eat these juicy shellfish as a gluten free dinner or appetizer. Lettuce wraps are a food that originated in China, then spread throughout Southeast Asia. Today they are particularly popular in Laos and Thailand. In the past decades they have become very popular in America, especially with the interest in gluten-free and keto diets. This recipe is not authentically Asian, but a spin on the American interpretation of the idea. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Shrimp, deveined and tail on or peeled
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Soy sauce or tamari
  • Rice vinegar
  • Cornstarch
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Green onions
  • Butter lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Bell pepper
  • Cilantro
Shrimp lettuce wraps

Tips for buying shrimp

There’s a wide variety of options at the store when it comes to purchasing shrimp. Here’s what we find is best for shrimp lettuce wraps:

  • Medium shrimp: Medium shrimp is our favorite size for a dish like this, though small shrimp would also work well in lettuce leaves. Medium is labeled as 41 to 50 count (the number of shrimp per pound).
  • Wild caught: Fish that is wild caught in your country is usually a sustainable choice. There are also quality options in well-regulated farms; see Seafood Watch Consumer Guide.
  • Peeled (or tail on): Tail on shrimp looks the best aesthetically, but it is definitely harder to eat for shrimp lettuce wraps. We left the tails on for the photo, but would recommend serving with fully peeled shrimp.
  • Fresh or frozen: Frozen shrimp can be as high quality as fresh, if it’s frozen as soon as it’s caught. Make sure to thaw the shrimp before you start this recipe.

Best lettuce for shrimp lettuce wraps

What’s the best type of lettuce for shrimp lettuce wraps? The best variety to use here is butter lettuce, also called Bibb lettuce. The delicate flavor, handheld size and circular shape of butter lettuce make it perfectly suited for wraps.

  • Butter lettuce is a variety of green lettuce that has a soft, delicate texture reminiscent of the creaminess of butter and a mild, sweet flavor. This term includes both Boston and Bibb lettuce. It’s often sold as a small head with the roots still attached to keep it from wilting, or in boxes of separate leaves.
  • Are there any substitutes? You could try romaine hearts, but the shape is less suitable and the flavor is a bit stronger. Green cabbage is another options, but it’s tougher to bite through and has a stronger flavor as well.
Shrimp lettuce wraps

Use the peanut sauce for drizzling or dipping

The best part of this shrimp lettuce wraps recipe is the sauce (in our opinion!). This peanut sauce recipe is savory, sweet, salty, sour, and a little spicy all at once. It adds dimension and makes these lettuce wraps absolutely irresistible.

You can use the sauce for dipping, but we find it can be a little hard to dip the wraps into the sauce without them falling apart. So we like to simply drizzle each wrap with the sauce!

How to serve shrimp lettuce wraps

You can use these shrimp lettuce wraps as an appetizer, but because of the prep time involved we prefer to eat them as a main dish! If you serve them as a main, add another dish or two to round it out and make a satisfying meal. Here are a few ideas for sides to serve with lettuce wraps:

Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

More shrimp recipes

And that’s it! Let us know what you think of these shrimp lettuce wraps in the comments below. They’re a delicious gluten-free dinner idea and great as a summer dinner. Here are a few more shrimp recipes you might enjoy:

This shrimp lettuce wraps recipe is…

Pescatarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free (with gluten-free hoisin sauce and tamari).

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Shrimp lettuce wraps

Shrimp Lettuce Wraps


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

These shrimp lettuce wraps are juicy and delicious, made even more irresistible with a creamy peanut dipping sauce!


Ingredients

  • 1 recipe Peanut Sauce
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce (or gluten free hoisin)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons rice vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, deveined and tail on or peeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 head butter lettuce (aka Bibb lettuce), leaves separated, washed and dried
  • 2 carrots, julienned or shredded
  • 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the ingredients for the Peanut Sauce, or make it in advance. (Store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks; allow to come to room temperature before serving.)
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and cornstarch. 
  3. Heat the 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet. Add the shrimp, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, garlic, and ginger and cook 1 to 2 minutes per side until just opaque and cooked through, turning them with tongs.
  4. When the shrimp is almost cooked, add white and light green portions of the green onions and the sauce and sauté for 30 seconds more. Remove from the heat.
  5. To serve, place the shrimp in the butter lettuce leaves. Top with the remaining green onions, shredded carrots, red pepper strips, and torn cilantro leaves. Drizzle with the peanut sauce before serving, or use it for dipping.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Diet: Gluten Free

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Smash Burger

If you love a meaty, juicy burger patty with loads of crispy edges and charred crooks and crannies, this Smash Burger recipe is for you!

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If you love a meaty, juicy burger patty with loads of crispy edges and tons of smoky crooks and crannies for your favorite sauce or cheese to sink into, this Smash Burger recipe is for you! Will you be left with a greasy stovetop? Undoubtedly. Will your smoke alarm holler? Probably. Will it be worth it? A million times YES. Plus, you get four burgers for what you’d pay for just one at a restaurant. Oh haiiiii, Budget-Friendly Smash Burger! Let’s be best friends.

Side shot of a Smash Burger with a toothpick in the bun.

What is a Smash Burger?

Unlike traditional burger patties that are thick and round, a Smash Burger has a thin patty with crispy, charred edges packed with smoky flavor. You make a smash burger by smashing a ball of ground beef onto an ungreased, hot, flat surface.

Ingredients for The Best Smash Burger

Smash Burgers are easy (though a bit messy) to make, ridiculously delicious, and perfect for a weekend get-together. Here’s what you’ll need to make a Smash Burger:

  • Ground Beef- Don’t use lean ground beef. You need fat for a smashed patty to be flavorful and juicy. Instead, use 80/20 ground beef, which means the beef is 80% meat and 20% fat. If you want to make your burger patties with ground turkey or ground chicken the same rule applies.
  • Butter- Adding frozen butter to the beef mix helps give you juicy results with deep, meaty flavors while also delivering smoky, crispy edges. To add even more depth to your burger, you should butter your buns before toasting them.
  • Seasoning – We use our Homemade Burger Seasoning, but you can also season this burger with a teaspoon of salt and a quarter teaspoon of black pepper. For a little more kick, try using a teaspoon of your favorite spicy blend, like our Homemade Cajun Seasoning.
  • Buns- What’s a burger without a fabulous bun? I prefer potato buns, but classic white, pretzel, brioche, or sesame buns are great choices too. You can also wrap your patty in a big, juicy lettuce leaf!
  • Toppings – If you want to make a cheeseburger, I recommend American cheese, which melts beautifully. We went super-classic with lettuce, red onion, and slices of tomato for our toppings, and skipped sauces that would overpower the flavor of our patty. But you do you. Other toppings that work fabulously are slices of avocado and crispy bacon topped with a fried egg. Or smother your patty with sautéed mushrooms and onions and smoky chipotle peppers.
Overhead shot of three Smash Burgers tucked into a tray with fries nestled around them.

Tips For A Great Smash Burger

  1. Chill your beef. Cold burgers have solidified fat. That means more fat stays in the patty as it cooks, producing a crispy brown exterior with a juicy interior.
  2. Salt your burgers when you’re ready to cook them. Salt denatures the proteins in ground beef very quickly, and it only takes minutes to transform the patty into a dry, rubbery, meatloaf-like texture.
  3. Use a cast iron or heavy-bottomed stainless steel pan which holds heat when a cold patty hits it. Do not use a non-stick pan; you should never heat non-stick to high temperatures.
  4. Use the biggest, heaviest spatula you have to smash your burger. If you need more leverage, place a tall, thick, heavy glass lip-side down on the spatula and place your palm on its bottom to smash down even more.
  5. To ensure your burgers are cooked evenly, use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. The internal temperature of a cooked burger should be 160°F.

What To Serve With Smash Burgers

We paired our Smash Burgers with our Oven Baked Steak Fries and they were absolutely AMAZING. You can also try our super crispy Garlic Parmesan Oven Fries. Other great options are our Easy Creamy Coleslaw or our Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad.

How To Store Smash Burgers

You can store cooked patties in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Then, reheat the patties in a preheated pan until steaming hot. Avoid using a microwave, which will leave you with rubbery results. If you’d rather freeze the burgers, don’t cook the patties. Instead, freeze the buttered, unseasoned ball-shaped portions wrapped in plastic or wax paper in an airtight container. Take them out of the freezer the day before you want to prepare them and thaw them overnight in your fridge.

Side shot of a Smash Burger with a toothpick in the bun with a second Smash Burger in the background.
Side shot of a Smash Burger with a toothpick in the bun and french fries in the background.
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Smash Burger

If you love a meaty, juicy burger patty with loads of crispy edges and tons of smoky crooks and crannies for your favorite sauce or cheese to sink into, this Smash Burger recipe is for you!
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Total Cost ($11.85 recipe / $2.96 serving)
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 burgers
Calories 516kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef $6.99
  • 4 Tbsp frozen salted butter, divided $0.56
  • 3 tsp Homemade Burger Seasoning $0.33
  • 4 burger buns $2.99
  • 4 leaves iceberg lettuce $0.37
  • 1 tomato, sliced into thin rounds $0.45
  • 1/4 small red onion, sliced into thin rounds $0.16

Instructions

  • Separate the ground beef into four equal portions.
  • Grate 1/2 tablespoon of frozen butter onto each portion. Wrap the meat around the butter and shape it into a ball. Chill the beef until you are ready to cook. Place an ungreased cast iron skillet over high heat. Turn on your exhaust fan. Open a window.
  • When the skillet is smoking hot, sprinkle a 3/4 teaspoon of burger seasoning all over the beef ball, then place it in the pan.
  • Smash down with a spatula and keep the spatula on the burger as it cooks. When you see the top of the patty change color (about 2 minutes), carefully work the spatula under the patty. Take your time with this step, as the patty will be stuck to the pan.*
  • When you have loosened the patty, flip it and smash it again. Cook for 2 minutes more, remove the patty from the pan, and rest it on a cooling rack. Wipe the pan down with a paper towel and cook the remaining patties.
  • While the patties rest, place a rack in the top third of your oven and put it on broil. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and brush it onto the inside of the buns. Place them buttered side up on a sheet pan and toast in the oven for a few minutes until golden.
  • Assemble the burgers. Place the burger on the bottom bun and top with onion rounds, tomato slices, and lettuce. Add the top bun and enjoy the crispiest, smokiest, burger ever!

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Notes

*If you want to make this a cheeseburger, as soon as you flip the patty and smash it again, remove the spatula and top the patty with a slice of cheese. I prefer American, as it melts beautifully. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger | Calories: 516kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 36g | Sodium: 453mg | Fiber: 1g
Side view of Smash Burger being held by two hands.

How to Make Smash Burgers – Step by Step Photos

Overhead shot of one pound of ground beef separated into quarters.

Separate 1 pound of ground beef into four equal portions.

Overhead shot of frozen, grated butter being tucked into a ball of beef.

Grate 1/2 tablespoon of frozen butter onto each portion. Wrap the meat around the butter and shape it into a ball. Chill the balls of beef until you are ready to cook. When it’s go time, place an ungreased cast iron skillet over high heat. Turn on your exhaust fan. Open a window.

Overhead shot of ball of beef in a black cast iron pan.

When the skillet is smoking hot, sprinkle a 3/4 teaspoon of our Homemade Burger Seasoning all over the beef ball, then place it in the pan.

Overhead shot of raw Smashed Burger patty in a black cast iron pan being smashed by a silver spatula.

Smash down with a spatula to create an even patty about 1/4 to a 1/2 inch thick. When you see the top of the patty change color (about 2 minutes), gently slide the spatula back and forth to take it off the top of the patty. Then, carefully work the spatula under the patty. Take your time with this step, as the patty will be stuck to the pan.

Overhead shot of cooked Smashed Burger patty in a black cast iron pan.

When you have loosened the patty, flip it and smash it again. If you want to make a cheeseburger, top the patty with a slice of cheese. Cook for 2 minutes more, remove the patty from the pan, and rest it on a cooling rack. Wipe the pan down with a paper towel and cook the remaining patties.

Overhead shot of melted butter being brushed onto a bun in a sheet pan with other buns.

While the patties rest, place a rack in the top third of your oven and put it on broil. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and brush it onto the inside of the buns.

Overhead shot of toasted buttered buns in a sheet pan.

Toast the buns buttered side up in the oven for a few minutes until golden. Assemble your burgers with red onion rounds, slices of tomato, and lettuce. Top the burger with the remaining bun and chow down, my friend!! Don’t forget to say “I cook. You clean.” as you get showered with compliments! #Trust

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