Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

A few weeks ago I invited readers to join me in a challenge to eat from the freezer and pantry for a week.  During that challenge I found that I had chicken, rice, hoisin sauce and water chestnuts on hand.  They seemed like the perfect combination, but I didn’t have a recipe that involved all of them.  This week I decided to make up my own.  I added two ingredients to the four I already had.  It resulted in a flavorful wrap that is perfect for hot summer weather.

Here’s what you’ll need:


*Note* I ended up grilling lots more chicken and cooking much more rice than we needed.  We had leftovers for lunch the next day and we still had more leftovers.


To assemble the wraps, lay a lettuce leaf on a plate.  Add some rice to the middle of the lettuce.  Be careful not to use too much, or you won’t be able to wrap it.  Add some chicken and top with hoisin sauce if you like extra flavor.  These are fun to eat, but messy.  Lettuce does not make a rip-proof wrap.

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Serves: 6-8 servings

  • 1-2 lbs.boneless chicken breasts or tenders
  • 1 jar hoisin sauce
  • can of water chestnuts, roughly chopped
  • green onions, sliced (2-4, depending on how much rice you use)
  • cooked rice (I made 2 cups of rice, which results in a lot of rice)
  • lettuce variety that has large leaves, cleaned and patted dry
  1. Cook the rice according to the package directions.
  2. Grill the chicken, basting it with hoisin sauce during the last few minutes of the grilling.
  3. While the chicken grills, add the green onions and water chestnuts to the finished rice.
  4. Slice the grilled chicken into thin slices.
  5. To assemble the wraps, lay a lettuce leaf on a plate.
  6. Add some rice to the middle of the lettuce. Be careful not to use too much, or you won’t be able to wrap it.
  7. Add some chicken and top with hoisin sauce if you like extra flavor.
  8. These are fun to eat, but messy. Lettuce does not make a rip-proof wrap.


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  1. This would be perfect. We just harvested a lot of lettuce from the garden I was dreading eating all of it with salad. The lettuce almost looks identical to what we grew. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Yum! Those are calling my name 🙂

  3. This look simple and delicious! I love Asian Wraps!

  4. I would love to eat this. And it’s so pretty, that I would hate to at the same time.

  5. Yuuuuuuuum! I think I have most of this stuff in the kitchen. I know I have leftover rice and chicken. This may be lunch tomorrow!

  6. These look awesome! i will be trying these this weekend on my home grown lettuce!

  7. i do try to cook without recipes sometimes but i never can think of what to do with the ingredient id have….

  8. Hmmmm….now those look good! I think I’ll have to try making these (or something similar as I might not have all the ingredients you listed on hand).

  9. Anonymous says:

    Wow! Alllll of that food look absolutley delicious!! Congrats on being FB today 🙂 Love your blog. Hope you have a great rest of your week 🙂

  10. This looks great..I wish I was creative with the food in my freezer and pantry!

  11. My husband and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary with Asian Chicken lettuce wraps as our dinner. (We are eating in for this celebration because we have two boys: a 4 month old and almost 3 year old.) My husband loved, loved, loved this dinner.

    I forgot to buy water chesnuts at the store so we substituted with celery and cucumber (to give it a little crunch). Also, I was thinking it would be great to have a peanut sauce for dipping. We ended up making homemade peanut sauce with peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, vinegar, and water.

  12. Hey, we so this with sundried tomato salad dressing instead of the hoisin sauce. My daughter wraps the wrap in a tortilla to keep it under control and I just give up and rip up the lettuce on my plate, then layer on the rice and chicken and sundried tomato dressing. Also, I add a little soy sauce to the chicken during the last minute of cooking. At first the sundried tomato dressing seemed weird but all six of my picky eaters LOVE this meal!

  13. Virginia says:

    I’m a huge fan of your blog but have never shared via a comment. We were grilling on Friday night, so I went ahead and marinated and grilled the chicken for this for Saturday night. It was so good after refrigerating overnight in the hoisin sauce! Everyone LOVED it on Saturday night, and it was PERFECT for a hot summer evening.

  14. Can’t wait to try these! Thanks for the recipe.

  15. Could you cook this in the slow cooker instead? Or conventional oven? I want something easy. 🙂


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