Asian Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

I learned very quickly, a couple years ago, that when I order lettuce wraps at an Asian restaurant, I better be prepared to share with our youngest daughter. Where that little body stuffed all those lettuce wraps, I have no idea, but there wasn’t enough left on my plate to even call it a small appetizer size portion. My still hungry stomach had me ordering more!

So when I asked Tessa if she’d like to help me make Asian Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps for lunch at home recently, she quickly got her cutting board (in yellow, her favorite color) and a butter knife, pushed up her stool, and asked what she could do. Together we chopped and poured, measured and stirred, until we declared it good. Then we sat down to a lettuce wraps feast, bursting with fresh flavors, colors, and textures.

This is just the most perfect light yet satisfying meal. And it’s a great way to get your family eating more fresh veggies, because nobody can resist the fun in creating and eating their own lettuce wraps.

Asian Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

Yield: 6 to 8 servings


for the dressing:

  • 1/4 c. rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 T. peanut oil
  • 2 T. honey
  • 2 tsp. finely minced fresh ginger
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

for the chicken salad:

  • 3 c. cooked chicken, shredded into bite-size pieces (Use a deli chicken for a quicker meal!)
  • 1 c. very thinly sliced carrot
  • 1/2 c. thinly sliced red pepper
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 T. chopped fresh cilantro

for the lettuce wraps:

  • 1 to 2 heads large-leaf lettuce of your choice, leaves separated
  • 2 tsp. black sesame seeds


for the dressing:

Combine vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, peanut oil, honey, ginger, garlic, mustard, and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

for the chicken salad:

Toss together the chicken, carrot, red pepper, green onions, and cilantro. Drizzle with the dressing and toss lightly to coat. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

to assemble the wraps:

Spoon chicken salad into lettuce leaves and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve with your favorite peanut dipping sauce, if desired.

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21 Responses to “Asian Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps”

  1. #
    Sherri B. — February 29, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I have just started getting serious about low-carb (once again!) and, with a few tweeks, can add this to my menu, thanks! xo

  2. #
    Natalie — February 29, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I’ve been wanting to try making my own lettuce cups for a while now, these look like a great place to start, I love the combination of flavours you used!

  3. #
    Cassie — February 29, 2012 at 10:26 am

    This is right up my alley. I love chicken salad and these flavors are amazingly perfect!

  4. #
    Milena Andrade — February 29, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Loved your site, very beautiful!
    Kisses. (Brazil)

  5. #
    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — February 29, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I love lettuce wraps, and these look absolutely perfect.

  6. #
    Blog is the New Black — February 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Gorgeous, delicious!

  7. #
    Paula — February 29, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I love wraps, lettuce and tortilla! This salad is a keeper and a must try for sure. I’m starting to get quite a collection of your recipes…hint hint (you should compile a cookbook :)

  8. #
    Maria — March 1, 2012 at 8:56 am

    These would be great for lunch or dinner!

  9. #
    Kristen — March 1, 2012 at 9:05 am

    We love lettuce wraps and I truly like this twist on chicken salad!

  10. #
    Maris (In Good Taste) — March 3, 2012 at 12:08 am

    I think I would have wanted seconds too So nice that you and your daughter like the same foods!

  11. #
    cheryl — March 4, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    I am putting the ingredients on my shopping list this week!!

    • Brenda replied on March 6th, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      I’m so happy you found this easy to make AND delicious! LOVE it!!

  12. #
    Aggie — March 6, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Oh I’m such a sucker for lettuce wraps! These look so fresh and delicious!

    • Brenda replied on March 6th, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      Thanks bunches, Aggie. I could eat these every other day…so tasty and satisfying!

  13. #
    wynonaelliott  — March 7, 2012 at 4:48 am

    Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe of “Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps” it is pretty delicious and I want to discover the delicious taste of this dish…

  14. #
    cheryl — March 8, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    The wraps were a hit! Dave and the kids loved them and Dave even wanted to come for lunch the next day to eat the left overs. :o) He said it was his favorite meal that I have ever cooked. SCORE!

    • Brenda replied on March 8th, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      Wow, now that’s sayin’ somethin’! Yay, I’m so glad it was a hit!! xoxo

  15. #
    Amanda — March 10, 2012 at 6:24 am

    This sounds so fresh and delicious!

  16. #
    Baby Mama — March 21, 2012 at 11:03 am

    LOVED these… I’m adding them to our hot weather food list. I used a rotisserie chicken, which I love to get when things heat up (as they have here in the past couple weeks). Made for a simple, tasty and refreshing dinner.


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