Asian Turkey (or Chicken) Lettuce Wraps

Asian Turkey (or chicken) Lettuce Wraps

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

I don’t know if I can think of a better beat the heat, quickie dinner for a hot, muggy summer day than these Asian Turkey (or Chicken) Lettuce Wraps.

Asian Turkey (or Chicken) Lettuce Wraps

Asian Turkey (or Chicken) Lettuce Wraps

Minutes to make, using a handful of ingredients, Asian Lettuce Wraps are  cinch to pull together – they literally take minutes.

Make them once  and you’ll be wondering why you’ve never made lettuce wraps before. And if you’re like me, you’ll probably start to tinker and add a bit of this or a bit of that, all your fave veggies, etc. and customize to your heat level.

Today I kept them simple coz we have a veggie hater in the house…but, hey, it’s hard to convince someone who’s lived to see 90 that they need veggies in their diet! Although I do get a little sneaky now and then. 🙂

Asian Turkey (or Chicken) Lettuce Wraps

Asian Turkey (or Chicken) Lettuce Wraps

Ground turkey or chicken is something I do whip up at home for several reasons:

  • 1st is quality – you don’t always know how a ground product has been handled or exactly what parts are in those shiny little tubes.
  • 2nd is price – whether turkey or chicken, in my area the low is between 69 cents to 99 cents a pound, respectively.
  • 3rd is texture – sometimes those tubes contain mush – it’s hard to make that look attractive and the texture can be off-putting.

I do get that sometimes you can get ground turkey or chicken from the butcher and not just from a tube, but it takes so little effort to grind up your own. Just cube up chicken or turkey and toss a good handful of the cubes at a time into a food processor. Pulse a few times and you’re set in minutes.

Asian Turkey (or Chicken) Lettuce Wraps

Asian Turkey (or Chicken) Lettuce Wraps

Turkey or Chicken Lettuce Wraps

  • Servings: abt 16 wraps
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 pound ground chicken or ground turkey, or a pound of either chicken or turkey, cut in cubes and pulsed to desired texture in food processor
  • 6 – 8 scallions, white and green part finely sliced, a little of the green ends saved for garnish
  • 1 small can water chestnuts, drained, rinsed and finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup hoisin
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • For heat as desired: chili garlic sauce, sriracha, peppers in oil, etc.
  • 1 lime, half juiced and added to the sauce, the other half cut in chunks for serving
  • 1 large head butter lettuce, wash, dried and leaves separated
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts, for garnish
  • Any desired condiments for serving

In a large pan, brown the ground chicken or turkey over medium-high heat, breaking up the pieces. If very lean, you may need to add a little oil. Drain, if necessary.

Add scallions, garlic, water chestnuts, red pepper and cook a few minutes until the vegetables are softened.

In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger, fish sauce and sesame oil and what ever you desire to add a little heat.

Add to pan and stir until ingredients are coated and the sauce is thick enough to cling to the turkey/chicken and vegetables. Add the lime juice. Garnish with peanuts.

To serve, spoon about ⅓ cup of chicken filling onto one lettuce leaf and roll it up, if desired. Serve with lime and sriracha or other spicy condiment, if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Servings per lettuce wrap
Amount Per Serving
calories 78
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4 g 7 %
Saturated Fat 1 g 5 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 21 mg 7 %
Sodium 267 mg 11 %
Potassium 54 mg 2 %
Total Carbohydrate 6 g 2 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 3 %
Sugars 2 g
Protein 6 g 11 %
Vitamin A 9 %
Vitamin C 20 %
Calcium 1 %
Iron 4 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


I’ll be bringing this recipe to Fiesta Friday, hosted this week by Monika @ Everyday Healthy Recipes and Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook.

24 thoughts on “Asian Turkey (or chicken) Lettuce Wraps

  1. These lettuce wraps were a HUGE hit with my family! I ate four, hubby ate three of them stuffed to the brim, and then my daughter and boyfriend got home from the river and finished every last bit of it off! The entire head of lettuce and filling was demolished. Excellent recipe, Mollie, a keeper! p.s. I see you added the soy sauce to the list! 😉

    • Hi Liz – oh my it’s been awhile since I stopped by to see what you’ve been up to! I’ll be there shortly! The wraps were really good – so hard to believe it because they were so simple!

  2. Oh my! This looks delicious! I am hungry now and I am wishing I could enjoy this right now! 😀 Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party, Mollie.

  3. You’re right Mollie– this is summer perfect! fast enough and simple enough on a hot day when the last thing you want to do is make dinner! Love the variety on your blog– always something new! thanks! hugs hugs!

        • It’s so easy to get discouraged; I’ve been there, believe me. And I still do to myself that from time to time!

          My fitness pal is free and it’s easy; sometimes you have to copy and paste the recipe, but usually you go to food, then recipes and put in the url of your blog post, then when I have the nutrition in right, go back to the post and edit and add it in.

          Your blog is gorgeous, your photography amazing and your recipes are mouthwatering delish! It’s buried in my blog, but on my five year anniversary, I posted this, and after, I kept going (except when I first starting caring for my folks and fell by the wayside) and just kept telling myself that if I stayed true to myself and my vision and did things on my blog that I love to do, that was all that was necessary!:

          I also love the bloggers that post on Fiesta Friday – I have found so much friendship and support and a lot visitors and ppl to visit! 🙂

  4. That looks so delicious. I really should have my dad and brother grind up a bunch of turkey or chicken for me sometime when they are processing meat and vacuum packing anyway. Then I could have a bunch in the freezer for when I need it!

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