Love PF Chang’s chicken lettuce wraps? Try this easy recipe

Love PF Chang's chicken lettuce wraps?  Try this easy recipe

The best chicken lettuce wraps feature moist chicken, aromatic vegetables and crunchy water chestnuts shimmering in a robust sweet and sour glaze. Nestled into soft lettuce leaves and eaten by hand, there’s nothing better on a hot night.

Lettuce wraps are said to have originated in China and are enjoyed throughout Asia. Classic versions of the dish are made with a variety of meats, though the version most people in America are familiar with is made with ground chicken. That’s because PF Chang’s version is made with chicken and the restaurant chain is touted as being the first to put lettuce wraps on the menu. The hearty starter is described as their โ€œsignature dishโ€ and the appetizer is so beloved, it’s the most-copied menu item in the restaurant industry.

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To be clear, there’s no way to truly reproduce the PF Chang’s version since the โ€œsecret family recipeโ€ is closely guarded, but we can come close and even make something that’s arguably better.

My chicken wraps are gluten-free, budget-friendly and entirely customizable. Use this easy recipe as a starting point to create delicious lettuce wraps that are endlessly adaptable.

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How to customize your chicken lettuce wraps

Chicken lettuce wraps are a fast and easy one-skilled dinner.

The chicken: This recipe calls for ground chicken, which is typically 92% to 97% lean. That means this wholesome dish contains very little fat from your protein source. You can also use finely diced chicken breasts, tenders or thighs. If you want to substitute a different protein, try ground or diced lean pork, beef, turkey or tofu.

The vegetables: I chose carrots for sweetness, since they partner perfectly with the salty elements in the soy sauce and hoisin. I also added onion, green bell pepper and water chestnuts for taste, texture and crunch. Adding vegetables also helps stretch the filling to serve more people. Feel free to add or replace vegetables. For example, add some shiitake mushrooms or swap in jicama in place of water chestnuts.



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