Best-Ever Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps & Lettuce Art

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Last week, I made these YUMMMMMMMMMY Chicken Lettuce Wraps.   They are so delicious filled with fresh vegetables and chicken coated in a sauce with a little kick and a peanuty hint.  Wrapping them in crunchy lettuce just makes everything SING together.

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps 2

I am sure this recipe can be adapted with changes to any veggies you like and making the sauce as spicy or sweet as you like.  However you do it, I believe you are going to really enjoy these.   They are nice for a light summer supper and elegant enough to serve to guests.

And since it is July and #WorldWatercolorMonth, I thought I’d try painting some lettuce from my garden to share with this recipe.

lettuce watercolor

Watercolor Lettuce Leaf -140# Arches Hot Press – Lemon Yellow, Green Gold, Sap Green, Burnt Umber

Here’s the recipe.  Enjoy!

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps*

Ingredients:Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

1 head romaine, butter, bib, or iceberg lettuce to get approximately 8 large leaves (whatever kind you like best)

 Filling:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken breast, diced
  • 1/2 cup sweet or green onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple

Sauce:

  • 4 Tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp chili garlic paste
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dry basil
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Add at end:
    • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
    • 1/4 cup peanuts

Directions:

Dice and chop all Filling ingredients.

Whisk together all Sauce ingredients in a medium bowl except peanut butter and peanuts. Set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large wok or skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken and cook just until no longer pink, about 3 mins. Add onions, peppers, carrots and celery and saute for 2 more mins. Stir in pineapple chunks and Sauce and bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth.   Top with peanuts.

To serve, fill lettuce leaves with desired amount of filling and enjoy!

Cheers & Hugs,
Jodi
*Slightly adapted from another amazing recipe by Jen @ CarlsbadCravings.com

44 thoughts on “Best-Ever Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps & Lettuce Art

  1. This sounds good but wasn’t what I was thinking. LOL!
    I pulled up my email on the phone and saw t;he title. I thought right away..
    MMM….wonder what a Asian chicken looks like but if anyone can paint it Jodi can ;)!! That’s what happpens when half asleep 😉 asp now you know your post for tomorrow

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  2. You did a terrific job with the lettuce, Jodi, right on my friend! And not an easy subject! One of my trial runs for my hummingbird was on hot press paper. I’m never happy with what I do on hot press. What is your secret, mentee? This isn’t Jodi-loose, which is why I thought you liked HP. Mentor=confused, but I don’t wanna let that HP go to waste. Any Hints from Heloise for me lol?

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  3. Jodi, we ate at a new ‘city restaurant’ last month that specializes in burgers…and I was intrigued to see that I could opt to have mine between leaves of lettuce rather than slabs of bun. I loved it, and have been thinking of other ways to use lettuce as a ‘delivery system.’ Of course I bookmarked this; I’ll be trying the sauce this week.

    We’re getting our lettuce via a CSA this summer and it looks EXACTLY like your painting.

    Great post! Thanks, my friend!

    Pam

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  4. Wow the sauce really does sound amazing! I do love lettuce wraps with pretty much anything in them. I’ll have to give this a go some day. And Jodi, you did an incredible job with the lettuce leaf. I would think that to be a terribly hard subject to paint. xoxo

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  5. Looks delish, Jodi! 😍 I love lettuce wraps! ❤️ And I LOVE how you painted your lettuce leaf!! WOWZA!! Look at you go, girl!! 🌟🌟🌟 You even shaded it. 🍍🌶😊

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    • You are so sweet Sharon! Thanks – the watercolor leaf didn’t turn out as good as I wanted, but then it wasn’t too bad either. I can only imagine how you could rock it! 🙂

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  6. Love those flavors in the sauce Jodi! Have you had the chicken lettuce wraps at P.F.Changs? They’re so delicious…yours look – and the recipe reads – like they might taste similar! Yum Yum!! 🙂

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