Chinese Lettuce Wraps

These Chinese-style lettuce wraps taste very similar to a restaurant version and are easy to make at home.
a close-up of a chinese lettuce wrapThis post is sponsored by Lee Kum Kee.

Recently, Lee Kum Kee came out with a series of ready made sauces for popular Asian dishes, including Lettuce Wraps, Honey Sesame Chicken, Korean BBQ-Stir Fry, and Orange Chicken.
overhead shot of Lee Kum Kee sauce for lettuce wraps packages

While I have my own homemade from-scratch sauces for most of my favorite Asian dishes, I do like the idea of having a ready-made sauce handy for those days where I’m too busy to deal with measuring and mixing together half a dozen or more ingredients. Lee Kum Kee is already the brand I buy for most of the Asian sauces I own for cooking, so I was pretty sure I was going to like these new sauce pouches.

The package provides a recipe for lettuce wraps, but I cooked my homemade version and use their sauce in place of the sauce I usually make.

For the protein, I usually use ground pork or ground turkey instead of ground chicken. For this version, I used lean ground turkey. I also add peas, carrots, and water chestnuts. The water chestnuts are my favorite part of the filling!
how to make chinese lettuce wraps step one: cook the meat, peas, and diced water chestnuts in a skillet

Once you have your ingredients cooked, you just need to stir in the sauce.
how to make chinese lettuce wraps step 2: add the sauce to the skillet

And then it’s ready to serve. Super easy!close-up shot of the filling for chinese lettuce wraps in a skillet with a wooden spoon

Most restaurants serve this dish with iceberg lettuce, but I prefer romaine or butter lettuce. For this one, I used baby romaine lettuce as they were the perfect size for a taco-like shell.overhead shot of five chinese lettuce wraps on a cutting board with a skillet filled with more filling on the sideThe sauce tasted just like the versions I grew up eating at Chinese restaurants. I’m looking forward to checking out the orange chicken one next because I rarely have orange juice in the house and my orange chicken sauce usually uses quite a few ingredients.

Chinese Lettuce Wraps

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 4
These lettuce wraps taste like the restaurant version and are easy to make at home.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • 2.5 oz water chestnuts finely diced
  • 1 8 oz pouch Lee Kum Kee sauce for lettuce wraps
  • 1 head of baby romaine lettuce washed and separated into individual leaves (see note)

Directions:

  1. Add oil to a large skillet and bring to medium high heat. Add in turkey and cook until browned. Add in peas, carrots and chestnuts. Stir and cook until everything is completely cooked.
  2. Add in sauce. Bring sauce to a simmer and stir until everything is evenly coated in sauce. Turn off heat.
  3. Dish out filling onto lettuce leaves.

Notes:

I like to use romaine lettuce leaves because they're sturdy, but you can substitute any lettuce you like. Butter lettuce and iceberg lettuce would work well, too.

Nutrition Facts
Chinese Lettuce Wraps
Amount Per Serving (0.25 of recipe)
Calories 331 Calories from Fat 137
% Daily Value*
Fat 15.2g23%
Saturated Fat 3.7g23%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.5g
Cholesterol 78.2mg26%
Sodium 471mg20%
Carbohydrates 25.1g8%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 25.7g51%
Vitamin A 2900IU58%
Vitamin C 14.9mg18%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 3.1mg17%
Net Carbs 20g40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

This post is sponsored by and written in partnership with Lee Kum Kee. All opinions expressed are my own.

Chinese Lettuce Wraps

2 comments on “Chinese Lettuce Wraps”

  1. Which grocery store were you able to find baby romaine lettuce for this dish? These looks like they don’t break during wash as easy as iceberg and butter lettuce.

    • I found it at Zion market! it’s the first time I’ve seen it there; they were selling it about two weeks ago. They are quite sturdy, like regular romaine but smaller, making them the perfect size.

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