A Healthy 20 Minute Weeknight Dinner Your Family Will Love! Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Quick, easy and delicious!  These 20 Minute Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps make the perfect weeknight meal, and the leftovers (if there are any) make a great lunch throughout the week!  We call them Lettuce Tacos in our house, and they always impress.  What makes Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps so delicious is the combination of hoisin (a Chinese BBQ sauce), and sweet chili sauce.  The sauce is sweet, salty, tangy and leaves a touch of heat in the back of your mouth.  When wrapped in buttery lettuce, it all comes together into one perfect bite.

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

If you’re following my February menu, I forgot to add the sweet chili sauce and the bell peppers to the list.  Oops!  The sweet chili sauce is about $2 at the grocery store, and you can use the leftovers for so many other meals.  It’s one of my favorite, lazy day stir fry sauces!

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I also added quinoa to my lettuce wraps.  Adding quinoa (or rice) is a great way to stretch out the meat even more.  I used quinoa because I like the texture of it, and the fact that it’s loaded with nutrients.  Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps make a healthy weeknight dinner that your kids will eat too.

asian lettuce wraps

We serve our lettuce wraps family style.  Like taco night.  I place everything on the table, and let everyone create their own lettuce wrap.  For Anthony, it makes him feel like he is choosing what HE wants for dinner even though it’s the same dinner we’re having.

asian lettuce wraps

Having all of the different options on the table allows Anthony to experience new foods and combinations.  He’s always trying to have what Daddy has, and being able to mimic Dad by making his own dinner always helps make happy plates!

Ingredients:

1 lb ground chicken
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp hoisin sauce
1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic minced
1/2 red (or yellow) bell pepper, diced
2 tsp – 1/2 tbsp ginger, grated
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 jalapeño, finely minced, optional

For Serving:
butter lettuce
shredded carrots
shredded cabbage
cilantro
lime
green onions
cooked quinoa, optional
sirarcha

Directions:

In a medium pot over medium high heat add 1 tbsp olive oil and heat until shimmering. Add green onions, garlic, ginger, jalapeño and bell peppers and cook 3 minutes. 

asian lettuce wraps

Add chicken and soy sauce cook breaking up large pieces of chicken until cooked throughout. 

asian lettuce wraps

Add chicken stock, hoisin, rice vinegar and sweet chili sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 15-20 minutes – or longer if you have time – up to 1 1/2 hours.

asian lettuce wraps

Serve in butter lettuce leaves with quinoa (optional), and desired toppings. 

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asian lettuce wraps

For the free printable version, click the link below for a PDF version.

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps


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