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Posted by on Feb 1, 2011 in Appetizers, Asian, Chicken, Main Dishes | 50 comments

Asian Lettuce Wraps

Asian Lettuce Wraps

When my husband and I were on our honeymoon, we spent a couple of days in Calgary. After visiting Joey Tomato’s and ordering their Asian lettuce wraps a couple of times, I completely fell in love. My quest had been to re-create the ones we had there, and when I found this recipe, I knew it was the one! These are really messy, which I don’t mind, but hubby ends up using tortillas to wrap them instead. That’s kinda more Mexican-y, but it makes him happy and not complaining, so I let it go. The sacrifices you make…

This recipe is pretty versatile, so don’t sweat it if you don’t have the exact ingredients – try a combination of peppers, don’t worry about what kind of mushrooms you have (shiitake, cremini, even regular old white button mushrooms are delicious), the chili paste can be substituted for Sriracha or any other hot sauce, etc.

We like to keep the noodles and peanuts separate from the stir fry so that they don’t get soggy if you have leftovers, but hey, whatever floats your boat. ;)

P.S. You all know I dislike cilantro, so of course my recipe doesn’t call for it, but all you weirdo cilantro lovers might like to add a couple tablespoons of the stuff chopped fresh.

P.P.S. Yes, you are weird.

Recipe lightly adapted from

Asian Lettuce Wraps


Yield: 4 servings

  • ¼ cup peanuts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • ½ red pepper, chopped
  • 250g water chestnuts, sliced matchstick-style
  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced matchstick-style
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ tsp brown sugar
  • 5 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp chili paste (such as Sambal Oelek)
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • lettuce for wrapping, such as Butter, Boston or Bibb
  • steam fried crispy Asian noodles
  1. Heat a large skillet to med-high heat. Add peanuts and stir occasionally until roasty. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in same skillet over med heat. Add garlic and sauté until softened. Add chicken, stir fry until no longer pink.
  3. Add onion, pepper, chestnuts and mushrooms. Sauté for 1 min.
  4. Meanwhile, dissolve the brown sugar in the soy sauce. Add to the vegetables in the pan. Continue to stir fry for about 2 mins.
  5. Add the hoisin sauce and chili paste.
  6. Stir in green onions and remove from heat.
  7. To assemble: Place noodles on the lettuce, then the stir fried meat and veggies, and top with peanuts.


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  1. Who doesn’t love lettuce wraps. I really enjoyed reading this post and I will definitely have to make this recipe.

  2. Thanks have a reciepe my son in law made for us it was great. Very similar except chili sauce and a few differences, can,t wait to try this one.
    Thanks again. I am a fan of Joeys Only (now)lettece wraps.

    • Joeys Only is a fish and chips place. You mean just Joey.

  3. Made these wraps for supper tonight…even the kids loved them! Thanks for posting…I’ll definitely be making them again!

    • Thanks Sara! So happy you liked them!

  4. I’m looking forward to making these tonight. I’m surprised that there is no gingerroot or sesame oil in the recipe…

    • Stacey, I never thought to add those, but I bet they would be delicious! If you do, let me know how it turns out!

  5. Thanks for the great recipe. I like you had them at Joeys and loved them. I googled them today and searched umpteen recipes and then I found yours.
    I said to myself that’s it, that’s the recipe.
    We thoroughly enjoyed them for dinner this evening. Although my husband did say they were too healthy!
    Thanks again

    • Hi Colleen! So happy to hear that you liked them. My hubby always complains that they’re too messy, but they’re my fav!

  6. Made these today for a lunch date with my boyfriend. They were a huge hit! Added a little ginger, and I’m sorry to say, cilantro (eeeek). Delicious AND nutritious! Thanks so much for posting.

    • Jennifer,

      So glad you liked them. :) I’ll have to add some ginger next time, and like another reader suggested: sesame oil. I think I’ll keep skipping the cilantro though. ;)

  7. I’m a big fan of lettuce wraps, and really enjoy them vegetarian. If you love Joey Tomatoes if you are ever in Kelowna BC head to Joey Kelownas, the atmosphere and staff are awesome and the wraps amazing….especially with a good Pino Grigio! P.S. I too am not a big fan of Cilantro…..but I am getting used to a hint of it in wraps, and in my Guacamole !

  8. These are also awesome with teriyaki sauce and sesame oil or there are some great Asian sauce blends!

  9. I, myself, love cilantro because it’s great for detoxing. I’m a bit concerned about the added calories in the noodles and sauces but I can find many options as a replacement.
    I try to stay as low carb as possible so lettuce over disgusting carb-laden tortilla bread makes my day…or um meal anytime, many thanks!

  10. Did you buy your crispy Asian noodles or make them. If you bought them, can you tell me the brand.
    Looking forward to making this over the weekend.


    • Hi Jack,

      I bought some crispy noodles. I don’t remember the exact brand, but they were “steam fried”. You really can’t go wrong with any type of noodle, it just adds a nice crunchy texture to the wraps.


      • Thanks Jacquelyn!


  11. Thank you for the simple recipe!!! My husband liked them! Thats a first, for him to eat something I prepared. I appreciate how laid back you are!!

    • Launa, happy to hear they were a hit! Need me to come over there and talk some sense into him? ;)

  12. Awesome !!!

  13. Thank you for the recipe. Was delicious. I did change it by adding ginger, sesame oil, more brown sugar and double the listed amount for the hoisin and chilli sauce but my friends were very pleased. They said it was better then joey’s wraps. Thanks a bunch xo

    • Sheena – so happy to hear you liked them! Happy cooking!

  14. So I searched and searched today for a lettuce wrap recipe and came across this one. All I can say is… DELICIOUS!! Thanks for a great recipe.:)

    • My pleasure! Glad you liked it Sherry!

  15. YES!!!! I love you for ripping off their recipe ;) I always order these at Joey’s but the veganized version with their soy chicken and they’re my all-time fave! Been wanting to make them myself and it sounds like you got it down to a T. Bravo! So excited to make ’em. Thank you!

    • Samantha – you’re welcome! Let me know how they turn out when you make them with soy “chicken”!

  16. This is very good.

  17. Made these tonight – they were awesome! I didn’t use mushrooms as I didn’t have any – they were still great! Would be great with shrimp too! Not a big fan of cilantro either!
    Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    • Hi Charlaine, I’m so glad you liked them! I like to think that you can add or subtract whichever ingredients float your boat, and they’ll still be just as tasty. I think I’ll try shrimp next time – great idea! We fellow cilantro haters have to stick close together. ;) Thanks for stopping by and for coming back to tell me about it! Happy cooking! xoxo

  18. This is the absolute best lettuce wrap recipe. I have been using it for a couple of years now. I do add the cilantro and they are delicious. A perfect copy of the Joey’s ones. Nice job and my family thanks you!

    • I’m so happy to hear that you like them Karen! Thanks for coming back to share! xo

  19. Thank you so much for the recipe! I use to work at Joeys’ as a server and I miss these so much. This is THE recipe, I haven’t found it anywhere else and I have tried. Thank you!

    • Kait, thank YOU for coming back and telling me! I love hearing that people are enjoying my recipes! Happy cooking! xo

  20. Can you tell me how to do the noodles? Not sure how to cook them. Thanks this is an amazing recipe

    • Hi Julie,

      I replied to your email separately, but wanted to reply here as well for anyone else who might have this question. The noodles I buy are left uncooked for a little bit of crunch, but it would depend on the type of noodles you buy. Ramen (ichiban) noodles are a good option because they add a bit of crunch without tasting like hard, uncooked pasta. Hope that helps!

  21. Oh my god these are fantastic!!! I also fell in love with Joey’s lettuce wraps years ago and recently had a craving for them so I found this and made it for supper last night. I don’t like mushrooms, so I substituted 1 cup of matchstick carrots and 1 cup of bean sprouts. It was delicious! Hubby loved them too. These will definitely become a regular in my kitchen!

    • So happy to hear you liked them Samantha! Extra carrots and sprouts sounds great – I’ll bet the crunch was fabulous! Thanks for coming back to let me know. Happy cooking! xo

  22. These are awesome. Just like Moxie’s in Canada. Love them! Used leaf lettuce the second time around, so much easier! Thanks!

    • Forgot to mention that I dislike cilantro with a passion too! So bitter and the flavour takes over the entire dish! ?

    • Lori – I’ve struggled with the right lettuce since I started making these, and have found that while butter lettuce is probably the best option because of it’s soft pliability, any lettuce is prone to tearing. I say, embrace it and enjoy the flavours…sans cilantro of course! P.S. I haven’t tried Moxie’s lettuce wraps yet…I’ll do that the next time I’m there! Happy cooking! xo

  23. Made this recipe tonight and they were delicious. Bought cilantro and meant to add it, but forgot. They tasted almost like Joeys. Couldn’t find chilli paste so used chilli sauce instead. Still worked well. Thanks for adding this recipe, I will make these again.

    • I have a confession…I’m trying to learn to like cilantro. So far I can handle it in pico de gallo, and a few other subtle places, but I’m not sure I’m up to trying them in these lettuce wraps yet. Thanks for coming back to share with me! Happy cooking! xo

  24. These are almost identical to Joeys. I added in half sesame oil and half olive oil and added a tiny bit of ginger. AMAZING. My husband was very very happy, this is his favourite dish from Joeys. Thank you so much!

    • Larissa,

      I’m so happy to hear it! I’m definitely going to add sesame oil and ginger next time…a few readers have mentioned they did that! Happy cooking! xo

  25. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe I have these at moxies all the time and now can make them at home 😉 do you know what the sauce is that they serve with them?

  26. Really great recipe, thank you! We took the leftovers to work the next day on rice so they weren’t as messy, and that was good too

  27. I so late to the party – I just had these at Joeys and I’m hooked!!!! Can’t wait to try your version. Thank you for posting!!!!

  28. What is the nutritional value on these?

  29. Any chance you have nutritional information on these amazing babies?

    I love love them, but I’m desperately trying to watch my carbs :-)


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