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Posted by on Feb 1, 2011 in Appetizers, Asian, Chicken, Main Dishes | 27 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 has been to re-create the ones we had there. 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 using shiitake mushrooms if they’re not available (even regular old 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.

4.7 from 3 reviews
Asian Lettuce Wraps
Recipe type: Main Dish or Appetizer
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
  • 250 g water chestnuts, sliced matchstick-style
  • 2 cups shiitake 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
  • 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.

  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.

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