Hoisin Chicken Lettuce Wraps

May 10, 2012

in Appetizers, Dinner in a Dash, Recipes, Sides & Salads

hoisin chicken lettuce wraps - BusyButHealthy.com

I love lettuce wraps, especially in spring or summer. Its a quick and light dinner, and you won’t even miss using a traditional bread-style wrap.  There are so many flavor combo’s you can do for lettuce wraps, but traditionally, you’ll see that most have an Asian influence.  This was a really easy recipe that I’ll definitely be making again and again. A 20 minute meal.

Hoisin Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Makes 2 servings


4 skinless boneless chicken thighs (could use small chicken breasts if you want)
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp lower sodium soy sauce
4-6 large leaves of butter lettuce (or romaine)
Fresh basil leaves, chopped
Fresh mint leaves, chopped
1/3 cup green onions, chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped fine (optional)
1/4 cup cashews, chopped (or peanuts)

NOTE: This is not a gluten free recipe as hoisin contains a bit of wheat. As does soy sauce, unless you’re using tamari.  I’ve yet to find a similar substitute to hoisin.


Heat your outdoor or indoor grill to medium high.  In a small bowl, whisk together the hoisin, rice vinegar and soy sauce. Remove 2 Tbsp of the hoisin sauce mixture.  Spread the 2 Tbsp of hoisin mixture onto the chicken, and place on your indoor or outdoor grill (could also do in a skillet on the stove).  Cook on both sides until done.  Meanwhile prep the lettuce leaves and place a bit of basil, mint, green onion & jalapeno pieces on each lettuce leaf.

Once the chicken has cooked and rested for a couple minutes, chop into small pieces and place in the bowl of hoisin sauce mixture and toss.  Place a bit of chicken on each lettuce leave and top with a bit of the chopped cashews (or peanuts).

Wrap and eat!

Nutrition (per serving)   Calories: 344   Fat: 13 g   Carbs: 24 g   Fiber: 4 g   Sugars: 6 g   Sodium: 560 mg   Protein: 34 g

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  • Tanis

    I made this tonight! A new favorite. Thanks for sharing! Delicious!

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      So glad you liked them!

  • http://www.nordictrackcoupons.com Jentry Nielsen

    Oh man it’s like this post was made for me! ha I’ve been on such a lettuce wrap kick, I had one a few weekends ago in a town 45 mins away and I’ve been wanting to go back ever since! I keep begging the boyfriend for another trip out there! ha 
    This looks even better! I have got to try this out! 

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Haha too funny…too bad it wasn’t closer! Hopefully these do the trick!

  • Sheri

    Did you use seasoned or unseasoned rice vinegar?

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      I just used the plain, unseasoned rice vinegar

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