P.F. Chang’s Lettuce Wraps


P.F. Chang’s Lettuce Wraps copycat recipe tastes just like the real thing – but is a whole lot healthier!


So I failed to tell you the entire culinary story of Ben’s and my Vegas Vacation

Our first night there, feeling brave after a rather large can of Sapporo, we each dove face first into a Pinks Hotdog, whose newly opened location was strategically placed right outside our hotel. A Classic Dog for him, and a Rueben Dog for her. I know.

Whatever. One bite of the snappy casing, sour ‘kraut and salty pastrami and it was lights out. When in Vegas!

The other meal I failed to mention took place late one night after returning home from sipping cocktails and shooting craps at the casinos. I had previously turned up my nose to the P.F. Chang’s located in the lobby of our hotel, preferring to dine at non-chain restaurants for all major-meals while on vacation. But as I looked at the clock, I came to realize that it certainly wasn’t a major-meal hour of the day morning, and the smell wafting from the restaurant’s open doors smelled too good to resist.

Bring on the chain restaurant – and the Lettuce Wraps – whee!

P.F.Chang’s Lettuce Wraps – I am telling you – salty, greasy, PERFECT. If you’ve ever had them, I bet you’ll agree. But sometimes they can be a little too greasy, know what I mean?

That’s why I decided to recreate.


P.F. Chang’s Lettuce Wraps

Serves 2-3


P.F. Chang's Lettuce Wraps copycat recipe tastes just like the real thing - but is a whole lot healthier!


  • 1lb ground chicken breast
  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1" knob ginger, peeled & minced
  • 2-1/2 Tablespoons gluten-free Tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/2 Tablespoon water
  • 1/2 Tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce (or more if you like it hotter)
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2-8oz can sliced water chestnuts, drained & chopped
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, chopped
  • 10-12 large outer lettuce leaves, rinsed and patted dry


  1. Heat a large, non-stick skillet on high. Add chicken, onion, salt & pepper, then cook until chicken is nearly done, stirring often to break up the meat. Add garlic and ginger then continue cooking until chicken is no longer pink.
  2. Meanwhile, in a microwave safe bowl, combine gluten-free Tamari or soy sauce, rice vinegar, oil, peanut butter, water, honey, chili garlic sauce and pepper. Microwave for 20 seconds, then stir until smooth. Add into the skillet and stir to combine.
  3. Add green onions and water chestnuts into the skillet then cook for 1-2 minutes until the onions are soft and the water chestnuts are heated through.
  4. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts, and serve with cold lettuce leaves.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.


I die. I die for this dish! It is FANtastic, and so much lighter than PFC’s!


Salty, crunchy and crispy – fun too! Simply pile the chicken mixture onto a lettuce leaf,




and chomp. AWESOME. The fuller you stuff ’em, the better, too. My first wrap was kind of weak sauce, so I really jammed the filling in with the others. Much better. You have to make these!



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  3. Lauren 06.18.2011

    Making these tonight! Thank you!

  4. Kathy 06.20.2011

    I am hosting Recipe Night tomorrow night and made these ahead tonight in preparation. Since I pick the water chestnuts out of lettuce wraps at PFChang’s, I omitted them and loved this dish even more. But that’s just a selfish preference!

    I can’t wait to show off my new finding to the ladies!

    FYI… some girls & I from church have Recipe Night once a year. Everyone brings a dish to share (any course and no need to assign or rsvp with courses – it always works out, and so what if you only have apps & dessert – it’s still a girls night out!) and 20 copies of the recipe. We all get to try each others’ food and then leave with new ideas/recipes!

    FYI #2… I myself am a former Iowa girl and even a farmer’s daughter – from birth until I went to college… fond memories and I love to visit my family!

  5. Krissa 06.25.2011

    Where do you find ground chicken? Or do you ask them to grind it for you at the store?

    • Jess 03.06.2012

      go to the poultry section of your local grocery. its usually around where they sell the prepackaged breasts & thighs. if you can’t find ground chicken, i’m sure ground turckey is just as good.

  6. Heather 07.18.2011

    Hi Kristin! I made your lettuce wraps last night for dinner. Amazing!! They are definitely going to be a staple.

  7. Blair 08.13.2011

    Love chicken lettuce wraps, and I was so happy to see this recipe. Just made them for dinner tonight, and they were delicious. So easy and quick to prepare too. Now I finally have a way to use up all that rice vinegar and sesame oil I’d purchased a while back. :P Even my husband thought it was great and filling too!

    @Krissa…You should be able to find ground chicken at just about any grocery in the meat department. I bought mine at Walmart, prepackaged.

  8. Minnie 09.07.2011

    We just made the lettuce wraps for dinner and they were delicious! Definitely going into the regular menu rotation.

  9. Erin 09.11.2011

    Hi Kristin-

    I’m a long-time reader but have never commented before. Just wanted to let you know that I made the lettuce wraps for dinner tonight, and they were AWESOME! Even my “meat and potatoes” husband loved them:) Thanks for this awesome recipe; we will be having these again!

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  11. Trey 09.29.2011

    These were better than the resturant! My roommate and I didnt even have all the ingredients: we didn’t use ginger, substituted the chili garlic sauce with Franks Hot Sauce, the rice vinegar with teriyaki sauce, and also used ground turkey and it was delicious. I can’t wait to play around with the sauce (step 2) by adding either general tso sauce or sweet & sour, or pretty much any other asian sauce or marinade. It ony took about 30 minutes to make too which is (for lack of a better word) amazingly awesome!
    Thanks for the easy and delicious meal!

  12. I found this recipe via Pinterest, and *HELLO* was it TASTY! I’ve not had the lettuce wraps at PF Chang’s, but I do enjoy wrapping yummy filling in crisp, cool lettuce. The flavor was rich and wonderful. Thanks for the share.

    I’ve enjoyed browsing your blog, and you have me missing Iowa right now! (I’m a Drake Alum…ha!)

    Best, Dianna

  13. Catherine 10.01.2011

    These wraps are in my rotation every so often now! I made them two nights ago and we enjoyed the leftovers for lunch today – SO good, especially for how quickly the dish can come together. Thanks for an awesome recipe!

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  18. Libby 10.30.2011

    I just made these tonight with ground turkey, they are amazing! Great sauce you concocted there. I added more Sriracha sauce (we love the Rooster here) and chopped in a green pepper. It was a big hit, and really easy. I prepped everything while my meat was defrosting and it went really quickly, like 15 minutes tops!

    Tip for pulling apart that dang lettuce – cut the bottom off and pull from the bottom. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that the other 3 times I’ve made lettuce wraps, but it made my life so much easier!

  19. Jade 11.01.2011

    This recipe is amazing AND quick! My boyfriend and I go to PF Changs all the time and the lettuce wraps are a favorite! These are so much lighter, but still full of flavor! Great recipe :)

  20. heidi 11.13.2011

    The only thing your recipe is missing is the mushrooms. PF Changs lettuce wraps have a lot of chopped up mushrooms in them which is quite strong in the flavor.

  21. Teresa Caine 11.15.2011

    Thanks for sharing the awesome recipe. I shared it on my blog giving all the credit to you and linking it to your blog right at the top in the title. I hope you’re good with that. We are always looking for healthy choices and have started a recipe swap for our growing readers. This is perfect and my family will be having it this week! :-) Live and love well, ~Teresa

  22. Amanda 12.29.2011

    I just made these tonight and both my husband and I loved them. Thanks so much for the great recipe… it really does taste like P.F. Chang’s, but better!

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  24. junilla 01.07.2012

    This was fabulous!!! So great and so much healthier than the restaurant version. I did not have water chestnuts on hand, but I used chopped mushrooms and thought it was a nice touch. Also did not have chili-garlic past so I just threw in some red pepper flakes;

    This will become a regular. BTW I ground the chicken myself in a food processor – fabulous!

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  26. Jessica 01.12.2012

    Found these on pinterest! They were amazing!!!!! :)

  27. Jess 01.16.2012

    thank you for sharing your recipe! I made these for dinner tonight and my husband loved it and so did I!

  28. Susannah 01.17.2012

    Uh, hi…you’re officially my hero now. These were OH SO GOOD! I made this for my husband and me for lunch today. We had the leftovers for dinner. Can’t wait to make it again. I added 1/4 cup of hoisin sauce, and it was great. THANKS!

  29. Laura 01.18.2012

    Just made these tonight for dinner!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!! Adding this to my dinner rotation for sure!

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    Just inhaled these. So good and so easy. Thank you so much for making me feel like I can actually cook something besides eggs!

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  33. Liz 01.26.2012

    These were soooooo good. I used ground turkey because the butcher was out of chicken. I used Bragg’s liquid aminos instead of soy sauce to keep the sodium low. I forgot the water chestnuts, so I sliced up a couple mini bell peppers for the crunch factor. I am on a diet, and I reluctantly added the honey. Next time, I think I will swap out the honey for stevia, or omit it altogether. The best diet food I have eaten, perhaps EVER!

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    Made these tonight! My husband and I LOVED them!! Definitely making again!!

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  39. Tammy 02.12.2012

    Kristin, I made this recipe tonight after having P.F. Chang’s on Friday and I have to say, I love these results so much better. Far less grease and who knows what else.

    Thanks so much for sharing!


  40. Nicole 02.17.2012

    I can’t wait to try these! Do you recommend any side dish to go with these or would they work as an “one dish meal” since they are usually served as an appetizer at P.F. Chang’s? Thanks so much!

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  42. Liz 02.23.2012

    So to update….I swapped the honey for i packet of stevia, and the recipe seemed identical in flavor and kept the dish low on the Glycemic Index. I have made these once a week for the last month, and I love them!

    • Liz 02.23.2012

      oops….that’s 1 packet of stevia. :)

  43. Susan 02.23.2012

    Just made the lettuce wraps tonight and they were soooo delish!! Thank you!

  44. Jessica 02.25.2012

    This is the best new recipie I’ve tried in a long time, absolutely delicious and easy! I just threw chicken brests into the food processor and they were ground in seconds.

  45. vanessa 03.01.2012

    These are TO DIE FOR. Thanks so much!!! :)

  46. Jamie 03.01.2012

    These look awesome! I can’t wait to try them!

  47. Lindsay 03.05.2012

    Do you think ground turkey will have the same outcome? I could not find ground chicken and no food processor at home… I’m going to give it a shot tonight!

  48. Iowa Girl Eats 03.06.2012

    How did it work out with the turkey?

  49. Nicole 03.10.2012

    Just made these tonight and they turned out fantastic! I used the whole can of water chestnuts, and might add another next time I make it. Thank you for posting this recipe!

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