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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  1. Cari 03.11.2012

    Made this for the second time tonight — this time for my boyfriend, too. He loved it! Its delicious, and I get the added bonus of getting to use my nice new wok when I make it. I probably don’t need to, but why not?

  2. Serena McPherson 03.15.2012

    My husband said these wraps were the best meal I have made in the last 6 months. We are budding foodies so that was a great compliment and of course I gave you all the credit. We used left over barbecued pork (from a charcoal grill, not pulled with sauce) and it added a smoky flavor. SOOO good!

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  4. Leslie 03.26.2012

    The wraps were AMAZING!!!! Thank you for sharing the recipe! :-)

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  6. Julia 04.06.2012

    This was delicious and very easy to make. Thanks!

  7. julie 04.12.2012

    Loved these!! Easy to make, delicious! New family favorite

  8. Jessica 04.18.2012

    Love theses!!
    Thanks so much for the recipie!

  9. Katie 04.21.2012

    Ummm… amazing! These are totally easy to make, taste like the real thing and are so much healthier! We doubled the chili-garlic sauce… yum :)

    • Jonathan 07.05.2012

      Where can you find the chili-garlic sauce? I didn’t see it in the grocery store. Also, do you know how many calories this dish is?

  10. becca 04.21.2012

    Two thumbs up from us! (even my water chestnut hating husband!) Thanks!

  11. Jeanette Braithwaite 04.22.2012

    Made for the fam last night and dang, such a hit! Everyone helped in preparation and had a blast! Wowed everyone!! thanks so much! We rolled sushi along with lettuce wraps and what a fun night!

  12. Kalli 04.26.2012

    I’ve made this at least 4 or 5 times now (usually with ground turkey, usually even cheaper than ground chicken and taste is very similar) and it’s always satisfying. Thanks so much for the recipe!

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  14. Kathryn 04.26.2012


    I’ve been wanting to make the PF Changs Lettuce wraps and when I finally saw it I had to try it. I made it for my boyfriend and he loved it!! I loved it so much I had to include it in my blog.
    Thanks so much for the food inspiration!

  15. Tami 05.04.2012

    My husband and kids (age 5 and 11) take a cold lunch every day. We are always looking for new things to pack. We are trying as a family to eat healthy and more naturally. I made these up and ate them hot over the weekend and then used the leftovers for their cold lunches. They all loved it! I changed it for the lunches a little though. I put the lettuce on a spinach wrap and wrapped it all up just so it would be easier especially for the kids to eat at school. They said it was really good cold too. Thanks!

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    […] I took a rest day last Monday which meant I had a free day to stew about the whole blog mess that was happening and then make an actual dinner.  Jaymo had some hot and heavy business meetings on Mon/Tues with the el jefe so I wanted to make a favorite dinner of his: PF Chang’s lettuce wraps but healthified by Iowa Girl Eats. […]

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  21. Becca 06.03.2012

    Hello from fellow Midwest girl! This recipe looks great. I tried another copycat lettuce wrap recipe a few weeks ago after my first trip to Changs and it was just ok. (The lettuce wraps were the best part of the whole meal.) This has more ingredients and I’m looking forward to trying this one!
    And as for my favorite chain restaurant, it’s a tie between Olive Garden and Red Lobster :)

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  23. Ruby 06.08.2012

    YUM! YUM! YUM! YUM! YUM! YUM! YUM! These were SO delicious! Thank you!

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  26. Don 06.16.2012

    This looks great, I’m going to try them next week. You say these are much lighter then PF Chang version, do you know how much lighter? PF Chang lettuce wraps are a whopping 630 Cals/ serving, so I’m wondering if you have an idea what these come in at?

    • Margarita 07.19.2012

      When I put these into Calorie Count they come in at 371 calories for three servings. If you split it in two servings it would be 556.

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  28. Hayley 06.24.2012

    First I’d like to say I LOVE your blog! It’s so refreshing to read a blog with a balance of healthy eating and indulgence!
    I just made these lettuce wraps for lunch and they were an absolute hit! I’ve never been much of a fan of PF Changs, but love their lettuce wraps! Now I’m happy to have a recipe that will certainly become a staple in my weekly rotation.

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  31. Pam Herda 07.05.2012

    Made these tonight and they were awesome but salty. Next time I won’t salt the meat at the start. I doubled the recipe and we gobbled them up. We are trying to eat healthier so I didn’t add the chopped peanuts but I think they would add the final touch. Give them a try. I know there are different versions of this same recipe, but this one is pretty darn close.

  32. Jon 07.15.2012

    Great recipe. I added some fresh sliced jalapinos and cilantro into the wraps which kicked the recipe up a little bit.

  33. Bernie 07.16.2012

    I just tried these last night and wow, are they so much more filling than I thought. Oh and of course, they are very yummy! Also, I tried them without the peanuts last night but added them with the leftovers today and thought it was even better! Thanks so much for sharing.

  34. Stacie E 07.26.2012

    Made these for the first time last night. OMG….yummo!! Will definitely be making them again. Maybe again tonight! :o)

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  36. Julia Taylor 08.01.2012

    I LOVED this recipe! I made it for my husband and I today, and it was DELICIOUS! Though, instead of fresh Ginger, I used Ground Ginger. I also used Extra Chunky Jif peanut butter instead of natural peanut butter. It gave the peanuty taste as well as the crunchy peanuts.

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  38. Dee 08.15.2012

    I’ve made these twice now. The kids asked if I was going to make them every week. :)The entire family loved them. Next week I’m making them again for company. :) Thanks for sharing!!

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  40. Val 08.21.2012

    Where do I find the chili-garlic sauce? Can I make it?

  41. Lacey 08.21.2012

    Hi – Just wondering if you have ever made with tofu instead of chicken? I’m thinking I need to try it!

  42. Diana 08.24.2012

    Do I have to add the chestnuts to make it? I don’t have some :(

  43. nicole 09.02.2012

    These are amazing! I used tofu and my son who hates tofu ate 2 servings, then he woke up and ate it again for breakfast. I was secretly a little upset because I wanted to have it for my breakfast but he got to it first. LOL. Next time I’m making double…no tripple

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  45. Lindsey 09.07.2012

    Absolutely delish! Just wish I would have doubled the recipe so that we could have leftovers for lunch tomorrow. We will definetly make again…and will make a larger batch:)

  46. Cherish 09.10.2012

    These were delicious! Thank you.

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