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. […] a breeze. I was lucky enough to stumble upon this recipe by one of my new favorite food bloggers: Iowa Girl Eats. All I have to say is she rocked this recipe and so can you! So, turn on some good music and get to […]

  2. Amy O'Connor 09.20.2012

    These were amazing!! I doubled the recipe for my family and I’m pretty sure it was completely devoured. A little too spicy for my three year old but everyone else loved it. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Ariel 09.27.2012

    I have some Hoisin sauce at home, do you think I could substitute any of the ingredients for this sauce instead? I was thinking the water, honey, peanut butter…not sure if it would work? any suggestions?! thanks & i love your recipes!

  4. […] Lettuce Wraps, which are my favorite thing to get at P.F. Chang’s. I got the recipe from Iowa Girl Eats and changed it just a […]

  5. Lisa 09.30.2012

    This recipe is legit! I made a double batch and I’ve never seen my husband so excited to eat dinner in my life! I had to shoo him out of the kitchen multiple times! It tasted on point to pf changs! Thank you so so much!

  6. Shannon 10.04.2012

    I love P.F. Chang’s lettuce wraps, but I agree that sometimes they can be a bit too greasy.

    I am totally making these tonight!

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  9. Teresa G 10.07.2012

    I’ve made the P.F. Chang’s lettuce wraps about 5 times now – they are incredible! It seems like a lot of ingredients, but when you buy them they will last for many, many recipes (and they are not expensive). I’ve tried the recipes with chicken and with mini shrimp. I suggest, if you want to try shrimp, you do half chicken half shrimp, otherwise the shrimp consistency will be kind of strange.

  10. Molly 10.10.2012

    Made these last night… SO GOOD! I lost 25 pounds over the last year (post baby #2) and it’s always great to find something super tasty that is also healthy. I don’t do hungry and I don’t do bland – so these were a winner! :)

  11. Allie 10.15.2012

    These were awesome! Thank you!!

  12. […] was where i first saw this recipe for the P.F. Chang’s Lettuce Wraps. the original link is here if you want to check it out, or keep reading for the full […]

  13. Cfrosty 10.19.2012

    Thank you! I was looking for a different chicken wrap recipe using ground turkey and this popped up in the search. This recipe is very good. Will be a regular rotation in my menu planning.

  14. Brandy 10.30.2012

    Would this dish freeze well?

  15. Kristen 10.31.2012

    These were delicious!! I will be making these again. Thanks!

  16. Annabelle 11.04.2012

    Thanks for posting! As a celiac these are one of my absolute favorites, PF Chang’s has a great gluten free menu but I agree with you on there being a little too much grease in their version. Just as a warning to those of you wanting to make them gluten free – be sure to use GF soy sauce, wheat is one of the main ingredients in regular soy sauce!
    Thanks again, so excited to make these!

  17. Leah 11.06.2012

    I cannot have peanut due to allergy. Can I skip that? It look yummy and healthy! Mmmmm!!!

  18. Jenny 11.06.2012

    I made this tonight subbing quorn chicken chunks for chicken and doubling the sauce. So very good! We will eat this again.

  19. Jean 11.06.2012

    I just keep nervously shoving these in my mouth as I watch the election. They are seriously delicious! I’ve never even had the original. I am a vegetarian so I sub the chicken for Quorn chik’n cutlets. I also double the sauce because I I need to eat all the water chestnuts in the world and add two 8ounce cans. Thank you for this recipe, I don’t know what I ever did without it!

  20. Nicole Williamson 11.12.2012

    Hello Iowa Girl. I think you are my new blogger bff! Your recipes look AWESOMELY AWESOME! I made the lettuce wraps tonight and even my 6 year old ate them (she is VERY picky). My husband ate about 5. I was hoping to repost the recipe on my blog. Would that be alright with you if I mention your blog and link you? LMK. Thanks!


    PS-Hoping to make myself the Goddess Salad soon!

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  22. Jamie 11.17.2012

    We are currently devouring them!! Quadrupled the recipe for a party tomorrow – ah-mazing!!! Great job!

  23. I had this pinned for over a year but made it for the first time last night, now I am kicking myself for waiting SO long. My husband and I devourded the whole thing AND we are having it again tonight!! Just SO delicious!! Thank you SO much for sharing this!!

  24. Linda 11.24.2012

    Had theses tonite and they were amazing!! I did add this sauce to the wraps and they were to die for!


    Special Sauce
    1/4 cup sugar
    1/2 cup water
    2 tablespoons soy sauce
    2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
    2 tablespoons ketchup
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    1/8 teaspoon sesame oil
    1 tablespoon hot mustard
    2 teaspoons water
    1 -2 teaspoon garlic and red chile paste

  25. Tiffany 12.11.2012

    These were really good. I did not use the water chestnuts and subbed pork for the chicken with Boston lettuce. I would use low sodium soy sauce next time, it was pretty salty, but that was my fault. I have a heavy hand with the salt shaker. I’d def make these again, they were so easy and so yummy.

  26. Clemsongirl90 12.27.2012

    These were really great! Thank for the recipe!

  27. Becky 12.28.2012

    Double or triple the recipe and you can freeze it in portions. It is just as easy to make a big batch as a little batch but you will have meals ready to go. One of my favorite freezer meals.

  28. […] I borrowed this recipe idea from Iowa Girl Eats. […]

  29. Dayna 01.01.2013

    Has anyone tried this in the crock pot?

  30. To 01.10.2013

    I work at PF Changs and I could give you the actual recipe…it doesn’t have so many ingredients and is a lot more simple to make.

  31. Emily 01.13.2013

    Wow! These were a hit tonight with my picky husband and my 10 month old son! =) I haven’t had the PF Chang’s version however. Thanks for a great recipe!

  32. Bridget 01.14.2013

    Found this recipe on Pinterest, tried it out and LOVE IT. This is now one of my husband’s favorite meals! Plus it’s actually quite easy and quick. THANKS!

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  34. […] a link to the recipe; it’s definitely worth trying.  I had all the ingredients to make the sauce in the pantry […]

  35. Chante' 02.03.2013

    Fantastic! I doubled the honey and did a 1 tbsp ofthe chili garlic sauce for extra sweetness and kick. I did celery for the crunch because I forgot the water chestnuts TWICE. Wow! My husband and toddler ate it up!! (For breakfast also!)

  36. Nadia 02.04.2013

    WOW, these are wonderful!!!! They taste extremely close to PF Changs wraps. This is my second time making them and my family is very pleased!! Thank you!

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  38. Kayla 02.08.2013

    I love PF Chang’s lettuce wraps! But unfortunately, due to a peanut allergy, I can’t recreate your version!

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  40. Caroline 02.12.2013

    Subbed red quinoa for the chicken. Super yummy veg option!

  41. Maya L. Trimner 02.14.2013

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I am a 32 year old peanut, tree nut and soy allergy survivor and am always looking for recipes on Pinterest and came across this! I substituted the peanut butter with sesame seed butter and used sunflower seeds instead of peanuts. I also used a soy-free soy sauce recipe for the soy sauce and the result was absolutely DELICIOUS!!! THANK YOU for posting this and for the clear instructions. I am addicted and my whole fam LOVED it! =)

  42. Chris F 02.20.2013

    Made this for my family (thankfully doubled it like you mentioned!) and they loved it. They are also in love with the Panera Asian Salad – the chicken is so easy to prepare and they love it!

    I’m sharing your recipe today on my blog Blessings Ink with a link back to here. :)

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  44. Charli 02.22.2013

    Don’t know if you will see this comment this is an old post but I got the link from a friend and made it for dinner. I made the recipe as written but made one and half times the sauce then I cooked a lot of the big bag of stir fry veggies from costco(carrots, baby corn, green beans, sweet peas, red pepper) you know stir fry stuff and chopped it up super small to match the size of the pieces of ground turkey and mixed it all together……point of long post…..super yummy all four kids loved it perfect veggie packed meal!! Thanks!

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  46. Jenny C. 02.24.2013

    I found this recipe via Pinterest and it is amazing! It is my new favorite take-to-work lunch. I used coconut oil instead of sesame because it’s what I had on-hand and it tasted great. I also did not prepare the sauce separately… I just piled all the sauce ingredients on top of the browned chicken. Turned out fine and it was one less dish I had to wash.

  47. Jill DC 02.25.2013

    Delicious! I added some finely chopped bok choy for extra veggies! They were soo good – the whole family loved them!

  48. Yum! I LOVE that you didn’t put any hoisin sauce in this recipe – it’s almost impossible to find good lettuce wrap recipes that don’t have refined sugars! Yay! :)

  49. Amy D 02.26.2013

    So I know you wrote this a long time ago and probably wont check the comments but what are your thoughts on using the crock pot for this and subbing out the ground chicken for chicken breasts? I know it wont be exactly like PF Changs but it will be so much easier. do you think i would need to add some broth of some sort?

  50. Rachel 02.26.2013

    I made these today for lunch! They were super yummy! Hard to eat because my lettuce fell apart but that’s ok. It was totally worth it! Thanks for the recipe!

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