The textures and flavours in these popular PF Chang-style Chicken Lettuce Wraps are a real treat for weeknights or dinner parties. My husband devoured them! And they’re surprisingly easy.
I’ve been thinking of making these for awhile and finally decided to tackle them, maybe because I spent a weekend at my sisters cottage and ate way too much (these wraps are pretty low in calories). After reviewing a lot of PF Chang copycat recipes, I played with various combinations of ingredients from Dinner Then Dessert and Recipe Tin Eats and devised a plan. To simplify, I combined the stir fry sauce and dipping sauce. And, instead of water chestnuts, I used fresh corn which adds a bit sweetness as well as crunch.
Once you gather the ingredients (I know, it’s a long list – but worth it), the dish comes together very quickly. The actual cooking and serving part only takes about 10 minutes. You will not be disappointed. They are not an exactPF Chang copy, but they are delicious. My husband’s comments in between enthusiastic mouthfuls were “these are really good”, “you can make these any time” (lucky me) and “are there any more?”. I have to admit I’m looking for an excuse to make them again soon.
One caution…you might not want to serve these wraps to guests who are eating on their laps at a cocktail party. They can be a bit messy if the lettuce is not as sturdy as you’d like it. I would suggest eating them as a starter at the dinner table or perhaps informally around an island counter in the kitchen.
Tailor to your Taste
- Use ground pork instead of ground chicken.
- Instead of wrapping the filling in lettuce, you can serve it over steamed rice or in hot dog rolls like a Sloppy Joe.
- Make a vegetarian version by omitting the chicken and using finely chopped tofu instead.
- If you don’t have Sherry, you can try some white wine with a dash of sugar. Or leave it out and reduce the cornstarch a pinch.
- If you don’t have oyster sauce, you can use Hoisin sauce instead (not the same taste, but still good).
- The recipe includes a mild amount of heat with Sriracha, but feel free to add it more liberally (or pass some chili oil at the table)
- Use chopped water chestnuts for crunch instead of the corn.
- Use chopped peanuts instead of cashews.
- Add some bold colour with matchstick carrots or red peppers as an extra garnish.
Two options: Make the sauce ahead and prep/chop your ingredients, leaving just the cooking and assembly to do about 10 minutes before serving; or make the filling ahead of time, then reheat it on the stove before assembling into the lettuce cups.
Other appetizers you might enjoy (in less than 20 minutes):
Peach, Chicken and Brie Quesadilla (our most popular) Get the recipe
Easy Shrimp with Gremolata Dressing Get the recipe