P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps {Copycat Recipe}

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P.F. Chang’s Lettuce Wraps {Copycat Recipe} — Skip the restaurant version and make lettuce wraps at home in 20 minutes!! EASY, healthier because you’re controlling the ingredients, and they TASTE WAY BETTER!!

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Copycat P.F. Chang’s Lettuce Wraps

This recipe for lettuce wraps from P.F. Chang’s was originally published in 2017 and since then has become a reader favorite. I’ve updated some photos and am resharing it because they are just THAT good! 

I don’t go to P.F. Chang’s that often, but when I do someone in my group or family will order their chicken lettuce wraps because they’re just so good. Now you can skip the restaurant version and make your own in 20 minutes. And I promise you this homemade version tastes better.

We inhaled these ground chicken lettuce wraps, and then my daughter asked if I could make a double-batch the next day. So I did.

These chicken lettuce wraps are super easy and healthier because you’re controlling all the ingredients.

There are so many layers of flavor from the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, rice wine vinegar, garlic, ginger, and green onions. The chili garlic sauce adds a perfect amount of heat that we enjoyed but if you’re sensitive to spices you can always reduce the amount.

In case you’re concerned, I found all the ingredients in the Asian section of my regular grocery store. They all play their own role to add authenticity to the recipe and I recommend using them all.

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What’s in P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps? 

To make these P.F. Chang’s copycat lettuce wraps, you’ll need:

  • Olive oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Ground chicken
  • Yellow onion
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Garlic
  • Ground ginger
  • Green onions
  • Chili garlic sauce
  • Water chestnuts
  • Lettuce 

How to Make P.F. Chang’s Lettuce Wraps

These chicken lettuce wraps are a cinch to make, and even easier to devour! Here’s a look at how the lettuce wraps are made:

  1. Add the ground chicken and oils to a skillet and continually crumble the meat while it cooks.
  2. Next, add in the onion, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and chili garlic sauce. Cook until the onion is soft and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the pan and taste to see if you’d like to make any flavor adjustments. 
  4. Spoon the mixture into lettuce cups and enjoy! 
P.F. Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps {Copycat Recipe} — Skip the restaurant version and make lettuce wraps at home in 20 minutes!! EASY, healthier because you're controlling the ingredients, and they TASTE WAY BETTER!!

What’s the Best Lettuce for Wraps? 

I prefer using butter lettuce leaves when making ground chicken lettuce wraps as they’re more flexible than iceberg lettuce or romaine and hold much more filling.

Can I Use Ground Turkey Instead of Ground Chicken? 

Yes, I’ve made this P.F. Chang’s lettuce wraps recipe using both ground chicken and ground turkey and both were excellent. I have spinoff versions including Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Spicy Pork Lettuce Wraps.

You can also use ground beef in case you want another option. Or try my P.F. Chang’s Mongolian Beef (Copycat Recipe).

P.F. Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps {Copycat Recipe} — Skip the restaurant version and make lettuce wraps at home in 20 minutes!! EASY, healthier because you're controlling the ingredients, and they TASTE WAY BETTER!!

What to Serve with Lettuce Wraps 

These Asian lettuce wraps are practically a meal in themselves, but they also pair nicely with some fresh sides.

A few of my favorite things to serve with these chicken lettuce cups are: 

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Tips for Making P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Soy sauce: I prefer using low-sodium soy sauce in this copycat P.F. Chang’s lettuce wraps recipe because I like to control the amount of salt that goes into my food. I’m sure you could also use a soy sauce alternative like tamari or coconut aminos, but I haven’t tried either myself so I can’t say for sure. 

Make ahead: If you have a busy week ahead of you, make a big batch of the chicken filling and freeze some for later. It reheats incredibly well! 

Garnish options: You’re welcome to garnish your homemade P.F. Chang’s chicken lettuce wraps however you see fit. Peanuts and chopped green onions would both be delicious. 

What Readers Are Saying

This recipe for lettuce wraps from P.F. Chang’s is one of the most popular on my site. Here are just a few 5-star reviews that readers have left on this recipe:

Last night I made the PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps recipe and the first comment out of my husband’s mouth when he took his first bite was, “This tastes just like PF Chang’s!” I agree. The recipe came out perfect! Can’t wait to try all the other copy cat recipes!!” — Diane Daniels

“I make this recipe frequently. It is so easy with great flavor and easy to make for a crowd. One of my very favorites.” — Denise

Best lettuce wraps I ever tasted and so easy. I now make a double batch since I can’t keep them in the house. A must try if you enjoy lettuce wraps.” — Debbie

Fabulous, we’re in Canada but tried this at PF Chang’s in the U.S. I was absolutely thrilled to find this recipe and tried it immediately, hubby and I were over the moon with the results.” — Patty

“OMG is this recipe great! I like to cook, so I’m not unfamiliar with making things, but this is one of those jump-up-and-down-because-I-can’t=believe-I-made-something-so-good recipes!” — Ira Goldstein 

P.F. Chang's Lettuce Wraps {Copycat Recipe} — Skip the restaurant version and make lettuce wraps at home in 20 minutes!! EASY, healthier because you're controlling the ingredients, and they TASTE WAY BETTER!!

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P.F. Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps {Copycat Recipe}

By Averie Sunshine
Skip the restaurant version and make lettuce wraps at home in 20 minutes!! EASY, healthier because you're controlling the ingredients, and they TASTE WAY BETTER!!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
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Ingredients  

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken, I’ve also used ground turkey with good results
  • 1 medium/large sweet Vidalia or yellow onion, diced small
  • cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Asian chili garlic sauce, or to taste (sriracha may be substituted)
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger or 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger, or to taste
  • one 8-ounce can water chestnut, drained and diced small
  • 2 to 3 green onions, sliced into thin rounds
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • butter lettuce leaves, for serving

Instructions 

  • To a large skillet, add the oils, chicken, and cook over medium-high heat until chicken is cooked through; stir intermittently to crumbly while cooking.
  • Add the onion, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, chili garlic sauce, stir to combine, and cook for about 5 minutes, or until onion is soft and translucent and most of the liquid has been absorbed; stir intermittently.
  • Add the garlic, ginger, stir to combine, and cook for about 1 minute, or until fragrant.
  • Add the water chestnuts, green onions, salt and pepper to taste, and cook for about 2 minutes, or until tender. Taste filling and make any necessary flavor adjustments, i.e. more soy sauce, hoisin, pepper, etc.
  • Spoon about 1/4 cup of the mixture into the lettuce leaves to serve.

Notes

Storage: Recipe is best warm and fresh but filling will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Adapted from here, here, here, here.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 366kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 122mg, Sodium: 1044mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 8g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Originally published April 17, 2017 and republished January 9, 2021 with updated text and photos.

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  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Tastes just as good or better than PF Chang’s lettuce wraps (My husband said this) and! Quick and easy to make on a busy night.

    1. Thanks for the 5 star review, Kelly, and I’m glad my recipe was as good or better than the restaurant version and quick and easy, too!

  2. 5 stars
    I have made this several times my always requests for bbq get together as an appetizer delicious

  3. 4 stars
    Pretty tasty! Mine needed a little more moisture because I don’t do onions. If you figure out how to make their good sauce they serve with it let me know!

    1. I am glad you enjoyed the recipe! I am not generally a fan of onions either but when sautéed they caramelize a bit and lose that rough, raw flavor and enhance the final dish.

      For the sauce you can do a mixture of sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, and rice vinegar in proportions you like and perhaps some oyster sauce if you have it.

  4. 5 stars
    This was sooooo gooood!!! My only addition was adding crispy rice noodles. I will definitely be making this again and again. It was better than going to the restaurant. Thank you!!!