Instant Pot Chicken Lettuce Wraps are the healthy, easy answer to P.F. Chang’s chicken lettuce wraps. Their chicken lettuce wraps are one of the most popular items on their menu.
With so many people out there trying to lead healthier lifestyles and eat healthier food, it’s no wonder that P.F. Chang’s chicken lettuce wraps recipe is so popular.
However, there are two drawbacks to restaurant food. To begin with, even the healthiest dishes are usually overflowing with salt. Whether you have high blood pressure or you’re the picture of health, too much salt is bad for your body.
Secondly, restaurant food is expansive! You’ll pay so much more by ordering out than you will if you make your own versions of your favorite recipes.
Today, I’m going to show you a healthier, more flavorful version of P.F. Chang’s chicken wraps. In addition to being delicious, these Instant Pot lettuce wraps are easy to make, so they’re perfect for any family any day of the week.
If you’re like me, you’d rather get more for your money and make recipes whenever you can. Sure, restaurant food is great, but it’s far more expensive than making a homemade version. These chicken lettuce wraps are delicious and easy to make, so there’s no reason not to give them a try.
I don’t want to toot my own horn here but these are a lot better than P.F. Chang’s version. I used standard ground chicken to make these and was blown away by how juicy the chicken turned out.
Not only are they better and more healthy than the P.F. Changs version, but they are a whole lot more wallet-friendly.
Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps Three Ways
Many people get nervous when it comes to making Asian food at home. With so many complex flavors in Asian dishes, people automatically assume that the recipe will be incredibly difficult to make, so they don’t even try.
Don’t make that mistake. In a lot of Asian dishes, the flavors do the heavy lifting. Often times, the only real work a cook has to do is saute some ingredients and then add the spices and sauces to create delicious dishes.
These Instant Pot lettuce wraps are one of those simple recipes. In fact, they are so easy to make, you can approach them in three different ways – in the Instant Pot, stovetop or slow cooker.
I am using ground chicken in this recipe. Ground chicken is lean and healthy and high protein. I imagine that you really could use ground turkey as well but I have not tried this recipe with ground turkey.
Ingredients in Chicken Lettuce Wraps
As you can see, the ingredients list for these wraps isn’t very extensive. You can find all the ingredients at your local grocery store. There’s no need to visit specialty stores to get everything you need to make these tasty wraps.
- Ground Chicken
- Water Chestnuts
- Butter Lettuce or Romaine Lettuce
- Hoisin Sauce
- Rice Wine Vinegar
- Soy Sauce
- Red Chili Flakes
- Chicken Broth
- Minced Garlic
- Minced Ginger
- Sesame Oil
Are Chicken Lettuce Wraps Healthy?
Are chicken lettuce wraps healthy? I guess that depends on how you make them and which diet you are on. They can be quite healthy considering they are made of ground chicken breast and are wrapped in lettuce leaves which makes them pretty low carb. Although they do contain hoisin sauce which can be quite high in carbohydrates.
Hosin sauce is about 7 grams carbs per serving. Most recipes use about 1/4 cup of hoisin sauce. Thats 28 grams carbs just for the hoisin sauce. My way around the carbs if you are on a low carb or keto diet is to make my own homemade hoisin sauce.
This homemade hoisin sauce can be made also with coconut aminos also. You can use a zero calorie sweetner like monkfruit sweetner to also make this keto if you are on a low carb diet. This is a great recipe if you are on a meal plan too.
Keto Lettuce Wraps
I have gotten many questions about keto lettuce wraps so I am going to show you how to make these lettuce wraps keto friendly. It is easy to do using my homemade hoisin recipe that replaces the sugar in store bought hoisin sauce with monkfruit sweetner. Monkfruit sweetner has zero calories and carbs. There will be a link below to get it if you like.
What kind of lettuce for Lettuce Wraps
What kind of lettuce for lettuce wraps? I usually use iceberg lettuce because I like the crunch. Boston bib or butter lettuce is good to use as well. I have also used romaine lettuce in a pinch and it has a great crunch like iceberg lettuce.
How to Make Instant Pot Lettuce Wraps
I am going to show you step by step how to make this Instant Pot lettuce wraps recipe. In just a few simple steps you will be enjoying this sweet and savory tasty dish. The recipe card is below in case you would like to print the recipe.
Step 1 – Saute the Chicken
Push the saute button on Instant Pot until Normal Mode is Lit. Wait for the screen to read “HOT”. Put the ground chicken and chopped onion in the Instant Pot and saute until the chicken is no longer pink. About 5 Minutes.
Step 2 – Make the Sauce
Mix all the sauce ingredients and stir to combine well. Pour contents into the Instant Pot and stir to combine. Push the Cancel button on the Instant Pot.
Step 3 – Pressure Cook the Chicken
Put the lid on the Instant Pot and then turn the valve to the SEAL position. Push the PRESSURE COOK button, set to HIGH PRESSURE and set the timer to 2 MINUTES. When the cooking time is complete do a NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE for 10 MINUTES and then release pressure.
Step 4 – Final Steps
Remove the lid from the Instant Pot and press CANCEL BUTTON. Press the saute button until the NORMAL mode is selected. Add chopped water chestnuts and then let the mixture simmer and thicken until the sauce reduces.
After about 5 minutes stir in chopped scallions. When the cooking time is complete either press the CANCEL button and then KEEP WARM. Serve immediately or when ready to eat.
Just before serving, drizzle in about 1 tsp. sesame oil and stir. Grab a lettuce leaf and fill with chicken. Garnish with reserved green onions and cilantro.
How to Make Chicken Lettuce Wraps on the Stovetop
To make these chicken lettuce wraps on the stove, Add Olive oil or Avocado oil and simply stir fry and brown the ground chicken 3-4 minutes and add the remaining ingredients into the skillet. Combine with the sauce and simmer until the sauce is warm. Serve with lettuce cups.
How to Make Chicken Lettuce Wraps in the Slow Cooker
Saute ground chicken in a skillet until browned. Add all other ingredients to the slow cooker and cook on low setting for 6 Hours. You can also cook on HIGH setting for 3 Hours. When cooking is complete serve with leftover hoisin sauce and lettuce cups.
If you’re looking for a healthy recipe that’s easy to make and full of flavor, give these Instant Pot lettuce wraps a try. They’re easy to make and amazingly delicious. They’re a homemade alternative to expensive restaurant lettuce wraps that blow the P.F. Chang’s version out of the water.
If there are any leftovers I sometimes serve the chicken lettuce wrap mixture over brown rice. This is an easy bowl that you can make for a great lunch. You can add other toppings like some chopped tomato, green onions and cilantro. Really any topping you enjoy.
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Kitchen Essentials and Items Used:
Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker
Accessories for Instant Pot, Accessories Compatible with 5/6/8Qt Instant Pot
Lee Kum Kee Hoisin Sauce, 36 Ounce
Reese, Chestnuts Sliced Water, 5 Ounce
Monkfruit Zero Calorie Sweetner
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Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps
- 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil or Avocado Oil (for Stovetop Method)
- 1 Pound Ground Chicken
- 1 Onion Chopped
- 2 Scallions Chopped Chives Reserved
- 2 Tbsp. Chopped Cilantro
- 1 Can 8 oz. Water Chestnuts Drained and Chopped
- 1 Head of Butter Lettuce or Romaine Lettuce
Chicken Lettuce Wraps Sauce
- 1/4 Cup Hoisin Sauce
- 2 Tbsp. Low Salt Soy Sauce
- 1 Tbsp. Rice Wine Vinegar
- 1/4 tsp. Red Chili Flakes Optional
- 1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
- 2 Cloves Minced Garlic
- 1 tsp. Minced Ginger
- 1 Tbsp. Sesame Oil
Chicken Lettuce Wraps Dipping Sauce
- 2 Tbsp. Hoisin Sauce
- 1 Tbsp. Light Soy Sauce
- 1 Splash Rice Vinegar
Keto Friendly Hoisin Sauce
- 4 Tbsp. Low Sodium Soy Sauce or Coconut Aminos
- 2 Tbsp. Natural Penut Butter
- 2 Cloves Garlic Minced
- 2 tsp. Srachia Sauce or Hot Sauce
- 2 tsp. Rice Vinegar
- 1 tbsp Monkfruit Sweetner
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Push Saute button on Instant Pot until Normal Mode is Lit. Wait for screen to read “HOT”. Put Ground chicken and chopped onion in pot and saute until chicken is no longer pink. About 5 Minutes.Mix together all sauce ingredients and stir to combine well. Pour contents into Instant Pot and stir to combine. Push Cancel button on Instant Pot.Put Lid on Instant Pot and then turn valve to SEAL Position. Push PRESSURE COOK button on Instant Pot and set timer to 2 MINUTES. When cooking time is complete do a NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE for 10 MINUTES and then release pressure.Remove lid from Instant Pot and press CANCEL BUTTON. Press Saute button until NORMAL mode is selected. Add chopped water chestnuts and then let mixture simmer and thicken till sauce reduces. After about 5 Minutes stir in chopped scallions. When cook time is complete either press CANCEL Button and then KEEP WARM. Serve Immediately or when ready to eat. Just before serving drizzle in about 1 sp. Sesame Oil and stir. Garnish with reserved Chives and Cilantro.Serves 2Enjoy.
Keto Friendly Homemade Hoisin Sauce
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl and it is ready to use.