Lisa Spencer

Lisa's Healthy P.F. Chang's Lettuce Wraps with Chicken

by Lisa Spencer |

If you've ever been to P.F. Chang's you know they have a savory lettuce wrap. Well I absolutely inhale the Chicken Lettuce Wrap, but I know they are loaded with "who knows what", so I decided to make a healthy version to bring to a party while I was in the middle of my Clean & Clear Group Cleanse. To get the best flavor...sans all the MSG and other crapola that is in most store bought hoisin sauce, I created the Hoisin Sauce from scratch (recipe below). Bring them to your next one has to know they are healthy...... 
Stuff you need:
  • Romaine or Butter Lettuce Leaves
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 11/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breast (organic free range)
  • 1 large Yellow Onion, chopped
  • ½-1 cup low sodium chicken broth (I like imagine brand)
  • 2 kafir lime leaves, 4 X 1” smashed lemongrass shoots (optional)
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Aminos
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp Healthy Hoisin Sauce (see below)
  • 1 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 can Water Chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • ½ cup Green Onions, chopped
  • ½ cup Fresh Cilantro leaves
  • 2 tsp Toasted Sesame Oil


How to make it:

Rinse the lettuce leaves, gently separate them. Pat dry and set aside.

In a large skillet over medium- heat, cook the ground chicken in 1 tablespoon of the coconut oil, breaking up with the back of a wooden spoon. Add ½ cup low sodium chicken broth, kafir lime leaves & cut lemongrass and let cook through until moisture has evaporated. Set aside.


In the same pan add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onions and saute, stirring frequently. Cook until translucent.

Add the garlic, coconut aminos, hoisin sauce, and vinegar to the onions. Add the chicken, Stir to combine and cook for 1 minute. Add the green onions, sesame oil, and water chestnuts.

Stir to combine and cook just until the green onions begin to wilt, about 2 minutes. Don't overcook.  You want the water chestnuts crunchy and the onions looking perky.

Remove from heat and transfer to a serving bowl.

To serve, spoon beef mixture into the well of the lettuce leaves,  


OPTIONAL: Add some fresh cilantro leaves, red pepper flakes or crushed almonds if that sounds good.            



Hoisin Sauce

Stuff you need:

3/4 cup coconut aminos

1/3 cup almond or cashew butter

2 Tbsp raw honey

1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp rice wine or coconut vinegar

1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp toasted sesame oil -

1/4 tsp garlic powder –

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper –

Ground black pepper to taste


How to make it:

Combine all ingredients in a small cuisenart or place in a small bowl and stir with a whisk to combine. Store in the refrigerator.


This can be used in rice bowls, stir fries and anytime you want that Asian flavor!