Asian Lettuce Wraps

With Minute® Chicken & Herbs rice cup, veggies, peanuts and a hint of spice, these lettuce wraps boast a winning combo of delicious flavors.

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  • 1 cup Minute® Chicken & Herb cup
  • 1/4 cup sliced water chestnuts
  • 1 tbsp sliced green onion
  • 1 tbsp crushed peanuts
  • 1 tsp chili sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp five spice powder
  • lettuce leaves


  • With these Asian Lettuce Wraps on the menu, you’ll look forward to dinner all day long.

    Step 1

    Heat rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

    In a medium bowl, combine rice, water chestnuts, green onion, peanuts,
    chili sauce, soy sauce and five spice powder.

    Step 3

    Spoon rice mixture into lettuce leaves. Serve warm.


    Add 1/4 cup ground turkey or beef, cooked and crumbled for a protein option.


What is Five Spice?

Five spice powder is a blend of spices that is commonly used in Chinese and Taiwanese cuisine. Made from a mixture of star anise, cloves, Chinese cinnamon, Sichuan pepper, and fennel seeds, ground into a fine powder. Each mixture varies depending on the recipe, and are used to flavor a variety of dishes like meats, stews and marinades. Five spice powder has a warm, slightly sweet and savory flavor and is often used in small amounts to enhance the flavor of a dish without overpowering it, so make sure to not overdo it!

Which Lettuce is Best? 

The lettuce you use needs to be able to maintain a structure when you pick it up to eat it. It is best to use a heartier lettuce type for your wraps. Try using romaine or butterhead lettuce as they have larger, sturdier leaves to hold your wraps together. Make sure to buy fresh lettuce that isn’t wilting or brown. Kitchen Tip: If your lettuce is starting to get old, revive it in an ice water bath before it’s too late! 

Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps 

Choose which veggies to add to your wraps! Try adding Shitake mushrooms for an earthy umami flavor that will contrast well to the crispness of the water chestnuts and green onion. Another alternative to add some meaty texture, is to use Chinese eggplant! Marinate your eggplant in soy sauce and use a similar technique as the tofu to make it more filling. 

Vegan-Ize It

This recipe uses Minute® Chicken & Herbs, but to make it vegan, try using our Minute® Ready To Serve Jasmine Rice instead. The aromatic jasmine rice will complement the other flavors well, while also keep it completely vegan!

Add some protein with a Five Spice saucy tofu! Press extra firm tofu, coat in five spice seasoning and cornstarch, then fry in sesame oil, chili, and soy sauce for a delicious addition to this dish! 

Gluten Free Meals

Lettuce wraps are a great way to keep a dish Gluten Free. Check out these Lettuce Wrap Recipes that will get your creativity flowing in the kitchen! Try out the Chicken and Basmati Lettuce Wraps for an easy midweek meal or these tangy Shrimp and Pineapple Lettuce Wrap, that are loaded with satisfying flavor! 

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