Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Fun to make — and to eat — these Chicken Lettuce Wraps are sure to win over your hungry crowd. With whole grain brown rice, tender chicken, and loads of veggies, you’ll be happy to make this recipe on repeat!

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Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Cooking time PREP TIME 15 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 20 mins
Servings SERVES 6-8
Ready in TOTAL TIME 35 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 15 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 20 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 35 mins


  • 2 cups Minute® Brown Rice
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 cans (8 oz, each) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup shredded coleslaw
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Bibb or iceberg lettuce, leaves separated and cleaned.


  • Gather your ingredients before you start cooking, and you’ll have this delicious dish on the table in no time. Recruit some helpers, and speed up the process even more!

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions. Set aside.

    Step 2

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil, chicken and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes, or until chicken is browned.

    Step 3

  • Add broth, hoisin sauce and soy sauce to skillet. Stir in rice. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

    Step 4

  • ​​In a mixing bowl, combine pineapple, coleslaw, carrots, red onion, water chestnuts and vinegar. Mix well and set aside.

    Step 5

  • Spoon 1 to 2 tablespoons of rice mixture, then pineapple slaw into each lettuce leaf. Serve warm.

Choosing The Right Chicken

To ensure that you buy good quality poultry, it is important to choose chicken breasts that are firm, plump, and uniformly shaped. Avoid chicken that is slimy, has a strong and unpleasant smell, or shows signs of discoloration or bruising. Cooking Tip: check for any remaining pink color to ensure that the meat is no longer raw. 

Marinate for More

Once cubed, marinate your chicken breasts before adding them to the pan for extra flavor. To keep it simple, combine soy sauce, sesame oil and sesame seeds and mix in a bowl with the chicken. Leave for thirty minutes to an hour while you prep everything else. Spice things up by adding chili oil, or any of your favorite Asian sauces.

Using Fresh Pineapple

This recipe calls for canned and crushed pineapple, but to add a stronger burst of tropical flavors, try using fresh instead! Here are some tips on how to process a pineapple

First, use a sharp knife to slice off the top and bottom, then cut off the skin, following the curve of the fruit. 

Then, cut the pineapple in half lengthwise and slice each half into quarters. Remove the hard core from each quarter by cutting it out in a V shape.

Next, slice the fruit into chunks, blend in a food processor, and strain for the consistency of crushed pineapple. No food processor? No problem! Just chop the fruit repeatedly until you get the desired consistency. 

If you find yourself with extra fruit, don’t let it go to waste! Try these easy and delicious Shrimp and Pineapple Lettuce Wraps. Otherwise, you can save the fruit for later by freezing it into pre-portioned chunks. That way, you can easily toss a piece into the blender to brighten up your morning smoothies.

Before We Wrap Up…

Have too much leftover lettuce?Check out more simple Lettuce Wrap Recipes for inspiration! 

Can’t get enough of Minute® Brown Rice? This quick and easy Brown Rice and Bean Chili is the perfect way to warm up on a cold night.

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