PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps Recipe (Copycat)

Overhead shot of PF Changs lettuce wraps arranged in grey serving tray.

This PF Changs Lettuce Wraps recipe is so good! Ground chicken is wrapped in cooling lettuce cups and topped with a special customizable dipping sauce.

This recipe was originally published in May 2015. It was updated in March 2020 to add new photographs and information. The original recipe remains the same. Enjoy! 

I remember the first time that I went to a PF Chang’s. It was circa 2000 and I was in college, on Spring Break, in California. It seemed like such a novel idea to me – modern Chinese food with a twist. My friend Alyssa mentioned that she had worked at PF Chang’s on the East Coast and wanted us all to experience it. The decor was dark and sleek, the cocktails were great, and there was this special sauce that they mix for you at the table based on your personal heat preference (I always like it HOT).

Now PF Chang’s are way more mainstream and I think the novelty has worn off a bit. There’s actually one about 5 minutes from my house that I have yet to go to. However, I still crave the food – especially the lettuce wraps!

I’ve tried several copycat recipes for these lettuce wraps in the past, but they didn’t quite do it for me. They were either too sweet, bland or didn’t have the right texture. But guys, I’ve hit the nail on the head with this one!!! Seriously… DEAD RINGER! I even put together a recipe for the PF Changs Lettuce Wraps dipping sauce for you. The first night I made these, Rick told me that this was his FAVORITE recipe that I’ve ever made for him. That’s saying a lot – As I’ve been cooking him dinner (and making him wash the dishes) for over three years now! We’re a good pair that way.

Sooo… Have I convinced you yet?

Make that shopping list right now and run to the store. If you need more convincing, these take under 30 minutes start to finish! PS – You *may* need to run to the Asian foods store. Some of the ingredients (i.e. mirin, oyster sauce, shitaake mushrooms, rice sticks) can be a bit difficult to find.  However, I’m willing to bet you can find most everything at your supermarket, minus the rice sticks. And, they can always be left off if you don’t want to make a special trip.

What’s in PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps?

  • Ground Chicken
  • Soy Sauce
  • Mirin
  • Oyster Sauce
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Water Chestnuts
  • Shitake Mushrooms
  • Garlic
  • Green Onion
  • Iceberg Lettuce

Bowl of minced mushrooms, chicken and water chestnuts marinating.

How to Make PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps:

  1. Prepare the marinade.
  2. Mix ground chicken, mushrooms & water chestnuts with marinade. Let sit 15 minutes.
  3. (Optional) Cook rice sticks in hot oil. Remove with a slotted spoon.
  4. Saute garlic then add meat mixture. Stir fry until cooked through. t
  5. Serve with lettuce cups.

The rice sticks were the scariest part of this recipe for me. I’d never made them before, and as I’ve mentioned before, I have a serious FOF (fear of frying). BUT hey it’s really not that scary. Really. Just pop these guys into a wok of hot oil and in a matter of seconds, they puff up and expand to twice their size. Make sure that oil is super hot (375 degrees). If it’s not hot enough, the noodles will just get crispy and won’t puff up. It’s a good idea to test the oil by adding in just a small piece of the noodles first.

PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps Sauce Ingredients:

  • Soy Sauce
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Chile Garlic Sauce
  • Hot Mustard Paste
  • Chili Oil
  • Green Onions

Combine the soy sauce, rice vinegar, chili oil and green onions. For a mild sauce add 1 teaspoon of chili garlic sauce. For a medium sauce add 1/2 teaspoon of hot mustard plus 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce. For a hot sauce and 1 teaspoon of hot mustard plus 3 teaspoons of chili garlic sauce.

Ingredients for PF Changs Chicken Lettuce Wraps dipping sauce

What Lettuce to Use for Lettuce Wraps?

  • I’ve used butter lettuce, little gem lettuce, romaine leaves and iceberg lettuce for these wraps. They all work great, so you can use whatever you have on hand or whatever you prefer. At PF Changs they use iceberg lettuce. In these photos, I used butter lettuce.

How to Cut Iceberg Lettuce for Lettuce Wraps

  • After years of making lettuce wraps, I finally learned how to cut iceberg lettuce so that you get full cups, and not little broken pieces. All you do is slice the top off the head of iceberg lettuce, right through the middle of the head. Then, pull the lettuce cups off the outside of this slice. Mind blown!

Overhead shot of PF Changs lettuce wraps arranged in grey serving tray.

Copycat Recipes:

Lettuce Wrap Recipes:

Wine Pairings for PF Changs Lettuce Wraps:

  • Sauvignon Blanc or Dry Riesling make excellent companions to this spicy dish.
  • A Dry Rosé is another great option.

Overhead shot of PF Changs lettuce wraps arranged in grey serving tray.

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PF Changs Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Overhead shot of PF Changs lettuce wraps arranged in grey serving tray.

PF Changs Lettuce Wraps

Course: Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: asian lettuce wraps, chicken lettuce wraps, lettuce wraps, pf changs copycat
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 259 kcal
These PF Chang's Lettuce Wraps are a copycat recipe of their popular dish. Ground chicken is wrapped in cooling lettuce cups and topped with a special customizable dipping sauce.
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Ingredients

Marinade

  • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons mirin
  • 1 Tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar

Lettuce Wraps

  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken breast
  • 1 8-ounce can water chestnuts drained and minced (about 1 cup)
  • 10 fresh or dried shitake mushrooms stems removed and chopped (about 2/3 cups). If dried, soak in warm water until soft, before chopping
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped finely
  • 1 green onion thinly sliced, for garnish
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups fried rice sticks
  • Lettuce cups for serving

Special Sauce

  • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 - 3 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon Chinese hot mustard paste
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili oil
  • 1 green onion thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Prepare the marinade by mixing all of the ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Mix the ground chicken meat, chopped mushrooms and water chestnuts with all the Marinade ingredients. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  3. Prepare the rice sticks by pouring 2 inches of vegetable oil into a wok and heating it on high to around 375 degrees. Add the rice sticks. They will instantly puff up and float to the top. Remove with a slotted spoon and let drain on paper towels.

  4. Heat the cooking oil in a wok or saute pan over high heat. Saute the garlic until light brown and then immediately add the chicken. Stir-fry the ground chicken, breaking it up with a spoon until cooked through. Set aside.

  5. Serve the chicken with a side of lettuce cups.

Special Sauce:

  1. Combine soy sauce, rice vinegar, chili oil and green onions. For a mild sauce add 1 teaspoon of chili garlic sauce. For a medium sauce add 1/2 teaspoon of hot mustard plus 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce. For a hot sauce and 1 teaspoon of hot mustard plus 3 teaspoons of chili garlic sauce. Stir well.

Nutrition Facts
PF Changs Lettuce Wraps
Amount Per Serving
Calories 259 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 1751mg76%
Potassium 362mg10%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 815IU16%
Vitamin C 6.7mg8%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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16 comments

  1. Michelle Meador

    I am so excited to make these!!!!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Do it Michelle! They’re SO good 🙂

      Reply

  2. Susan Austin

    Is 10 CUPS of shitake correct? What is the “2/3” referring to exactly? Looking forward to trying this recipe.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Hi Susan – Sorry about that – There was a typo in the recipe card. It has now been revised to read that you should use about 10 shitake mushrooms and, once chopped, they should yield about 2/3 cup. Hope this helps. Enjoy!

      Reply

  3. Pat Francis

    I ♥ PF Chang’s lettuce wraps. Thanks for posting.

    Just to clarify, for the lettuce cups, instead of cutting out the core and separating the leaves in their entirety, you are cutting the head of lettuce in half?

    Thank you.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Hi Pat – Yep, that’s right!

      Reply

  4. Melissa

    5 stars
    Oh my gosh! I made these tonight. They are my new addiction. JUST like P.F. Chang’s!! Thank you so much. I used quite a bit more hot mustard and chili garlic sauce. (We like things spicy) I used way more green onions too. The overall taste however…sublime. Thank you!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      So happy to hear that you liked them Melissa! I like them like you do – extra spicy!

      Reply

  5. Laverne

    5 stars
    Made this tonight for dinner…..oh so good! Had planned to make while we had guests for a few days but decided against it until I had tried them out myself before making for other’s. My mistake….they are delicious! Now I know our guests that like lettuce wraps, will love these.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I’m so happy you liked them Laverne! I definitely need to make this recipe again soon. It’s one of my favorites!

      Reply

  6. AJ

    Erin, I have been trying to make these with other so called “copycat” recipes but haven’t hit the mark yet. Making yours tonight. How much did you turn up the hot and spicy? I don’t like things spicy so would rather that be an option with dip. So just wondering if I need to omit something or use less of in the actual chicken filling?

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Hi AJ – I don’t find this recipe to be spicy at all. I think you will be just fine with the recipe as written. I’d love to hear back on what you thought!

      Reply

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  8. Sara Welch

    5 stars
    Absolutely my favorite appetizer from P.F. Chang’s! So glad I can now make these from my home! Delish!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Yay! Hope you love them Sara!

      Reply

  9. Marlynn

    5 stars
    We love lettuce wraps in our house and this recipe is SO good! The Chinese hot mustard paste adds a nice bit of tanginess to the sauce.

    Reply

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