This PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps copycat recipe is so good! Ground chicken is wrapped in cooling lettuce cups and topped with a special customizable dipping sauce.
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 (or try swapping in some kecap manis)
- Oyster Sauce
- Rice Vinegar
- Vegetable Oil
- Water Chestnuts
- Shitake Mushrooms
- Green Onion
- Iceberg Lettuce
How to make PF Chang’s lettuce wraps
- Prepare the marinade.
- Mix ground chicken, mushrooms & water chestnuts with marinade. Let sit 15 minutes.
- (Optional) Cook rice sticks in hot oil. Remove with a slotted spoon.
- Saute garlic then add meat mixture. Stir fry until cooked through. t
- 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 dipping 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.
What kind of lettuce do you 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!
- Sauvignon Blanc or Dry Riesling make excellent companions to this spicy dish.
- A Dry Rosé is another great option.
More lettuce wrap recipes
- 5-Minute Curry Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps
- Taco Quinoa & Turkey Lettuce Wraps
- Instant Pot Salsa Chicken Taco Lettuce Wraps
- Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken // Taco Lettuce Wraps
- Chicken Larb Recipe (Larb Gai)
More copycat recipes
- Cranberry Bliss Bars (Starbucks copycat recipe)
- Din Tai Fung Green Beans
- Din Tai Fung Cucumber Salad
- Boston Market Meatloaf (Copycat Recipe)
- Shake and Bake Pork Chops
- Orange Julius Copycat
- Sous Vide Egg Bites (Starbucks copycat recipe)
- Bistro Boxes (Starbucks copycat recipe)
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PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps + Dipping Sauce Recipe
- 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 Tablespoons mirin
- 1 Tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
- 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)
- 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)
- Prepare the marinade by mixing all of the ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Mix the ground chicken meat, chopped mushrooms and water chestnuts with all the Marinade ingredients. Set aside for 15 minutes.
- 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.
- 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.
- Serve the chicken with a side of lettuce cups.
- 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.
This PF Changs Lettuce Wraps dipping sauce recipe was originally published in 2015. It was updated in 2020 to add new photographs, and again in 2023 to add new content. The original recipe remains the same. Enjoy!
30 thoughts on “PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps + Dipping Sauce Copycat”
I am so excited to make these!!!!
Do it Michelle! They’re SO good 🙂
Is 10 CUPS of shitake correct? What is the “2/3” referring to exactly? Looking forward to trying this recipe.
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!
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?
Hi Pat – Yep, that’s right!
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!
So happy to hear that you liked them Melissa! I like them like you do – extra spicy!
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.
I’m so happy you liked them Laverne! I definitely need to make this recipe again soon. It’s one of my favorites!
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?
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!
Absolutely my favorite appetizer from P.F. Chang’s! So glad I can now make these from my home! Delish!
Yay! Hope you love them Sara!
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.
I have been looking for a copycat recipe for years since I moved back to Alaska almost a decade ago. I made it for dinner and I’m so glad I came across your recipe! Thank you so much- it was spot on!!
Yay! I’m so happy it was a hit!
I want to try it now!
I would like to try this! Question, I have never seen ground chicken here (japan). Can I sub regular chicken breasts instead (maybe poach and shred). I found ground Turkey and ground beef 🤔 would these work at all? I have never had this dish at of Chang’s
Hi Nori! Ground turkey would work. Or, you can definitely poach and shred the chicken. Enjoy!
Do you cook the rice noodles in water before frying them?
Hi Rikki – No need to cook them first!
These were excellent. We will be having them again. Next time I’ll try to do the rice sticks but didn’t have time last night.
These are my very favorite. Your recipe is great!! Thank you for introducing me to a wonderful, light meal. Love them!!!
Are the macros for one wrap? Thanks!
Hi Gretchen – Yes it is. I can’t guarantee it’s totally accurate, but it should be close.
I can only find Roland’s chili oil at the store. I have chili crisp. I don’t know how to use these ingredients as I’m new to Asian cooking. Hope your answer goes to my email. Thanks. Sounds so good.
Hi Tamara – I’m not quite sure of your question. But, I use chili oil and sriracha, sambal oelek, or chili crisp for the “chili garlic sauce”. Hope that helps!