Sunday, February 15, 2015

Copycat PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Copycat PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps - Who wants to worry about traffic, parking, and those high menu prices when you can make these fabulous chicken lettuce wraps in the comfort of your own home in under 30 minutes?

Copycat PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps - Who wants to worry about traffic, parking, and those high menu prices when you can make these fabulous chicken lettuce wraps in the comfort of your own home in under 30 minutes? From #appetizer #chicken #easy

They say that you always want what you can't have, and boy is that true. It always seems that I crave the food I absolutely can not have, no matter how badly I want it. I would kill for rolled tacos from the little taco shop that was down the street from me in San Diego (Lolita's in Chula Vista. Holla at my rolled taco lovin' peeps), a fish taco from Rubio's, an In-N-Out burger (OhhEmmGeee yesssssssssss), and chicken lettuce wraps from PF Changs.

Now, when it comes to the first three in that list, I am completely out of luck. Unless of course I want to drive 20+ hours. Ummmm ya, not thinkin' that's gonna be happening any time soon. But there is a PF Changs here in Washington. It is just that is it over an hour away, I hate driving in Seattle, and Kevin isn't a huge fan of their prices. So no lettuce wraps for me! 

That is until now.

You know that I have been craving these dang things, and telling myself I was going to make them soon, for so long I really can't remember. There is a place over in Tacoma called BJ's, and they have lettuce wraps on their menu. They will do in a pinch, but they aren't the ones I truly crave. I am not sure why I am so hung up on PF Changs. I mean a lettuce wrap is a lettuce wrap yes? No? Tell me that you have food that you crave no matter what other option is available. I will call it being loyal VS being obsessed. Loyal sounds so much more......sane.

It could possibly be due to the memories that were made there. A friend of mine and I used to try to do lunch every couple of weeks or so, and it seemed that 9 times out of 10 we would end up at PF Changs. Those were always awesome girls days out. Close to the Fashion Valley Mall, which they should just call Shopping Heaven and get it over with, and right next door to the Container Store, another of my long time obsessions. Oh don't even let me get on their website with a credit card!

Or because my kids and I spent many an awesome dinner there together. Their father was military, so was gone quite often, and I used to plan "date nights" for us. We would get dressed up, and go to dinner and a movie. It was usually The Cheesecake Factory or PF Changs for those outings.  

Good Lord, Cheesecake Factory, mmmmmm I haven't thought of that place in a long time. 

Oops, ADD kicked in, Oh look at the kitty! *sigh* my brain can be a crazy place sometimes.

Now, where was I? Friend, kids, date night, lettuce wraps, ahh yes PF Changs! 

Why in the heck it took me this long to do it is beyond me, because helloooooooooooo they are really reallllllllllly simple to make! Like Kevin could make them simple, no joke people. There is absolutely no reason why you can't do it. And trust me, you want to do it because they are ooohhh sooooo good!!

Yield: Serves 4

Copycat PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Who wants to worry about traffic, parking, and those high menu prices when you can make these fabulous chicken lettuce wraps in the comfort of your own home in under 30 minutes?
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 15 MINStotal time: 25 mins


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Tamari 
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha
  • 1 (4.9-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 head butter lettuce


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground chicken and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to break it up into small bits as it cooks.
  2. Push the meat to the edge of the pan and stir in garlic and onion and cook until onions have become translucent - about 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the hoisin sauce, Tamari, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, ginger, and Sriracha Stir in to combine well.
  4. Add the water chestnuts and green onions and cook until tender, about 1-2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
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  1. Christine CastanedaFebruary 16, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    You are too funny Bobbi. Lolita's is a mile from my house and guess what? There is a PF Chang's in Chula Vista now. I LOVE their lettuce wraps and plan on making this. Thank you!

    1. Ooohhhh I am so jealous Christine! I used to live on Agua Tibia when we lived in Chula Vista. I can't believe there is a PF Changs there now! Well, at least I can make these wraps. I have never been able to duplicate my fave Lolitas food :(

  2. Wow!!! That looks absolutely gorgeous. Sounding yummy!!!

    1. Thanks Minnie! They really are :) I was actually thinking about making some this weekend!!

  3. I found this on pinterest and I have made this several times now and get many compliments on it when I serve it at parties. What side sauce would you recommend? Thanks! Valerie

    1. Hi Valerie, I am so glad you enjoy these little guys!! I crave them all of the time, and have been known to make them just for myself sshhhh don't tell! I usually use some of the Chinese mustard, thinned down with some warm water, and I throw together a soy/sesame/ginger dipping sauce I found on Food Network.

  4. What kind of dipping sauce did you use for lettuce wraps? I so look forward to making these soon.

    1. I use the Chinese hot mustard or soy sauce with a tad bit of toaster sesame seed oil.