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A plate of chicken lettuce wraps with peanuts and chili garlic sauce.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps {Rotisserie or Leftover Chicken Recipe}

  • Author: RebeccaBlackwell
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp chili sesame oil (use regular sesame oil, or a combination of the two, if you want a less spicy dish)
  • 3 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 24 tbsp chili garlic sauce (depending on how spicy you like your lettuce wraps) – plus more for serving
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated or minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 4 cups diced cooked chicken (leftover roast, grilled, or baked chicken – OR rotisserie chicken)
  • 8 oz water chestnuts, diced
  • 1 bunch of green onions, white and light green parts sliced thin
  • 1 cup roasted, salted peanuts
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Large romaine lettuce leaves (plan on 3 per person)


  1. Add the soy sauce, rice vinegar, chili sesame oil, peanut butter, honey, and chili garlic sauce to a bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  2. Set a large saucepan on the stovetop and heat over medium until hot. Add the sesame oil or vegetable oil, letting the oil heat for about 5 seconds. Add the diced onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, salt, and pepper, and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute longer.
  3. Stir in the soy sauce mixture. Cook, staring constantly, until the peanut butter is melted and the sauce looks homogenous. Taste and add more salt or chili garlic sauce if you like.
  4. Add the diced chicken and cook, stirring constantly, until the chicken is heated through. Remove from the heat and stir in the water chestnuts and sliced green onions.
  5. Serve chicken mixture with lettuce leaves, roasted peanuts, cilantro, and additional chili garlic sauce.


If you’re making this as a part of Spring Meal Plan #3, you should have leftover Cajun Chicken in your refrigerator just for these Lettuce Wraps. If not, no worries. You have options: Go ahead and make some Cajun Chicken, making only the chicken or the whole meal, reserving the leftovers for these Lettuce Wraps. You can also add 2 pounds of ground chicken to the skillet with the onions, cooking the chicken and onions together until the chicken is cooked through. Another great option is to pick up a rotisserie chicken at your local market, dice the meat, and use that instead.