Chicken Cashew Lettuce Wraps

These recipe for easy Chicken Cashew Lettuce Wraps is perfect for lunch or dinner, or even as an tasty appetizer.

chicken lettuce wraps

Lettuce wraps have been a popular menu item around here for awhile. And thankfully a few friends have made their own version that I’ve had the pleasure to test out. So when I started thinking of ways to cut back on calories, but not flavor, lettuce wraps were one of the first things that came to mind, specifically, Chicken Cashew Lettuce Wraps.

This lettuce wraps recipe creates the perfect combination of savory, spicy and crunchy that I just love. Plus they’re easy. And I always like easy. Don’t you?

This is a simple recipe for Chicken Cashew Lettuce Wraps. Top them off with your favorite hot sauce, basil or more cashews and you’ll have a winner for sure. And while most restaurants offer them as appetizers, I think they’re perfect for the main course. Definitely.


Chicken Cashew Lettuce Wraps
This is a simple recipe for Chicken Cashew Lettuce Wraps. Top it off with your favorite hot sauce, basil or more cashews and you'll have a winner for sure.
Serves: Makes 6-8 lettuce wraps.
For stir fry sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
For Cashew Chicken:
  • 2 chicken breasts (about ¾ lb. total), diced
  • 8 leaves of greenleaf or iceburg lettuce
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil (or oil of choice)
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • ¼ cup cashews, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
For stir fry sauce:
  1. Mix all stir fry sauce ingredients making sure to dissolve brown sugar. Set aside.
For Cashew Chicken:
  1. Heat canola oil in pan over medium to medium high heat. Add diced chicken and brown (about 4-5 minutes). Remove chicken from oil. Add onions, garlic and 1 teaspoon soy sauce to pan; brown. When onions and garlic are brown and tender, add stir fry sauce, browned chicken, and cashews. Saute mixture for a few minutes and remove from heat.
  2. Spoon chicken mixture into individual lettuce leaves. Add your favorite hot sauce, more cashews or basil.

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  1. 1


    Now THIS is the kind of recipe I need in my life. I’m back focusing on Weight Watchers and I need some full flavor but low fat recipes. I’m salivating.

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    Cindy says

    This picture is incredible…even edible looking! I was just thinking about how to use the left-over pork tenderloin I fixed for supper last night and you’ve just given me the answer. We love lettuce wraps so I’m going to substitute the pork for chicken. By the way, I’m making a collection of your recipes… my very own Yum Yum cookbook… it will have to do until yours is out! Love your ideas!

  3. 4

    Ann says

    Hi Amy, I would love to cook this recipe, however, I am unsure what ground red pepper is. Would it be similar to paprika or is it hot like chili powder and is it a dried powder. I am not from another planet by the way (Australia)!

    • 5


      Hey Ann!

      Ground red pepper is hot. It is a dried powder. Paprika will not give you the same result and the heat of ground red pepper is more concentrated than that in chili powder. You could use ground cayenne pepper or even a hot sauce, although I’m not sure what amount of hot sauce would correlate to 1/4 tsp. of ground pepper.

      :-] Amy

  4. 9

    Denise says

    We had these for dinner tonight…they rock! 3 of the 4 kids liked it, too! (Too spicy for Carebear!)

    • 10

      michelle cater says

      You can leave out the red pepper to keep it from being too spicy..My kids cant do too much spice so I leave it out and it doesn’t take away from the taste at all…

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    Laura Cook says

    I have tried 2 previous recipes, but this looks like it will be the best by far…can hardly wait to try it!

  6. 13

    Alison says

    I am so happy I made these tonight! They were loaded with flavor and were so easy to make. They had the perfect amount of spice, too. This will definitely be a regular around my house!!! Thanks for the amazing recipe.

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    Just found this recipe on Tastey Kitchen and made them tonight. They are to DIE for. Love them!! They will be in heavy rotation at my house. Kudos!

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    Jen says

    This recipe was simple and delicious. My only addition was a little bit of oyster sauce added in with the rest of the stir fry sauce ingredients (the restaurant I work at uses oyster sauce in their lettuce wraps, so I figured it would add a nice depth of flavor. Also, I had it in my fridge already :)). I will certainly be making these again. Next time I will buy ground chicken or turkey, because all that touching the raw chicken to dice it up into mush kind of grossed me out. I also made a quick fruit salsa from scratch to use as a healthy yet flavorful topping (that’s how we serve it at my work as well!) made of mango, avocado, tomato, cilantro, jalapeno, and a squeeze of lime. Absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe!

  9. 18

    Jess says

    I didn’t have ground red pepper or ground ginger, so I made this with 1 tsp sriracha and 1 tsp minced fresh ginger… it turned out okay, but next time I need to put a LOT more sriracha. The only other problem I ran into was the sauce part of the filling staying too watery. I added a little cornstarch and a little corn syrup and it turned out perfect. Great recipe!

  10. 19

    Abby says

    We diced the chicken pretty finely, added water chestnuts, added honey and green onions, and tripled the sauce and it turned out better than ever! This is the third time we’ve made this recipe, and we’ve finally found the perfect version of it for us! Try it out if you’d like!

    • 20

      Abby says

      I forgot, we tripled the sauce, with the exception of the rice vinegar. It was excellent!

  11. 24

    Elise says

    I just made these, and they’re amazing, easy and healthy. They’ve earned a spot as one of my regular dinners :-)

  12. 25

    Laura P says

    Just made this recipe tonight after finding in on Pinterest. It was so delicious! We did cut back on the red pepper to suite out tastes though. Next time I think we will, slightly, cut back on the oil as well.

  13. 26

    Jamie says

    These were terrific, and a big hit! I stir fried some carrots and celery into the mix, served the mixture with butter lettuce, and topped with some chow mein noodles for some extra crunch…..very tasty!

  14. 28

    Carli Santiago says

    I made this last night!! it was so good! My husband even loved it and he is a bad eater! thank you so much for the recipe =]

  15. 29

    Rebecca says

    Being a grad student with a busy schedule, this recipe was great! Super fast and really delicious. Will definitely be making this one again! Thanks.

  16. 30

    Melanie says

    These were so great! I added diced tofu to bulk it up and it was awesome!!! will be making again :)

  17. 31

    Carla says

    I was so excited to try these based on these comments- they were horrible. I threw it away and ordered thai takeout… very disappointed, wasted a good 25$ at least

    • 32


      Well, gee, thanks for sharing Carla. I think everyone having different tastes makes the world go around. Have a happy day!

      : ) Amy

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    lisa says

    OMG I made this last night and it was amazing. I served it over rice and doubled the sauce and it was just perfect. Will definitely be making again and again. Thanks for the great recipe.

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    Nicci says

    I made this last night for supper! It was awesome! My daughter is just starting to dabble in stir fry flavors, and she enjoyed this. Thank you so much for an easy, light meal! :)

  20. 38

    KLee says

    These were delicious. The only change I made was we used Butter Lettuce. It makes the perfect little “cups” for the chicken and is makes the filling seem rich…and….well…..BUTTERY!

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    I just made these for lunch and WOW. They are awesome! Didn’t change anything, except added a bit more cashews. My husband already wants more and the kids liked em too :)

  22. 40

    Dawn says

    I made this recipe for the first time for supper tonight and both my husband and I absolutely LOVED it!! Thanks so much! :)

  23. 42

    Nicole K says

    These were really good. Added shredded carrots and chopped cilantro to the top.

  24. 44

    Erin says

    I know I’m a little late to the show with this recipe- I just found it through pinterest. I cook a lot of Asian food- it’s my personal favorite. And I’ve tried countless lettuce wrap recipes because I can never find one that tastes just right- until now! I’m so excited! I have to admit that I did alter the recipe a little bit to suit my tastes but even without those subtle changes i’m sure it’d be fantastic. I added hoisin sauce and a little honey to the stir fry sauce (because I’m not too fond of sesame oil so I try to mask it a bit). I also shredded carrots and chopped some water chestnuts finely to add some more vegetables and crunch. Topped with chopped green onions. The red pepper was the *perfect* amount of spice. Thanks so much for a fantastic recipe! This will go in my permanent rotation :)

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    Michelle says

    Just wanted to say thanks for the recipe! I quadrupled the sauce, doubled the cashews, used nm powdered red chilie, and added siracha on top of each lettuce wrap. It was spicy and delicious! Wonderful!

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    Jamie says

    Made these for dinner!!!! I am a picky eater and it was an amazing recipe. I added mushrooms and water chestnuts. I may use a little less oil next time, but it turned out amazing!!! Can’t wait to make them again!!!!

  28. 48

    Katherine says

    I made these tonight an it was amazing. I made it exactly as the recipe states. My super picky husband even liked it only he ate his on a tortilla shell. Going in the recipe book!

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    This is amazing. I’m a really fussy eater and this has now taken second place (mums spaghetti bolognaise takes the cake every time). 5 stars

  30. 53

    Lindsay says

    I have made this recipe twice now…in one week! I love when I find a recipe that uses ingredients I already have in the house (except rice vinegar, which I did have the first time so I used a little bit of balsamic vinegar and lemon juice). This was a super quick dinner to make, and the flavors were fantastic! As soon as I cooked the chicken, I threw some sugar snap peas in the still-hot pan with a little oil, and they soaked up the flavors from the chicken while they cooked. I will be making this frequently!

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    Hilary says

    5 STARS!!! I added 1/4 cup chopped cilantro to the mixture and lime for garnish. I also doubled the sauce. A new favorite!

    • 56


      Thank you! I’m totally trying it with cilantro. I may make it this weekend since our cilantro has bounced back a bit before the deep freeze hits. Thanks for the idea!

  32. 57

    Debora says

    Love this recipe! All my kids like it, which always makes for a pleasant dinner. I like to add water chestuts an baby corn to bulky it up a bit. Thanks for the great recipe.

  33. 59

    Karen says

    I have made this recipe for my husband and me several times now and we both love it! I usually double the sauce and add diced water chestnuts too. I’m going to make this for when my sister and her husband visit for Christmas and was wondering what you think a good side dish would be. Thanks!

    • 60


      This is such a tasty and satisfying dish! I’m glad to hear that y’all enjoy it.

      Hmmmm … a few suggestions for side dishes: Ginger Roasted Carrots, Wasabi Cucumber Sesame Salad, Garlic Lemon Green Beans, or don’t laugh, more lettuce, a big tossed salad is always a favorite side dish for us.

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    Heather says

    I made this the other night and it was fantastic!! My husband loved it and begged, yes “begged” for me to make it again lol! I cooked some rice and Egg drop soup on the side and it was perfect. My picky kids loved it too! Thanks!!

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    Robin says

    de these for dinner last night and they were awesome. I added some water chestnuts and shredded carrots to the chicken mixture, and doubled the sauce. I also added some honey and oyster sauce to the sauce mixture for a little more flavor. Next time I think I will triple the sauce recipe because we like more sauce on our lettuce wraps. A very good recipe that even my picky teenager liked and one I’ll definitely make again. Thanks for sharing it.

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