Ground chicken in a teriyaki sauce, topped with a perfect slaw then served in a lettuce wrap. These Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps are a healthier, delicious dinner!
Several years ago a friend of mine had me over for dinner and made lettuce wraps. I loved them. They were tasty and full of healthy vegetables, a dinner win for me.
I went home and tried to recreate them. As they’re quick to make, they became a weeknight staple in my house. Every time I made them, I changed a little here and there, and they ended up as the recipe I’m sharing with you today.
And I’d be willing to bet that in a few years, I’ll repost them in a new way!
Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Chicken and Teriyaki
I use ground chicken for this recipe as it cooks quickly and is easy to eat in a lettuce wrap.
If you prefer, you could use precooked, shredded chicken and toss it in warmed teriyaki sauce.
Brand of Sauce
I have tried multiple brands of teriyaki sauce, and even made my own for this recipe. From all of my testing I have a strong recommendation: Use Kikkoman Teriyaki Takumi Original.
Why you might ask?
- Homemade teriyaki makes you feel good about it being homemade, but it isn’t better than Kikkoman Takumi, and it takes a while.
- My husband eats keto sometimes, so I have used at least two brands of keto teriyaki sauce. Both were a bit watery and more difficult to eat in the lettuce wraps.
- Other various brands I have tried have been either too watery or just not tasty.
So, not a sponsored post, but I recommend the Kikkoman Teriyaki TAKUMI Sauce (bottle with dark red label and there are visible sesame seeds in the sacue).
The slaw for these wraps uses:
- Shredded Zucchini (sometimes I spiralize it for a nice appearance)
- Red Pepper
- Shredded Carrots
- Green Onions
This slaw is easy to adjust. If you don’t have enough of one ingredient and want to substitute another, you’ll still have a tasty slaw.
The sauce for the slaw is made of:
- Vegetable OIl
- Rice Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Soy Sauce
- Sesame Oil
- Brown Sugar
- Ginger Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Sesame Seeds
One hour before serving, toss together the sauce and slaw. To store while you’re waiting to serve, I recommend placing the slaw in a colander inside of a container so that the slaw will not sit in the sauce. This helps prevent the slaw from becoming soggy.
To serve, place about 1/3 cup of cooked chicken in a large piece of butter or Romaine lettuce and top it with slaw.
Although I often eat these wraps as leftovers for a day or two, they are best on the day the slaw is made.
These Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps make for a healthy dinner that comes together quickly!
Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps
- 2 pounds ground chicken
- 2/3 cup Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce (Takumi Collection) divided
- 2 cups shredded zucchini
- 1 red pepper cut into thin slices
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 3/4 cup edamame beans
- 1/3 cup green onions chopped
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegars
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ginger powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds
- Large lettuce leaves for serving butter lettuce or Romaine work well
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add chicken and 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce. Saute until chicken is cooked through. Stir in additional 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce before serving.
- In a small bowl, whisk together all of the sauce ingredients. Add the zucchini, red pepper, carrots, edamame, green onions, and sesame seeds. Toss until all vegetables are coated with sauce. Let sit at least 1 hour before servings. NOTE: I recommended placing the slaw in a colander in a bowl so that the slaw will not sit become soggy.
- Place about 1/3 cup of chicken mixture on a piece of lettuce. Top with desired amount of slaw. NOTE: Best if eaten on day slaw is made.
Disclaimer: All nutritional information provided on this website is an estimate only and is not guaranteed.
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