Asian Lettuce Cups


Asian Lettuce Cups are low-carb, healthy, delicious and virtually gluten-free. Serve these as a light lunch, a starter course, or a low-calorie dinner.

Asian Lettuce Cups
Recipe Type: Starter or Main Dish
Author: A Passionate Plate
Serves: 4
Low carb, refreshing and virtuallly gluten free – these refreshing lettuce cups are easy to make and fun to eat.
  • 2 cups chopped shitake mushroom caps (approximately 6 oz.)
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 13 oz. ground chicken or turkey
  • 1 8 oz. can water chestunts, rinsed and coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. minced ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 4 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp. Sriracha hot chile sauce
  • 8 to 10 Boston or Bibb lettuce leaves, cleaned and dried
  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. When oil is shimmery, add mushrooms and sautee them for about 5 minutes until they are tender. Remove the mushrooms from the pan and set them aside in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the chicken (or turkey), garlic and ginger to the pan and stir over medium heat until the chicken is cooked and crumbly, about 5 minutes. Season the chicken mixture with salt to taste.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, make the sauce by combining the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar and sriracha sauce together and whisking to combine.
  4. When the chicken mixture is cooked, add it to the mushrooms, along with the green onions, cilantro, water chestnuts, and 1/4 cup of the peanuts. Add 1/2 of the sauce (reserve the rest for dipping) and stir gently to combine all of the ingredients.
  5. Set clean lettuce leaves on individual plates and scoop 1/2 cup of chicken filling onto each. Sprinkle with extra peanuts if desired.
  6. To eat, fold the lettuce leaf around the filling, dip in the sauce and eat with your fingers.



  1. Coreen says:

    Can I just eliminate the hoisin sauce?? I am trying to stay away from too many carbs and sweets. Plus, this is probably the only recipie I would uses the sauce for.

    • MaryMiller says:

      Hi, Coreen. Yes, you absolutely can leave out the hoisin sauce. I hate buying a condiment I only plan to use once. Hoisin sauce does give the lettuce wraps an authentic taste, but it’s always fun to improvise. Let us know how they turn out. 🙂

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