Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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These Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps full of delicious nutty flavors are ready to enjoy in 30 minutes! The lettuce wraps add freshness to the chicken which is covered in a sauce made with nut butter, soy sauce, honey, garlic, and red pepper flakes. The perfect finishing touch is the chopped cashews.

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Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions; to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required, and to understand the steps and timings involved.

The crunchiness of nuts is always so satisfying, and the combination of crunchy peanut butter in the sauce for this chicken recipe, with the additional cashews, sprinkled on top, and the lettuce leaf wraps, makes this dish a triple threat to the senses!

This recipe for cashew chicken served up in lettuce wraps is really quick and easy to prepare – you can have it on the table in about 30 minutes.

The sauce is full of delicious flavors like peanut butter (but you could try another nut butter – why not cashew?), soy sauce, and rice vinegar, with some sweetness from honey and a kick of heat from crushed red pepper flakes.

It’s lower in carbs too since lettuce is used as wraps instead of regular pancake wraps.

This dish would also taste great with rice or noodles. And makes both a main dish or appetizer – or even as a side dish as part of a larger Chinese meal, perhaps for Chinese New Year?

Lettuce Wraps with Cashew Chicken

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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Depending on your dietary requirements you may want to use one of the following in this recipe:

  • Soy Sauce the regular stuff made from fermented soybeans and roasted grains.
  • Tamaria gluten-free soy sauce (but always check the label) if this is a concern for you.
  • Coconut Aminosa soy-free, soy sauce made with coconut tree sap and salt, and popular in Paleo, Keto, and Whole 30 communities.

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Recipe Tips

  • For best results, heat the peanut butter in the microwave for 15-20 seconds before adding it to the sauce. It is easier to blend when slightly warm.
  • For less heat, use ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes instead of ½ teaspoon.

How Do I Make Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps?

Just check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

Cashew Chicken Wraps Recipe

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps full of delicious nutty flavors are ready to enjoy in 30 minutes!

Ingredients

For the Sauce

  • ⅓ cup soy sauce or tamari or coconut aminos
  • 2 Tbsp sugar-free crunchy peanut butter, room temperature
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes

For the Cashew Chicken

  • 1 lb (450g) boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 large green onions (spring onions/scallions), sliced (white and green parts separated)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • I large head Bibb lettuce (round lettuce), separated, rinsed, and patted dry
  • ½ cup chopped cashews, lightly salted

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the soy sauce, peanut butter, honey, rice vinegar, garlic, sesame oil, and crushed red pepper flakes in a large bowl. Add the cubed chicken breast and gently toss to combine. Set aside.
  2. Heat butter in a large nonstick skillet set over medium heat. Add the white part of green onions and garlic. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion starts to develop some color.
  3. Pour the chicken and sauce into the skillet and stir to combine. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce starts to thicken.
  4. Remove from the heat and divide the chicken mixture between the lettuce leaves.
  5. Top each wrap with the sliced green onions and chopped cashews and serve immediately. Cashew Chicken Wraps Recipe

Notes

  • For best results, heat the peanut butter in the microwave for 15-20 seconds before adding it to the sauce. It is easier to blend when slightly warm.
  • For less heat, use ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes instead of ½ teaspoon.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 376Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 1679mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 22gProtein: 17g

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