We all crave Chinese takeout from time to time. Unfortunately, most Chinese restaurant dishes don’t work on a low-carb diet. In fact, most homemade Chinese food recipes don't work either.
Noodles, rice, and starchy sauces simply contain too many carbs for a low-carb lifestyle.
That's why we think you're going to love these low-carb Asian chicken lettuce wraps.
Not only is it fun to make them, they’re also delicious to eat. They're packed with flavor, made with healthy ingredients like chicken and fresh vegetables, spices like ginger and garlic, and each serving only contains 7.5g of net carbs!
So whether you're on keto or another low-carb diet, you can indulge guilt-free on these savory, spicy, and sweet low-carb lettuce wraps. Enjoy!
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Ground chicken
- FBOMB Olive Oil
- Bibb or butter lettuce
- Red bell pepper
- Water chestnuts
- Fresh ginger
- Natural peanut butter
Best Types of Lettuce for Wraps
Bibb lettuce (a variety of butter lettuce) is the best type of lettuce for lettuce wraps.
First off, they are the perfect size for making lettuce wraps. And you won't have to worry about the lettuce ripping or falling apart once you stuff it with chicken and freshly cooked vegetables.
The other reason bibb lettuce works best for wraps is that it's malleable and easy to fold. Some lettuce, like Romaine, tends to break or crack when you try to manipulate it in this way.
Another variety of butter lettuce, called Boston lettuce, also works for wraps!
Tips for Preparing Lettuce for Wraps
Here are a few tips to help you prepare your low-carb Asian chicken lettuce wraps:
- Gently remove the leaves: Peeling them off by hand will ensure you don't damage the leaves, and allows you to clean them more thoroughly.
- Thoroughly wash your lettuce: You can do this with a salad spinner right when you get home from the grocery store or just before making this dish. If you choose the first option, be sure to store your lettuce in the crisper with a paper towel over it to keep it fresh.
- Dry them off before serving: If properly stored, there shouldn't be a ton of moisture, but a quick dab with a paper towel will remove any water on them.
And if you're cooking for others, our final tip is to let them stuff their own lettuce wraps. That's part of the fun!
Ingredient Spotlight: Lettuce
Unfortunately, many people tend to think of lettuce as just a staple of salads, and don't really use it beyond that. But it's actually a great ingredient that's loaded with health benefits!
Did you know that one cup of butter lettuce contains [*]:
- A third of your daily vitamin A requirements
- 70% of your daily vitamin K requirements
- Several B vitamins, like thiamin, riboflavin, and folate
- 7 different essential minerals, like calcium, iron, and magnesium
- Just 1.2g of carbs and only 7.2 calories!
Talk about packing a nutritional punch! That's a lot of nutrients for such a small amount of calories and carbs. Knowing this, you might be more inclined to use lettuce in meals like these low-carb Asian chicken lettuce wraps, and not just salads!
Low-Carb Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe
- Yield: 4
- Serving size: One lettuce cup + ¼ cup filling
- Prep time: 15 minutes
- Cook time: 15 minutes
- 1 pound ground chicken (dark meat)
- 1 tablespoon FBOMB Olive Oil
- 1 small onion, finely diced
- 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
- 1 (8-oz can) water chestnuts, drained and minced
- 1 carrot, peeled and grated
- 3 scallions, diced
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar (unseasoned)
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon erythritol (or sugar-free sweetener of choice)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 head Bibb lettuce
- Combine the sauce ingredients in a bowl (soy sauce through erythritol), mix well, and set aside.
- Prepare the lettuce cups and place in the refrigerator.
- Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the ground chicken until cooked through.
- Add in the diced onion, bell pepper, water chestnuts, and carrots. Sauté for a few minutes until softened.
- Add in the garlic and fresh ginger and sauté for another minute or two until fragrant.
- Mix in the sauce and stir until evenly coated for 2 minutes.
- Add in the chopped scallions and stir for 30 seconds.
- Serve by spooning the filling into lettuce cups. Garnish with more scallions if desired.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
- Fat: 19g
- Protein: 22.5g
- Total Carbohydrates: 14.5g
- Fiber: 3g
- Sugar Alcohol: 4g
- Net Carbs: 7.5g
- Fat: 56%
- Protein: 30%
- Carbohydrates: 14%