Quick, easy and packed with flavor, these Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Tahini Sauce are proof that healthy eating CAN be delicious! Ready in 20 minutes or less, these lettuce wraps are perfect for lunch, appetizers, dinner and everything in between!
This post was originally published in June 2017. I made edits to the photos and added a RECIPE VIDEO to show you how easy this is to make! However, the actual story written below in this post remain the same.
Long time, no virtual see!
How’s it going!? For those of you in the states, how was your Memorial weekend??
Did you get your grill on, cocktail it up, and bask in the (unofficial) summer sun?
Ours was lovely. Busy, but quite lovely.
And you better bet we found time to grill all the things, sip on some cocktails, and bask in the glow of our TV streaming Netflix. Hello Bloodline, I’m looking at you. 😉
Anyways, today we are chowing down on some lettuce wraps.
And it is going to be oh-so glorious.
Because, protein + silky sauce + crisp lettuce + accoutrements = straight up summer fun.
And your beach body goals are going to LOVE it.
Easy Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Tahini Sauce
AKA little bundles of edible BLISS
Dainty, yet hearty, these wraps are good for your waistline, but won’t make you feel like you’re on that dreaded summer diet.
Tender, juicy, crumbles of garlicy-gingery chicken sautéed in a creamy-dreamy, savory tahini sauce; topped with crisp water chestnuts, herbaceous green onions, crunchy cashews, and silky noodles all piled high in a refreshingly cool lettuce cup.
Super easy, and seriously delicious, these little parcels of joy are perfect for lunch, appetizers, dinner and even breakfast if you’re a little daring like me. 😉
⬆️ Oh, don’t give me that look. YES, I had these for breakfast. I’m a savory breakfast kinda girl, and when something is this O-M-Gee GOOD, you NEED to eat it at every meal.
Which lettuce is best for lettuce wraps?
My personal favorite lettuce for these (or any) wraps are either bibb or butter lettuce. Their broad leaves are sturdy and can hold a generous amount of filling without tearing or falling apart.
When you are selecting a head of bibb or butter lettuce, you want to look for a smaller head where the outer leaves look crisp and fresh, with no signs of wilting.
If you can’t find bibb or butter lettuce, you can use iceberg or romaine. While iceberg is commonly used in Asian style lettuce wraps and it does have a nice crispness, it can be hard to roll. And, since romaine has narrow leaves, it won’t hold as much filling.
If you are looking for a heartier green, you can use collards or swiss chard!
What goes with Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps?
I served my lettuce wraps with cooked vermicelli noodles tucked right into the lettuce wrap, underneath the cashew chicken filling.
You can find vermicelli noodles, also known as rice noodles or rice sticks, in the ethnic isle of most grocery stores. Vermicelli noodles are thin rice-flour noodles commonly used in Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian cuisines. Often used in stir-fries, soups, spring rolls and salads, their soft, delicate texture pairs perfectly with these lettuce wraps!
If noodles aren’t your thing, you can also serve these wraps with white rice. Or, if you are looking for a healthier option, quinoa or cauliflower “rice” would be delicious!
Step by step how to prepare cashew chicken lettuce wraps at home:
Step one – Make the tahini sauce by whisking together a generous amount of tahini with a touch of soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, chicken stock and honey. Stir until it’s silky smooth, then taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper.
Step two – Cook the chicken. Heat some oil in a large wok, add the chicken, season it up, and cook, making sure you stir to break up any large clumps of chicken. Add in the garlic and ginger, then the water chestnuts and green onion. Finally, add in the tahini sauce and stir until everything is coated and delicious.
Step three – Pile some noodles into a cup of lettuce, generously pack on the chicken, sprinkle with desired garnishes, drizzle with some tahini and DEVOUR.
Recipe Notes, Tips & Tricks for Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Tahini Sauce:
- The recipe calls for ground chicken. You can use all lean white meat ground chicken if you would like, however the plain packaged combination of white and dark meat ground chicken packs the most flavor!
- I used bibb lettuce for my wraps, but feel free to swap it out for iceberg or romaine.
- If these lettuce wraps simply have way too many healthy-vibes for your taste, nix the lettuce and serve the tahini chicken on bread as a sandwich, or use it as a dip for crackers and/or chips!
- You can serve the lettuce wraps as is, or you can drizzle them with more tahini, OR you can make a super simple tahini dipping sauce by mixing ¼ cup tahini with 4 tsp soy sauce and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper.
These Easy Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps are suuuuuuper tasty and puuuurfect for summer. Get these in your life, y’all. Your face and stomach will thank you.
Until next week friends, cheers – to little lettuce-y boats of yum.
How to make Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps recipe and video👇
Easy Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Tahini Sauce
- 1 TBS Canola or Peanut Oil
- 1 Pound Ground Chicken*
- 3 Cloves Garlic – finely diced
- 2 heaping tsp Grated Ginger
- 1 (8 ounce) can Sliced Water Chestnuts – drained
- 3 Green Onions – trimmed and sliced
- Kosher Salt and Pepper , to taste
- ½ Cup roasted Cashews – roughly chopped
- 1 Head Bibb or Boston Lettuce – leaves separated
Sauce (yield roughly 2/3 cup):
- ¼ Cup Tahini
- 1 ½ TBS Low Sodium Soy Sauce
- 1 ½ tsp Rice Wine Vinegar
- ¼ Cup Chicken Stock (or water)
- 1 TBS Honey
Optional For Serving: Sliced Green Onions, Cashews, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, Sesame Seeds, Cooked Vermicelli Noodles or Cooked White Rice
- Make the Tahini Sauce: In a small bowl whisk together all ingredients. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper. Set aside.
- For the Chicken: Heat the oil in a large wok or frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and season generously with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring to break up any clumps, until the chicken is starting to brown, about 3-4 minutes. (Depending on the type of ground chicken you used, drain any excess fat from the pan if necessary)
- Add in the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds-1 minute. Stir in the water chestnuts and green onions. Cook for 1 minute. Add in the satay sauce, lower the heat to medium, and cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
- To Serve: Remove chicken from heat and taste/adjust for seasoning. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve with lettuce and garnishes on side, or spoon chicken mixture directly into individual lettuce leaves and garnish as desired. Enjoy!
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