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Slow Cooker Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Slow Cooker Chicken Lettuce Wraps is the perfect easy meal for your busy schedule! All you need are a few simple ingredients for this delicious recipe. A crockpot or an instant pot can be used. I give you multiple tips and substitutions below. Lets get cookin’!!

This recipe for Asian Lettuce Wraps reminds me of the popular PF Chang’s lettuce wraps. This light meal is not only tasty and easy, it tastes even better the next day! It is also perfect because it only takes me about 15 minutes to get it prepped and in my slow cooker; then I just walked away! It is by far one of my favorite slow cooker recipes!

ingredients for slow cooker chicken lettuce wraps on a wood cutting board
  • olive oil or sesame oil
  • ground chicken
  • red bell pepper
  • carrots
  • garlic cloves
  • hoisin sauce
  • soy sauce
  • black pepper
  • water chestnuts
  • rice
  • green onions
  • best kind of lettuce: bibb lettuce, iceberg lettuce, butter lettuce
  • garnish: chopped cilantro, toasted sesame seeds, chopped peanuts

This recipe has been adapted from the cookbook America’s Slow Cooker Revolution Volume 2:Easy Prep Addition. The instructions for the crock pot cooking method are listed below and the instant pot method is in the notes of the printable recipe card.

browning ground chicken in a cast iron skillet on stove top
  1. In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium high heat add ground chicken and garlic to the pan. Cook until completely cooked through and there is no more pink in the meat. Spoon off most of the excess juices from the cooked meat.

2. Place cooked meat into crock pot, add diced red bell peppers, shredded carrots, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, and black pepper. Turn crock pot to low and cook for at least 2 hours, 1 hour on high. (I have cooked this on low for as long as 6 hours and it did not dry out.)

chicken lettuce wrap filling in crock pot

3. 15 minutes before you are ready to eat add in chopped water chestnuts and rice, allow it to heat through and serve with washed, dry lettuce leaf on the side.

4. Set out garnishes if you like, but honestly you don’t need to have a bunch of garnish if you do not have time. This recipe has so much flavor, no one will miss them.

slow cooker chicken  lettuce wraps on a plate with all the toppings and crock pot in the background with meat in it
  • Protein Substitutions: This recipe is very versatile when it comes to the protein. I have used ground turkey, ground pork, and shrimp. If you are using shrimp you want to let them thaw remove the shells and tails, shop them up into very small pieces, and brown them with the garlic as you would the ground chicken. I don’t normally think of beef as a protein I would use in asian cooking, but I do not know why it wouldn’t work. Let me know if you try it!
  • Sauce Variations: Low sodium soy sauce can be used in replacement of regular soy sauce. I have also used 1/2 cup bottled teriyaki sauce in place of the hoisin and soy sauce. You should be able to find any of these ingredients in your local grocery store.
  • Spice it up a bit! We like our food spicy so I often will add 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes to this recipe. Also our family always has a bottle of sriracha, or some sort of hot sauce on the table. Add this to the top when serving.
  • Garnish: I like to garnish with toasted sesame seeds, chopped peanuts, chopped cilantro, or as I stated above a nice squirt of sriracha. If pickled red onion is your thing this is also delicious on top of your chicken lettuce wrap.
  • Asian Twist on Taco Bowls: Leave out the rice and serve the protein over rice, with all the garnish toppings on the side for people to add as they like. Get creative! You could add bean sprouts, chopped lettuce, chopped Thai basil, and chopped cucumbers just to name a few fun ingredients!
  • Leftovers: The leftovers from chicken lettuce wraps are so good! This is the perfect meal if you are meal prepping. Store in an airtight container and enjoy it for a couple days. You can take it for lunch. Eat it for a couple nights in a row. Add it to another meal as a starter. If you do not like to eat the same meal multiple times in a week the leftovers freeze really well, for a future meal!
chicken lettuce wraps on a brown plate

Slow Cooker Chicken Lettuce Wraps is one of my families all time favorite slow cooker meals!! I hope you try it! I would love to hear from you and I would be very grateful if you would share it by Pinning, posting to Instagram, or sharing it on Facebook!

Enjoy! XOX Sheila

hand holding a chicken lettuce wrap
chicken lettuce wraps with slow cooker full of meat in background accompaniments on the side

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Sheila
recipe slightly adapted from America's Slow Cooker Revolution Volume 2:Easy Prep Addition
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 16 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Chinese, healthy
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • 3 pounds ground Chicken
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 Red Bell Peppers cored and chopped fine
  • 1 cup shredded Carrots
  • 1/4 cup Hoisin Sauce
  • 4 tblsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 8 ounce can sliced Water Chestnuts rinsed and chopped
  • 2 cups cooked Rice
  • 3 Green Onions sliced thin
  • 2 heads Bibb Lettuce

Instructions
 

  • Add olive oil to skillet over medium high heat add chicken and garlic saute' until chicken is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Drain off liquid and transfer mixture to slow cooker. Stir in bell pepper, shredded carrot, hoisin, soy sauce, salt and pepper. Cover and cook for 2-3 hours.
  • Stir in water chestnuts and rice and let sit until heated through about 15 minutes. Stir in green onions and season with more salt and pepper if needed. Separate Bibb lettuce leaves, serve by spooning chicken filling into lettuce leaves like a taco.
Keyword asian, chicken, easy meal, iceberg lettuce
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  1. Any idea what the nutrition information or calorie count would be on this. It looks delicious and I want to try it, I just like to have an idea about the amount of calories ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. If you go to caloriecount.about.com and copy past the ingredients in it will calculate it easily for you! I did and it was about 500 calories a serving.

  2. The thing I make most often in my slow cooker is soup or chili. This recipe looks delicious! I am pinning it to try next week.

    1. That is one of our favorite slow cooker meals as well! I promise you are going to love this recipe! Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. I cook chicken a lot to use in many different recipes. Beef roast is my fav dinner to cook. Would LOVE this cookbook”! Thanks for the opportunity.

  4. I make chilis, pot roasts, and meat fillings for tacos and burritos most often. This sounds like a refreshing change!

  5. I make a pork tenderloin with a cranberry sauce the most often in my slow cooker. Delicious! This recipe sounds good, too!

  6. I make a pork tenderloin with fresh garlic, red wine, soy sauce and Lipton onion soup packet! It is fabulous!!! And easy

  7. The dish I make most often in my slow cooker is a french dip style sandwich. Super easy and always delicious. I have been eying the new ATK cookbook, I bet it is great!

  8. Chili or pulled pork! Both sound fabulous right now, but not nearly as fabulous as these yummy yummy lettuce wraps. I AM making these this week!!!

    1. XOXO Yeh! We want to get to a volleyball game there soon…what are your favorite places to eat in ELansing? Thanks for stopping by!

  9. I’ll have to go check out this recipe because these wraps look incredible!
    I either make Root Vegetable Tagine or salsa chicken in my crockpot. I use it atleast once a week and it might be my BFF : )

  10. I used my crockpot just 2 days ago for what I call Fake Rotisserie Chicken. First, I crumble 3-5 sheets of foil into balls and place it on the bottom of the crockpot. I very liberally sprinkle seasoned salt all over a whole chicken, then place the chicken on top of the foil (to keep it from sitting in the juices. My crockpot doesn’t have a rack). Cook 4-5 hours or until done. I also use it for roast and Beef Burgundy.

  11. I make alot of different chicken dishes, just throw in frozen chicken and the sauce you want and let it do its thing…

  12. Hi Sheila!
    First of all I have to say I really enjoy your blog! I also love my roaster (I have 2 and sometimes they are both in use at the same time!). I have so many favorites, but my families latest favorite is Creamy Italian Chicken. It’s so easy! That is what I love about using a roaster, it takes 10-15 minutes to prepare and then let the roaster do the rest!
    During the summer my family goes camping in Charlevoix and you better believe that the roasters are packed. Between my mom and my sisters, we have 5 roasters! The grand kids favorite (there are 13 of them), is when Grandma makes boiled dinner, aka a roast with carrots and potatoes.

    1. Thank you Karen! Thanks so much for taking the time to say HI and enter to win this awesome cookbook. I’m with you slow cookers are perfect for camping! My pastors wife has an over night egg scramble she makes in her’s for camping. Have a great weekend!

  13. Buffalo Chicken – it’s a very versatile recipe.
    Chicken Tacos, Sliders, Chicken & Rice, Chicken Tortilla Soup..and the list goes on!

  14. The things I make most in my slow cooker is stew and soup. These chicken lettuce wraps look so good and I would not have thought of using the slow cooker for something like this. Thanks for the great recipe and offering the chance to win.

  15. I make shredded chicken tacos ALL THE TIME! So easy to throw some frozen chicken breasts in with green chilis or salsa or onions or peppers or whatever…. it really doesn’t matter what you toss in.

  16. For some reason I associate my slow cooker with fall and winter. I use it most often for beef barbeque and our favorite – roast pork loin with potatoes, carrots, onion, garlic. Sounds like I need inspiration and good recipes to use it more often! My takeout $$$ would be reduced!

  17. I don’t cook ENOUGH in my slow cooker!! Which is why I need this book in my life so I can start!
    I always feel like the recipes I’ve found come out the same & bland! ๐Ÿ™
    Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  18. I love to make pulled pork or chicken using diet Dr. Pepper and BBQ sauce in the crockpot, but am definitely looking for new ideas, so it would be great to win this!

  19. I’d love to have this cookbook. I borrowed it from the library and there are several recipes I want to try. ๐Ÿ™‚ My favorite things to make in the crock pot are spaghetti sauce and chili.

  20. With 5 boys and hockey season starting, I need slow cooker meals!! Not everyone eats or is home at the same time. This would be perfect!!!

    1. I hear ya! slow cooker meals are great for team meals too! I use my big 7qt when it’s my turn to feed the basketball team or the volleyball team.

  21. I frequently make stuffed chicken breasts in my crockpot. I teach school and it is a great “comfort” meal at the end of a long day!

      1. Sadly enough, I buy them already made at our local Lancaster County Yoder’s store. They are just chicken breasts stuffed with a bread stuffing made out of bread cubes, onion, chicken broth, egg and celery. I place them in my crock pot and dump a cream of chicken soup and about a cup of sour cream (mixed with the soup) ….I put them on low for about 7 hours. I don’t have a medium setting I just have a high low and keep warm. So you might want to adjust the heat pending on your crockpot. You don’t want them to dry out!

  22. Chicken or soups- all regularly made in my crock pot. Would love having more inspiration. Thank you for this recipe and the wonderful giveaway!!

  23. I usually make a beef pot roast in the slow cooker with some veggies. I would love this book to get some ideas on what to cook in my crock pot besides pot roast or chicken. BTW that chicken and rice looks yummy. Thanks for the recipe and the giveaway.

  24. Vegetable chili … I toss in a whole lot of vegetables and one lb ground beef. I also use some refried black beans. It’s a favorite with the whole family.

  25. Pork and sauerkraut is the best meal in the slow cooker! Plus it makes the house smell awesome. Real comfort food.

  26. This looks absolutely delicious! Chicken lettuce wraps are a favorite of mine and I am excited to try this slow cooker recipe. Oh and my favorite thing to cook in my slow cooker is meat sauce! Although I use mine all the time for all sorts of recipes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. This chicken looks so good! My kids are crazy about rice, so I am pinning it and will try it that way. I love my slow cooker. I make soup in it at least once a week in the winter, and it’s my favorite way of cooking chicken. If I don’t know what to make for dinner that night, I will just throw some chicken in there (legs, thighs, breasts, whatever I have), and dump in whatever kind of sauce or marinade I can find in my pantry.

  28. The one thing I cook the most in my slow cooker is Spicy Wine Pot Roast, which I serve with roast vegetables, and/or buttered noodles or rice.
    Thanks for the chance to win!