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Slow Cooker Chicken Lettuce Wraps

 Today I’m sharing a recipe from one of America’s Test Kitchens newest cookbooks Slow Cooker Revolution volume 2: the easy-prep edition.  The recipe for Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps is not only tasty and easy it is also versatile and the leftovers – if you have any – freeze beautifully, for an even quicker easier meal next time!


Our family has a favorite restaurant we always eat at when we are in East Lansing visiting Sparty, and we always start our meal out with the chicken lettuce wraps.  I have attempted making them at home, but it was always so much work all the chopping and so many ingredients.  That is not the case with this recipe, the addition of hoisin sauce (which can be found in any grocery store in with the Asian ingredients) makes it a snap to throw together.  This recipe works perfect when you have leftover rice from another meal or a Chinese take-out.


I altered the recipe slightly only because the book states it will feed 4-6 and I knew that would not make enough for my hungry lettuce wrap lovin’ family!  I also  like to get as many vegetables in as possible, so I added a cup of shredded carrots to the original recipe, but other than that no major change was needed.  This recipe was perfect in every way!  Especially perfect because it only took me about 15 minutes to get it prepped and in my slow cooker; then I just walked away!

Question: What recipe do you make most often in your slow cooker? 



I also should tell you that I left the Asian Chicken in the slow cooker, on low, for 6 hours before we ate, the recipe says 2-3, but even after 6 hours it was not dry or over done it was juicy and very flavorful.


I love America’s Test Kitchen!  I trust everything they say, their recipes are made over and over and over, tested this way and that, making sure everything is perfect.  Everything!  I have been subscribing to their bimonthly magazine Cook’s Illustrated for years, I have learned more from reading this magazine than anywhere else (sorry mom).  So when they ask me if I’d like a copy of their new slow cooker cookbook  to review I said, YES PLEASE!  And will you give me another to give away….they said, “yes!!”  I did a happy dance 😉

As you can see this cookbook is dog-eared after only a month, and I have all sorts of page markers stuck in it for recipes I want to try.  I love using my slow cooker, but I feel like I’m not very creative with what I make in it.  Well let me tell you this cookbook will have you using your slow cooker for everything from Creamy Potato, Cheddar, and Ale Soup to Moroccan Spice Beef Stew and then Carrot Cake for dessert!  Yes you can make dessert in your slow cooker!



Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
recipe slightly adapted from
America’s Slow Cooker Revolution Volume 2:Easy Prep Addition

serves: 6   cooking time: 2-3 hours on low   slow cooker size: 5 to 7 quarts

3 pounds ground Chicken
2 cloves Garlic, minced
2 Red Bell Peppers, cored and chopped fine
1 cup shredded Carrots
1 8.5 ounce jar Hoisin Sauce
4 tablespoons Soy Sauce
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
1 8 ounce can sliced Water Chestnuts, rinsed and chopped
2 cups cooked Rice
3 Green Onions, sliced thin
2 heads Bibb Lettuce

1. Brown chicken and garlic in a skillet 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.

2. Stir in water chestnuts and rice and let sit until heated through about 5 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.

~I let this cook on low for 6 hours and it did not dry out.
~You can make the above recipe, however leave the rice out and then serve Asian Chicken over rice instead of in the lettuce wraps, my family loved it this way.
~This recipe also freezes well, you can easily thaw and reheat it in the microwave for a quick lunch or dinner.


I should also tell you…..

IMG_9483That I made this recipe and left the rice out, then served the Asian Chicken over  the rice instead of serving it in the lettuce leaves.  This will help stretch the meat mixture a little further if you are trying to get more for your money.  I also served it over brown rice, which always makes me feel like I should give myself a pat on the back for being “like all health conscious” and stuff 😉

Ok now without further ado’…..here is how you can win yourself a copy of America’s Test Kitchen’s

~Slow Cooker Revolution volume 2: The Easy-Prep Edition~


1. Leave a comment below in response to the highlighted question in the post.

**You must have a mailing address within the Continental U.S. to win**

DEADLINE is Tuesday October 8, 10am EST.

That’s it!!  That’s all you have to do.  Of course feel free to share this giveaway on any and all social media circles because as always it’s nice to share!

The WINNER will be announced next week at the beginning of the What’s 4 Dinner Wednesday post. If you haven’t already subscribed to my weekly newsletter this is a great way to keep up with what’s going on here at E2g.

Wishing you the BEST! XO, Sheila

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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 🙂

    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 😉

  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! 🙁
    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. 🙂 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. 🙂

  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!