A take-out favorite made healthy and low-carb! Best of all, this comes together in 20 min from start to finish – it’s just that easy!

Kung Pao Chicken Lettuce Wraps - A take-out favorite made healthy + low-carb! And this comes together in just 20 min from start to finish!

I am definitely a carbaholic but I’m still such a sucker for lettuce wraps. It’s the perfect way to sneak in some veggies without being too full or bloated for the rest of the day. And when it takes just 20 min to make the best lettuce wraps ever – well, I think I could give up my love for carbs then.

Kung Pao Chicken Lettuce Wraps - A take-out favorite made healthy + low-carb! And this comes together in just 20 min from start to finish!

No, but really, these wraps have all the flavors of kung pao chicken – a Chinese take-out favorite – and it really takes just 20 min to whip up from start to finish. Yes, it’s just that easy. Best of all, you only need to dirty up one pan!

Kung Pao Chicken Lettuce Wraps - A take-out favorite made healthy + low-carb! And this comes together in just 20 min from start to finish!

It’s also so much healthier, cheaper and quicker than all that take-out grease. You can’t beat that!

Kung Pao Chicken Lettuce Wraps

A take-out favorite made healthy and low-carb! Best of all, this comes together in 20 min from start to finish!

10 minutes10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 (8-ounce) can whole water chestnuts, drained and diced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts, optional

For the sauce

  • 3 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, dry sherry, chili garlic sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, cornstarch, sesame oil and 1/4 cup water; set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add ground chicken and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the chicken as it cooks; drain excess fat.
  3. Stir in garlic and zucchini until softened, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in the soy sauce mixture until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Stir in chestnuts and green onions until tender, about 1-2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. To serve, spoon several tablespoons of the chicken mixture into the center of a lettuce leaf, taco-style, garnished with peanuts, if desired.

Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 379 Calories from Fat 196.2
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21.8g 34%
Saturated Fat 4.7g 24%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 98.3mg 33%
Sodium 690mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 21.3g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3.5g 14%
Sugars 10.8g
Protein 24.3g 49%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.