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These slow cooker asian lettuce wraps are packed with savory asian chicken and fresh veggies all wrapped up together in a crunchy lettuce wrap.  I made sure that every bite of this wrap is bursting with both texture and flavor!

If you are like me and you are trying to stick to a well-balanced diet full of clean foods and nutrient rich ingredients, here are some recipes that are packed with flavors that you’ll love without all the calories:  Asian Turkey lettuce wraps, cilantro lime shrimp lettuce wraps or mango shrimp lettuce wraps.

Slow Cooker Asian Lettuce Wraps

This dish will definitely be worthy of your weekly meal plan. It is incredibly easy to throw together and is so good that it reminds you of something you would order at a restaurant. This Asian cuisine consists of chicken that is slow-cooked with a bunch of fresh vegetables and then topped with a sweet and savory homemade sauce and served in a leaf of lettuce giving it a refreshing taste. 

These chicken wraps actually remind me of something I would love to order at a nice Chinese restaurant.  Serve these tasty lettuce wraps with rice on the side! Or if wanting to keep with Asian cuisine then make some of my Chow Mein or Vegetable Lo Mein. Your meal will be complete!

Ingredients Needed

Fresh ingredients make for the most flavorful dishes. Especially with this recipe, having all the flavors cooked together in the slow cooker helps create a taste that is hard to beat. Make sure you have all these ingredients when preparing for this dish.  

  • Chicken breast:  Use 2 pounds of uncooked ground chicken, or you can use whole chicken and just shred at the end to make the base of your filling.
  • Green onions: Use the white part of the green onions since they have a stronger “onion-like” taste and add great texture to the filling!
  • Water chestnuts: Drain and chop before adding them to the crock pot.
  • Shredded carrots: Packed with potassium, vitamin A, and fiber, they are a great way to sneak nutrients into this delicious wrap!
  • Frozen sweet soybeans: Their taste is similar to a white bean and they add another layer of texture to this filling.
  • Reduced sodium soy sauce: Be sure to use reduced sodium since many of the ingredients contain sodium.
  • Chinese style hot mustard: A spicy mustard that you can buy pre-made or made fresh for each use by mixing a dry mustard powder with water, causing a chemical reaction that produces a sharp, spicy taste.
  • Reduced sodium teriyaki sauce: This salty/sweet sauce gives the filling a tangy and gooey flavor and texture.
  • Rice vinegar: Mild and slightly sweet flavor.
  • Ground black pepper: To taste.
  • Reduced sodium chicken broth: This will keep the chicken moist as it cooks.
  • Hoisin sauce: A staple in most Asian meals, this sauce gives the filling the great Asian flavor you’d expect!
  • Lettuce: Butterhead, iceberg, green leaf, or romaine lettuce all work great!  Just be sure to choose a head of lettuce that has large and flexible enough leaves to use as a wrap!

Optional for topping

  • Asian Chili Sauce: I love the spice of this chili sauce that’s made with Asian hot red chilies!
  • Sesame seeds: The nutty, slightly sweet taste of these seeds makes the perfect topping!

That’s a Wrap!

Slow cooker recipes are definitely some of my favorite meals to make. The preparation is fairly easy and once that is done you get to have the delicious smell just waft throughout your house all day as it cooks. Here is how you can create this Asian cuisine. When making the sauce, if you use a thicker peanut butter that is solid at room temperature, you may need to warm it slightly before using it.

  1. Place ingredients in slow cooker: Add the chicken, the whites of the green onions, water chestnuts, carrots, edamame, soy sauce, mustard, teriyaki sauce, vinegar, and pepper to a slow cooker.  Pour the broth over the top.
  2. Allow to cook: Cook on low for 4-5 hours or high 2-2 1/2 hours.
  3. Strain and Shred: Strain out the excess liquid and break apart the chicken.  Stir in hoisin sauce and the green part of the green onions.
  4. Sauce it up and Serve: Serve with lettuce leaves and top with sweet chili sauce or peanut sauce.  

Tips For Asian Lettuce Wraps

When it comes to using a slow cooker it can be pretty straightforward. You prepare all your food and place it in there, turn the cooker to the right temperature setting, then let it sit for the majority of the day. Not too hard but there are some things you need to be aware of when cooking with one. Here is a list of tips I found helpful when making this recipe as well as others in a slow cooker. 

  • To prepare the lettuce, it’s very simple! Cut the bottom part of the head of lettuce off, then carefully peel away each leaf! Don’t forget to wash and dry the lettuce leaves before serving.
  • If you are using ground chicken you may take the extra step to brown it before adding it to the slow cooker. Cook the ground chicken in a medium skillet over medium-high heat with a tablespoon of oil. Cook until the chicken is crispy and brown and no pink remains. This will add to the overall flavor and texture of the final product.
  • Keep the lid closed: Every time you lift the lid to peek during the cooking process, it adds an additional 15-20 minutes of cooking time. Also any urges you feel of needing to lift the lid to stir can be ignored because it is not normally necessary and that too will slow down the cooking.
  • Do not use frozen foods: Make sure when preparing your chicken that you have given it time to thaw out. This is important because placing frozen food in your slow cooker keeps it in the danger zone where bacteria can flourish. So just always remember no matter what you are placing in there, meat or vegetables, let them thaw out first! 
  • If you like things a bit sweeter, add more teriyaki sauce or a couple tablespoons of brown sugar or honey.  If you prefer your wraps spicier, add a few pinches of crushed red peppers.

Storage, Serving and Swaps

Now kick back, relax, and let the slow cooker fill your home with the aroma of Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps that are about to become one of the easiest, tastiest meals you’ve ever made! 

  • Leftover filling can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or frozen for up to 3 months. Fill lettuce cups just before serving.
  • Other serving ideas: Try the filling over a bowl of noodles, cooked brown rice, or quinoa. Delicious!
  • Swap out the chicken for ground turkey or ground beef!
  • If you have a soy allergy, you can substitute coconut aminos for the soy sauce and omit the edamame completely.
  • Instead of your crock pot, you can use a Wok, Sauté pan, cast iron skillet, or a regular sauté pan to cook the filling.

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Slow Cooker Asian Lettuce Wraps

By: Alyssa Rivers
These lettuce wraps were so delicious that they reminded me of a nice restaurant. 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Add the chicken, the whites of the green onions, water chestnuts, carrots, edamame, soy sauce, mustard, teriyaki sauce, vinegar, and pepper to a slow cooker.  Pour the broth over the top.
  • Cook on low for 4-5 hours or high 2-2 1/2 hours.
  • Strain out the excess liquid and break apart the chicken.  Stir in hoisin sauce and the green part of the green onions.
  • Serve with lettuce leaves and top with sweet chili sauce or peanut sauce.  

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Notes

Updated on April 16, 2020
Originally Posted on January 10, 2013

Nutrition

Calories: 216kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 23gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 455mgPotassium: 765mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 2.728IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Asian American, Chinese, Japanese
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. You had me at “slow cooker” and “lettuce wraps.” Seriously – can it get better than that? The husband and I are all about slow cooker recipes these days. Every Sunday is Crockpot Sunday at our house 🙂 I’m so trying this out sometime this week.

    ps: I know Liz and Chase M. Liz told me about your blog. She said you are amazing at cooking. I’m excited to try some of these recipes!