Vegan Chicken Lettuce Wraps


I love Asian food — namely, any dish with sweet, sticky sauce.

Growing up, my favorite place to eat was our local Chinese buffet where I would load up on Sweet & Sour Chicken, Egg Rolls, Crab Puffs, and Sesame Shrimp. Despite knowing the loads of crap that was packed in that meal, my mouth still waters thinking of it.

In college, I continued my love affair with Asian fusion, working briefly at a Pei Wei on campus. Late nights partying or studying followed by bowls of Pad Thai quickly took their toll though, and that had to be nipped in the bud pretty quickly.

Now, I know the nasty stuff lurking in those vats of fried rice and bowls of sweet sauce, and I very rarely frequent restaurants serving my favorite cuisine.

Sad, you may say, but I have an alternative.


I’ve learned to make pretty much all of my favorite dishes at home, without using the junk they use at restaurants. I’m talking about high-fructose corn syrup, MSG, and low-grade, highly-processed vegetable oil.

My favorite dish recently: Chicken Lettuce Wraps.

Not just any chicken lettuce wraps though – Vegan “Chicken” Lettuce Wraps!


I’ve been experimenting with a new protein lately, seitan, and found that it makes an excellent addition to many recipes calling for ground beef, chicken or turkey.

Seitan is like tofu, but made from wheat protein instead of soy. That “wheat protein” specifically is gluten.

So, if you have Celiac’s Disease, this meat alternative is not for you. If you don’t have Celiac’s and you’re afraid of gluten, read this article.


Dressed with all of the traditional Asian flavors, these faux-chicken lettuce wraps taste just like the real thing.

If you’re planning on partaking in Meatless Monday tonight, I encourage you to give them a go!


Vegan Chicken Lettuce Wraps
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Quick, easy and healthy vegan "chicken" lettuce wraps. Made with ground seitan and traditional sauce and mix ins.
Recipe type: Side, Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 2
  • ½ T. Sesame Oil
  • ½ Sweet Yellow Onion, diced
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • ½ lb Ground Seitan
  • ½ C. Mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • ½ C. Water Chestnuts, roughly chopped
  • 4 Green Onions, diced
  • ½ T. Ginger, minced
  • 3 T. Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1 T. + 1 tsp. Maple Syrup or Honey*
  • 1 T. Coconut Vinegar
  • 1 Mini Romaine Head
  • Salt + Pepper to taste
  • Crushed Peanuts (optional)
  1. Heat oil in a frying pan and add garlic and onions. Saute for about 3 minutes.
  2. Mix soy sauce, honey, and vinegar together in a small bowl.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients and sauce to the pan and cook for about 3-5 more minutes.
  4. Rinse mini romaine heads and remove leaves. Fill each leave with a scoop of vegan "chicken" mix.
  5. Top with optional crushed peanuts and/or more green onions.
  6. Enjoy!
*Choose maple syrup over honey to make fully vegan.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ recipe Calories: 146

This recipe makes a great dinner for two or a pretty impressive appetizer for summer soirees.

Want more healthy, Asian-inspired dishes? Try these:

Cauliflower Shrimp Fried Rice


Vietnamese Turkey Banh Mi


Low-Carb Spicy Peanut Pad Thai


Super Simple Asian Salmon


*This recipe is linked to Meatless Monday.

Weigh In: What’s your favorite kind of cuisine? Have you tried Seitan?


  1. yum looks right up my alley! Hope you will think about joining our Meatless Monday link up sometime 🙂
    Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner recently posted…Strawberry Shortcake with Banana CreamMy Profile

  2. Sounds like an interesting alternative. Lettuce wraps are always good! I order them in restaurants, but they would be fun to re-create at home too.
    Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment recently posted…Navigating the Farmers’ MarketMy Profile

  3. Hi Whitney, not sure we have met, but it is nice to meet you 🙂 So happy to see you join us today, and what a recipe to start, this sounds delicious!!! Hope to see you again next week?
    Tina Muir recently posted…Meatless Monday- Goats Cheese & Grilled Vegetable QuesadillasMy Profile

  4. YUM! These look/sound delicious. I love the presentation too. So pretty!
    Pragati // Simple Medicine recently posted…Spicy Indian Chickpeas | Channa MasalaMy Profile

  5. This recipe looks really good! I’m going to try them sometime soon and the Asian salmon recipe too.
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  6. This looks delicious. What is it about lettuce cups…everything in lettuce cups looks so yummy! I will have to check out the article on gluten too. X
    Krissy @ Pretty Wee Things recently posted…Tomato zoodle salad with 2 minute tomato sauceMy Profile

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