Slow Cooker Lettuce Wraps Recipe

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If you love PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps, this simple copycat recipe made in the slow cooker is perfect! Lettuce wraps are an easy weeknight dinner the whole family will love!

Make it a complete meal and serve your lettuce wraps with some Chicken Fried Rice. Love using your slow cooker? Make our Slow Cooker Orange Chicken recipe next!

Lettuce wraps filled with crockpot meat, one a white plate.

Easy Lettuce Wraps

My husband HATES mushrooms, and since PF Chang’s lettuce wraps are 99% mushroom, I had to figure out a replacement, and fast!

Well, I did it! And, the best part, it simmers all day in the slow cooker (totally easy), and when you are ready to serve, you just scoop it into your lettuce leaf!

  • Healthy, flavorful meal (low-carb, too)
  • Hands-off slow cooker dinner
  • Copycat PF Chang recipe- save money and stay home!

If you love copycat recipes, be sure to try our Copycat Panera Mac and Cheese next!

Crockpot filled with pf change homemade lettuce wrap ingredients.

Ingredient Notes

  • Ground Turkey – You can swap out ground chicken for the ground turkey or even use mushrooms instead.
  • Hoisin Sauce – This is a sweet and spicy red sauce made with soybeans. Imagine a thick bbq sauce for Chinese cooking!
  • Soy Sauce – You can opt for a low-sodium soy sauce if you want to control the amount of sodium in these lettuce wraps.
  • Hot Chili Oil – This adds some extra flavor to the recipe but isn’t super spicy.
  • Canned Foods – You can find cans of bamboo shoots, water chestnuts and bean sprouts in the international or Asian section of most grocery stores.
  • Iceberg Lettuce – This is traditional for lettuce wraps and has great crunch, but you could also try using butter lettuce if you prefer.

How to Make Lettuce Wraps

Step 1. Brown Meat: In a large skillet, brown the ground turkey (or chicken) and cook over medium high heat with the chopped onion until fully cooked. Drain off excess liquid.

Step 2. Slow Cook: Add cooked turkey and onion to slow cooker along with celery, ½ cup hoisin sauce, soy sauce, water, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, sesame oil, chili oil, bamboo shoots and water chestnuts. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours in the slow cooker.

Step 3. Garnish: Before serving, mix in a can of bean sprouts and the chopped cilantro. Serve by scooping a spoonful of the turkey mixture into the lettuce leaves. Drizzle with the remaining ¼ cup hoisin sauce. Enjoy!

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Tips and Tricks

  • Be sure to finely chop the onion and celery so they incorporate well with the rest of the ingredients.
  • You’ll use 1/2 cup of hoisin sauce in the slow cooker and reserve the remaining 1/4 cup called for in the recipe to drizzle on top of your lettuce wraps when serving. It’s the perfect topping!
  • Cilantro adds a great bit of freshness and brightness to the turkey mixture, but if you are a hater, you can simply skip it.
  • Many new models of crockpots and slow cookers have a saute function, eliminating the need to dirty another dish. Might be time for an upgrade!
  • You can also make this recipe stove top instead of in the slow cooker. See below for details.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this stove top?

Yes! Brown the meat and onion in a large skillet until cooked through. Add the celery, ½ cup hoisin sauce, soy sauce, water, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, sesame oil, chili oil, bamboo shoots and water chestnuts and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes.
Add in the bean sprouts and cilantro and stir until warmed. Serve in lettuce leaves, drizzled with the extra 1/4 cup of hoisin sauce.

How do I store leftovers?

Leftovers of the ground turkey mixture, once cooled, can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days. Reheat in a skillet over medium low heat or in the microwave until warmed through. Serve in lettuce leaves and drizzle with hoisin sauce.

Can I freeze the lettuce wraps turkey mixture?

Yes. Once cooled, transfer the ground turkey mixture to a freezer-safe container or ziplock bag. Freeze for up to 3-4 months. Let defrost in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat and serve in lettuce leaves.

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4.75 from 24 votes
By: Aimee
If you love PF Changs Lettuce Wraps, this simple copycat recipe made in the slow cooker is perfect!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients 

  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 3 stalks celery finely chopped
  • ¾ cup hoisin sauce divided (8oz jar)
  • ¾ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger grated
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon hot chili oil
  • 5 ounce can bamboo shoots drained, finely chopped
  • 8 ounce can water chestnuts drained, finely chopped
  • 14 ounce can bean sprouts drained
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro snipped
  • 12 crisp iceberg lettuce leaves
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Instructions 

  • Brown ground turkey with chopped onion. Drain off excess liquid.
  • In large Crock-Pot combine cooked turkey and onion with celery, ½ cup hoisin sauce, soy sauce, water, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, sesame oil, chili oil, bamboo shoots and water chestnuts. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
  • Before serving, mix in a can of bean sprouts and cilantro. Serve by scooping a spoonful in the lettuce, drizzle with the leftover (¼ cup) hoisin sauce. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Be sure to finely chop the onion and celery so they incorporate well with the rest of the ingredients.
  • You’ll use 1/2 cup of hoisin sauce in the slow cooker and reserve the remaining 1/4 cup called for in the recipe to drizzle on top of your lettuce wraps when serving. It’s the perfect topping!
  • Cilantro adds a great bit of freshness and brightness to the turkey mixture, but if you are a hater, you can simply skip it.
  • Many new models of crockpots and slow cookers have a saute function, eliminating the need to dirty another dish. Might be time for an upgrade!
  • You can also make this recipe stove top instead of in the slow cooker. See below for details.

Nutrition

Calories: 657kcal, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 36g, Fat: 39g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 27g, Cholesterol: 121mg, Sodium: 2062mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 13g
Course: Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Asian
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Posted on September 6, 2019

Comments & Reviews

  1. Made it today for dinner for the first time. I used chicken breasts and a store brand sauce though. I also added extra veggie toppings like green onions and purple cabbage. It looks delicious! I’ll try to post photos on IG tonight. Thanks y’all!!!

  2. I’ll be on the lookout for a new slow cooker this weekend. That saute option sounds fantastic. These will be so perfect to serve at any party.

  3. These are also great made with ground pork, in the UK they are known as Yuk Sung, I usually chop the water chestnuts and bamboo shoots in the food processor it is much quicker than using a knife, I also add some oyster sauce.

  4. I don’t like bean sprouts (I love PF Chang’s lettuce wraps….please don’t tell me that bean sprouts are in their?? I guess that I’m like Michael); will I change the flavor profile if I omit them…..what would you suggest as a substitution??

  5. We love this recipe. We made it last week with 1lb gr turkey, and followed the directions for everything else. Then with 1.5 hrs left to cook, we added 2 portabella mushrooms (sm dice) and continued cooking. It was great! Next time, I will try 100% mushroom and reduce the cooking time.

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