Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps

These Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps are an easy and light weeknight meal. A quick homemade teriyaki sauce makes them way better than takeout!

Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Lisa Lin

Sometimes, you just want a light, fresh meal that comes together quickly and doesn't require a whole lot of work. These teriyaki chicken lettuce wraps fit the bill exactly.

What Is in Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps?

This recipe consists of ground chicken cooked with vegetables such as red onion, diced zucchini, and red bell peppers, seasoned with teriyaki sauce. It also works with whatever vegetables you have on hand. Feel free to improvise!

I like using butter lettuce as wraps, but any kind of lettuce works. You can even use collard greens or Swiss chard.

Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Lisa Lin

How to Make and Store Teriyaki Sauce

The chicken filling is flavored with a homemade teriyaki sauce. It comes together on the stovetop by combining water, soy sauce, mirin, honey, ginger, and garlic, cooked until it thickens. Add in some cornstarch whisked in a tablespoon of water and you've got homemade teriyaki sauce.

You could substitute your favorite store-bought teriyaki sauce in this recipe, but making your own is easy. I also find store-bought sauce to be too sweet for my taste, so I like that I can control the amount of sugar that goes into it.

As a bonus, the leftover teriyaki sauce is actually great with any stir-fry recipe, or as a sauce for baked chicken or fish. It will keep in the fridge for about a week.

Make These for a Party!

These lettuce wraps also make a great party appetizer if you double the recipe. Serve the chicken filling in one big bowl with the lettuce and extra teriyaki sauce on a nearby platter, then have your guests make their own wraps!

Make-Ahead Instructions

You can make the filling with the chicken and vegetables up to 2 days before you want to eat it. Store in the fridge, covered, until you're ready to serve. Reheat in a skillet over medium-low heat, covered, until warmed through, or in the microwave. The filling is good for 3 to 4 days.

Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Lisa Lin

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Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 4 servings

Mirin is a Japanese rice wine often used in cooking. You can find it at Asian grocery stores or sometimes with the other Asian ingredients at larger U.S. grocery stores.

If you can’t find mirin, use sherry cooking wine or leave it out entirely. The mirin is there for flavor, but your sauce will still be great without it.


For the teriyaki sauce

  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) low-sodium soy sauce (or tamari, for gluten-free

  • 3 tablespoons water, divided

  • 2 tablespoons mirin

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 2 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

For the chicken filling

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1/2 cup diced red onions (1/4 large red onion, or 1/3 small one)

  •  1 pound (450g) ground chicken

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 medium zucchini, diced

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced

  • 1  scallion, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

For serving

  • Head butter lettuce, leaves separated and rinsed

  • Roasted peanuts, chopped

  • Chopped cilantro

  • Thinly sliced scallions


  1. Prepare the teriyaki sauce:

    Combine the soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of the water, mirin, honey, minced garlic, and grated ginger in a saucepan. Bring everything to boil over medium heat.

    Dissolve the cornstarch with the remaining tablespoon of water and add to the teriyaki sauce. Reduce heat to medium-low, and let the sauce simmer until it starts to thicken, about 30 seconds to a minute.

    Turn off the heat and allow the sauce to cool. The sauce will thicken a little more as it cools. You should have about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of sauce.

    Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps
    Lisa Lin
    Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps
    Lisa Lin
  2. Cook the chicken:

    Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a sauté pan over high heat. Add half of the diced red onions and cook until they start to soften, about 2 minutes. Add ground chicken and a pinch of kosher salt. Using your spatula, break up chicken into smaller pieces. Stir occasionally until the chicken is cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a clean plate.

  3. Cook the vegetables:

    Quickly wipe down the pan and heat another tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the remaining diced red onions and cook until they soften, about 2 minutes. Add the zucchini and red pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the peppers start to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir the sliced scallions and cooked chicken into the pan with the cooked vegetables.

    Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps
    Lisa Lin
    Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps
    Lisa Lin
  4. Add the teriyaki sauce:

    Drizzle 6 tablespoons of the prepared teriyaki sauce and 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil into the pan and stir. Save the rest of the teriyaki sauce for drizzling over wraps. Turn off heat, taste, and adjust seasonings if needed.

    Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps
    Lisa Lin
  5. To serve:

    Place several spoonfuls of filling onto a lettuce leaf. Top with chopped peanuts, cilantro, scallions, and an extra drizzle of teriyaki sauce, if desired. Leftover teriyaki sauce will keep for about a week in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
427 Calories
25g Fat
23g Carbs
32g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 427
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 120mg 40%
Sodium 783mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 61mg 307%
Calcium 68mg 5%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 1245mg 26%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.