These chicken lettuce wraps are the perfect healthier PF Chang’s copycat! They’re paleo, whole30, and AIP compliant.

I was always an unhealthy eater as a kid, and never really wanted to eat any meat or vegetables. That’s why the first time that I ate lettuce wraps at PF Chang’s really stands out to me! They bring out this big platter of ground chicken, iceberg lettuce cups, and an array of sauces to make your own combination. Seriously, it’s delicious. I was sad once I went soy and gluten-free and wouldn’t be able to enjoy that anymore!

Luckily, PF Chang’s lettuce wraps are so easy to duplicate at home! With the right ingredients, you can easily make them paleo, whole30, and AIP compliant. Not only will they taste just as good, but they’re really not hard to make at all. Say hello to a new favorite

The Ingredients You’ll Need For the PF Chang’s Copycat Lettuce Wraps

  • Ground chicken. Ground chicken is what’s traditionally in these lettuce wraps, but you can also use ground pork or turkey.
  • Mushrooms & water chestnuts. I love using water chestnuts in stir fry’s, but I haven’t ever been able to find them without citric acid. So if you’re AIP, leave out the water chestnuts to avoid the citric acid.
  • Green onion, garlic, and ginger.
  • Coconut aminos. This is a soy-free soy sauce substitute. If you tolerate other soy sauce alternatives, you can also use that!
  • Blackstrap molasses. You can omit this sweetener if you’re on a whole30, or use coconut sugar if you don’t have molasses on hand.
  • Butter lettuce. You can use butter lettuce for the wraps, as well as iceberg lettuce or romaine.

How to make PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps

  • Combine the ingredients for the sauce and set aside.

  • Cook the vegetables until soft and brown the ground chicken. Combine and add the sauce.

  • Separate the lettuce leaves and serve with the ground chicken mixture on the side along with the extra sauce.
  • To assemble the lettuce wraps, you’ll spoon some of the filling into the lettuce cups and add extra sauce.

Tips & Tricks For Making Great PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps

  • Use butter lettuce instead of iceberg lettuce. You can use iceberg, but butter lettuce has more nutrients and is tastier!
  • If you can’t find ground chicken, make your own! If you can’t find the ground chicken in the grocery store, you can simply make your own in the food processor. Place the chicken in the freezer for 15-20 minutes, and grind it int the food processor.

How to store chicken lettuce wraps for meal prep

You can for sure make this recipe ahead of time for meal prep! I recommend storing the filling in a glass Tupperware with the sauce on the side, and prepping the lettuce cups when you’re ready to enjoy them.

How to serve the chicken lettuce wraps

You’ll want to serve all of the components separately and let any guests build their own lettuce wraps. Simply set out the ground chicken with a serving spoon along with the prepped and washed lettuce cups, and extra sauce on the side with a spoon.

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PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps (Paleo, Whole30, AIP)

  • Author: Michelle
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


These chicken lettuce wraps are the perfect healthier PF Chang’s copycat! They’re paleo, whole30, and AIP compliant.


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For the sauce

  • 1/3 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp almond butter (omit for AIP)
  • 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses (omit for Whole30)
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp avocado oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste (omit pepper for AIP)

For the lettuce wraps 

  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 medium white onion, diced fine
  • 1 thumb ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, diced fine
  • 1/2 cup water chestnuts (omit for AIP to avoid citric acid)
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 2 tbsp green onion, chopped
  • 1 head butter lettuce


  1. Combine the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl. Whisk vigorously to break up the almond butter. Season to taste and set aside.
  2. Using a large deep skillet, heat the avocado oil over medium heat.  Add the onion, garlic, ginger, water chestnuts mushrooms, and saute for 5-6 minutes until the vegetables soften. Set aside.
  3. Add the ground chicken and season with salt. Crumble with a wooden spoon and cook through. Add the vegetables back to the pan and stir to combine.
  4. Pour in the majority of the sauce, leaving some to serve on the side. Stir to combine and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Top with green onion.
  5. Serve the ground chicken mixture in a bowl with a serving spoon along with the butter lettuce leaves washed and separated, and extra sauce on the side.


Swap butter lettuce for romaine hearts if needed.

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Asian


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 278
  • Sugar: 8.2g
  • Fat: 11.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fiber: 2.5g
  • Protein: 29.5g

Keywords: pf changs lettuce wraps

This recipe was originally published in April 2019 and updated in 2022.