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Lettuce Wraps Chicken and Cashew Recipe

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Different versions of this lettuce-enveloped, flavorful chicken dish have become popular in many restaurants. Lettuce wraps with chicken and cashews can be served as an appetizer or an entrée – it’s up to you! And if you love cashews like I do, you might want to increase the amount of our favorite nut just a smidgen!

Lettuce Wraps Chicken and Cashew

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 6


  • 8-10 oz. uncooked chicken breast minced
  • 1 cup coriander chopped finely
  • 1 egg white
  • 4 Tbsp. water
  • 1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. meat tenderizer
  • 1/2 tsp. MSG
  • 1 Tbsp. cooking oil
  • 2 Tbsp. cooking oil
  • 1 Tbsp. rice wine
  • 1 Tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 cup oven-toasted chopped cashews
  • 6 big lettuce leaves for wrapping


  1. Mix minced chicken with egg white, water, cornstarch, salt, tenderizer, MSG and 1 Tbsp. oil. Set aside.

  2. Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a fry pan.

  3. Place the meat, coriander, wine, soy sauce and pepper into the pan.
  4. Stir-fry until the meat is cooked.
  5. Remove from heat and place on a plate.
  6. Divide the meat mixture into 6 portions.
  7. Place each portion on a lettuce leaf.
  8. Sprinkle cashew nuts evenly over the meat. (Optional: sprinkle diced red or green pepper as well.)
  9. Wrap meat with lettuce and serve.

Recipe Notes

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