Incredibly easy and flavorful chicken lettuce wraps with cucumbers, cilantro, and green onions. 

Serve them alongside Pineapple Rice for a complete and tasty meal! 

Korean Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Korean chicken lettuce wraps just might be the easiest weeknight dinner. Just like our lettuce wrap tacos, this recipe will guarantee dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes.

These chicken lettuce wraps are quickly marinated in a flavorful sesame oil and chili garlic sauce, cooked on the stovetop, and served inside a crisp lettuce wrap with sliced cucumbers, green onions, and cilantro.

The marinade is only 4-ingredients and it’s the perfect combo of sweet and spicy. Plus the toppings are very adaptable. You can add what you like!

ingredients for korean chicken lettuce wraps

What Type of Lettuce is Best for Lettuce Wraps?

You can use any type of green leafy lettuce for lettuce wraps, but popular types of lettuce include Butter lettuce, iceberg lettuce, and romaine hearts.

Butter lettuce leaves have the right texture and shape to hold the filling. Plus the taste is mild and goes with any filling. 

Iceberg lettuce is a great choice too. It provides a cool, crisp crunch. While romaine hearts provide a perfect lettuce boat for the wrap.

How to Make Korean Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Marinate the chicken: In a bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, and chili garlic sauce. Add chicken and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour up to overnight.

chicken marinade for lettuce wraps

Cook the chicken: Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken with the marinade to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the chicken is cooked through. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

cooked chicken in skillet

Assemble and serve: Add chicken to lettuce and top with cucumbers, green onions, and cilantro. Drizzle with homemade peanut sauce or sweet chili sauce.

assembled chicken lettuce wraps

Toppings for Chicken Lettuce Wraps

These Korean chicken lettuce wraps are perfectly good topped with cucumbers, green onions, and cilantro. But you can certainly add more toppings if you like, such as:

chicken lettuce wraps recipe

What Sides Go with Lettuce Wraps?

Love lettuce wraps? Try Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Blackened Salmon Lettuce Wraps, or Spicy Coconut Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

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korean chicken lettuce wraps

Korean Chicken Lettuce Wraps

  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Saute
  • Cuisine: Korean


Incredibly easy and flavorful chicken lettuce wraps with cucumbers, cilantro, and green onions. 


Units Scale
  • 3 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce (use tamari for gluten-free)
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. chili garlic sauce
  • 1 1/2 lbs. skinless, boneless chicken breast or thighs, thinly sliced into strips
  • 2 tsp. avocado oil
  • 2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • 12 heads of butter lettuce, leaves separated, washed, and dried
  • 1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced on diagonal or 23 mini cucumbers
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced on diagonal
  • Fresh cilantro leave
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • Lime wedges, to serve, optional
  • Sweet chili sauce, to serve, optional


  1. In a bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, and chili garlic sauce. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add chicken to the marinade and toss around to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour up to overnight.
  2. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add chicken with the marinade and cook for about 3-5 minutes or until cooked through, stirring frequently. Do not overcrowd the chicken. Cook in batches if need to. Sprinkle the cooked chicken with sesame seeds
  3. To assemble a chicken wrap: Add chicken to a lettuce wrap. Top with cucumbers, green onions, and cilantro. If desired, add a drizzle of sweet chili sauce and serve with lime wedges.


  • Chicken: If the chicken breast is thick, slice in half lengthwise and then into thin strips.
  • Toppings: You can customize the toppings to suit your taste. See post for more ideas.
  • Sauce: These lettuce wraps also taste good topped with a little peanut sauce, sweet chili sauce, or some of the reserved marinade. Sweet chili sauce is our favorite. It gives the wraps just a little sweetness.
  • Leftovers: Store chicken and toppings in separate containers for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
  • recipe lightly adapted from Cooking Light 


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 248
  • Sugar: 5.9 g
  • Sodium: 398.9 mg
  • Fat: 11.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.3 g
  • Protein: 27.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 82.7 mg

Keywords: easy, weeknight, kid friendly