Dress up your dinner with these bang bang spicy chicken lettuce wraps for a flavorful meal tonight. Diced up chicken that is seasoned and paired with a lettuce wrap, bang bang sauce, rice and more.
Often you find that bang bang sauce is paired with shrimp so these chicken lettuce wraps are a fun twist in flavor. Whip these up and watch your family devour these delicious and spicy wraps.
Try my chicken bacon ranch pasta for another dinner idea that uses chicken. Or whip up this mayo parmesan chicken for another delicious dish.
This Bang Bang Chicken Wrap Recipe Is...
- Delicious for lunch or dinner
- Made with homemade bang bang sauce
- Has a kick of spice to it (you control heat)
- Reheats well for meals later in week
- Family friendly
How to Make
Full steps are in the printable recipe card. This is a quick walk through of how it is made.
- Combine the ingredients for sauce. Mix well. Set aside ½ cup of the mixture for cooking and reserve the rest for serving.
- In a separate bowl, mix the cubed chicken, soy sauce, lime juice, cornstarch, sesame oil, minced garlic, and ground ginger. Allow the chicken to marinate for 5-10 minutes.
- Heat a large skillet with olive oil. Add the marinated chicken until fully baked.
- Add ½ cup of the bang bang sauce to the skillet and stir to coat each piece of chicken in the sauce.
- To serve, place lettuce leaves on a plate, add rice on top, and place the bang bang chicken on the rice. Garnish with cilantro, jalapenos, green onions, lime wedges, and the reserved bang bang sauce.
Helpful Tools for Recipe
You might find buying a mandoline is going to help dice up the veggies a lot quicker. You can find they have tons of accessories to create the perfect size of veggies as you would like.
If you struggle with cooking rice perfectly, consider investing in a rice cooker. They are very affordable these days and you might really benefit from the rice cooker.
Use a large skillet that sears the chicken nicely and cooks evenly. You will find that using a sturdy heavy duty skillet to ensure no areas overcook or under cook.
Tips For Success
Fully Cook Chicken
Make sure the chicken fully gets cooked. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken reads an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
Same Size Pieces
One big tip is make sure all your chicken is sliced in even bite size pieces. Otherwise some pieces will cook faster or slower than the others. Which will result in inconsistent texture.
Variations to Recipe
You can use any type of veggies to fill your lettuce wraps. Reach for your favorite veggies you want. Thinly slice so you can create whatever veggies you want in the wrap.
You will want to use large leaves of lettuce, as it is going to be needed to hold the filling. Feel free to use Romaine, butter lettuce, etc. Even iceberg can be used, it is just flimsy so you might need two pieces stacked on top of each other.
If you don’t want to use lettuce you can use a flour tortilla. You can use a regular tortilla or reach for a low carb tortilla if you need.
You can use ground chicken instead of diced boneless chicken for this recipe. Just cook the chicken until it is fully cooked before you move on to other steps.
Bang Bang Chicken Wraps FAQs
What exactly is bang bang sauce?
Bang bang sauce is a creamy and slightly spicy sauce that is commonly used in Asian cuisine, particularly in Chinese and Thai dishes. It typically includes mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, and Sriracha sauce as its base ingredients, and sometimes includes other ingredients such as honey, rice vinegar, garlic, and sesame oil.
How to store leftover lettuce wraps with chicken?
Place the leftover chicken and rice in an airtight container. If the chicken is still coated with the bang bang sauce, it's best to store the sauce and chicken separately. Store the lettuce leaves separately in a resealable bag or container. If the lettuce leaves have become damp, you can pat them dry with a paper towel before storing them. The leftovers will store for 2-3 days when stored separately.
How spicy is Sriracha?
Sriracha sauce is generally considered to be moderately spicy. It is made from chili peppers, vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt, and has a tangy and slightly sweet flavor in addition to its heat. The spiciness of Sriracha can vary depending on the brand and the batch, but it is generally milder than other hot sauces like Tabasco or habanero sauce.
Bang Bang Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Bang Bang Sauce:
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- ½ cup sweet Thai chili sauce
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 tablespoon Mirin or rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha optional for heat
- 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cubed
- 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 lime juiced
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger or freshly grated ginger
- Iceberg lettuce leaves
- Cooked white rice for serving
- Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
- Chopped jalapeños for garnish
- Chopped green onions for garnish
- Lime wedges for garnish
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sweet Thai chili sauce, honey, Mirin, and Sriracha.
- Reserve ½ cup of the sauce to cook with and set aside the rest to serve with.
- In another bowl, mix the cubed chicken, soy sauce, lime juice, cornstarch, sesame oil, minced garlic, and ground ginger. Let marinate for 5-10 minutes.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet. Once hot, add the chicken and cook undisturbed for 4 minutes. Flip and cook for an additional 3 minutes until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
- Add ½ cup of bang bang sauce and stir to coat every piece of chicken in the sauce.
- To serve: place rice on the lettuce leaves, top with bang bang chicken, and garnish with cilantro, jalapenos, green onions, lime wedges, and the reserved bang bang sauce.
- Mirin, rice vinegar, and Sweet Thai chili sauce can be found in the Asian food aisle of most major grocery stores.
- Iceberg lettuce leaves are sturdy enough to hold the bang bang chicken mixture, but you can also try butter, Boston, bibb lettuce, and romaine.
- Rice is optional. Some other ideas include cauliflower rice, brown rice, and couscous.
- Instructions for using ground chicken: cook the chicken in a skillet with 1 tablespoon of olive oil (plain, without any of the soy sauce mixture on it). Once cooked, drain the fat. In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, lime juice, cornstarch, sesame oil, garlic, and ground ginger. Pour over the chicken and cook for a couple of minutes. Proceed with step 4.
- Leftovers will store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I would keep the lettuce and chicken mixture separate as they can wilt the leaves.
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