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Mushu Chicken Lettuce Wraps
with carrots / shiitakes / cabbage

Active: 30 min Total: 30 min
Mushu Chicken is a classic Chinese take-out item that is easy and fast to make at home. We last featured this recipe in 2018, and it got great reviews for being quick and using few dishes to cook. To make these paleo-friendly, serve the flavorful filling in lettuce leaves.


Mushu Chicken Lettuce Wraps:
  • Bragg's / coconut aminos - 2 Tbsp
  • Mirin - 1 Tbsp (sub rice vinegar)
  • Honey - 2 tsp
  • Water - 1/2 cup
  • Arrowroot powder - 1 tsp
  • Carrots - 8 oz , finely diced
  • Mushrooms, shiitakes - 8 oz , sliced (look for pre-sliced)
  • Green onions - 2 stalks , chopped, green and white parts separate
  • Garlic - 3 cloves , chopped
  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 1 1/2 lbs , thinly sliced
  • Lettuce, romaine or iceburg - 8 leaves
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Coleslaw mix - 10 oz (sub thinly sliced cabbage)
  • Hot sauce (opt) - for serving


  1. Make stir-fry sauce - Mix together aminos, mirin, honey, water, and arrowroot powder. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Carrots - Dice carrots. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Mushrooms / Green onions / Garlic - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  4. Chicken - Slice into thin strips. Season with some salt and pepper and tenderize with a fork. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  5. Lettuce - Separate leaves.


  1. Heat a wok over medium-high heat. Add oil and then carrots and mushrooms. Saute until tender, ~3 minutes.
  2. Add in white parts of green onions, garlic, and coleslaw mix with a pinch of salt. Saute for 2 minutes to get coleslaw started cooking.
  3. Push all the vegetables to the side, forming a hole in the middle (like a donut). Place chicken in the donut hole. Give your sauce a stir, and then pour it over the chicken.
  4. Once sauce starts to bubble and darken, toss to mix. Continue to stir-fry until chicken is cooked through (since the chicken has been sliced into thin strips, this shouldn't take more than another 4 to 5 minutes).
  5. Let everyone assemble their own mushu lettuce wraps by topping lettuce leaves with filling. Finish them with hot sauce and green parts of green onion. Enjoy!

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