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Easy to make, light and healthy orange chicken lettuce wraps! The ground chicken tastes just like a healthier version of orange chicken andbeing in lettuce wraps means it’s a low carb, high protein, and filling meal for lunch or dinner!

Orange Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe | Little Spice Jar (1)Bring on all the low carb, high protein dinners. ?

And these orange chicken lettuce wraps are a thing. A BIG thing around here. More specifically ground chicken sautéed and then drizzled with a homemade orange chicken sauce that actually contains, real 100% no sugar added orange juice, along with freshly grated orange zest and topped with tiny mandarin oranges so the orange flavor carries through and through.

These lettuce wraps are a healthy alternative to the not-so-healthy orange chicken you get from your favorite Chinese Restaurant and dare I say that orange chicken was meant to be wrapped in butter lettuce all this time and we arejusttt finding out now?

Orange Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe | Little Spice Jar (2)If you follow me on snapchat (?:littlespicejar) then you know that Aneesand I recently just got Fitbits. Which in every other household may mean that a husband and wife trying to get healthier together and walk more.At our house, itis GAME ON. It doesn’t help that Fitbit allows you to ‘challenge’ people to walk more either. The hubby and I have done just 1 week of competition and I kid you not, we were literally on each other’s heel the entire time. You can check the other persons progress anytime during the day and you know that I did at least 10 times a day. I don’t know if our way of competing is exactly ‘healthy’ but I will say that I definitely did walk more than I usually do. So i’m paraphrasing andcalling it success.

And while we’re on the move, these chicken lettuce wraps are my new go to lunch. I’m loving theamount of energy I have when i’m eating a lunch that’s packed with lots of real protein and is low in carbs. It took me half of my twenties to realize that carbs at lunch leave me feeling tired, sleepy, and lazy around the 3-5pm mark. Skipping the bread/rice helps keep me going, which means I have TONS of energy to recipe test all sorts of deliciousness for us all.Orange Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe | Little Spice Jar (3)Orange Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe | Little Spice Jar (4)Orange Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe | Little Spice Jar (5)But it doesn’t have to just be a healthy lunch. Orange chicken lettuce wraps make an ideal dinner too. What I also love about these wraps is that they are idealfor #mealprep Sundays or Mondays. The flavors of the orange chicken actually intensify as it sits. I made them earlier in the week and we had them for dinner last night. I even forgot to top them with the mandarin oranges but the orange flavor carried through from the juice/zest beautifully. The hubby also likes to add wonton strips (usually found next to the croutons at the grocery store) on top of his lettuce wraps. He’s all about that CRUNCH.

If you’ve got little ones (and sometimes hubbys too) that refuse to eat anything green which is often the case I hear, you can always serve the orange chicken on a bed of white/brown rice. Sliced peppers and matchstick carrots on top would make this a more filling and nutritious meal as well adding a little more crunchiness to the whole thing.

As always, you can swap out the ground chicken for turkey if you prefer. I usually use ground chicken breasts but ground thighs would add more flavor for those that enjoy dark meat.

Seriously let’s start the worst day of the week with a healthy meal.


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Yield: Enough filling to fill 10-12 cups

Orange Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Easy to make, light and healthy orange chicken lettuce wraps! The ground chicken tastes just like a healthier version of orange chicken and being in lettuce wraps means it's a low carb, high protein, filling meal for lunch or dinner!

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orange chicken sauce:

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoons orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon EACH ground ginger AND red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons water AND 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

chicken filling:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken (turkey or beef works too)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 (10.5-ounce) can mandarin oranges (fresh cutie slices work too)
  • chopped scallions, lettuce leaves AND toasted sesame seeds for decorating


  1. ORANGE CHICKEN SAUCE: Combine the ingredients for the sauce in a mason jar, give it a few good shakes until all the ingredients are mixed. Pour the sauce into a small saucepan and heat over medium high heat. When the sauce begins to simmer, lower the heat and allow to cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. You want the sauce to be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from stove, allow to cool.
  2. CHICKEN FILLING: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground chicken and break down any lumps with a wooden spoon, then add the garlic and let the chicken cook for 5-7 minutes or until it cooks all the way through. Drizzle the chicken with the prepared sauce. Let cook for 1-2 minutes. Adjust with salt and pepper to taste. Allow the filling to cool for several minutes before filling lettuce leaves. Top with mandarin orange slices and toasted sesame seeds.

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Note that this is the nutritional facts for 1 chicken lettuce wrap including the lettuce. Typically I can eat 2-3 depending on my hunger level. This recipe makes enough to comfortably feed a family of 4.

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originally published on Jul 25, 2016 (last updated May 17, 2020)

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    Girl and the Kitchen Reply

    OHHHH THESE LOOK SOOO GOOD! I can imagine just chowing down on this! And those tangerines I bet they add the best flavor! EVER

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    Tami Sand Reply

    I just made these tonight and Oh My YUM!!!! SO good. The red pepper flakes were a bit too much heat for a few in my household, but others, including myself, thought it was perfect.


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    Madison Reply

    This recipe was delicious! Super easy to make and very filling. They stored great for lunch leftovers the next day 🙂 I highly recommend!


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    Nancy Reply

    Very easy! Very good! Has become one of our family favorites!


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    Anthony M. Reply

    This dish has made it into my family’s regular rotation and that’s hard to do with all the new recipes that I try. The sauce is the perfect balance of sweet and heat. I make a tasty vegan version using Butler® Soy Curls instead of chicken. If you’ve never tried them they are a great change of pace from meat, and substitute well in any shredded chicken recipe. We like the strips as opposed to ground chicken. I also add toasted peanuts or cashews for texture and flavor, and fresh squeezed OJ.


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    Bleu Reply

    More kudos for this recipe. This is the first recipe I used ground Turkey in that my husband said he liked.


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How much sodium is in chicken lettuce wraps? ›

Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Nutrition Facts
How much sodium is in Chicken Lettuce Wraps? Amount of sodium in Chicken Lettuce Wraps: Sodium 910.2mg38%
How much potassium is in Chicken Lettuce Wraps? Amount of potassium in Chicken Lettuce Wraps: Potassium 925.4mg20%
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What is the best lettuce to use for lettuce wraps? ›

You can use any type of green leafy lettuce for lettuce wraps, but popular types of lettuce include Boston bib lettuce and romaine hearts. Cabbage leaves or jicima wraps would also work great.

How to prepare lettuce leaves for lettuce wraps? ›

Use a knife to cut out the core. Place the head of lettuce, cored side up, in a large bowl and rinse with water, aim the water in between the leaves of lettuce. Carefully lift the lettuce up out of the water and you will see that the weight of the water inside the lettuce will separate the leaves slightly.

Are lettuce wraps healthy for weight loss? ›

Swapping a carb-heavy tortilla with lettuce is a great way to save on calories and carbs.

Are lettuce wraps healthier than bread? ›

Lettuce wraps are much lower in calories than bread, and they are very fresh. Corn Tortillas → Corn tortillas tend to be cleaner than regular bread. You can even use a tortilla to replace a pizza crust which is much lighter option.

Is eating lettuce wraps healthy? ›

Lettuce wraps are lower in calories and carbohydrates than bread wraps. This can be beneficial for people who are trying to lose weight or manage their blood sugar levels. Lettuce wraps are a good source of fiber, which can help promote regular bowel movements, lower cholesterol levels, and help with weight management.

Is iceberg lettuce good for lettuce wraps? ›

Typically, you use Iceberg lettuce when making Lettuce Wraps since it has huge leaves. You simply take a leaf, spoon some of the filling inside (I like to make an Asian Chicken filling) and then fold and tuck burrito style.


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