Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Orange-Ginger Sauce

These Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Orange-Ginger Sauce are a light and healthy 30 minute meal that’s packed with flavor!

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Orange-Ginger Sauce. A healthy dinner that's ready in just 30 minutes! You'll love these homemade asian lettuce wraps!

I’m so glad that this first week of the new year includes 30 Minute Thursday! Creating these 30 minute recipes is a challenge for me, but it’s one that I’m completely enjoying. Mostly for selfish reasons. 🙂 Cooking for my family these days has to be quick, so having a repertoire of healthy dinners that I can make in just 30 minutes is so handy.

If you’re new here and wondering what this 30 Minute Thursday business is all about, let me explain. On the first Thursday of every month, a few of my best blogging friends and I each share a dinner recipe that can be made in 30 minutes or less. You can find links to the other recipes for January at the bottom of this post.

Since it’s January and we’re all looking for some lighter eats, I thought a healthy lettuce wrap recipe would be appreciated. These Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Orange-Ginger Sauce are so full of flavor you’ll love eating healthy.

I’ve added lots of chopped veggies to bulk up the filling of these wraps. And the next night we even added some leftover cooked quinoa to make the leftovers go farther and it was delish! So in these wraps we’ve got chicken for protein, carrots and bell peppers for vegetables… and cashews for crunch!

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Orange-Ginger Sauce. A healthy dinner that's ready in just 30 minutes! You'll love these homemade asian lettuce wraps!

While the chicken and veggies are cooking, you’ll whisk up a quick homemade sauce for these wraps. Then at the end you’ll stir in a pinch of red pepper flakes for spice, and sliced green onions for more color and flavor. You can add more or less red pepper flakes depending on your preferred spice level. I definitely use less when I’m serving this to my kids, and more if I’m making these for date night for Brad and I.

Speaking of date night, I know it’s still over a month away but these Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Orange-Ginger Sauce would be perfect for Valentine’s Day. For Valentine’s Brad and I like to stay in and cook dinner together after the kids are in bed, and an easy 30 minute meal is just what we need. Plus, food that you eat with your hands is perfect for date night, isn’t it? Unless it’s a first date. Messy foods that require extra napkins might not be what you’re looking for then. But if you’re an old married couple like us, these are completely acceptable date night fare. 🙂 Enjoy!

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Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Orange-Ginger Sauce. A healthy dinner that's ready in just 30 minutes! You'll love these homemade asian lettuce wraps!

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Orange-Ginger Sauce
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: serves 4 as a main dish (4 lettuce wraps per serving)
 
These Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Orange-Ginger Sauce are a light and healthy 30 minute meal that's packed with flavor!
Ingredients
For the Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 6 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
For the Wraps:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 large carrots, chopped small
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped small
  • 1 cup lightly salted cashews, coarsely chopped
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 16 leaves lettuce, for wrapping
Directions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground chicken and cook, breaking it into pieces, while you chop the carrots and bell peppers. After the chicken has been cooking for about 5 minutes, add the chopped carrots and bell peppers to the skillet. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is browned and cooked through.
  2. Meanwhile, place all sauce ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  3. Once the chicken is cooked, add the cashews and red pepper flakes to the skillet. Cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes. Add the sauce and cook for 1-2 minutes more until most of the liquid has absorbed. Stir in the green onions and remove from the heat.
  4. Place chicken and vegetable mixture in a serving bowl and let everyone assemble their own lettuce wraps at the table. Enjoy!

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  1. Haha, messy foods are DEFINITELY not for first dates! Imagine trying to wrangle a huge salad leaf, it would probably be the last date at the same time 😀 My now-husband cooked a delicious thai curry for us on our first date, so I was safe, lol!

    I love thee lettuce wraps, Kristine. The sauce sounds amazing!
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  2. I’m loving 30 minute Thursday, too! It’s so fun to try and create a recipe that you know if perfect for busy weeknghts. These lettuce wraps look delicious, Kristine! I love the orange ginger sauce! So creative and sounds like the perfect touch!

  3. I can’t even stand how amazing these lettuce wraps look, Kristine! I LOOOVE cashews and that orange ginger sauce looks just perfect! These need to be dinner tonight!

  4. This is incredible! I LOVE lettuce wraps so so much, they are one of my favorite things! This Orange Ginger version sounds just divine, I might just have to make this tonight!
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  5. Kristine, these look amazing! I love lettuce wraps, and the flavors in here sound so delicious (plus your photos are just gorgeous)! Pinning to try!

  6. So delicious- yay for lettuce wraps 🙂

  7. These are perfect!!! Why are lettuce wraps soooo addictive??? I guess it’s okay when they are healthy like these one, right? These look absolutely delicious, and I love that you made such a yummy sauce to go with it. I could get into this 30 minute meal business!

  8. It is a challenge for me too! I guess I’m used to being in the kitchen for much longer but I’ll gladly take the 30 minute meal over a 60 minute meal! These lettuce wraps look like they are packed with so much delicious flavor!

  9. I am loving y’alls 30 minute Thursday posts and I’m seriously LOVING these lettuce wraps, Kristine! Cashew chicken is one of my fav’s but packed with veggies and that orange ginger sauce just sounds beyond delish! Pinned! Cheers, girlie!
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  10. I am totally obsessed with lettuce wraps. I love the added crunch from the lettuce (without the added calories!). And cashew anything totally has my heart. I can’t wait to try these, Kristine!
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  11. Lettuce wraps are one of those things that I always love, but never think of making! I will definitely need to try this one, it looks amazing. I am loving 30 minute Thursday too – so many great meals that are quick and easy! 🙂

  12. Haha I once ordered a sandwich as a lettuce wrap instead of with bread and it was the messiest thing ever! I swear it used a whole head of lettuce and was so sloppy. I was glad I wasn’t on a first day! These lettuce wraps look muuuuch more manageable as far as eating goes, and I love these flavors!
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  13. These lettuce wraps look amazing, Kristine! I love the sound of the crunchy cashews with the orange ginger sauce! These are perfect for busy weeknights or date night for us old married couples haha 😉

  14. These look so delicious! I love all the flavors going on here! Perfect for a busy night.

  15. YUM! I can’t wait to try these. I love different recipes to use with lettuce wraps!

  16. Yep, this is going on my menu next week – I actually grind my own chicken breasts because buying store bought ground chicken grosses me out – I feel like they just grind up “pieces” of chicken and slap a label on it that says “ground chicken!”

    That being said, I will reduce the cashews to 1/2 a cup for the recipe, making each lettuce wrap 90 calories – three wraps with some brown rice on the side, perfect dinner! Thanks for the recipe 😀

  17. 30 minute Thursday is my new fave because I totally have been going through all our group’s recipes whenever I need a quick meal! These wraps are DEFINITELY going on the list to try, because they look seriously amazing. Especially that sauce! Yum 🙂
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  18. Hello Kristine. Wow, these look like my kind of meal. Quick, easy, and super tasty -sounding. In fact, love the 30 minute Thursday idea. I don’t want to spend a minute longer than that in the kitchen after work!

  19. Yum, my mouth is actually watering looking at these Kristine! I am loving all these healthy and delicious 30 minute meals you guys are coming up with! So tasty, pinning!
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  20. I love lettuce wraps! These look so amazing. Love all the flavors. Will have to try them. 🙂

  21. I love lettuce wraps and your flavors here sound AMAZING! It’s like all of my favorite things: orange, ginger, nuts and chicken!!!!

  22. Sounds amazing. I’m not a meat eater and wondering if you have any advice on using tofu or tempeh instead. Just sub it in the same way or anything different as Far as process you’d recommend. I can’t wait to try!

    • Hi Lindsay! I have never cooked with tofu or tempeh so I can’t give advice on how those would work. If I was going to make these vegetarian I’d probably just sub mushrooms for the chicken, adding all of the veggies at the same time. 🙂

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