Korean Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Sometimes your husband comes home with a head of lettuce thrice the size of your own head so you have to come up with a quick and easy dinner idea. Here is the recipe borne from this based-on-true-events story.

KoreanLettuce Wrap

Korean Chicken Lettuce Wraps

By Patty Nguyen Zurilgen   ||   www.pattynguyen.com

Korean Chicken Lettuce Wraps


  • 1 ½ lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut lengthwise into 1/2″ piecesKoreanLettuce Wrap
  • ¼ cup light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp gochujang
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp peanut oil

To serve:

  • lettuce leaves
  • cooked rice
  • sesame seeds
  • green onion
  • gochujang


Combine chicken, light soy sauce, brown sugar, gochujang, sesame oil, ground pepper, and garlic in a large bowl and mix well. Let the chicken marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Heat a wok/skillet until smoking hot. Add the peanut oil. Swirl to coat the wok/skillet. Add chicken in a single layer (I cooked my chicken in two batches) and cook until golden brown on one side. Turn the chicken over and quickly stir fry until cooked through and juices run clear.

Serve with large lettuce leaves, rice, sesame seeds, green onion, and more gochujang.


  1. I love this kind of wrap – the portions are smaller! I have a similar recipe… I bought a tub of gochujang to make some Korean meatballs and now I have another recipe to use it in. Food Network called it one of the hottest new ingredients – a little competition with Sriracha!

  2. Great pictures you got there Patty!!! Unfortunately, I have been blessed with the biggest melon in the human race. So, I have never seen any lettuce bigger than my head… I know what a sad story! I have never tried gochujang before, but after reading this I will give it a go. Thanks!

  3. hi patty! this looks and sounds so delicious! i love using leafy greens as a wrap! and i recently started using different kinds of oils like sesame oil – which i’ve always loved but never really kept in the kitchen. thank you for the inspiration… i will definitely have to try this recipe! 🙂

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