Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps

Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps

52 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, June/July 2006

Based on a popular Chinese dish, these fun wraps also make appealing appetizers for entertaining. Make it a meal: Serve with chile-garlic sauce and rice vinegar for extra zip; toss diced mango and strawberries with lime juice for a quick dessert.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup instant brown rice
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 pound 93%-lean ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 large red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 8-ounce can water chestnuts, rinsed and chopped
  • ½ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce, (see Note)
  • 1 teaspoon five-spice powder, (see Note)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 heads Boston lettuce, leaves separated
  • ½ cup chopped fresh herbs, such as cilantro, basil, mint and/or chives
  • 1 large carrot, shredded


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  1. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add rice; reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add turkey and ginger; cook, crumbling with a wooden spoon, until the turkey is cooked through, about 6 minutes. Stir in the cooked rice, bell pepper, water chestnuts, broth, hoisin sauce, five-spice powder and salt; cook until heated through, about 1 minute.
  3. To serve, divide lettuce leaves among plates, spoon some of the turkey mixture into each leaf, top with herbs and carrot and roll into wraps.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare the filling (through Step 2), cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Serve cold or reheat in the microwave.
  • Tips: Hoisin sauce is a spicy, sweet sauce made from soybeans, chiles, garlic and spices. It will keep in the refrigerator for at least a year.
  • Often a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise and Szechuan peppercorns, five-spice powder was originally considered a cure-all miracle blend encompassing the five elements (sour, bitter, sweet, pungent, salty). Look for it in the supermarket spice section.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1¼ cups filling & about 6 lettuce wraps
  • Per serving: 276 calories; 10 g fat(2 g sat); 4 g fiber; 21 g carbohydrates; 26 g protein; 90 mcg folate; 65 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 7,275 IU vitamin A; 58 mg vitamin C; 57 mg calcium; 5 mg iron; 595 mg sodium; 677 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (146% daily value), Vitamin C (97% dv), Iron (28% dv), Folate (22% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: ½ starch, 2 vegetable, 3 lean meat

Reviews 52

October 31, 2019
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By: eag
added some low-sodium soy sauce instead of the salt.
August 08, 2019
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By: ChefsMom
Made it exactly as the recipe stated, very tasty and fun. Used garden parsley mint and basil for herbs, will repeat this recipe again -but will use less broth and omit table salt- the fresh grated carrot adds a nice touch- I used Penzey's Chinese 5 spice- it was perfect not overpowering at all!
February 07, 2019
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By: Terre
I couldn't find the 5 spice powder this time at the grocery store, but next time I make it, I'll be sure to have it on hand, it was great without it though. I will make this again and try it with the siracha sauce, I like a little spice!
January 30, 2019
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By: Lisa Culbert Kevin Reed
Make this regularly - we add less broth and more hoisin. Topped with sriracha, grated carrot, chopped mango, cilantro, and mint if we have it. Messy good!!
March 01, 2017
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By: skisinco
Tasty recipe! Easy ro make on a weeknight. I added diced zucchini to the turkey mix. I used carrots, radishes, cilantro, and jalapeno to finish. Didn't have any hoisin sauce, so I took the advice from another reviewer and made my own. I would make this again!
October 18, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Tasty This was a fun meal to cook at our house on a Sunday. It is filling, satisfying, and the flavors are very tasty. I would definitely recommend this recipe!! Pros: Fun to cook and eat.
September 29, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Bland but YUMMY Take every suggestion for spicing up the flavor. Next time, I'll use more hoisin, and will add a chili sauce. My husband is super excited to get the leftovers the next day for his sack lunch! Pros: sloppy, not kid-friendly, grocery store scavenger hunt Cons: experience with new ingredients, great to pack for lunch, tasty
April 07, 2014
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By: chefamanda578
Change it up for lunch! Yum, yum, yum! I really loved this recipe! The filling was so flavorful, especially with a drizzle of sriracha for extra spice. They're a bit messy, so don't try to multitask over your paperwork! If you can dry the lettuce leaves without tearing them, that'll probably help too. Also, the hearts of lettuce and smaller leaves can be chopped and added to your next salad. Pros: Satisfying, Cons: Messy to eat
March 03, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Just a tip I am making this for dinner tonight so I will get back later with how they turned out, but I noticed some people could not find the five spice in the store. I looked in the spice section and was disappointed that I couldn't find it either, however when we were in the section with the Asian foods I found it there. For anyone who didn't find it try the Asian food section. Pros: Seems easy to make
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