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. Source: EatingWell Magazine, June/July 2006

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Ingredients

Directions

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

Tips

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 Facts

276 calories; 10.5 g total fat; 2.4 g saturated fat; 65 mg cholesterol; 595 mg sodium. 677 mg potassium; 20.8 g carbohydrates; 3.5 g fiber; 6 g sugar; 25.9 g protein; 7275 IU vitamin a iu; 58 mg vitamin c; 90 mcg folate; 57 mg calcium; 5 mg iron; 39 mg magnesium;

Reviews (52)

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52 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 33
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
11/01/2019
added some low-sodium soy sauce instead of the salt. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2019
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! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/07/2019
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2019
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!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/01/2017
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! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2015
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. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/29/2014
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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2014
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 Read More
Rating: 3 stars
03/03/2014
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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2014
Easy and yummy meal I did not include the rice or chicken stock so it wasn't as salty. Wonderful dinner or Appetizers Pros: quick healthy Cons: salty Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2013
Really Good!! I have been looking for some healthier dinner recipes since I am trying to lose the last bit of baby weight that I put on while pregnant and came across these. I am a picky eater and most healthy recipes make me gag. I figured these didn't sound too bad so I tried it. I have to say....I will be continuing to make these even after the weight is gone...they were really good. I did use another Tbsp of hoisin sauce and a red pepper and I left out the ginger (I HATE ginger) and used cilantro on top. I was pleasantly surprised at the final result. My husband said they were better than PF Chang's lettuce wraps (I don't know about that since they are my favorite ever... but these are still really good). The one thing that would have been good to add is a sauce to add while assembling your lettuce wraps but I have seen some ideas in the comments so I will try those next time. Pros: easy to make taste's great healthy not terribly expensive. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/12/2013
Delicious! These were quick to prepare and very delicious. Used Trader Joe's frozen brown rice. Even easier than the instant brown rice--no water to boil. Pros: Fast and easy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2013
Easy and delicious Made this for dinner tonight for my husband and a friend of ours. There's not much left over as we each ate three very full wraps. I added some basil and 1 tsp of chile garlic sauce. I ended up not having any hoisin sauce so I found a recipe online to make my own. Came out great! (4 Tbsp soy sauce 2 Tbsp peanut butter 1 Tbsp honey or molasses 2 tsp rice vinegar 1 garlic clove and 2 tsp sesame oil). The water chestnuts added a nice crunch to it and it was the right amount of spicy for us. Definitely a keeper of a recipe! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/09/2013
Awesome! Excellent. Used cut up green beans instead of green peppers. Great weeknight dinner! Pros: Easy and healthy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/09/2013
Filling & healthy Far tastier than I imagined. I added sriracha sauce when serving & used lots of fresh cilantro & mint. When I make brown rice I always freeze any leftovers so I just defrosted a cups worth in the microwave made this even easier! Pros: Quickly nutritious diet friendly Cons: Drippy when eating Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2012
Fast Flavorful and Healthy! Here are my alterations to the recipe: 1.) Added an additional 1 1/2 TSBP of Hoisin Sauce 2.) Included one medium sized hot red pepper diced 3.) Cooked 1/2 C of Brown rice in rice cooker instead of using Instant Brown rice. Note- this will not make a full cup of rice but I like having more meat than rice in my wraps 4.) used 3/4 cup (maybe a little more) of Chicken Broth. I found that the original recipe was a little dry the evening after I made this the first time. Add more broth kept the dish moist for reheating the leftovers. Sauces I prepared for this dish: - 2 TBSP of Vinegar 1 TBSP of soy 3 dots of Sriracha - Kung Pao Sauce Pros: Fast Fresh plenty of leftovers Read More
Rating: 2 stars
09/11/2012
Frankly...I was disappointed I followed this recipe to the letter with the exception of the five-spice as I was unable to find it. Instead I used the same measurement of Allspice as someone told me that it was similar. However it didn't make a difference because it did not alter the taste whatsoever. Coupled with that the two TBS of Hoisen Sauce did not make too much of a difference in flavor either except to make this recipe taste sweet and I don't particularly care for sweet tasting food. To me sweet should be reserved for deserts. Also the photo of this recipe gives the impression that the ground Turkey becomes brown in color but if it wasn't for the fact that I added some lite soy sauce...that would have never happened. I was reluctant to use ground Turkey as I usually do not care for its taste but decided to just stick with the recipe as it was. Once again...not pleased with ground Turkey. All in all this recipe did not taste Chinese at all which is what I was looking for in the first place. I live 2 mins from Chinatown and believe me I have eaten some of the best Chinese food anyone could ask for. Trust me...there was nothing Chinese about the taste of this dish. Pros: Lots of great healthy ingredients Cons: Greatly Lacking in Flavor Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2012
Extremely Easy and Delicious I made this recipe on a whim wanting to eat more healthy meals. I read the reviews and improvised a bit using a bit more Hoisin sauce and a bit less of the five spice. I love Hoisin so was not worried about using a bit more but wanted it to be a bit milder for the kids so used a little less spice. It was perfect and everyone loved it and is anxious to have it again! Pros: Simple to make Cons: I am not clear on the serving size.. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/14/2012
Exactly what I was looking for! I made this on a lark so I didn't have all the ingredients (scallions - used onions) water chestnuts etc) but it was fantastic. I never usually write a review but the recipe was exactly what I have been looking for. I've tried many other turkey lettuce wrap recipes before but they can't compare. The combination of fish sauce with the fresh basil and mint from the garden (and a little sriarcha) put this meal to another level. Everyone loved it and we ate every bit of it. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
08/01/2012
Needs hot sauce and increased hoisin As written the recipe is a bit heavy on the 5-spice and needs at least twice as much hoisin sauce and a teaspoon at least of hot sauce (I used Sriracha). Pros: Gluten-free dairy-free quick easy Cons: A bit bland as written. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2012
For a hard to please family I did not use the five spices either but just improvised and threw in fresh basil and garlic garlic powder. I did use extra Hoisin sauce (double) and topped with Sriracha. It had a great flavor! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
05/13/2012
crowd pleasing recipe minus five spice The meal was easy from start to dining 20 minutes I added diced carrots celery and onions to the mixture. I love the idea of the lettuce wraps but was not a fan of the five spice. I love Asian cuisine but did not like the five spice powder. Next time I would use the ginger hoisin sauce maybe some teriyaki to add flavor instead of the five spice. Pros: Easy to pull together crowd pleasing. Cons: Not a fan of five spice Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2012
Pleasantly surprised! This dish is very tasty. It is extremely easy to put together. I couldn't be more pleased! Pros: Easy to make. I had all the ingredients on hand. I added fresh garlic. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
03/13/2012
Missing something This recipe is seriously lacking something. I can't put my finger on it but adding soy sauce helped. It needs more moisture and my husband said the 5-spice blend gave him a headache because it smelled so bad when it was cooking. I wont make this again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/06/2012
Delicious! I loved these! I did have to adjust the recipe a bit. I couldn't find 5-spice so I threw in a few shakes of a thai seasoning I had at home. I also didn't add as much broth because it seemed like it would make it too soupy/watery (I probably only added 1/8-1/4 cup). I didn't have fresh herbs so I added 2 tsp of frozen fresh cilantro to the meat mixture. The water chestnuts give great crunch! I will definitely make this again! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/23/2012
Easy to make! I made these last night for dinner and they turned out good but I had to make some changes to the recipe to make them taste good for me! The hoisin sauce gave it a great taste but I was afraid to use the chinese five spice powder because of the smell and taste of it. I added some additional spices that I had in my cupboard and also added low sodium soy sauce and some white wine vinegar to give it a punch. I will definitely make these again but with the modified recipe! Pros: very easy to make and a healthy recipe! Cons: a little bland five spice powder was not tastey Read More
Rating: 1 stars
01/17/2012
This was one of the worst recipes I've made. My husband will typically eat anything but we threw this out. To be fair it smelled good until I added the 5-spice at the end. Still it was unfortunate to throw out so much food some of which I bought specifically for this recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/15/2012
Great I had to add my own flavor. Over all a great recipe. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
01/12/2012
Not crazy over these Perhaps it needs more heat? i followed the recipe exactly asnit was written and neither my husband or myself finished our meal. More spice? More zip? Needs something... Won't make again. Pros: Fast easy to make Cons: Sweet bland Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2012
Love this recipe even my 8-year love these!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Absolutely delicious! You need the fresh herbs it makes the difference (I had basil cilantro and mint). I realized I did not have 5 spices so I used all spice and one star of annise and regular freah black pepper. Did not have chestnuts so I replaced them with sliced almonds. It is better than at the restaurant... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
These are easy AND delicious! Instead of the fresh herbs I just throw in some green onion at the end. I also add a little reduced sodium soy sauce. Since I'm usually halving the recipe for just my husband and I I found it more of a pain to make the rice for how much was in there so I've been omitting it. I haven't noticed a difference and it cuts out some of the calories in the process! We make some egg drop soup to go with this and it's a perfect meal! In our regular rotation! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
These were delicious! I made them without the sesame oil (didn't have any) and without the rice because we served them with Eating Well's Vegetable Fried Rice (which was also very good). There was too much liquid after I added the broth ( I think the rice would have soaked up some of this) so I made a little slurry with cornstarch and low sodium soy sauce- it thickened up perfectly! I also make a couple of additions: two cloves of garlic went in with the ginger and turkey a small chopped carrot went in the pan with the bell pepper and at the end I added some sesame seeds. For fresh herbs I used parsley and mint- be easy on the mint b/c I think I did a bit too much and overwhelmed some of the other flavors. I also added a sliced green onion and a splash of reduced sodium soy sauce. I will definitely make this again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Another winner! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was awesome! Better than a restaurant and you feel better eating it! We served it with a bit of siracha sauce (spicy garlic chili sauce) and WOW... just like PF Changs. Definitely add the fresh cilantro/green onion if you have it... makes a world of difference. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Pretty good and easy to make. added more hoisen sauce and a dash of white pepper. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
These are very good and satisfying! I did not use the fresh herbs but it was still very good. I used pureed ginger instead of fresh ginger and it was still yummy. Did not use water chestnuts but the fresh lettuce and carrots still gave it a great crisp crunch. Would recommend making this as a good alternative to takeout Chinese! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Absolutely loved this recipe! It was extremely yummy! I could not find the five spice blend in the store so I just bought the seasonings all separate and made my own. Still turned out wonderful! Will definitely make it again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Made these tonight as five spice turkey patties. Delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Turned out great! Next time I'd add more vegetables--perhaps another color of peppers--but these were great as-is! Definitely spicy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I love this recipe! It has great flavor and its good for you! I also like that it is very simple to make. I have yet to run into anyone that doesn't like it. I plan on making it tomorrow night for one of my picky friends and her fiancee so we will see what they think!;-) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
We love this recipe! I leave out the brown rice however! This is a great light and satisfying meal! I also like to add crushed red pepper flake to the turkey mixture for some heat!! Love it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Made this for a dinner party and it was great. Great flavor but I think I will add some red pepper flakes when I'm not making it for a group because it isn't spicy as prepared. The turkey mixture is really good on its own as well! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
These were outstanding! I These were outstanding! I doubled the recipe added 2 tbsp of siracha and 1/2 cup of Cashew pieces. Sprinkled with Cilantro/Thai Basil/Chive blend. I will definitely make these again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Love this recipe. I've made it a few times and I can't stop nibbling while preparing it! Agree on the addition of some soy sauce and also some vinegar such as rice wine vinegar gives it a nice fresh punch. The 5-spice powder and fresh herbs are a must I think but the recipe is very flexible. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I followed this recipe and it tasted a bit meh. I added some sriracha soy sauce and more broth then allowed the liquid to reduce and it dazzled my mouth. I also added some home grown basil to make it complete. I used a garnish of rainbow salad instead of the carrot and it was great. This recipe will be a staple in my weekly menus. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This turned out great! It was spicy and delicious. Also it was very easy to make! I forgot the broth but it still turned out fine. Next time I'll probably add some colorful vegetables just to give it more color. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I loved this recipe. I used fresh basil and chives from my garden. Delicious and very filling! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
10/29/2011
Not good at all This recipe was easy to make but tasted bland...the 5 spice was too strong and we only used 1/2 of the amount called for in the recipe. Cons: Taste Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Easy easy easy and tasty!!! Made these last night and they were fantastic! Prepared this recipe fed 3 people easily with plenty of leftovers. Buying all the ingredients for the 1st time can be somewhat expensive but if you already have them in your pantry then it's a pretty inexpensive dish to make. I followed the recipe exactly with the exception of adding and extra tbsp. of hoison sauce sriracha and chili garlic sauce. Also added a dash of sea salt but I could have achieved a little more saltiness with a tad more soy sauce. Also I dashed some seasoned rice vinegar on the actual lettuce wraps once they were all put together. I used fresh cilantro and chives for my herb topping. Was quite spicy but I'm a spicy kind of girl! Loved this recipe will make it again! Pros: Easy tasty healthy Cons: Buying the ingredients can be expensive the 1st time Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Delicious and Easy! This came out so awesome and it's perfect for someone who lives alone - a filling dinner and leftovers for lunch the next day or two. I added almost twice as much hoisen sauce & that added a lot more flavor. I only used cilantro for my herb & didn't feel like it was missing anything. I bet this would also be good with tofu substituted for the turkey... Read More