Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps

Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps

48 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 48

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
January 23, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
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
August 09, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
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.
May 12, 2013
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By: jupett
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
April 30, 2013
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By: Bakerette87
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!
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