Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps

June/July 2006

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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.

"I loved this recipe. I used fresh basil and chives from my garden. Delicious and very filling! "

45 Reviews for Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps

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!


Excellent. Used cut up green beans instead of green peppers. Great weeknight dinner!

Easy and healthy
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!

Quickly, nutritious, diet friendly
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

Fast, Fresh, plenty of leftovers
Comments (1)


Roze wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

This was a hit!! We couldnt

This was a hit!! We couldnt stop eating it. Cant believe my family is actually excited that we have leftovers!! lol... Other then not being able to find the five spice(had to make my own) everything was simple to prepare.
definitley a family favorite now :o)

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.

Lots of great healthy ingredients
Comments (2)


ellen011655 wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

You claim that your additions

You claim that your additions "made no difference", which you then refuted by saying that it did not taste authentic. Utter nonsense. Whoever said that allspice = 5 spice was clearly not in their right mind. And finally, you don't like hoisin sauce or ground turkey. No wonder you didn't like it!

Anonymous wrote 1 year 44 weeks ago

Your first mistake was

Your first mistake was replacing the five-spice with "Allspice". Read the note and get the individual ingredients that make up the five-spice because it is ridiculously full of flavor that it only calls for a bit of it. Trust me!

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