Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps


These turkey lettuce wraps come together fast for a healthy dinner or try them as a fun appetizer for entertaining. Adding instant brown rice to the filling increases the fiber, making them more satisfying. Serve with chile-garlic sauce and rice vinegar for extra zip.

Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
5 cups filling


  • 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


  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.

    Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce 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 Facts (per serving)

276 Calories
11g Fat
21g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 11/4 cups filling & about 6 lettuce wraps
Calories 276
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 26g 52%
Total Fat 11g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Vitamin A 7275IU 146%
Vitamin C 58mg 65%
Folate 91mcg 23%
Sodium 595mg 26%
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 5mg 26%
Magnesium 39mg 9%
Potassium 677mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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