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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, June/July 2006


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.


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; protein 25.9g; carbohydrates 20.8g; dietary fiber 3.5g; sugars 6.2g; fat 10.5g; saturated fat 2.4g; cholesterol 65.2mg; vitamin a iu 7275IU; vitamin c 58.3mg; folate 90.5mcg; calcium 56.6mg; iron 4.6mg; magnesium 39.3mg; potassium 676.7mg; sodium 595.1mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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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: 3 stars
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: 5 stars
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: 2 stars
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
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: 4 stars
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: 4 stars
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: 5 stars
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
Rating: 5 stars
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
Pretty good and easy to make. added more hoisen sauce and a dash of white pepper. Read More