Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps: A Balanced and Satiating Meal


  1. Place ground chicken and garlic in a large microwave safe bowl and microwave for ~5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally until chicken is no longer pink. Drain off liquid and add to slow cooker.
  2. Add bell pepper, onion, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, salt, and pepper, and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours.
  3. Stir in water chestnuts, cooked rice, green onion, red pepper flakes, rice vinegar and sesame oil. Season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve filling on lettuce bed and top with optional toppings of choice.

**Recipe adapted from America’s Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution Vol.2. Pg 115.


  • 1 pound ground chicken
    ¼ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • ½ (8oz) can water chestnuts, drained andrinsed (optional)
  • ¾ cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • ½ tbsp rice vinegar
  • ¾ tsp sesame oil
  • 1 head iceberg or butter lettuce, leaves separated

Optional toppings: chopped green onion, chopped peanuts, sesame seeds, cilantro

Welcome to our Recipes With No Food Rules Series, where we celebrate the joy of intuitive eating and wholesome meals that nourish both the body and soul without the food rules

Today, we’re diving into the world of slow cooker Asian chicken lettuce wraps. This dish is not only bursting with flavor but also packed with balanced nutrition to keep you feeling satisfied. Unlike the typical “low-carb” lettuce wraps you hear promoted by diet culture, these lettuce wraps contain a flavourful filling with brown rice making them a perfect balanced meal. With a blend of protein, fiber, and healthy fats, these wraps are not just a treat for your taste buds but also for your overall well-being. 

How it Balances out:

  1. Protein: The ground chicken is a source of protein, essential for muscle repair and growth.
  2. Fiber: Brown Rice and vegetables provide fiber, which aid in digestion and help you feel full.
  3. Healthy Fats: Sesame oil adds a touch of healthy fats, promoting heart health and satiety.
  4. Carbohydrates: Brown rice serves as a complex carbohydrate, offering a source of fiber which aids in gut health and satiety.

These slow cooker Asian chicken lettuce wraps are a nutritionally balanced option that promotes satiety and satisfaction. With the convenience of the slow cooker, you can enjoy a flavorful and satisfying dish with minimal effort. So, next time you’re craving something delicious and nutritious, give these lettuce wraps a try!

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