Healthy Paleo Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps recipe with chicken or shrimp, loaded with crunchy vegetables in a sweet savory brown sauce.
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Paleo Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps (Whole30, Keto)

Healthy Paleo Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps with ground chicken or shrimp, loaded with crunchy vegetables in a sweet savory brown sauce. Healthy chicken lettuce wraps also known as San Choy Bow is the ultimate “just happen to be healthy” food in the world!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Keyword Chinese Lettuce Wraps, Ground Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Keto Lettuce Wraps, Paleo Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Paleo Healthy Lettuce Wraps
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 114kcal
Author ChihYu


  • Avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 large shallot , chopped
  • 1.5 tbsp chopped ginger , ~ 3 thin slices
  • ½ lb. ground chicken breast (see notes)
  • ¼ tsp coarse salt
  • tsp white pepper
  • cup chopped carrots , ~ 1 medium size carrot
  • cup chopped celery
  • 4-5 whole water chestnuts , chopped
  • ½ lb. raw shrimp , peeled and diced + 1 tsp arrowroot powder (optional. see notes)

Sauce (use 1 tbsp a time):

Serve and garnish:

  • 3 tbsp lightly toasted pine nuts or chopped cashew nuts
  • 1 bulb scallion , chopped
  • 1 whole large iceberg lettuce , leaves separated and tip edge trimmed (or 2 boston lettuce)


  • Prepare all the ingredients set aside and ready to use. If include shrimp, mix well with arrowroot.
  • In a well-heated large skillet or wok, add 3 tbsp oil. Saute garlic, shallot, and ginger with a pinch of salt until fragrant, about 10 seconds. Add ground chicken. Season with salt and white pepper. Break the meat to fine pieces and saute until the meat is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Your skillet should not be wet and watery.
  • Add carrots and celery. Season with a pinch of salt. Saute for 1 minute. Add chestnuts and shrimp, if using. Saute for another 1 minute. Add sauce and stir-fry for 10 seconds. Taste and make seasoning adjustments to your liking.
  • Off heat, garnish with pine nuts and scallions. Fill the lettuce cups with stir-fried ingredients. Serve hot or in room temperature.



The texture of this dish should remain crunchy not watery/soggy. It’s important to have all the ingredients prepped before you start stir-frying.
If use all chicken (i.e. without shrimp) and if you’d like to increase the meat quantity, please use no more than 1 lb ground chicken breast. Texture balance is the key in Chinese lettuce wraps. If the dish has more meat than vegetables, it’s likely that the texture of this dish will not be as crunchy in the mouthfeel.
Most often, you’ll find this dish in China/Hong Kong/Taiwan with shrimp. It might mix with a little pork mince. If use all shrimp (i.e. without chicken), please use up to 1 lb raw shrimp that are peeled and deveined.
During stir-fry, if the skillet gets too dry, add more oil - 1 tbsp extra a time.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 392mg | Potassium: 270mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 36.4% | Vitamin C: 3.2% | Calcium: 5.7% | Iron: 6.4%