Chicken lettuce wraps from Cooking Well

This chicken lettuce wrap recipe is just one great option from Cooking Well

Are you ready to kick off the new year right? Keep 2019 kidney-friendly with healthy, delicious recipes from our cookbook, Cooking Well. Start now with fresh and flavorful chicken lettuce wraps:


  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 large (11 to 12 inches) stalks of celery, finely diced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) water chestnuts, drained and finely diced
  • 3 medium scallions (white and green parts), thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated or finely minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground chicken (at least 90 percent lean)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup Chinese plum sauce
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (or to taste)
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 head Boston or Bibb lettuce

Bright veggies bring a pop of color to this dish

Cooking instructions

  1. Liberally coat a large skillet with cooking spray and preheat over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the carrots, celery, bell pepper, water chestnuts, scallions, ginger and garlic.
  3. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables soften slightly, about 5 minutes. Add a tablespoon of water as necessary to prevent scorching.
  4. Reapply cooking spray, if necessary, and add the ground chicken to the skillet.
  5. Cook until the chicken is no longer pink, breaking the meat into a fine crumble with a wooden spoon as it cooks.
  6. Season with pepper.
  7. Add the plum sauce, soy sauce, vinegar and chili paste.
  8. Stir to coat.
  9. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until heated through.
  10. Remove the skillet from heat and stir in cilantro.
  11. Allow the mixture to cool slightly, about 5 minutes.
  12. Clean the lettuce and break off 12 individual leaves.

Fresh seasonings like garlic, ginger and scallions bring flavor without adding too much sodium

Nutrition information

  • Calories 155
  • Fat 5 g
  • Carbohydrates 18 g
  • Protein 11 g
  • Dietary Fiber 2.8 g
  • Calcium 46 mg
  • Phosphorus 149 mg
  • Sodium 364 mg
  • Potassium 614 mg

NOTE:  Information or materials posted on this blog are intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be construed as medical advice, medical opinion, diagnosis or treatment. Any information posted on this blog is not a substitute for patient-specific medical information or dietary advice. Please consult with your healthcare team or dietitian for a complete dietary plan and recommendations.

Want more delicious, healthy tips and recipes?

Check out our cookbook, Cooking Well, which is full of delicious PKD-friendly recipes to help you make healthy choices without sacrificing taste.


  1. Kathie Quinn

    This is great except we are all afraid of lettuce! 😂

  2. Gail Heideman

    Is this cookbook available to Canadians?


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