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Kung Pao Lettuce Wraps

Author: Andrea Slonecker
Serves: 4

A flavor-packed, quick-fix lunch.

This flavor-packed recipe comes together in no time for a healthy, low-carb meal of spicy chicken sausages stir-fried with mushrooms, veggies and a savory sauce to spoon into fresh lettuce cups. Enjoy them as a quick fix lunch or light dinner, or serve them as an appetizer at your next dinner party.



  • 1/4 cup Chinese plum sauce or hoisin, plus more for serving
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil

Lettuce Wraps

  • 4 tsp peanut or vegetable oil, divided
  • 4 Zupan’s Kung Pao Chicken Sausages, casings removed
  • 8 ounces oyster mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 (8oz) can water chestnuts, drained and finely diced
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 heads butter lettuce, cored and leaves separated
  • Chopped roasted peanuts, for serving
  • Hot chili oil, for serving


To make the sauce: Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Set a large, nonstick or well-seasoned wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add 2 teaspoons of the oil and swirl to coat, then add the sausage. Cook, breaking it up into small chunks with a wooden spoon, until just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer the sausage to a plate.

Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil to the hot pan and swirl to coat. Add the mushrooms and peppers, and cook, stirring often, until tender, 4 to 5 minutes.

Add the garlic and ginger and cook for about 1 minute until aromatic. Stir in the cooked sausage, water chestnuts, and green onions, and pour in the sauce. Cook, stirring often, until the mixture is hot and thoroughly combined, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and taste and adjust the seasoning.

Transfer the sausage mixture to a large bowl. Serve along with the lettuce leaves piled on a plate, and the peanuts, chili oil, and more plum or hoisin sauce in small bowls at the table for everyone to build their own wraps. (Tip: use two lettuce leaves per wrap!)