Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps That Actually Just Fall Apart

Warning: You will absolutely 150% make a huge mess and you will get sticky/frustrated because honey is the spawn of Satan and likes to drip on your hands. I’m still licking my arm trying to get the sticky off.

I originally found this recipe on Foodie w/Family (everything she has ever done is fabulous – HOWEVER, I’m one broke kid and she seems to have her life put together with cute kids and great hair, so I typically substitute with things I already have in my pantry, unless it’s absolutely necessary). For the original recipe, click here.

You will notice that I typically adapt recipes to fit my broke ass needs.

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps That Will Fall Apart When You Try To Eat Them But They’re Still Delicious


2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp honey (aka: spawn of Satan)

1 tbsp rice vinegar

1 tbsp Hoisin sauce (I already had this, but the original calls for a Korean Chili Paste… you can buy it on Amazon if you have the patience)

2 cloves of minced garlic (I buy the pre-made minced stuff at Harp’s and put it in everything. I also used 4 cloves because I <3 garlic)

1 tsp toasted sesame oil (this crap is expensive – like $10 for one bottle – but you won’t have to use it much and can keep it for like 3 months or more)

1 lb chicken – cut up in itty bitty squares

2 tbsp peanut oil – if you’re allergic to peanuts, you can use canola

1/2 cup of cashews – chop ‘em up

lettuce leaves – clean ‘em up

bell peppers, parsley, and hot sauce for serving




How to: 

Mix the soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, hoisin sauce, garlic, and sesame oil in a bowl. Stir it well, guys and gals.


Heat the peanut oil in a pan until it’s hot (you can throw a pinch of flour at it – if it sizzles, you’re good).

Stir-fry the chicken until it’s browned on all sides. It should be cooked thoroughly after 8-10 minutes. Remove chicken from the pan.


Add the chopped cashews to the pan and let them roast for a few minutes.

Add the soy sauce mixture to the cashews and bring to a boil, then let it simmer until it’s thick.


Throw the chicken back in the pan and coat everything with it (yummmmmmmy).

Place the cashew chicken on the lettuce leaves, garnish with bell peppers and parsley, and then eat them quickly before your significant other can eat them all!

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