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Instant Pot Ginger Chicken Lettuce Wraps

These crave-worthy 30-minute Instant Pot Ginger Chicken Lettuce Wraps are light, crisp, and make for an easy weeknight dinner.

Fresh produce spread.

I’m all about cool and crisp dinners lately. And that doesn’t mean we’re living on a rotation of salads and cold cut sandwiches here—these lettuce wraps totally fit the bill. And! With fresh veggies and tender pulled ginger chicken, this 30-minute Instant Pot meal is a thumbs up on weeknights. Which is a necessity for us right now, because this newborn baby business is no joke! Evenings are no longer our own. Though we’ve been enjoying the convenience of HelloFresh every few nights, I just can’t deprive myself of creative time in the kitchen. No matter how tired and zombie-like I am ;)

This week, for the sake of convenience AND battling these scorch-y temps, I came up with this quick and convenient meal.

Put your own spin on these Instant Pot Ginger Chicken Lettuce Wraps.

I try my best to create recipes that are open to adaptations. I don’t know about you, but when I read a recipe online, I use it as a guide and put my own touches on it. These wraps welcome a variety of veggies—like carrots, red cabbage, etc. Personally, I’m a sucker for cool cucumbers and zippy scallions when it comes to building on ginger and sesame-infused dishes.

Additionally, if using a leaf of lettuce for a wrap isn’t your thing, you could swap them for warm pillowy tortillas.

I served these wraps as seen in the photos—no sauce. But I’ve included a lip-smacking sauce recipe in the recipe card in case you want to amp things up a bit. I was just in the mood for clean and simple when I first made these. Both options are delicious :)

If lettuce wraps ARE your jam, you might want to add these Instant Pot Chicken Shawarma Lettuce Cups to your “to-eat” list.

Anyway. I hope you have a great rest of week!

If you try this recipe or create your own variation, let me know in the comments! I love connecting with you. Then snap a photo and tag me on the Insta @killing__thyme to be featured in our newsletter.

Lettuce wrap ingredients sprawled over platter.

Stuffed lettuce wrap.

Lettuce wrap ingredients sprawled over platter.
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Instant Pot Ginger Chicken Lettuce Wraps

These 30-minute Instant Pot Ginger Chicken Lettuce Wraps are light, crisp, and make for an easy weeknight dinner. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Healthy, low carb
Keyword Chicken, healthy, Instant Pot
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 lettuce cups (give or take)
Author Dana Sandonato


  • 3 lbs chicken, boneless and skinless Can be thighs or breasts; look for cruelty-free ethically-raised
  • 2 heads of romaine or bibb lettuce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, grated or minced
  • 2 TBSP fresh ginger, grated or minced
  • 4 TBSP hoisin sauce
  • 1 TBSP rice vinegar
  • 2 TBSP raw honey
  • 2 TBSP soy sauce
  • 1 serrano pepper or chili pepper, grated/minced


  • 2 cups cooked jasmine rice
  • 3 Kirby cucumbers, sliced into spears *See notes
  • 3 scallions, sliced into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into thin spears
  • 1/2 cup crushed or chopped peanuts
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges for serving

Hoisin Drizzle. (Optional)

  • 4 TBSP hoisin sauce
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar


  • Cook the jasmine rice as per the directions on the package. While the rice cooks, move onto the other things.
  • Whisk the oils, lime juice, garlic, ginger, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, honey, soy sauce, and hot pepper together in a large bowl until well combined; set aside.
  • Place the chicken into the Instant Pot, then transfer the sauce mixture into the Instant Pot over the chicken. Close the lid (follow the manufacturer's guide for instructions if needed). Set the Instant Pot to the Manual setting, and set the timer to 12 minutes on high pressure. Ensure that the steam valve is set to 'sealing'.
  • In the meantime, wash and prep the lettuce, cucumbers, scallions, and bell pepper; set aside onto a serving platter.
  • When the Instant Pot cycle is done, carefully turn the steam valve and let all of the steam release. Once the steam is done releasing, carefully unlock and remove the lid from the Instant Pot. Once the steam rises, take two forks and shred the chicken until you have pulled chicken. Stir the chicken around to coat it in the sauce and let it sit for a few minutes to soak up the flavors.
  • Transfer the chicken to a large serving bowl. Do the same with the rice, and serve along with the lettuce, veggies, crushed peanuts, and lime wedges.

Hoisin Drizzle. (Optional)

  • Mix the hoisin and vinegar in a small bowl until well combined.


Kirby cucumbers are small cucumbers. They can be wrapped up in packages of six or so and found in the produce section.


  • Donna
    July 30, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    5 stars
    We have lettuce wraps all the time, such a great meal for a busy week. This ginger chicken version is such a delicious way to change things up with a bit of a flavour twist, love it!

  • Trish Bozeman
    July 30, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    5 stars
    Life with a newborn is definitely no joke! Although it’s easier, life with a toddler still needs easy, weeknight dinners like this. I’m bustin out my Instant Pot for this one! You had me at crisp and cool. :)

  • Leah
    July 29, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    5 stars
    I LOVE lettuce wraps. They are such an easy lunch or dinner, and so easy to make. These sound so full of flavor and perfect for a weeknight meal! Can’t wait to try these!

  • Debra
    July 29, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    5 stars
    Love this healthy meal idea. Lettuce wraps are always a great choice…and I love using the instapot in the summer rather than heating up the house. My kids love shredded chicken….definitely making this week. Thanks for a great idea.

  • Jenni LeBaron
    July 29, 2019 at 11:44 am

    5 stars
    We love lettuce wraps in my house. These Instant Pot ginger chicken lettuce wraps look packed full of flavor and such a great option for meal prep. We will certainly enjoy these!

  • Pam Greer
    July 27, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    5 stars
    This is the light and easy kind of eating that we are doing around here!! I love that this recipe is so easy to modify and make it your own!

  • Tracy
    July 27, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    5 stars
    WOW you’re making meals like this with a newborn in the house?! Incredible. I hate to tell you – the evenings no longer being your own – that never stops! Ha. But if you can do this during the newborn stage, I can’t wait to see what you make during the more independent toddler stage! Add this to our menu plan this week!

    • Killing Thyme
      August 22, 2019 at 9:10 am

      Haha, I had a feeling that evenings were going to be like this for a while ;)

  • Gloria
    July 25, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    5 stars
    This looks like a healthy and delicious option for lunch or dinner. Easily made in the Instant Pot, this works for busy households. I know my family would enjoy these. Everyone can make their own wrap.


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