Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps

  • Active Time 30m
  • Total Time 30m

4 servings, 1 1/4 cups filling each

Based on a popular Chinese dish, these fun wraps also make appealing appetizers for entertaining.

Make it a meal: Serve with chili-garlic sauce and rice vinegar for extra zip; toss diced mango and strawberries with lime juice for a quick dessert.

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare the filling (through Step 2), cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Serve cold or reheat in the microwave.


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup instant brown rice
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 pound 93%-lean ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 large red bell pepper, finely diced
  • One 8-ounce can water chestnuts, rinsed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce (see Note)
  • 1 teaspoon five-spice powder (see Note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 heads Boston lettuce, leaves separated
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs, such as cilantro, basil, mint and/or chives
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • Note: Hoisin sauce is a spicy, sweet sauce made from soybeans, chilies, garlic and spices. It will keep in the refrigerator for at least a year.

  • Often a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise and Szechuan peppercorns, five-spice powder was originally considered a cure-all miracle blend encompassing the five elements (sour, bitter, sweet, pungent, salty). Look for it in the supermarket spice section.


Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add the rice; reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add the turkey and ginger; cook, crumbling with a wooden spoon, until the turkey is cooked through, about 6 minutes. Stir in the cooked rice, bell pepper, water chestnuts, broth, hoisin sauce, five-spice powder and salt; cook until heated through, about 1 minute.

To serve, spoon portions of the turkey mixture into lettuce leaves, top with herbs and carrot and roll into wraps.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 7730

nutrition information per serving

285 calories; 11g total fat; 3g total saturated fat; 66mg cholesterol; 543mg sodium; 24g carbohydrates; 5g fiber; 26g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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