Reader Request: Copycat Cheesecake Factory Thai Lettuce Wraps

Do you love the Cheesecake Factory’s Thai Lettuce Wraps! Well then why not make them at home? They’re easy to make and totally delicious!

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Copycat Thai Lettuce Wraps

One of my favorite things to order when I’m at The Cheesecake Factory is their Thai Lettuce Wraps recipe. They’re super fresh and light, but still packed with fantastic flavor and an array of toppings and dipping sauces. And they’re typically large enough to eat as an entree. So when I had a reader request some lettuce wraps, I figured a copycat lettuce wrap recipe was in order!

Now, I made a few changes to my own tastes and for the purpose of simplicity. But what I ended up with was chicken lettuce wraps that are super delicious without all the guilt of unhealthy eating. With a delicious Asian-inspired flavor profile and a delicious, slightly spicy peanut sauce to drizzle on top, this is an easy make-ahead dinner for those busy summer nights that you can’t imagine cooking!

Tips for making Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

  • Don’t overcook the chicken! I use a package of chicken tenderloins with my Coconut Cilantro Lime Chicken marinade. Keep a close eye on the chicken while grilling and pull them from the grill just before they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees (use a meat thermometer!).
  • You can serve the chicken warm and fresh off the grill or refrigerate and serve it cold- it tastes great either way.
  • I like to make the Asian Cucumber Salad in advance so they cucumbers can marinate in the dressing. Be sure to slice the cucumbers nice and thin.
  • If you don’t want a very messy eating experience, you can also chop all the ingredients and serve it as a salad.

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What is the best type of lettuce to use for lettuce wraps?

For this, I prefer to use butter lettuce, as it gives a really nice texture. If you want a crispy texture you could also use iceberg, although that doesn’t roll as well.Or Romaine.

How do you cut lettuce for lettuce wraps?

I carefully remove the bottom and gently wash and dry each leaf.

How do you keep lettuce wraps from falling apart?

This can be tough- lettuce wraps aren’t exactly the cleanest meal. But If you’re really worried, you can double up and use two pieces of lettuce on top of each other for wraps.

What kind of sauce do you use on lettuce wraps?

I prefer to use the peanut sauce dressing that I made for my Rainbow Asian Chicken Salad. I make a double batch! You could also add a drizzle of Sriracha if you’re craving a spicier wrap.

What toppings are best for lettuce wraps?

You can really go in any direction you’d prefer but I like to serve these topped with Asian Cucumber Salad, shredded carrots, plenty of cilantro, peanut sauce and sesame seeds.

How long do lettuce wraps last?

The leftovers will last 3-4 days covered in the refrigerator.

How do I store the leftovers?

I’d encourage you to store each component of the wraps separately in your refrigerator so they don’t get soggy.

Can I freeze lettuce wraps?

You can freeze the chicken either before or after cooking it, but I encourage you to avoid freezing the other components.

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Ingredients for Asian Lettuce Wraps

How to make Chicken Lettuce Wraps

  1. Grill the chicken.
  2. Place the chicken pieces onto the lettuce wraps.
  3. Top with cucumber salad, shredded carrots, and fresh cilantro.
  4. Drizzle with peanut sauce.
  5. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  6. Devour!

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Do you love the Cheesecake Factory's Thai Lettuce Wraps! Well then why not make them at home? They're easy to make and totally delicious!
Copycat Cheesecake Factory Thai Lettuce Wraps
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Resting time
5 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Do you love the Cheesecake Factory's Thai Lettuce Wraps! Well then why not make them at home? They're easy to make and totally delicious!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: lettuce wraps
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jessy Freimann, The Life Jolie
  • 1 package chicken tenderloins
  • 1 14 ounce can unsweetened coconut milk,  shaken (or whisked to fully combine)
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice  (about 2 large or 4 small limes)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon dried cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Crushed red pepper flakes,
Peanut sauce
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (about 2 large or 4 small limes)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Sriracha
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Lettuce wraps and toppings
  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • Shredded carrots
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Sesame seeds
  • Asian cucumber salad
  1. Mix together all marinade ingredients and marinate chicken for at least 30 minutes.

  2. Grill chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

  3. Rest chicken for a couple minutes.

Peanut sauce
  1. Whisk all peanut sauce ingredients until well combined.

Lettuce wraps
  1. Place chicken pieces onto lettuce wraps.

  2. Top with cucumber salad, shredded carrots and fresh cilantro.

  3. Drizzle with peanut sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve immediately.

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  • Reply
    Leah V.
    January 2, 2020 at 7:54 pm This recipe was so easy and so delicious! I’ve made these 3x times already! You won’t be disappointed 😁
  • Reply
    August 23, 2020 at 1:59 pm I really enjoyed this recipe ! I made it a couple weeks ago, but did you change the peanut sauce recipient since then? Thanks!
    • Reply
      Jessy Freimann
      October 27, 2020 at 11:08 pm Hi Shannon- so glad you liked it! I haven't changed the recipe since I tested it and published. Is it possible that it's a variation between different brands?
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    November 21, 2020 at 3:05 pm This was a hit at my house, my husband raved about it, and he is not one to rave about anything !! I'm on a keto diet so I substituted stevia for the sugar in the cucumber salad and in place of the honey in the peanut sauce. Will be having this once a week. Great for lunch the next day too.
    • Reply
      Jessy Freimann
      November 21, 2020 at 5:19 pm I'm so glad to hear that Rachel! And so happy to hear that your subs worked so well too!I also love the leftovers from this!
  • Reply
    January 13, 2021 at 2:14 pm I doubled the peanut sauce recipe and it turned out horrible. Do you think it’s because I doubled it? I literally put the same ingredients in; only double.
    • Reply
      Jessy Freimann
      January 14, 2021 at 3:01 pm Hi A- I'm sorry to hear that. I've doubled it before with no issues. It's possible that an ingredient could have been expired or different quality than the ones I had on hand (I got through products super quickly with the video business), it could also be that you accidentally put the wrong measurement in of something or it just isn't your taste. I wish I could be more helpful, it's tough to troubleshoot over the internet but I'm happy to try to help and answer any questions.
  • Reply
    February 15, 2021 at 1:07 pm Is there something I could use to substitute for the coconut milk? Perhaps heavy cream? So happy to have found, btw!
    • Reply
      Jessy Freimann
      February 15, 2021 at 1:23 pm Hi Anne! You can- it will be slightly thicker but you can thin it slightly with a little water if you prefer. You can also try half and half, unsweetened soy milk, unsweetened cashew milk or greek yogurt thinned out with a little water. Any of these would be a 1:1 swap. Hope that helps! Enjoy and please let me know know what you go with :)
  • Reply
    April 12, 2021 at 4:59 pm This looks delicious! What size package are you referring to in one package of chicken tenderloin? Thanks!
    • Reply
      Jessy Freimann
      April 13, 2021 at 11:16 am Hi Anne- Our store has large "family pack" packages and regular size ones- for this I go with the regular size one, which tends to be around 1.5 pounds. I hope that helps- enjoy :)
  • Reply
    April 28, 2021 at 11:48 am What’s a cucumber salad
    • Reply
      Jessy Freimann
      May 6, 2021 at 2:03 pm Hi Tonya- the recipe is linked in the blog post. Enjoy!

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