These Copycat P.F. Chang’s Vegan Lettuce Wraps are so easy to make and taste even better than anything at the restaurant! A must make for an easy vegan dinner idea!
If you have even been to P.F. Chang’s then you likely had lettuce wraps. They are the signature appetizer and for some meal that is a must if you’ve ever been. However they are not vegan. But today, we are showing you how to make Copycat P.F. Chang’s Vegan Lettuce Wraps.
They did in recent years create a vegetarian version with tofu that is considered vegan friendly from our understanding.
However, if you want something more like the classic crumbles, then you will need to recreate your own.
Luckily, we’ve done all the guess work for you and we have a simple, yet absolutely delicious recipe for you!
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Frequently Asked Questions:
What vegan “meat” are you using for this recipe?
P.F. Chang’s uses chicken in their lettuce wraps and we wanted to be close to that while still being vegan. Therefore, we went with the Trader Joe’s turkey burgers that we chopped up.
There are some vegan chicken crumble options but they are not readily available to most markets, so we thought this would be the easiest option.
What can I use if I don’t have a Trader Joe’s close?
While not quite the same, you can use any plant based ground meat in order to substitute for the turkeyless patties that we use from Trader Joe’s.
Is there a plant based substitute for these?
Whether you can’t find a “meat” substitute or you just prefer to avoid them, then we would recommend using something like jackfruit, mushrooms, mashed chickpeas or even TVP. There are plenty of options that would work well in this recipe.
Can I make Copycat P.F. Chang’s Vegan Lettuce Wraps Top 8 Allergen Free?
For the recipe as written, there is soy sauce and coconut sugar inside.
The coconut sugar, can just be replaced with brown sugar if you have a coconut allergy.
The soy sauce is the only other ingredient that we are concerned with. Depending on the allergies you have, you can replace the soy sauce with gluten-free tamari, coconut aminos or a Top 8 no soy sauce (click links to see each).
Can I prep these Copycat P.F. Chang’s Vegan Lettuce Wraps ahead of time?
Yes! The “meat” mixture can be made up to 5 days in advance.
We do not recommend that you put the mixture actually on the lettuce wraps until ready to make.
What other vegan restaurant copycat ideas could I make?
It’s fun to make copycat restaurant creations at home. More often than not, they taste even better than in a restaurant because they are made fresh.
Luckily, we have a few more ideas for you. Don’t see one you want? Leave a comment below and let us know what recipe we should copycat next.
- Copycat Chick-fil-a Vegan Chicken Biscuit
- Vegan Mexican Pizza (Taco Bell copycat)
- Copycat Chick-fil-a Vegan Chicken
- Copycat Chick-fil-A Veggie Wraps
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Copycat P.F. Chang’s Vegan Lettuce Wraps
- 1 tbsp + 1 tsp sesame oil, divided
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
- 2 tbsp soy sauce (sub for coconut aminos, tamari or no soy soy sauce)
- 1 1/2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp chili garlic sauce
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
- 1 tsp coconut sugar
- 16 oz turkeyless patties (we used 4 Trader Joe's patties, see post for substitutions ideas)
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large sweet onion, diced (about 1 1/2 cups0
- 8 oz water chestnuts, drained and diced small
- 2 green onions, sliced thin (more for garnish)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 head of butter lettuce or iceberg leaves
Optional Crispy Rice Noodles
- 1 cup vegetable oil, for frying
- 1-2 oz rice noodles
For Optional Crispy Rice Noodles
- *If Making, make these first and sit aside. Heat oil in a large skillet to 375 degrees F.
- Cut noodles into 4-5 inch strips.
- Once oil is hot, break noodles apart and drop into oil.
- Fry for 30 seconds, careful not to brown. The noodles will puff up pretty quickly.
- Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
- Serve on top of the lettuce wraps.
- Store any leftovers in an air tight container at room temperature.
For Lettuce Wraps
- In a bowl, mix together 1 tsp sesame oil, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, garlic chili sauce, ginger, and sugar. Set aside. Chop onions, garlic, and water chestnuts.
- In a large sauce pan over medium heat, add 1 tbsp sesame oil.
- Add onions and cook until soft, about 3-4 minutes.
- Add garlic and patties. Cook 3-4 minutes (or according to package if using something different). While cooking, crumble the patties until they resemble fine crumbles.
- Stir in chopped water chestnuts and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add in green onions and sauce mixture. Cook another 1-2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste if desired.
- To serve, spoon several tablespoons of the mixture into the center of a lettuce leaf. Top with optional rice noodles is made. Serve with rice.
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