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Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps

Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps

Based on a popular Chinese dish, these fun wraps also make appealing appetizers for entertaining. Make it a meal: Serve with chile-garlic sauce and rice vinegar for extra zip; toss diced mango and strawberries with lime juice for a quick dessert.


  • ½ cup water
  • ½ 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
  • 1 8-ounce can water chestnuts, rinsed and chopped
  • ½ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon five-spice powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 heads Boston lettuce, leaves separated
  • ½ cup chopped fresh herbs, such as cilantro, basil, mint and/or chives
  • 1 large carrot, shredded


  • Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add rice; reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add 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.


  • Five-spice powder is typically made from fennel, cloves, star anise and cinnamon; some versions are made with white pepper, some with Szechuan pepper. It combines the five main tastes of Chinese cuisine of sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami.
  • Hoisin sauce is a thick, dark brown, spicy- sweet sauce made from soybeans, chiles, garlic and spices. It will keep in the refrigerator for at least a year.
  • Prepare the filling (through Step 2), cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Serve cold or reheat in the microwave.

AUTHOR EatingWell Test Kitchen
BRAND EatingWell

YIELD 4 servings, 1 ¼ cups filling each
ACTIVE TIME 30 minutes
TOTAL TIME 30 minutes


Per serving 286 Calories
Total Fat 11 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Mono Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 65 mg
Sodium 596 mg
Fiber 5 g
Protein 26 g
Potassium 414 mg
Added Sugars 0 g
Total Sugars 6 g
Calcium 58 mg
Chromium 1 mcg
Folate 90 mcg
Omega-6 1 g
Vitamin E 1 mg
Zinc 1 mg
Vitamin B3 2 mg
Carbohydrate Servings 1 ½

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