Thai-Style Minced Chicken Lettuce Cups Recipe

Thai-Style Minced Chicken Lettuce Cups Recipe

How To Make Thai-Style Minced Chicken Lettuce Cups

Lettuce cups are the perfect light yet complete meal. This Thai-style recipe uses minced chicken mixed with peanuts, herbs, limes, and onions.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes



  • 1headiceberg lettuce,or butter lettuce
  • 3tbspvegetable oil
  • 1largered onion,chopped
  • 2tbspfresh ginger,finely chopped
  • 3clovesgarlic,minced
  • 2lbsground chicken
  • tbspsoy sauce
  • 3tbspfish sauce
  • ¼cuplight brown sugar,or dark brown sugar
  • 2tsplime zest
  • 3tbsplime juice,freshly squeezed
  • ½tspred pepper flakes
  • 2largescallions,finely sliced, (white and green parts)
  • ½cupfresh cilantro,chopped
  • ¼cupfresh mint,chopped
  • ¼cupcashews,or peanuts, chopped

For Serving (Optional):

  • sriracha
  • carrots,finely sliced
  • lime wedges
  • cilantro and/or mint sprigs


  1. Fill a large bowl with cold water. Place the head of lettuce on a cutting board; cut off the stem, then cut around the inner core of the lettuce and remove (do not cut all the way through the lettuce; just deep enough to remove the core).

  2. Discard the flimsy, ragged outer leaves and then place the head of lettuce in the bowl of water. Gently pull apart the leaves, then place them on a paper towel to dry.

  3. Cut any large leaves in half. Chill the lettuce cups in refrigerator until ready to serve.

  4. Heat the oil in large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion and ginger and cook, stirring frequently, until soft. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute more.

  5. Add the ground chicken and turn the heat up to high. Cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until partially cooked through.

  6. Add the soy sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar, lime zest, lime juice and red pepper flakes and continue cooking, stirring frequently to break up the meat, until the chicken is cooked through.

  7. Off the heat, stir in the scallions, cilantro, mint and nuts. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

  8. Spoon into lettuce cups and serve with optional garnishes.


  • Calories: 560.66kcal
  • Fat: 33.12g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.65g
  • Trans Fat: 0.23g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 17.87g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 6.08g
  • Carbohydrates: 24.72g
  • Fiber: 3.90g
  • Sugar: 14.82g
  • Protein: 44.76g
  • Cholesterol: 195.04mg
  • Sodium: 1550.73mg
  • Calcium: 97.89mg
  • Potassium: 1688.01mg
  • Iron: 4.38mg
  • Vitamin A: 67.11µg
  • Vitamin C: 18.88mg
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