Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Thai peanut chicken lettuce wraps

Thai peanut chicken lettuce wraps

These Thai peanut chicken lettuce wraps were my first attempt at wrapping food in lettuce. I've seen it done all over Pinterest as a way of cutting carbs/sugar/calories, and thought I'd give it a try! My original pin yielded no was simply a link to a general website about healthy eating where I couldn't find the actual recipe. Boo! I hate it when that happens on Pinterest. Pin from the original source, PLEASE!

So I did some research and found several recipes for Thai peanut chicken lettuce wraps. Basically you can throw any veggies into a pan with some shredded or chopped chicken, add some spices and put on top of lettuce. Bam! I can do that. So I made up my own recipe using what I had on hand in my fridge (which admittedly wasn't a lot).

thai peanut chicken lettuce wraps

3 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
4 carrots
1 onion
1/2 red or orange bell pepper
1/2 green bell pepper
4 cloves of garlic
1 head of lettuce
white rice
curry powder
soy sauce

For peanut sauce:
16 oz can of chicken broth
1 can of coconut milk
1/2 cup peanut butter (I used my homemade peanut butter--I'll never go back!)
4 Tbsp soy sauce

For garnish (optional)
1/4 cup of roughly chopped peanuts (for garnish)
sesame seeds
hot sauce
green onions

1. Dice up the onion and the carrots finely and add to a wok-style pan. Cook over medium heat until the veggies are just starting to get soft, then add your chicken. The idea is that there is about a 50/50 ratio of veggies to chicken. Add about 2 Tbsp of soy sauce and 1 tsp of curry powder to the mixture. Cook everything thoroughly on medium heat.

2. In another pan, make Thai peanut sauce, which you can find the recipe for in this post. Hilary taught me how to make it, and the recipe for that is here. You should make it, it's magic! My husband begs me to make it every few weeks now.

3. Cut the lettuce head in half and gently peel away lettuce leaves in ones or twos. They should resemble a lettuce "bowl."

4. Scoop the veggie and chicken mixture into the lettuce leaves. Top with the peanut sauce, hot sauce, and chopped peanuts or green onions. We also bought delicious wasabi mayo sauce from Winco that was pretty spectacular. I can highly recommend that as well!

5. Serve with a side of white rice. We added rice to our wraps and it was amazing! Simple, healthy meals are the most satisfying sometimes.

thai peanut chicken lettuce wraps

We served our lettuce wraps buffet style, so everyone from my hubby (who had everything on his) down to the Dude (who had plain chicken and peppers--no peanut sauce) could add whatever they wanted on their wraps. It was a huge success! My girly keeps asking when we get to have "the peanut butter sauce" again. When your kids ask for a healthy meal, that's when you know it's a winner!



  1. Mmmh...! That looks delicious!! I love chicken.


    Ana Paula

  2. OH MAN this sounds amazing! :) Pinned it! :)

  3. That looks pretty good for a fridge cleanout meal ;) I've pinned it. I know what you mean about the frustrations of Pinterest. My other pet peeve was people who participate in Pin It hops, but don't have a pin it button on their post. I solved that by installing the Pinterest I'm happy again lol. Dropping by from All Things Thursdays. Have a great week!

  4. Mmm your lettuce wraps look so fresh and delicious! I love different kinds of lettuce wraps, especially in the summer because they are so light! This looks so good! :)

  5. This looks so tasty! I love Thai Peanut Flavor! YUM! Saw you over at the Frugal Girls!

    Would love for you to come over and link up to Super Sunday at Who Needs a Cape! Hope we see you there ;)

  6. Hi Jessica,
    We just love Lettuce Wraps and your Lettuce Wrap looks like it has great flavor. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. Sounds and looks great. Thanks for sharing with us.

  8. Why do I think I need bread when I could have lettuce. Sound delish.

  9. Yum! This looks awesome. Going to save it to my recipe file and add to my menu plan monday soon!

    1. Hey Jessica, Was just looking at this recipe to make it next week and don't see instructions for the peppers and garlic. I assume they get diced and minced (respectively) and added to the carrots and onion in the wok. Is that correct?

  10. Looks and sounds delicious. Thanks so much for the recipe and thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  11. These look really good. I just love Thai food. My daughter recently spent time in Thailand and came back with a new found love for all Thai food! I will show her this recipe. Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen party. I am featuring this recipe in the Top 10 Favorites post that goes live on Monday moring.

  12. wow! this all looks divine! I will have to try this! thanks for sharing!

  13. Just made this for the family was LOVED by all!!!! Thank you for sharing!


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