Chicken Lettuce Cups Recipe
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Chicken Lettuce Cups Recipe

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Adults and kids alike enjoy the make-it-yourself aspect of these festive appetizers. The mint and cilantro add so much flavor, and the lettuce cup provides a refreshing crunch. For accompanying recipes, entertaining tips and a video, visit —Katie Lee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 packet stir-fry seasoning powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken breast
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup diced water chestnuts
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce (inner leaves only), or 2 heads of butter lettuce and /or radicchio
  • For garnish: Mint, cilantro, bean sprouts, chopped peanuts

Nutritional Facts

1 lettuce cup (calculated without garnishes) equals 115 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 38 mg cholesterol, 525 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 10 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine stir-fry seasoning, water, soy sauce, lime
  2. juice and sugar. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add chicken meat and use a wooden spoon to break up the meat. Cook until browned, about 10
  4. minutes. Add red bell pepper, water chestnuts, scallions and red
  5. pepper flakes and cook 5 minutes. Stir in reserved stir-fry seasoning mixture. Cook until liquid evaporates, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Serve in lettuce cups garnished with mint, cilantro, bean sprouts and chopped peanuts. Yield: serves 6 to 8.
Originally published as Chicken Lettuce Cups in Taste of Home October/November 2009, p33

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Reviewed Apr. 5, 2016

"delicious! I chop up chicken into small pieces then stir fry. Butter lettuce is the better choice if you want to make wraps, but I usually just tear lettuce and top with the chicken mixture to make more of a salad."

Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"These were a big hit with the family. They weren't expecting much out of ground chicken. I only garnished with cilantro as that was all that I had on hand. Already have requests to make again."

Reviewed Sep. 7, 2011

"Great recipe! Only substitution i made was: I did not add mint (did not have any) and I made my own stir-fry seasoning powder using garlic powder, onion powder, and ground ginger (u can also add a little cornstarch to it but i did not). Even the hubby approved."

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"This was sooooo delicious! Thanks for sharing it. I love to add veggies to recipes (even this wonderful healthy one) I added 3 finely chopped celery and 3 carrots, grated, to the veggies. Your recipe is awesome!"

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2009

"This recipe was so easy to make and the chicken was so flavorful. They're a little messy, but aren't all lettuce wraps?"

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