Stir-Fried Chicken in Lettuce Cups
41 4446

Stir-Fried Chicken in Lettuce Cups

Stir Fried Chicken in Lettuce Cups from Weelicious



Want a gluten-free, healthy weeknight recipe that's as packed with vibrant Asian flavors as it is a ton of textures? Stir-Fried Chicken in Lettuce Cups is a total family friendly mealtime find. I've been making them for years and am excited to re-share them with you. When you feel like you've been consuming too many carbs, this is a great choice that's still satisfying. It's been in our dinner rotation so long that I realized the images needed a facelift here on the website, so I made them for friday night din din and took all new photos to tempt your tummy. I also love to eat the Stir-Fried Chicken filling straight out of the bowl with a little brown rice on the side, which makes for a simple leftover lunch as well.

To me, so much of the art of getting kids to eat is incorporating as much fun as possible, so that they will be more open to eating foods that normally might be outside of their comfort zone. My kids love eating with their hands, so I try to devise lots of new spins on recipes for things they can hold easily in their little mitts. Burritos, burgers, muffins and even these Stir-Fried Chicken in Lettuce Cups always go over well.

Stir Fried Chicken in Lettuce Cups from Weelicious

Salad maybe a tough sell for some little ones, but these lettuce cups are kid friendly and a whole new way for them of looking at leafy greens.

Stir Fried Chicken in Lettuce Cups from Weelicious

They're crunchy, and in combination with the stir-fried chicken with herbs and a slightly sweet sauce it's really something special.

Stir Fried Chicken in Lettuce Cups from Weelicious

Plus, kids can only eat Stir-Fried Chicken in Lettuce Cups with their hands. How much fun is that?

Stir Fried Chicken in Lettuce Cups from Weelicious

Stir-Fried Chicken in Lettuce Cups  (Serves 4)

  • Prep Time: 5 mins,
  • Cook Time: 15 mins,
  • Rating:
    Rate this recipe
To me, so much of the art of getting kids to eat is incorporating as much fun as possible, so that they will be more open to eating foods that normally might be outside of their comfort zone. My kids love eating with their hands, so I try to devise lots...


  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce, tamari, or liquid aminos
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, minced
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, red, orange or yellow
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 bibb or iceberg lettuce “cups”


  1. 1. Combine soy sauce, honey, and cilantro in a bowl and set aside.
  2. 2. Using a large saute pan, cook the onion in 1 tbsp of oil over medium heat for 2 minutes.
  3. 3. Add the bell pepper and cook an additional 2 minutes.
  4. 4. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute then add the chicken or turkey to the pan and saute for an additional 7 minutes or until cooked through.
  5. 5. Stir in the soy sauce mixture, salt and cook for 2 minute or until juices evaporate.
  6. 6. Serve in lettuce cups (to eat then just roll the lettuce around the stir fried chicken and eat them like a burrito).
Stir-Fried Chicken in Lettuce Cups

Nutrition Information

Related Recipes


  1. Pingback: Weekly Meal Plan {2/15} - Sweet Tooth Sweet Life

  2. Ashley

    November 12, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    are those nutrition facts accurate? With the honey onions and bell peppers 2g of sugar seems unlikely.

  3. Pingback: CSA Adventures – November Week 1 | Soul Munchies

  4. Millie | Add A Little

    August 23, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Yum! This looks amazing! I love lettuce cups!

  5. Pingback: 30+ Sandwiches and Wraps — LocalSavour

  6. Elin Pantle

    August 20, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Your stir-fried chicken sounds delightful, however, to list it as gluten free concerns me. Soy sauce, a very popular brand, has wheat in it and , in fact, is the 2nd ingredient listed. I would be very interested in knowing the brand you use that doesn’t have any wheat (gluten). The side effects of eating a small amount of wheat can be very debilitating.

    • Catherine McCord

      August 21, 2014 at 8:56 am

      Hi Elin, The recipe lists soy sauce, tamari, or liquid aminos all as options. Bragg’s liquid amines and coconut amines are both gluten free options!

  7. HeatherChristo

    August 20, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    I love lettuce cups- these are one of my favorite light and healthy dishes!

  8. mvilla28

    September 30, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Sensational! Didn’t have bell peppers so made it with grated carrot and it was great.

    • Denise

      August 20, 2014 at 9:25 am

      Great idea to use carrots! 1 of mine is not a big fan of peppers, but loves carrots!

  9. Emily

    September 16, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Delicious as is! Cilantro and honey are the perfect touch. Thank you for all of your recipes, I’ve had great success with them. Everyone from my 12 mo old, 3 yr old, my hubby and myself love this dish. I have to double it now that our 12 mo old has made his presence known at the dinner table.
    Many thanks for all you have contributed.


    July 24, 2013 at 5:16 am

    750557 959010Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You definitely know what youre talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your site when you could be giving us something enlightening to read? 538321

  11. Mary

    May 21, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Delicious! I made the recipe as is and my family and I enjoyed it! Wish we had had leftovers…

  12. Darlene

    April 3, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    This is so yummy! my husband said it was his favourite meal!! i love the ginger and cilantro
    Thanks again for another wonderful recipe!

  13. Keri

    November 19, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    This looks great and will definitely try with my family. Quick question, though. Did you serve anything else with the lettuce cups for the adults or big kids.? This would be more than enough for my son and me, but my meat-n-potato hubby would probably want something on the side. Suggestions?

    • catherine

      November 19, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      You could serve it with rice! It’s already got meat and veggies all mixed together, but if you’re looking for something more maybe serve it alongside stir fried veggies and with rice or noodles!

  14. Heather

    September 25, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Answered my own question… froze the left overs in a freezer bag, then sautéed to re-heat and it was great. :)

    • catherine

      September 25, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      Oh good! I’m so sorry I missed this comment!

  15. Heather

    September 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Hi Catherine! I made this the other night and my whole family LOVED it…especially my husband and even my 13 month old who would prefer to be on an all liquid diet. He was gobbling it up! So, I am wondering if there is any way that I could make this to freeze (minus the lettuce of course)? Do you think that would ever work or would it be a total disaster? Thanks!

  16. Omni

    December 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Hi! This looks great! Two questions, what kind of ginger did you use, fresh? And what would you use instead of honey, I wanted to give to my 11 month old too? Thanks!

  17. Courtney

    July 20, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I made this last night for dinner and it was amazing. I made some oriental noodles to go along side. One of my favorite meals now. My daughter and husband loved it too. And SO EASY!!!

    • Hippie

      February 5, 2014 at 2:15 am

      Most help articles on the web are inaccurate or inntehreco. Not this!

  18. Jane

    July 12, 2011 at 1:56 am

    My 4yo turned her nose up at this meal but then tried a few bites and said, “Mom, this really good!”

  19. rachelami

    March 11, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I knew I would find a good recipe here when I needed to cook hot lunch for 25 kids at my daughter’s school – in 1 hour!!!
    This recipe was great. i didn’t have time for all the mincing and chopping, so i threw everything into the cuisinart, onions, ginger, garlic, cilantro, peppers… then I let the mixture bubble on the stove for about 5 minutes before adding the ground chicken. Served it with big heads of butter lettuce on each table, which the kids loved ripping into, and a side of soba noodles.
    It was delicious, fun, easy, fast and the most of the kids asked for more!
    Thank you for the great recipe.

  20. HOLLI

    October 13, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Just made these and they were FANTASTIC and only took about 30 minutes to prepare and cook!

  21. Gina

    September 26, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Tried this the other night and both my boys (2 yrs) ate it up. I was so thrilled because getting one of them to eat any kind of protein other than eggs has been quite the challenge. Thanks for the great recipe. I thought it was quite yummy too.

  22. Pingback: Bountiful Basket Meal Plan, September

  23. Lucy

    August 25, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Wow! Made this tonight & our picky eater (6 yo) had thirds! She started AND ended the meal with “MMmmm” and a smile on her face, so this one is definitely a keeper. Thanks!

  24. Terri

    August 7, 2010 at 10:45 am

    These are delicious. I made them for dinner last night my 5 year old ate 2 and even my picky 3 year old liked them. Next time I will double the recipe so I can have leftovers for lunch.

  25. yeni

    July 28, 2010 at 7:43 am

    I finally made these last night and they were a huge hit. Even my husband was shocked at how great they tasted. It was such an easy recipe. It’s amazing how much flavor you can get out of just a few good ingredients. I’ve seen other lettuce wrap recipes that require so many different things. But this one was simple and so tasty. Thanks again!

  26. Amy

    July 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    OMG! All three of my kids (1, 2.5, and 6 yr old) are eating this right now! That NEVER happens – I usually have to make at least 2 different meals. We’re vegetarians, so I made this with Quorn Naked Cutlets instead of chicken/turkey – delicious! Thanks!!

  27. Dea

    July 18, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    This recipe is simple and so yummy. I decided to use chopped chicken breast (a bit more challenging when it is not cooked). I substituted the peppers with diced water chestnuts, it gave it a nice crunch. I also soaked my lettuce in ice water before serving to make it a bit more crisp. Ultimately it was great! Thanks for sharing.

  28. Andrea

    July 18, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    I made these for supper tonight, and they were absolutely delicious! I couldn’t convince my husband to try ground chicken (and he didn’t want turkey) so I used shredded chicken instead. I think we shoveled them down in about five minutes! They will definitely be going into our rotation!

  29. Benjamin Frear

    July 14, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    That does look like fun! Great recipe.

  30. yeni

    July 14, 2010 at 7:41 am

    What a great idea! My boy won’t eat lettuce, but the chicken mix will be great with some brown rice too. Your recipes continue to impress…keep them coming! thanks.

  31. Rice Palette

    July 13, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Looks very delicious! I never had this with chicken before, so i’m tempted to try it now!

  32. catherine

    July 13, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Woops! I left out the red bell pepper, I added it back! These are so good!

  33. Holly

    July 13, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    These look great. It looks there are diced red peppers in the mixture in the picture but no mention in the recipe. At what point would you add the peppers? Would other veg work too? I was thinking about zucchini or mushrooms.

    • catherine

      July 13, 2010 at 1:45 pm

      Other veggies would work too, but keep in mind that mushrooms and zucchini retain a lot of water, so your cooking time would be different. I would cook the zucchini and mushroom first, set aside then toss them in at the end.

  34. Blanca

    July 13, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Yey! Like lettuce wraps! This is awesome!!! Maybe adding some water chestnuts and replace white onion with green onions, yum!

  35. Rosemamie

    July 13, 2010 at 10:24 am

    This looks absolutely delicious!!! I have one little guy who is very texture sensitive though and ground meat of any kind is something he just can’t handle. Could I do this with chicken breasts and just dice the chicken finely? I would LOVE to try this out!