Stir-Fried Chicken in Lettuce Cups

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.

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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.

Stir Fried Chicken in Lettuce Cups from weelicious.com 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. Stir Fried Chicken in Lettuce Cups from weelicious.com 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. Stir Fried Chicken in Lettuce Cups from weelicious.com 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.com Salad may be 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. 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.com Plus, kids can only eat Stir-Fried Chicken in Lettuce Cups with their hands. How much fun is that?


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Stir-Fried Chicken in Lettuce Cups (Serves 4)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 15 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce, tamari, or liquid aminos
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp Cilantro, minced
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 Bell Pepper, red, orange or yellow
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • 1 Tsp Ginger, minced
  • 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
  • 1/4 Tsp kosher salt
  • 8 Bibb or Iceberg Lettuce “Cups”

Preparation

1. Combine soy sauce, honey, and cilantro in a bowl and set aside.

2. Using a large saute pan, cook the onion in 1 tbsp of oil over medium heat for 2 minutes.

3. Add the bell pepper and cook an additional 2 minutes.

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. Stir in the soy sauce mixture, salt and cook for 2 minute or until juices evaporate.

6. Serve in lettuce cups (to eat then just roll the lettuce around the stir fried chicken and eat them like a burrito).

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37 comments

  • Rosemamie

    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!

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  • Blanca

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

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  • Holly

    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.

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    • Catherine

      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.

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  • Catherine

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

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  • Rice Palette

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

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  • Yeni

    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.

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  • Benjamin Frear

    That does look like fun! Great recipe.

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  • Andrea

    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!

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  • Dea

    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.

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  • Amy

    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!!

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  • Yeni

    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!

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  • Rachelami

    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.

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  • Jane

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

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  • Courtney

    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!!!

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    • Hippie

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

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  • Omni

    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!

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  • Heather

    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!

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  • Heather

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

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    • Catherine

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

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  • Keri

    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?

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    • Catherine

      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!

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  • Mary

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

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  • Emily

    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.

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  • mvilla28

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

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    • Denise

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

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  • HeatherChristo

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

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  • Elin Pantle

    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.

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    • Catherine McCord

      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!

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  • Millie Add Little

    Yum! This looks amazing! I love lettuce cups!

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  • Ashley

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

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  • Madiha Kamal

    This looks delicious! Will try It tonight:)

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  • gstewart

    Looks super delicous!

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  • Lori

    This recipe is not gluten free if using the low sodium soy sauce. I used Kikkoman's Gluten Free Soy Sauce and it was wonderful!

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