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It’s so fun to recreate your favorite restaurant food at home and that’s exactly what I did with these Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps. Ground chicken, crisp carrots, bean sprouts, and basil all cooked in a flavorful Thai inspired simmer sauce and wrapped in fresh lettuce leaves. This meal is SO fresh and SO flavorful with so many different ways to enjoy it.
Not to mention, these chicken lettuce wraps are cheap and easy to make too. Why spend money on restaurant food when you can make it at home for less money?! And since this is so quick and easy, you’re not losing much time on it either. It’s perfect for a night in and can be a fun meal to whip up as you watch your favorite show or listen to some good tunes!
Ingredients for Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Chicken – I use ground chicken because it cooks up much faster and is less hassle. Plus I prefer the texture of ground meat for these lettuce wraps versus larger pieces.
Red Pepper / White Onion – Both vegetables add flavor and crisp texture to the wraps.
Bean Sprouts – Is it just me or does anyone else LOVE bean sprouts?! They’re just so simple, no prep needed, and have a great neutral flavor yet are packed with good nutrients!
Carrots – The shaved carrots add the perfect crisp bite of slight sweetness to the lettuce wraps.
Basil – Fresh is best and gives such a Thai inspired flavor to the chicken and veggie mix.
Soy Sauce – The base of the simmer sauce, if you don’t have soy sauce try substituting for coconut aminos.
Lime Juice – The acidity is needed to balance out the sauce flavor. Sub for lemon if needed.
Honey – Adds a hint of sweetness to counteract the strong flavor of soy sauce and balance the heat from the spices.
Garlic – Fresh minced will give the best flavor but you can sub for 1/8 tsp powdered garlic.
Iceberg Lettuce – I prefer iceberg lettuce for this Thai chicken lettuce wraps because the leaves are sturdy enough to hold everything yet soft enough to fold.
Easy Meal Prep: One Pan Lettuce Wraps
I told you that these Thai chicken lettuce wraps were easy and I wasn’t lying! As you’ll see, there’s minimal prep to be done and then these wraps are ready to be made.
- Add the meat and produce into an oiled pan on medium heat.
- After 5 minutes, add remaining ingredients (this is going to create the sauce!)
- Cook for another 5-7 minutes or until meat is thoroughly cooked.
- Serve in freshly washed lettuce wraps or with stir fry noodles. The flavor is impeccable!
Suggestions and Alternatives for Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Besides how easy and cost effective these chicken lettuce wraps are to make, they’re also super fun to customize! From the mix ingredients to the final product, here are some ways to switch things up.
Use diced chicken/steak or ground turkey instead of ground chicken. Or to make this vegan, sub the meat for crumbled tempeh or roasted tofu!
Instead of the veggies listed in the recipe, use whatever is in your fridge or shop seasonally! I think sliced zucchini, broccoli florets, shaved cabbage, green peas, spinach, or even kale would all be tasty in these wraps.
Add fresh herbs like oregano, chives, mint, dill, or parsley to the pan and let simmer with everything else.
If lettuce wraps aren’t for you, get creative with how you serve the Thai chicken and vegetable mix. You could use regular/corn tortillas, have it over stir fry noodles or rice, or even make it into a buddha bowl with some roasted sweet potatoes.
To add some flavor and moisture to the lettuce wraps, try adding avocado slices, a lime aioli, dijon mustard, or a chili sauce overtop.
Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps
- Cutting Board
- Measuring Spoon
- 1 lb ground chicken
- ½ red pepper, finely cut in strips
- ½ cup white onion, diced
- ½ can bean sprouts, drained
- ½ cup carrots, shaved / finely chopped
- ¼ cup fresh chopped basil
- Sauce ingredients
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce, reduced sodium
- ½ tsp paprika
- 1 tsp sriracha
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tsp dried basil
- ½ tsp honey
- ½ tsp minced garlic
- Iceburg lettuce
- Add all ingredients (including sauce ingredients) to an oiled pan on medium heat. Cook for 10-12 minutes until meat is thoroughly cooked.
- Serve in lettuce wraps or with stir fry noodles.
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