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Lettuce CupsEveryone loves the lettuce wraps from a certain chain restaurant…Many have tried to recreate them, but I think there is no need after finding this recipe. It’s fast, easy, and better than any restaurant wrap! Maybe I am biased because we used beautiful lettuce from our garden. Regardless, what a healthy and fun at-home meal!Lemongrass ChickenLettuce Wraps

Lemongrass Ginger Chicken in Lettuce Cups
adapted from Sunset
serves 4 (12-16 lettuce cups)

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 tsp. Thai or Vietnamese fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons minced ginger, divided
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons peanut butter, chunky or smooth
  • 3 tablespoons grapeseed or vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced lemongrass
  • 1 or 2 jalapeño chiles, chopped
  • 3/4 cup finely diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup salted roasted peanuts, chopped
  • Salt
  • 12 lettuce-leaf “cups,” using iceberg or butter lettuce, or a mix


  1. Mix chicken with 1 tbsp. fish sauce, the sugar, and 2 tbsp. ginger in a small bowl; set aside. In another small bowl, stir hoisin sauce with lime juice, peanut butter, and remaining 1 tsp. fish sauce until smooth; set sauce aside.
  2. Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Swirl in oil. Add garlic and remaining 1 tbsp. ginger and cook until fragrant. Add chicken and cook, stirring and breaking up chunks, until no longer pink, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Add carrot, lemongrass, and chiles and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 1 minute more. Add cucumber, green onions, and peanuts and stir to combine. Add salt to taste. I added a bit of the hoisin sauce mixture to the chicken to spice it up. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  3. To eat, spread some hoisin sauce on a lettuce cup. Top with chicken mixture, fold up, and eat with your hands.

Lettuce Wraps