It’s summertime at home and I have no desire to cook big dinners. My husband and I work from home and we have a little toddler running around most days with us, when he’s not at the babysitter. Once work is over, the last thing I want to do is cook dinner. Luckily, with these chicken lettuce cups I’m able to cook a yummy and healthy dinner quickly.
Have you ever been to P.F. Changs and had their chicken lettuce wraps as an appetizer? How about a copycat version of the famous dish? It’s spicy, tangy and sweet. Not only is this a family favorite meal that is on rotation at our house, but you can cook these chicken lettuce cups in under 20 minutes.
A helpful tip for mama’s with littles: don’t want to make two different dinners because your child is too young to have spicy food? No problem! Cook the ground chicken until it’s done and then set a small amount aside. Continue cooking the rest of the ground chicken with the spices/sauces.
When I think of an easy dinner, I think of recipes like my The Best Eggplant Teriyaki, or how about Pan Seared Salmon with Roasted Red Cabbage for a Keto-friendly meal? These Ground Chicken Lettuce Cups rank pretty high though. Let’s make them!
- 1 tablespoon olive or avocado oil
- 1 pound ground chicken
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 onion, diced
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce or coconut aminos
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha, optional
- Green onions, garnish
- Butter lettuce leaves for serving
Step 1: You want to gather your ingredients first. I find it’s easier and quicker to cook when everything is laid out in front of me. For the Ground Chicken Lettuce Cups, you will need to grab olive or avocado oil. Coconut oil would work perfectly in this recipe as well. Ground chicken, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 small onion, soy sauce or amino acids, rice wine vinegar, fresh ginger, sriracha (optional) and you will serve with butter lettuce and green onions.
Once your ingredients are out on the counter, it’s time to cook!
Step 2: Heat oil of choice in a saucepan over medium high heat and add the ground chicken. Cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes. Once cooked through, drain the excess fat.
Step 3: Stir in garlic, onion, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger and Sriracha until onions for 4 minutes more.
Step 4: Take that perfectly crisp butter lettuce, add a spoonful of the chicken mixture, sprinkle of green onions and sesame seeds. A little sriracha over the top for heat. Dinner is served.