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Thai Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Thai Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I’m sure that you folks are out there, but I’m hard-pressed to find a person that doesn’t absolutely LOVE Thai food. There’s just something about it. Its complexities hit all of the “yum!” nerve points, flooding the palette with a combination of sweet, salty, bitter and sour, tide together with a mild sting of spicy. It’s like a little, happy, impromptu break-dance on the tongue. Mmm-Mmm!

I can go from being in mid-conversation with my husband and son at the table while waiting for our food to arrive, to quickly becoming a full-fledged glutton, internally, when a platter of Peanut Chicken Wrap appetizers is set down in front of us. I try my best to keep my composure, of course encouraging everyone to partake in the tasty plate that sits in the center of our table; but secretly I’m thinking to myself that I could easily polish off the whole darn thing, lickety-split, before anyone else ever sees it coming. Crunch-crunch. Dip. Crunch-crunch. Gone. “Hey, didn’t we have some Peanut Chicken Wraps coming, guys? Hmm… Funny, I thought we ordered those.” Yeah, you could say they’re one of my favorite num-nums.

Thai Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Peanut Dipping Sauce

Thai Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps

When I fall in love with a dish, I feel compelled to find a simple way of replicating it, as closely as possible, in my own kitchen. I don’t like the idea of feeling like I have to go out to eat (not to mention overpay, often times) in order to enjoy one of my faves, especially when it’s something as fresh and easy to prepare as Peanut Chicken wraps. Crisp, cool lettuce greens loaded with succulent, seasoned minced Peanut Chicken, all accompanied with a finger-licking, sweetly-spicy peanut dipping sauce, makes this treat a popular one to serve as an appetizer for many people, or a few. Or maybe even one. Right? Tell me I’m not alone in this, please.

Taste what’s good and pass it on.


Thai Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Thai-Style Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Sweetly Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce
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(Serves about 4)

Thai-Style Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wrap ingredients:

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, poached, cooled and minced in food processor
½ cup roasted unsalted peanuts, finely chopped, 2 tablespoons reserved for garnish
1 clove garlic, pressed through garlic press
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 tablespoon lime juice
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
2 green onions, chopped, 2 tablespoons reserved for garnish
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
¼ teaspoon grated fresh ginger
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon fish sauce
½ teaspoon salt
• Pinch black pepper
1 lime, cut into 4 wedges for garnish
20 Romaine leaves, bottom half of the leaves’ hard “rib” portions removed


-In a medium-large bowl, add the cooked and cooled, minced chicken breasts; next add the remainder of the ingredients, and toss all together until well combined; set aside in fridge while dipping sauce is prepared, and until ready to serve.

Sweetly Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce ingredients: (makes about 1 cup)

½ cup unsalted, natural peanut butter
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
¼ cup, plus 3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons honey
2½ tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1½ tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon Sriracha chili paste
½ teaspoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon peanuts, chopped, for garnish


-In a medium bowl (or a food processor), combine all ingredients and gently whisk together to combine; at first the sauce may look “broken”, but it will come together- just continue to whisk until smooth and creamy; set aside until ready to serve with wraps.

To Serve:

-For 4 individual servings, place 5 romaine leaves on each plate, and divided equal amounts of the Peanut Chicken onto each plate; add an equal amount of dipping sauce to 4 small ramekins and garnish with a lime wedge, chopped peanuts and green onions.

-If serving on a platter “family style”, place the 20 romaine leaves on the platter, and add the Peanut Chicken to a small bowl with a spoon; pour dipping sauce into a small bowl and add a small spoon; garnish the dipping sauce with a sprinkle of the reserved chopped peanuts and green onion; finally, garnish the platter with the 4 lime wedges.

{ 16 comments… add one }

  • Blog is the New Black April 17, 2012, 4:42 am

    I’m sort of “new” to thai food! Imagine? This sounds and looks delicious!

  • Natalie April 17, 2012, 6:36 am

    I love chicken lettuce wraps and these look perfect!

  • Kevin (Closet Cooking) April 18, 2012, 4:54 pm

    Those are some tasty looking wraps! Can’t get enough peanut sauce!

  • Shea Goldstein April 20, 2012, 6:44 pm

    Ok….THAT is sexy delicious. Making very soon. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Cathy Moklebust June 16, 2012, 11:08 am

    Just made this for lunch and it was awesome!!! Any tips on keeping the lettuce wraps a little more neat and tidy whilst eating?

    • thecozyapron June 16, 2012, 6:07 pm

      Hi Cathy, just clasp tightly and hope for the best! I joke; but actually, perhaps try using the more pliable, “leafy” portion of the romaine leaves then, and wrapping it kind of like a little burrito- that may keep ’em tidier. I would recommend that you use whatever kind of lettuce/leaves you prefer—iceberg, endive—that you can even use as a “scoop” for the minced chicken. Glad you enjoyed it otherwise!

  • Christy August 21, 2012, 11:10 am

    Hi there Ingrid –
    Came across your site the other day while looking for a good Thai lettuce cup recipe. These were really good! I fork-shredded the chicken and added a little extra ginger (I used bottled pre-minced) and a sprinkle of coconut sugar too (I halved the recipe, so I’m not sure if my proportions were all correct). I served them with avocado and bell pepper in the cups (but I bet mint leaves would be a good addition too!), and paired them with a coconut milk peanut sauce. Thank you for such a yummy and inspiring treat! These were so easy! Fantastic!

    • The Cozy Apron August 21, 2012, 12:11 pm

      Hi Christy, so glad this recipe could be an inspiration for your own version of this dish — sounds like you added some creative and very tasty flairs of your own! Glad you came by the site, and thanks for taking the time to comment on your own experience making these.

  • Maribel Reyes August 21, 2012, 10:40 pm

    This looks super delicious! I may have to try making it. I have only had Thai food twice, but I thought the taste and mixture of flavors is divine! 😀

  • Lisa April 8, 2013, 5:39 pm

    I just made these tonight !!!! They were absolutely awesome! My boy friend loved them and everyone at the police department was jealous of his dinner! Awesome recipe this will definitely be used over and over!

    • The Cozy Apron April 8, 2013, 10:06 pm

      Lisa, that is great! Thank you so much for coming and sharing that with me – I thought it was awesome that your boyfriend enjoyed this as his dinner at his job at the police department; I kinda feel bad for the rest of those guys, haha! 😉

  • Diana B January 31, 2014, 8:13 am

    This was so good! I think it will be going onto our regular menu rotation after we make a roasted chicken (it’s the perfect use for leftover chicken). My 10 year old wasn’t a huge fan, but I think I’ll just leave off the peanut sauce for him and put some sweet chili sauce on instead. :)

  • Tee February 23, 2014, 3:41 pm

    Made this just today after a friend shared the recipe, I added about 2 cups of finely shredded cabbage and stirred the chicken mixture into it while the chicken was still hot, served it warm. I had mine on top of a pile of shredded cabbage and romaine, salad style, kids and hubby made wraps.. it was all really good and will definitely be making this one again!

    • The Cozy Apron February 23, 2014, 6:24 pm

      Sounds delicious, Tee! So happy to read that the whole family enjoyed this, and I love your take on it, too!

  • Rachel April 13, 2014, 5:13 pm

    Just made these and LOVED them! Used chicken thighs instead of breast. Ended up cutting them into strips, seasoning with salt, pepper and garlic then sauteing in some sesame oil. But otherwise followed recipe and I wouldn’t change a thing! Boyfriend loved them too will certainly make them again. Thank you for sharing!

  • The Cozy Apron April 13, 2014, 7:29 pm

    Hi Rachel, that’s great! I’m sure the thighs were nice and rich and flavorful—perfect for sautéing in some sesame oil. So happy that both you and your boyfriend enjoyed these; I think this is one of those recipes that are not only super flavorful, but actually really healthy and fresh. Thanks for stopping by!

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