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Thai Ground Chicken Lettuce Cups

These Thai ground chicken lettuce cups are a super simple dinner that is packed full of flavor and perfect for a light summer meal. Ground chicken mixed with ginger, lemongrass, fish sauce, soy sauce and sprinkled with chopped peanuts and lots of cilantro. You’ll love these lettuce cups!

These Thai ground chicken lettuce cups are a super simple dinner that is packed full of flavor and perfect for a light summer meal. Ground chicken mixed with ginger, lemongrass, fish sauce, soy sauce and sprinkled with chopped peanuts and lots of cilantro. You'll love these lettuce cups!

Ok, wait. How is today Friday? This whole holiday falling on Tuesday and taking off the Monday left me with a REALLY long weekend and a REALLY short week. Listen, I’m not complaining I just feel like this week went crazy fast and I did about zero real work.

For real. I was sitting on my couch last night watching my 12th episode of The Mindy Project and all of a sudden “Oh crap, tomorrow is Friday and I haven’t written my post yet.” THE WORST. Sometimes I just want to crawl into my bed instead of writing my post BUT then you wouldn’t get this gem of a post. 

These Thai ground chicken lettuce cups are a super simple dinner that is packed full of flavor and perfect for a light summer meal. Ground chicken mixed with ginger, lemongrass, fish sauce, soy sauce and sprinkled with chopped peanuts and lots of cilantro. You'll love these lettuce cups!

I’m not one of those low carb diet types of people but I have started counting my macros and I have had to start paying attention. You know what I noticed? I really like carbs. Mostly pretzels because they are hella crunchy and I could eat a whole bag in one sitting. So I make a few cuts where necessary.

In this case, those cuts are in the form of lettuce vs. tortilla. Honestly, I think the lettuce works WAY better here anyway. They are crunchy, light and pair perfectly with the meaty goodness that is this Thai-flavored ground chicken mixture. PLUS it means I can eat almost 1/2 pound of meat and not feel guilty because it’s wrapped in lettuce so it’s basically like eating a salad – right?

These Thai ground chicken lettuce cups are a super simple dinner that is packed full of flavor and perfect for a light summer meal. Ground chicken mixed with ginger, lemongrass, fish sauce, soy sauce and sprinkled with chopped peanuts and lots of cilantro. You'll love these lettuce cups!

I actually majorly crave salad in the summer so this type of meal is exactly what I crave. I think these Thai ground chicken lettuce cups could also totally work with ground beef, pork or turkey but you know I have a major crush on ground chicken. Not like a weird unhealthy crush just an “OMG THIS WOULD TASTE AWESOME WITH GROUND CHICKEN” crush.

Plus it’s way cheaper than all the other ground proteins so that makes it even baller in my book.

These Thai ground chicken lettuce cups are a super simple dinner that is packed full of flavor and perfect for a light summer meal. Ground chicken mixed with ginger, lemongrass, fish sauce, soy sauce and sprinkled with chopped peanuts and lots of cilantro. You'll love these lettuce cups!

{Looking for even more delicious light summer chicken recipes? Try my Summer BologneseChili Mango Lime Grilled Chicken ThighsCrispy Chicken Apple Cabbage SaladHoney Mustard Hummus Chicken SaladPesto Chicken Caprese Pasta or my Thai Chicken Burgers}

Thai Ground Chicken Lettuce Cups

Thai Ground Chicken Lettuce Cups

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These Thai ground chicken lettuce cups are a super simple dinner that is packed full of flavor and perfect for a light summer dinner. Ground chicken mixed with ginger, lemongrass, fish sauce, soy sauce and sprinkled with chopped peanuts and lots of cilantro. You'll love these lettuce cups!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 5 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemongrass
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon grated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons minced mint
  • 1 head bibb lettuce, outer leaves carefully removed, washed and pat dry
  • 1/4 cup minced peanuts

Instructions

  1. In a large 12-inch skillet add olive oil and set over medium-high heat.
  2. Once the oil is hot add the ground chicken and cook for about 5 minutes to start browning the meat all while breaking up the meat with a spatula.
  3. Add in the green onions, grated lemongrass, grated ginger, grated garlic, and chili garlic sauce.
  4. Continue cooking until the meat no longer looks pink.
  5. In a small bowl whisk together lime juice, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, fish sauce, and dark brown sugar.
  6. Pour into the meat mixture, stir to combine and cook just the mixture has thickened slightly.
  7. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro and mint.
  8. Place out your bibb lettuce leaves and fill each leaf with some of the ground chicken mixtures.
  9. Sprinkle the top with minced peanuts.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 363Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 1212mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 31g

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Krista

Sunday 9th of July 2017

Light, healthy, and Thai flavors! I am always in!

Sandi G

Saturday 8th of July 2017

These look like a delicious healthy meal. I will have to find that butter lettuce at the farmer's market tomorrow.

Jennifer

Saturday 8th of July 2017

So glad you motivated yourself to getting this post done because my stomach says thank you! This looks delicious!

carrie @ frugal foodie mama

Saturday 8th of July 2017

These look so light & flavorful! Totally adding this recipe to the weekly meal plan soon. :)

Patricia @ Grab a Plate

Saturday 8th of July 2017

I like the way you think with your swapping! These looks so good, I'm sure I wouldn't be able to stop at one...or two. YUM!

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