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Recipe: Asian Chicken in Lettuce Cups

Instead of ordering Chinese takeout, try Asian Chicken in Lettuce Cups!

Traditional Chinese takeout is full of empty carbs, sodium, and potentially toxic fats. Then there’s MSG and other preservatives, which can cause their own health issues.

Bypass the paper menu and make these delicious lettuce cups at home instead! They’re quick and easy, coming together in about 20 minutes.

There’s something so appealing about a meal that doesn’t require utensils: just roll lettuce leaves around the savory, peppery chicken filling and dig in! Serve with brown rice and steamed veggies on the side for a filling Asian feast.

Asian Chicken in Lettuce Cups


October 23, 2017

Forget Chinese takeout! Make this incredibly tasty, gluten-free recipe at home and enjoy healthy Asian flavors without any dairy, preservatives, or MSG...

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yields: 3 Servings


1 tbsp toasted sesame oil

1 lb organic free-range chicken thighs

1/2 tbsp grated fresh ginger

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 celery stalks, finely chopped

3 green onions, thinly sliced

1/2 medium red bell pepper, cut into 1/4" dice

1 carrot, finely chopped

1/4 chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds

2 tbsp lime juice

2 tsp fish sauce

8 Boston lettuce leaves


1Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until very hot.

2Add the chicken, ginger, garlic, celery and cook, breaking the chicken into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon, until it is starting to brown and cooked through, 7-8 minutes.

3Transfer to a bowl and in the remaining ingredients except lettuce.

4Heat a pan on low to medium heat and toast almonds for 5 minutes, while constantly moving around in pan. Cool.

5Divide filling between lettuce leaves, top with remaining vegetables and toasted slivered almonds, serve.

Originally published in The Virgin Diet Cookbook, Grand Central Life & Style, 2014

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size5oz (388g)
Total Fat 27g
Saturated Fat5g
Trans Fat0g
Total Carbohydrates14g
Dietary Fiber5g

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