Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Chicken Lettuce Cups Print Recipe Print Recipe


Getting back into the workforce, and finding meals that are 1. Easy 2. Healthy and 3. Make good leftovers are key. In the first three full days that I’ve worked,  I don’t get home until about 6:30 after picking up the kiddo. Then it’s all about him – feed and bedtime routine. Last night I stood over the kitchen counter (basically scarfing) a chicken salad right out the container. I was starving, clearly. I did have the intention of making a real dinner, but before I knew it, it was 10pm and I was getting ready for bed.

And that’s only ONE kid. Hot damn, how do you mom’s do it?? A stiff drink? Just kidding.

I think I’m kidding.

I’m sure I’ll get into a routine eventually, but grocery shopping and cooking seem nearly impossible at the moment. But whatever, I totally love my new job.



Before I started working (back in the corporate world), I was cooking through Jaden’s “Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites”. I don’t have much experience with any sort of ethnic Asian /ethnic food (aside from eating it), so this book was a great starter guide for me. Everything I’ve tried in her book is easy and so delicious.

This and the Kung Pao chicken are our favorites and have become a go-to in our family. Back in the day, as in high school, I always ordered chicken cups from PF Changs. When saw this recpie in her book, I immediately threw a sticky on the page. It was perfect! We ate it for dinner, lunch and was a lifesaver for when my in-laws stopped by during lunch hour the following day. I had made a double batch, which is the reason for all the leftovers.


Healthy Chicken Lettuce Cups

Recipe from Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites

serves 4

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  • 1 1/2 tablespoon cooking oil, such as Canola or Vegetable
  • 1/2 pound ground chicken breast
  • 2 shallots, sliced
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, very finely minced
  • Minced fresh chilies or jalapeno – more or less depending on how hot you like it
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, leaves separated into “cups”
  • 1 handful of cilantro & mint, cut into finally chopped


Heat a wok (or large saute pan) over high heat. When hot, swirl  1 tablespoon of oil and add the ground chicken. Use your spatula to break up the meat and spread out of the surface of the pan. Cook until browned, about 3-4 minutes.

Push the ground chicken to one side of the pan and swirl the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of oil. To the oil, add the shallots, red onion, garlic, and fresh chilies and saute until fragrant, about 30-60 seconds. Add fish sauce, lime juice and gluten-free soy sauce.

Serve with lettuce cups and herbs.



*gluten-free  *dairy-free




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  • Amina from PAPER/PLATES

    This looks delicious, perfect for a summer patio dinner!

  • Lauren @ The Highlands Life

    This looks so good! I need to make these soon.

  • Aggie

    I need to make this. I’ve been craving easy light dinners, and my kids would eat this too so winner!!

  • Katie @ Mom’s Kitchen Handbook

    Can’t wait to make this…impressive that you are managing job + baby + sharing this lovely post with us all. Thank you Lisa!

  • Katie

    This is a perfect Florida summer dinner! So nice meeting you this past weekend at BHF!

  • Heather Christo

    I love this recipe! I make it too! You are doing an amazing job juggling girl!

  • Jaden Hair

    Thank you so much!! xoxo

  • shelly (cookies and cups)

    We are huge lettuce cup/wrap people over here. I am absolutely going to try these! Pinned!

  • Rebecca @ Body Power Fitness

    Yum! Just got some chicken out to defrost & will make a variation of this for dinner tonight! I love getting these at places like PF Changs, but have never made them at home before.

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles

    This looks like a perfect recipe for summer – light yet full of flavor. My family loves lettuce wraps, can’t wait to try this! And it was so good to see you in Austin, you look fabulous, Mama!!

  • Diane {Created by Diane}

    looks delicious