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Not your ordinary tacos – these Thai chicken lettuce tacos are spicy and exotic, made with my light peanut sauce which I make with PB2 (powdered peanut butter) sriracha, ginger and spices. To balance out the spice, I chose to serve these in crisp cool lettuce wraps but tortillas would work great too!

Not your ordinary tacos – these Thai chicken lettuce tacos are spicy and exotic, made with my light peanut sauce which I make with PB2 (powdered peanut butter) sriracha, ginger and spices. To balance out the spice, I chose to serve these in crisp cool lettuce wraps but tortillas would work great too!Thai Chicken Peanut Lettuce Tacos

Replacing tortillas for lettuce is a great way to make tacos even lighter or even gluten. A few more I love Steak Lettuce Taco Wrap, Turkey Santa Fe lettuce Wraps, and Laotian Chicken and Shrimp Larb.

A few months ago while visiting Asheville, NC with my friend Sandy (such a great food scene there!) we stopped for lunch at the White Duck Taco Shop, a creative taco joint where we had Bulgogi Tacos, Bangkok Shrimp Tacos and Duck with Mole Tacos.

Not your ordinary tacos – these Thai chicken lettuce tacos are spicy and exotic, made with my light peanut sauce which I make with PB2 (powdered peanut butter) sriracha, ginger and spices. To balance out the spice, I chose to serve these in crisp cool lettuce wraps but tortillas would work great too!
What do food bloggers talk about while eating lunch together? Well we talked about food, recipes ideas, and decided we were going to come up with our own creative taco recipes and share them together. Well it took longer than we hoped, but finally today we are both sharing our fun unique spin tacos. Check out Sandy from The Reluctant Entertainer’s Black Bean Tacos with Roasted Salsa recipe here.

And if you’re in the mood for Thai without the guilt, you’ll love these spicy peanut chicken lettuce tacos! Enjoy and happy Taco Tuesday!

How To Make Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce wraps are low-carb, keto, gluten-free and low calorie, and don’t interfere with the flavors of the filling. A few tips when making lettuce wraps:

  • Look for lettuce leaves that are large enough to hold the filling. I like to use iceberg lettuce for larger cups. Romaine lettuce and baby romaine are also great.
  • The leaves of butter or boston lettuce are smaller, but also wonderful.
  • If you prefer, you can turn this into a big chopped salad by simply serving this over a bowl over chopped lettuce.
Not your ordinary tacos – these Thai chicken lettuce tacos are spicy and exotic, made with my light peanut sauce which I make with PB2 (powdered peanut butter) sriracha, ginger and spices. To balance out the spice, I chose to serve these in crisp cool lettuce wraps but tortillas would work great too!
Not your ordinary tacos – these Thai chicken lettuce tacos are spicy and exotic, made with my light peanut sauce which I make with PB2 (powdered peanut butter) sriracha, ginger and spices. To balance out the spice, I chose to serve these in crisp cool lettuce wraps but tortillas would work great too!

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Not your ordinary tacos – these Thai chicken lettuce tacos are spicy and exotic, made with my light peanut sauce which I make with PB2 (powdered peanut butter) sriracha, ginger and spices. To balance out the spice, I chose to serve these in crisp cool lettuce wraps but tortillas would work great too!
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Thai Chicken Peanut Lettuce Tacos

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252 Cals 25 Protein 18 Carbs 12 Fats
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Lunch
CUISINE: Chinese, Japanese
Not your ordinary tacos – these Thai chicken lettuce tacos are spicy and exotic, made with my light peanut sauce which I make with PB2 (powdered peanut butter) sriracha, ginger and spices. To balance out the spice, I chose to serve these in crisp cool lettuce wraps but tortillas would work great too!

Ingredients

For the Peanut Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp PB2, or 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon Sriracha chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce, use Tamari for gluten free
  • 1/2 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

For the Chicken:

  • cooking spray
  • 16 oz ground chicken
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha chili sauce, more or less to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce, use Tamari for gluten free
  • 3/4 cups shredded carrots
  • 2/3 cup scallions, chopped
  • 3/4 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 2 tbsp chopped peanuts
  • cilantro leaves, for garnish
  • 4 lime wedges
  • 8 iceberg lettuces outer leaves

Instructions

  • Make the peanut sauce; in a small saucepan combine chicken broth, PB2, 1/2 tablespoon sriracha, honey, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger, and 1 clove crushed garlic and simmer over medium-low heat stirring occasionally until sauce becomes smooth and thickens, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat a large non-stick skillet or wok over high medium until hot.
  • When hot, spray with oil and sauté the chicken until cooked through and browned, breaking it up as it cooks; add the sriracha, remaining garlic and ginger and saute 1 minute. Add the tablespoon of soy sauce, cook 1 minute.
  • Add the shredded carrots, and 1/2 cup of the scallions and sauté until tender crisp, about 1-2 minutes. Set aside.
  • Divide the chicken equally between 8 lettuce leaves, top each with shredded cabbage, remaining scallions, drizzle with peanut sauce, chopped peanuts and cilantro, for garnish and serve with lime wedges.

Nutrition

Serving: 2lettuce tacos, Calories: 252kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 96mg, Sodium: 567mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 9g
Blue Smart Points: 6
Green Smart Points: 6
Purple Smart Points: 6
Points +: 7
Keywords: asian chicken lettuce wraps, chicken lettuce tacos, chicken lettuce wraps, how to make lettuce wraps, Thai Chicken Peanut Lettuce Tacos

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134 comments

  1. Loved it!!! Was licking the plate. Left off sriracha but the sauce and lime added such rich flavor. Also didn’t have lettuce so just ate off the plate and didn’t even miss it!

  2. Delicious!!! I thought I would need 4 tacos but I had 2 and I was so satisfied! So fresh and bright. 

  3. If I had one complaint it would be that most of your recipes don’t fit on one page for printing. 😢

  4. SO DELISH!!! perfect recipe as is, no alteration required. Thank you for inspiring the a great family dinner!

  5. I can only comment on the peanut sauce. I made it to compare with another recipe. This has great flavor but the texture was a lot more liquid then I had wanted. So I added maybe another 2 T of the PB2 peanut butter. But then had to add more of the other stuff. But it has a nice flavor. I’d never hesitate using this again.

  6. Thoughts on using almond butter? Just curious since that’s what I have on hand. 

  7. These are so delicious, one of my favorites!

  8. Loved these! Great flavor and I even forgot the peanuts and cabbage. Light and delicious with a kick!

  9. I’ve made this several times, now, and it’s always a hit. With four teens! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. This was my first foray into using PB2 and I was very pleasantly surprised! Made just as written, except husband is allergic to chilis so sriracha came after on top, and we only had pre-chopped lettuce. I can’t believe how healthy and flavorful this was for so few calories!

  11. Low carb or keto recipes only
    Thank you..😁

  12. I love these this recipe!! My partner and I are trying to eat less meat so I made it with cooked green lentils and it tasted just as good as ground meat.

  13. Decided to make these after having something similar at Lazy Dog and was still craving that taste. These are now my favorite meal prep for lunch- I could probably eat them everyday!!  Plus it was so quick to whip up. I knew it would be good since I was practically licking the sauce out of the pan. I used Better’n Peanut Butter since I didn’t want to buy PB2. It does add a point per serving when put into the WW Recipe Builder.  This has great flavor and the perfect amount of spice. I like my food very spicy though.  So if you aren’t into heat you may want to tone down the sriracha.

  14. How much chicken and sauce per wrap? I made it all ahead of time and don’t have enough eating to divide equally into 8.

  15. Really delicious. Spicy but such great flavors. It was a hit with my husband and I. He ate the leftovers before I could even pack them for lunches the next day!

  16. Question: Would I be better off to substitute Thai chili dipping sauce or Frank’s if I am out of Sriracha? Thanks for the help! 

  17. I added red pepper flakes to the sauce to make it hotter, and served on chopped lettuce (instead of taco style), was great. I would make this as a salad again and add fried wontons on top to add more crunch.

  18. This was amazingly good!

  19. Delicious!! Ate it without the additional toppings and didn’t even miss them!

  20. Yum! This was delicious & easy, will definitely make again

  21. Delicious!  I doubled the recipe so my family could have leftovers and everyone loved it!  Perfect for dinner or as a lunch.

  22. Wow! One of my favorite for sure! Splurged with real peanut butter and it was so delicious! 

  23. We love this recipe!!! My daughter could eat this every day! and with the low calorie count, that wouldn’t be a problem 😉 The only thing I did a little different, was adding some soy sauce or some of the peanut sauce to the chicken while cooking because it seemed to be too dry. This is very good and so easy!

  24. This recipe is delicious!!! Thank you Gina!

  25. Awesome recipe!  Had this printed out for a while and we finally got around to making it. This was so easy, so quick and so good. Even the cleanup was minimal! Another great one by Gina! 

  26. This was awesome! Even my picky husband said, “wow!” I loved the spicy and sweet combo. It definitely satisfied our Thai craving!

  27. Amazing! I used ground turkey because I had it on hand, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. I loved it. My 9 yr old enjoyed the flavor, even helped me cook, but it was a bit too spicy for her. Good thing we served it with sliced cucumbers as suggested in the recent meal plan!

  28. Delicious!

  29. WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!! SO GOOD. MY 12 YR OLD PUT THE SAUCE TOGETHER WHILE I PREPPED THE CHICKEN AND THE WHOLE MEAL CAME TOGETHER SO EASILY. DELICIOUS!

  30. This recipe is fantastic!! My husband and I went on our honeymoon to Thailand a few months ago and I felt like I was right back there eating this!! Thank you!! 

  31. Huge hit! Even my super picky bf loved them and had 2nds. Kids enjoyed as well, not too spicy for them. Delicious. Will make again.

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  35. Making these tonight…very excited! So glad you got to experience White Duck. Love those tacos. Native Ashevillian here ?

  36. I just entered the ingredients into the WW recipe builder and I calculated a serving at 2 points. Any idea why? 

  37. This was delicious! A little spicy for my children, but thank goodness they didn’t eat it because Mom and Dad were fighting over the last one! I used chopped chicken thighs instead of ground chicken.

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  39. I made this last night and it was amazing! My man is still raving about the peanut sauce. I will definitely be making this often!

  40. I made this tonight and I was so pleased! So tasty and satisfying. I didn’t add the peanuts because I forgot , but I did add a little fish sauce and fresh basil along with the cilantro. I served it with seasoned black beans cooked with a tea spoon of coconut oil – delish!!

  41. So delicious. Restaurant quality at its’ best. I made it with shrimp tonight but look forward to making it again very soon with chicken. Thank you Gina

  42. So delicious. But I’m not clear on how your calculating the free style points. I’m getting 13 for the entire dish. The only ingredients that I see that have points are the peanut butter, the honey and the chopped peanuts. Please tell me where I’m figuring wrong.  

    • Most ground chicken at the store has dark meat included which has points. Search ground chicken in the tracker. But if you know it’s ground chicken breast then that may change the calculation. 

  43. Didn’t tell my family I used PB2 and no one was the wiser. Really delicious.  

  44. This was a delicious recipe. I will definitely make this again and again. Thanks for sharing.

  45. Wonderful! My husband thought these were the best chicken lettuce wraps he’s had. Used real peanut butter and didn’t have sriracha so substituted harissa in the sauce and lemongrass paste in the chicken mixture. Otherwise stuck to the recipe. So delicious and another thing I loved was that I’m usually obsessed with having things piping hot but I just put the meat mix in a serving bowl then used the same skillet to do a veggie stir fry. Bottom line lots of prep but relatively little clean up and a great healthy meal.

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  49. Gina, Gina, Gina! You have done it again! We loved these! They are so beautiful too, with the colors! I couldn’t find the PB2, so used regular peanut butter. I’ll keep searching for the PB2 because these are definitely going into the Taco Tuesday rotation! Thanks Gina!

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  51. Hi Gina! Would this work with ground venison? I have a lot of venison I need to use and was looking for a healthy thai lettuce wrap. My husband and I LOVE your cookbooks and all your recipes so thank you! 

  52. Loved this, the sauce is to die for! I didn’t have fresh ginger, so used powdered, broccoli stem instead of cabbage and I used ground pork instead of chicken. A winner for sure! Will definitely add to the rotation of regulars.

  53. Do you know what the Saturated Fat is on this?

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  55. Making these tonight and SO excited! I just put it into the recipe builder on Weight Watchers and got a different SP value. Did you use ground chicken or ground chicken breast?

  56. I don’t like spicy food what can I use in place of sriracha sauce??

  57. 1 – I will have to try these. They look totally delish!
    2 – I’m totally having White Duck for dinner tonight. I’m on my to Asheville for work. Thanks for mentioning it… yum!

  58. Super delicious. One of the best things I’ve made in ages. 
    Thank you!

  59. I made these tonight for the first time and they were amazing!! it’s easily one of my 3 favorite meals from this site!!!

  60. Made these for dinner tonight using ground chicken breast (personal taste preference), and they were so good! Cannot wait to eat the leftovers for lunch tomorrow. I will definitely be making these again!

  61. These rocked! My mom showed me your website, and everything so far has been delicious, but these taco’s were fantastic! I already had chicken breasts on hand, so I just minced them as best as I could and it turned out great. The lime as the topper really freshened everything up, and tamed the siracha! (I used more than the recipe) A+ from me!

  62. We made this tonight and it was fantastic! We used broccoli slaw in place of the cabbage and carrots – mixing in with the chicken to cook and then served it on a mixture of raw broccoli slaw and shredded lettuce. Will definitely make again!

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  64. We loved this! Even my junk food junkie teenager said, “This is so weird. It should taste this good.” I especially appreciate being able to toy with the “heat”. I’m not a fan of spicy, but the rest of my family goes overboard. The peanut sauce made it easy to satisfy everyone. We added brown rice in our wrap/taco.

  65. We loved this! Even my junk food junkie teenager said, “This is so weird. It should taste this good.” I especially appreciate being able to toy with the “heat”. I’m not a fan of spicy, but the rest of my family goes overboard. The peanut sauce made it easy to satisfy everyone. We added brown rice in our wrap/taco.

  66. Just made this for dinner tonight and they were the best lettuce wraps I’ve ever had. Thanks for sharing!

  67. I tried this tonight with shredded instead of ground chicken since that’s what I had. I was afraid it wouldn’t work (I looked in vain for comments, hoping someone else had tried it first!) but surprisingly it did – I just needed to add 1/2 cup of chicken broth to get all the other flavors to mix in. Very good, thank you!

  68. This looks amazing! I have a peanut allergy, do you think I can use almond butter? I am not worried about the taste, more so the consistency? Would you recommend 3 TBSP still?

  69. I wonder how firm tofu to substitute ground chicken would taste like? 

  70. Does anyone know how long to cook in slow cooker? I think these flavors infused in slow cooking would be great. 

  71. Thank you so much for another ah-mazing recipe. I made these tonight exactly per the instructions and we devoured them. Another keeper!!! 

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  73. I have made this probably 10 times 🙂 I love it and so does my fiancé (and he's kinda picky when it comes to meals that aren't steak or seafood). The sauce is killer, so I double the recipe so I have plenty for leftovers or to dip veggies in or whatever!

  74. Does anyone know the amounts of the meat filling or the peanut sauce to get to 6 WW smart points? The recipe only says two tacos – but not how much of each (i.e. 1/2 cup, 1 tsp, etc.)

  75. AMAZING! This was a huge hit at dinner tonight!

  76. What's PB2?

  77. Can I just leave out the sriracha sauce w/o it affecting the dish too much? Also, the recipe says "chicken and noodles" but I don't see noodles on the ingredient list or anywhere else?

  78. I've been obsessed with this recipe for months and finally went to make a double batch for lunches this week when I realized that tacos are not exactly the most lunch bag friendly food…
    I ended up using the peanut sauce and the cabbage to make a coleslaw and topping it with the cooked chicken. It came out delicious and easy to pack in my lunch!

  79. Just made these for dinner tonight and they were delicious!! Easy too. I currently have a cast on one hand, so my husband's doing most of the cooking. He was a little tired tonight and didn't want to cook, but I persuaded him to help me make these and he was so glad he did. You're the best, Gina!

  80. This is definitely on my dinner menu this week! I may add some lemongrass and lime leaves.

  81. Do you have a substitute for the PB? Have a peanut allergy in my house, but would love to make these!

  82. So good! My boyfriend and I love to make these. My boyfriend made these tacos for a healthy food recipe competition at work and these tacos won! Thank you so much!

  83. Delicious! We'll be making this again soon!

  84. This was amazing! I made mine as a salad instead of wrapping it in a lettuce leaf and added some mandarin oranges on top for some added sweetness.

    Thanks so much for the recipe 🙂

  85. Ground poultry typically gives me the heebie jeebies, but I went out on a limb and was pleasantly surprised. Once the meat was loaded up with all the toppings and the peanut sauce and siracha I couldn't even tell I was eating ground chicken. My kids ate everything without complaint and even my husband admitted it was really good. *He shares my ground poultry aversion and cursed when he originally saw the package of ground chicken come in the door. Great recipe. Thanks Gina!

    • So happy!!

    • Agree about the ground chicken…but the peanut sauce, the seasonings and all the veggies transformed a bland food into a grand dish. Since I used half the honey called for in the sauce, I added some shredded fresh apple to boost the sweet flavor and fiber of the chicken. Stir fried it with the veggies. Eating a bowl right now and savoring every bite! That peanut sauce rules. Doubled it to have enough to toss on otherwise simple salads or zip up roast chicken. Thanks Gina!

  86. This looks really good! In the recipe you say for the chicken and the noodles, what noodles are you talking about?

  87. Made this tonight with my best friend! We used Frank's instead of siracha… It was delicious!!!

  88. I had some extra baked chicken breasts that I cut up in cubes tossed in the sauce. I added the veggies and this was a great low carb dinner! Great recipe (as usual)!

  89. Was so good Gina!

  90. I made these last night- they were phenomenal! My boyfriend was worried how they'd turn out so ordered Pad Thai and liked my dish 1000 times better

  91. These look amazing. I'm adding it to my Real Food Meal Plan next week!

  92. This was amazing. The sauce is to die for- It's going to be my "go to" for veggie dishes in the near future 🙂

  93. I'm thinking the peanut sauce is making this more flavorful. Ah! The sweet and exciting tastes of Thai dishes. I fell in love with their dishes when I visited their country. Other than it's tasty, it's healthy too. They may have added more sugar or honey to their recipes, I know it can't do good to my healthy (read it from this article from iwbodywraps.com by the way), but so far, i even lost one size in a couple of months. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  94. I was planning on making baked Thai egg rolls on Monday night with a curried cauliflower soup, so finding a skinny taste filling for the wonton wrappers is awesome! I know the wrapper will add a few more calories than just lettuce, but I live overseas and lettuce is not always available and/or trustworthy!

    Thank you!

  95. Wonderful recipe! Made it for dinner last night and both my husband and I absolutely loved it. Thanks for a different sort of taco Tuesday!

  96. How was the White Duck Taco Shop? Did you eat anywhere else in Asheville to make note of? I live about 1 1/2 hours from there and am planning to go soon!

  97. Hmm…I've been wanting to make something like this. Perfect timing! I'm going with real PB though…dont have the powdered.

  98. It's been so long since I've made a lettuce wrap. This one is right up my alley.

  99. Looks wonderful! I love options like this for 'low carb' meals!

  100. Delicious. I'd love to make these for appetizers, too! So fun to post our taco recipes today, Gina! Hugs!

  101. Those….tacos *drool*

    And I have PB2 butter, yarr! So good that you can use it for sweet and savoury dishes 🙂 This looks absolutely delicious! x

  102. Such a beautiful chicken salad. Catherine

  103. My boyfriend can't have Siracha because all the brands. Can find contain sulfites. Do you think gochujang sauce would work instead? It's a sweet spicy Korean red pepper sauce.

  104. Very light dinner or lunch, great recipe:)

  105. I love using lettuce cups and feel that pork always goes so well with it too!

  106. Definitely adding these to our Taco Tuesday rotation!! That peanut sauce is sooo creative with the PB2!

  107. Are the points plus the same whether you use PB2 or peanut butter? Thanks!

  108. This looks and sounds amazing, deffo putting on my list!

  109. Great Low Carb Dinner! Ill have to forego the soy sauce, but other than that this looks great!

  110. Totally yummy! thanks

  111. This looks really good.
    I'm thinking the filling could be re-heated and take for lunch

  112. yummm I cant wait to make these…I put my leftovers of your buffalo chicken and bean chili in lettuce wraps all the time so good