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Thai Chicken Peanut Lettuce Tacos

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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!

More Lettuce Wrap Recipes:

Thai Chicken Peanut Lettuce Tacos

4.95 from 38 votes
7
Cals:252
Protein:25
Carbs:18
Fat:12
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!
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!
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 40 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 2 lettuce tacos

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.

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Nutrition

Serving: 2 lettuce tacos, Calories: 252 kcal, Carbohydrates: 18 g, Protein: 25 g, Fat: 12 g, Saturated Fat: 0.5 g, Cholesterol: 96 mg, Sodium: 567 mg, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 9 g

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144 comments on “Thai Chicken Peanut Lettuce Tacos”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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    Alexis Hiller

    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!

  4. 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! 

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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!

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    David Meltcher

    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! 

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    Marilyn Heath

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

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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!! 

  13. 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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