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Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps on your table in less than 30 minutes! These Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps are quick and easy, bursting with fresh ingredients, smothered in an unbelievable Pineapple Hoisin Peanut Sauce that is sweet, spicy, savory and 1000X better than takeout! They are healthy, customizable, make ahead friendly and can be served as an appetizer or main course!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 8 lettuce wraps

Ingredients

  • 1 head butter lettuce (approx. 8 leaves)

Filling

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound uncooked chicken breast, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup Matchstick carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple

Asian Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons quality hoisin sauce (like Lee Kum Kee or Kikkoman)
  • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar , more or less depending on how sweet your pineapple is
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste
  • 1 teaspoon scant freshly grated ginger (1/4 teaspoon ground)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Asian hot chili paste or sriracha, to taste
  • Add later:
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter

Ganish

  • 1 cup fresh diced pineapple (or more to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons crushed peanuts (or more to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion (or more to taste)

Instructions

  • Whisk together all of the Asian Sauce ingredients in a medium bowl EXCEPT the peanut butter. Set aside.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add red onions and chicken and cook just until chicken is no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Add peppers, carrots and celery and saute for 2 more minutes. Stir in pineapple and Asian Sauce and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth. Taste and add additional Sriracha/Asian hot chili paste for spicier, brown sugar for sweeter.
  • Fill lettuce leaves with desired amount of filling then garnish with fresh pineapple, green onions and peanuts.