Monday, April 30, 2012

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Honey-Peanut Drizzle

I’ve said before that Mexican food is my #1 favorite.  But coming in as a very close second is Asian food.  Asian food of any kind is food that I will never turn down.  And in fact, I think it’s my favorite cuisine to cook at home.  I often use these flavors for a quick dinner of chicken and vegetables, etc.

We ate dinner out a couple weekends ago and I had lettuce wraps.  Ever since that dinner, I had been craving them.  And the fact is – they are so stinking simple to make at home.  Not to mention they are full of veggies and ingredients that we always have on hand.

I cooked these for a quick weeknight dinner last week and really had no intention of posting them.  And then I decided that they were too good, and too simple not to share.  These will become a regular on our menu for their versatility and big flavors!

The honey-peanut drizzle is a simple sauce that I use fairly often.  It’s a twist on the sauce that I used for this spicy peanut noodles stir-fry, I added a little more spice to the drizzle and I loved it!  The mix of cooked veggies, raw peanuts and the fresh lettuce provides a completely satisfying texture contrast.

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Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Honey-Peanut Drizzle

Yield: serves 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Lettuce wraps full of Asian flavors with a spicy honey-peanut sauce.

Ingredients:

for the tacos:
2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
1 Tbs. olive oil
1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
4 green onions, sliced, divided
1/3 cup carrots, cut into matchsticks
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 (5-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts
1/2 cup peanuts, crushed, divided
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped, divided
1 tsp. Sriracha sauce
1 tsp. soy sauce
1/2 cup cabbage, shredded

8-12 Fresh lettuce leaves, to serve

for the drizzle:
1 Tbs. creamy peanut butter
1 Tbs. honey
1 1/2 tsp. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. sesame oil
1/2 tsp. ginger, freshly grated (or 1/4 tsp. ground ginger)
1/2 tsp. Sriracha sauce
1/4 tsp. sesame seeds

Directions:

Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large non-stick skillet. Saute the yellow onion, garlic, half the green onions, carrots, and garlic. Add 1/4 tsp. salt and stir. Cook the vegetables until they are fragrant and soft, 7-8 minutes.

While the vegetables are cooking, mix the ingredients for the sauce together, cover and refrigerate until serving.

To the veggies, add the chicken, water chestnuts, remaining green onions, half of the peanuts, half of the cilantro, remaining salt, and pepper, Sriracha and soy sauce, and stir well. Allow the mixture to cook for 1-2 minutes more.

Serve the mixture in lettuce cups and garnish with cabbage, remaining peanuts and cilantro, and honey-peanut drizzle.

Cassie's Notes:
To make these vegetarian, simply omit the chicken and add tofu, chickpeas, mushrooms, edamame, etc. in place of the protein.

 

125 Responses to “Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Honey-Peanut Drizzle”

  1. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — April 30, 2012 @ 7:00 am

    You and I would get along juuuuust great when it comes to dining 🙂 I love mexican and asian just about the same amount that you do! These lettuce wraps look DELICIOUS! I love that it has a honey peanut sauce that goes on top. That’s one of my favorite flavors in PB..I always get honey peanut butter 🙂

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      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

      Yes, yes we would. Which means that we need to get together ASAP so that we can stuff our faces!

  2. #
    Joanne — April 30, 2012 @ 7:09 am

    Of all the Asian cuisines out there, Thai is far and above the one I crave the most (i.e. daily) and I am completely enamored with these wraps! Anything with peanut sauce sounds good to me. Definitely need to veg-ify and make these!

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      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

      Thanks Joanne, I think they would be just perfect with tofu!

  3. #
    Kathryn — April 30, 2012 @ 7:36 am

    I love the clean and fresh flavours of these – I’m looking for some healthy dinner alternatives at the moment and this really fits the bill.

    • #
      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

      These definitely fit. And it helps that they are so simple!

  4. #
    Jenny Flake — April 30, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    LOVE lettuce wraps! Yours look delish!!

    • #
      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

      Thank you, Jenny! I have rediscovered my love for them!

  5. #
    Lori @ RecipeGirl — April 30, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    I want these for dinner! Yum!

    • #
      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

      Thanks, Lori!

  6. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — April 30, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    Lettuce wraps rock. If only someone would do all the prep work for me, I’d eat them every day. I want that peanut drizzle like now. Badly.

    • #
      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

      There is a little prep work involved but totally worth it!

  7. #
    Ryan @ Spicy Richmond — April 30, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    You had me at Sriracha.

    • #
      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

      No kidding Ryan! We eat this stuff on everything!

  8. #
    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl — April 30, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    We often make lettuce wraps at home, but I’m totally intrigued by your honey-peanut drizzle. That sounds absolutely to die for! Adding this to my meal plan–thanks!

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      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

      Hope you like it! Thanks, Ashley!

  9. #
    sally @ sally's baking addiction — April 30, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    Cassie, one of my favorite items to order on a menu is lettuce wraps – i get them anytime i see them on a menu! Yours look delicious. you had me at “honey peanut drizzle” 🙂

    • #
      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

      One of my favorites to order too…not sure why it took me so long to make them at home!

  10. #
    DessertForTwo — April 30, 2012 @ 8:41 am

    I adore these at restaurants, but I’ve never made my own. Time to try ’em! Thanks 🙂

    • #
      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

      I’m not sure why I had never made them at home either, so so simple!

  11. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 30, 2012 @ 8:49 am

    I love lettuce wraps and yours look delish, Cassie! Love that you topped ’em with that mouthwatering peanut drizzle and Sriracha sauce. Yum!

    • #
      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

      Thanks so much, Georgia!

  12. #
    Katerina — April 30, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    I cannot choose between Mexican and Asian really. I love both kitchens very much. These wraps look exquisite with all the peanuts and cilantro. Very aromatic!

    • #
      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

      Thank you, Katerina, they are very aromatic, that is for sure!

  13. #
    Courtney — April 30, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    oh yummy these look awesome!

    • #
      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

      Thanks, Courtney! Hope you are doing well…hope we both can make it to a blogKC gathering soon!

  14. #
    Bev Weidner — April 30, 2012 @ 9:16 am

    Oh good heavens, YES.

    • #
      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

      Good heavens is right!

  15. #
    Tracey — April 30, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    I’m not sure how it’s possible, but I’ve never had lettuce wraps in my life! I know I’d love these though so I just might need to finally give them a try. Love the idea of the honey-peanut sauce!

    • #
      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

      Yes, you will love them. They are so versatile!

  16. #
    elizabeth @ chronic venture — April 30, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    mmm lettuce wraps are so good! These look great!

    • #
      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

      Thank you Elizabeth!

  17. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — April 30, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    delicious! i’ve made a version of p.f. chang’s lettuce wraps that we loved, and i can’t wait to try this!

    • #
      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

      P.F. Chang’s lettuce wraps are without a doubt the best. Having those next!

  18. #
    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — April 30, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    I’m a total thai fan. This looks like the perfect at-home, healthy alternative! Yum!

    • #
      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

      Thanks, Caroline! I do love how healthy these are.

  19. #
    Kristen — April 30, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    Don’t these look fab? Lettuce wraps are one of my all time favorites!

    • #
      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

      Thanks Kristen! I have rediscovered how fabulous they really are!

  20. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — April 30, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    Heaven!! Wish I could whip this up for lunch today!

    • #
      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

      I wish I had leftovers for lunch today! 🙂

  21. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — April 30, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    I just adore lettuce wraps! So easy and healthy!

    • #
      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

      We are big fans too…They are all over the place recently too!

  22. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 30, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    Looks fabulous and I love the drizzle ingredients. Any kind of peanut sauce, any which way, you can pretty much count me in!

    • #
      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

      Me too, I’m always a fan!

  23. #
    Erin — April 30, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    I’ve been in a dinner funk lately. But I think this just saved me! Looks so good.

    • #
      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

      Hopefully this will pull you out. They are so quick!

  24. #
    sarah — April 30, 2012 @ 11:03 am

    Love how quick and simple these are. And that peanut sauce sounds perfect! On my must-make list for sure!

    • #
      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

      Thanks Sarah, hope you enjoy!

  25. #
    Mai Nguyen — April 30, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    yum!! lettuce wraps are so light and fulfilling. love it!

    • #
      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

      Thanks so much!

  26. #
    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — April 30, 2012 @ 11:26 am

    I love these! I have a strange obsession with chicken wrapped in lettuce (why is it just so dang perfect???), so these are right up my alley.

    • #
      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

      Absolutely perfect, it is!

  27. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — April 30, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    I’ve been thinking about lettuce wraps lately. I love these! The honey peanut drizzle sounds so good and I love all the veggies!

    • #
      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

      They have sort-of been all over the place. Probably because they are so simple, so good and very versatile!

  28. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — April 30, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    Cassie, I’m totally in love with this. And that peanut sauce looks amazing. I would eat this for dessert.

    • #
      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

      It is definitely dessert-worthy!

  29. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — April 30, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

    Oh I want these for dinner tonight! Love lettuce wraps.

    • #
      Cassie — April 30, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

      We do too! Thanks Carrie!

  30. #
    Nicole {Sweet Peony} — April 30, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

    Yummers! I absolutely LOVE lettuce wraps & that drizzle sounds like perfection! Wonderful! 🙂

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      Cassie — May 1, 2012 @ 10:29 am

      Thank you Nicole!

  31. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — April 30, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

    I’m actually about to make some lettuce wraps right now! Though unfortunately not with chicken 🙁 Love the peanut sauce recipe – ain’t peanut sauce one of the best sauces on the planet?? Great recipe as always. 🙂

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      Cassie — May 1, 2012 @ 10:29 am

      Honestly, I could have taken or left the chicken. I always feel like I never miss it when it’s not there, especially in Asian cooking. Hope you enjoyed yours!

  32. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — April 30, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

    Clearly I need to start having lettuce wraps. I’ve seen so many of them lately and they all look so delicious! Great recipe Cassie.

    • #
      Cassie — May 1, 2012 @ 10:28 am

      I know, they have been all over lately! Thanks Rachel.

  33. #
    Zsofi — April 30, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

    I LOVE lettuce wraps–they are such a refreshing and fresh-tasting meal. The honey peanut drizzle looks like it would take these over the top!

    • #
      Cassie — May 1, 2012 @ 10:28 am

      Aren’t they so enjoyable? Thanks for stopping by!

  34. #
    Zsofi — April 30, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

    ps. Oh, and Mexican is my absolute favourite too!

  35. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — April 30, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    oh yum, these look soooo good! i’ll definitely be making these for dinner one night soon!

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      Cassie — May 1, 2012 @ 10:27 am

      Hope you enjoy Amy!

  36. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — April 30, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

    Yum, I love a good lettuce wrap, especially on a warm evening – wish I was eating one right now! As for the honey-peanut drizzle, delish!

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      Cassie — May 1, 2012 @ 10:27 am

      Yes, they are perfect for warm weather. Thanks so much Laura!

  37. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — April 30, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

    These look amazing Cassie! I love lettuce wraps and it has been far to long since I have had some. Love all the veggies topped with the drizzle! Great recipe! So happy you shared this.

    • #
      Cassie — May 1, 2012 @ 10:27 am

      Thanks so much, Jennifer! Your comments always make me smile!

  38. #
    Steve @ the black peppercorn — April 30, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

    awesome – just awesome. I do not know what I like more – Mexican or Thai??? hmmmm that is a tough one. Love these lettuce wraps Cassie. Healthy and delicious

    • #
      Cassie — May 1, 2012 @ 10:27 am

      Thank you Steve, I know, that is a tough choice!

  39. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — April 30, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

    My mom makes lettuce wraps and I love them! There is quite a bit of chopping involved, but it is so worth the effort. These look great Cassie and the sauce sounds like such a good compliment to the wraps!

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      Cassie — May 1, 2012 @ 10:25 am

      Definitely worth the effort. Thanks Mercedes!

  40. #
    Ramona — April 30, 2012 @ 8:09 pm

    I love lettuce wraps and indulge without any guilt. 🙂 These look fantastic and I love that drizzle. 🙂

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      Cassie — May 1, 2012 @ 10:24 am

      Thank you so much Ramona!

  41. #
    sabrina — April 30, 2012 @ 9:04 pm

    I love this! mmm peanut and cilantro!!! yes please!

    • #
      Cassie — May 1, 2012 @ 10:22 am

      Thanks Sabrina!

  42. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 30, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

    I love, love, LOVE lettuce wraps. I’ve made several different kinds but never with a honey-peanut drizzle. It looks incredible.

    Okay, it’s been bookmarked, pinned, and tweeted. Ah, so many avenues to go through 🙂

    • #
      Cassie — May 1, 2012 @ 10:22 am

      Thank you so much for sharing, you are too sweet!

  43. #
    Holly — April 30, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

    Cassie, I LOVE LOVE LOVE lettuce wraps! Especially the Thai lettuce wraps at the Cheesecake factory! Mmmmmm.. Yours look delish! 🙂

    • #
      Cassie — May 1, 2012 @ 10:21 am

      Thanks Holly. You just reminded me that I love Cheesecake Factory lettuce wraps too…I think it’s been too long since I have been there! 🙂

  44. #
    Baking Serendipity — April 30, 2012 @ 10:49 pm

    These look too good not to share! I think I need to be more confident and dive into Asian cooking. I haven’t tried for such a long time, and when I did in the past it was always a let’s just scrap this and order pizza situation. You’ve totally inspired me though! Starting with this recipe 🙂 Thanks, Cassie!

    • #
      Cassie — May 1, 2012 @ 10:21 am

      I’m glad you liked this recipe. And it really is a great one to try out, and add any veggies that you have on hand. Hope you enjoy Sarah!

  45. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — May 1, 2012 @ 1:37 am

    Great minds think alike! I love Thai food and I posted something Thai today. I’m going to make this next. Looks so good – I probably need double portion. =)

    • #
      Cassie — May 1, 2012 @ 10:18 am

      Great minds to think alike! Going to check yours out now!

  46. #
    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — May 1, 2012 @ 6:54 am

    I love, love, love lettuce wraps. I too have had them on the brain lately. This must be fate, making these a.s.a.p. They look absolutely delicious!

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      Cassie — May 1, 2012 @ 10:18 am

      Thank you, Kim, I hope you enjoy!

  47. #
    Mary — May 1, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    I can and do often make a meal of these. Your version sounds wonderful and I will have to give it a try. I love to visit here. I never leave empty handed and almost always have a new dish or dessert for my family to try. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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      Cassie — May 1, 2012 @ 10:18 am

      Mary, you are a blessing to me. I always love visiting your site too. Thanks for stopping by, and for your sweet comment! xoxo

  48. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — May 1, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    Wow Cassie this looks so fabulous there are no words. I have been wanting to find a good lettuce wrap recipe. Thanks doll!

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      Cassie — May 1, 2012 @ 10:17 am

      I hope you enjoy, it is a winner for us!

  49. #
    Rachel Cooks (formerly Not Rachael Ray) — May 1, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

    I love lettuce wraps, and that drizzle you added looks great!

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      Cassie — May 2, 2012 @ 8:56 am

      Thanks Rachel, that was my favorite part!

  50. #
    Living The Sweet Life — May 1, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    I love lettuce wraps because the possibilities are endless – – I love the addings you used, but your honey peanut sauce *YUUUMMM* it’s making me crave a wrap as we speak!!

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      Cassie — May 2, 2012 @ 8:56 am

      I love how versatile lettuce wraps are. So many ways to change it up!

  51. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — May 1, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

    I love lettuce wraps, they are one of my favorites. Unfortunately they aren’t one of my husbands favorites, so I don’t get them often enough 🙁 He loved the spicy peanut noodle sauce, so I might be able to get these by him!

    • #
      Cassie — May 2, 2012 @ 8:57 am

      My husband actually ate his in tortillas instead of lettuce. We were both happy!

  52. #
    Catalina @ Cake with Love — May 1, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

    oh these look so cute and delicious and flavorful!

    • #
      Cassie — May 2, 2012 @ 8:57 am

      Thanks Catalina!

  53. #
    Jeff — May 1, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

    Those look delicious! An instant summer classic if I have my way! Was there a particular kind of lettuce that you found worked the best? I love how you broke everything down to fit into the wraps, instead of trying to pile in all the ingredients. Yum!

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      Cassie — May 2, 2012 @ 8:58 am

      You are so right, Jeff – summer classic! I just used icerberg because that’s what I had but I think butter lettuce works best; it’s a little tougher so it holds up when wrapping them. Let me know what you think!

  54. #
    JenMarie — May 2, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

    Wow, this looks and sounds fantastic! I can’t wait to try it! That drizzle may get drizzled straight into my mouth!

    • #
      Cassie — May 3, 2012 @ 8:20 am

      Thanks so much. It was definitely my favorite part!

  55. #
    natalie@thesweetslife — May 2, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

    i think i need these–and soon! they sound so perfect for this hot weather we’re having!

    • #
      Cassie — May 3, 2012 @ 8:20 am

      I agree with you! Thanks, Natalie.

  56. #
    Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen. } — May 3, 2012 @ 6:59 am

    I love lettuce wraps but have never made them at home. These are perfect!

    • #
      Cassie — May 3, 2012 @ 8:21 am

      Thanks Katrina!!

  57. #
    Audra@The-Baker-Chick — May 3, 2012 @ 11:07 pm

    I have the angry hunger pains from looking at these at midnight with no snacks around 🙂 I adore thai lettuce wraps and these look amazing!

    • #
      Cassie — May 4, 2012 @ 9:39 am

      Thanks so much Audra!

  58. #
    Evi — May 4, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

    Mexican and Asian are my favorite as well! And lettuce wraps are amazing, easy & light! Perfect for when it starts getting too hot.

    • #
      Cassie — May 4, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

      Exactly my idea too! Thanks Evi!

  59. #
    Deborah — May 5, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    I had some take out Chinese food the other day, and it was not good at all. But this – looks amazing!! Definitely bookmarking this!

    • #
      Cassie — May 5, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

      Thanks Deborah, I hope you like these. I prefer homemade to takeout more and more each time I cook it at home!

  60. #
    Sara — June 17, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

    I made these tonight and they were SO good. The freshness and crunch from the cabbage and cilantro paired so well with the soft warm veggies, and the sauce put it all over the top. I had to made extra sauce, because I enjoyed it so much that I used it all up before I ate all of the chicken filling. Even my husband liked it, and he’s a picky eater. Great recipe.

    • #
      Cassie — June 18, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Sara, I am so glad you liked them. I love that peanut sauce too! 🙂

  61. #
    katie — July 17, 2012 @ 7:25 pm

    One little way to make these even healthier and to cut the fat in the sauce is to use PB2 instead of the peanut butter. PB2 is powdered peanut butter that tastes just like normal peanut butter but is 85% less in fat because they press all the peanut oil out.

    • #
      Cassie — July 17, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

      Fantastic idea…I have some PB2 in my pantry right now! Thanks for sharing!

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