Thai Lettuce Cups
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Thai Lettuce Cups

Spicy chicken, flavoured with lime, garlic, and ginger served in lettuce cups and sprinkled with peanuts
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Thai inspired
Servings: 4 as an appetiser
Calories: 223kcal
Author: VJ


For the sauce

  • ½ cup Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Lime Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Fish Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cornflour

For the Chicken

  • 2 large Chicken Breasts (minced)
  • ½ teaspoon Ginger Paste or use the equivalent amount of fresh grated ginger
  • 2 cloves Garlic (crushed)
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Chilli flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Coriander (chopped)
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Mint (chopped)
  • 2 Tablespoons Peanuts (chopped) salted are fine (these are optional but give an authentic taste)
  • ½ small Red onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil for frying the chicken
  • Baby Gem or equivalent Lettuce Leaves for serving
  • Salt to taste for the chicken


  • Mix the ingredients for the sauce in a small mixing bowl until the sugar has dissolved, and set aside. See Note 2.
  • Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and add the garlic and ginger and fry gently for 1 minute. Do not allow the garlic to brown or it will become bitter.
  • Add the chicken mince and fry over a gentle heat. Break it up with a wooden spoon and stir until it turns white and is cooked through. Add salt to taste.
  • Add the lemon juice, chilli flakes, red onion, coriander and mint leaves and stir through.
  • Add the sauce and stir through. Allow to simmer gently for a minute or two until the sauce has thickened.
  • Serve in Lettuce leaves, garnished with chopped peanuts (optional) and extra chopped mint


Adjust the chilli to your own taste.
This dish can be served as a starter (as per the recipe above), or you can serve it as a main meal over rice.  In this case, you will need to increase the ingredients for the sauce as follows:
  • 1½ cups water
  • 3 Tablespoons Lime Juice
  • 3 Tablespoons Fish Sauce
  • 1½ Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornflour
The calories have been calculated based on this dish being served as a started to 4 people, and are for 1 serving.