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Spicy chicken lettuce cups recipe

Spicy chicken lettuce cups recipe

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A 20 minute dish, perfect as a light lunch or side with dinner, our spicy chicken lettuce cups are inspired by a Thai larb salad that is usually made with pork. This leaner version uses juicy chicken thigh meat in a sweet and salty soy and chilli dressing, brightened with a mix of fresh herbs and a squeeze of lime juice. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare and 10 mins to cook
  • 343 calories / serving


  • 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
  • 3 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 x 486g pack chicken thighs, boneless and skinless
  • 100g (3½oz) soya beans
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • small handful mint, leaves chopped
  • small handful coriander, leaves chopped
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 little gem lettuce, leaves separated
  • lime wedges, to serve

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    23g 33%
  • Saturates

    5g 24%
  • Sugars

    5g 5%
  • Salt

    1.3g 22%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 5.8g Protein 27.7g Fibre 2.7g


  1. Make a marinade by mixing the chilli sauce, soy and sesame oil. Add the chicken and chill for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the soya beans in boiling water for 3 minutes, drain and refresh in cold water, then set aside.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan. Add the chicken, reserving the marinade, and fry for 5 minutes each side. Transfer the meat to a board and roughly chop.
  4. Wipe the pan with kitchen towel, then add the spring onions and fry with a splash of water for 2 minutes. Pour in the reserved marinade and leave to bubble for 2 minutes, then add the chicken, soya beans, mint, coriander, sesame seeds and stir well. Cut into a thick portion and check that it is cooked through, with no pink showing.
  5. Arrange the lettuce leaves on a plate. Put a spoonful of chicken on each leaf and serve with lime wedges and some rice noodles, if you like.

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