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Spicy Thai Style Lettuce Wraps Recipe Card

Super simple to make Thai lettuce wraps. In this recipe I am using a couple of ingredients that are typical of Thai cuisine: tamarind paste and fish sauce or nam pla. If you can’t find either, you can use lime juice and soy sauce respectively. Although the tastes differ, you will achieve the sourness and saltiness tamarind paste and fish sauce offer.

Course Appetizer/Main Dish
Cuisine Thai
Keyword chicken lettuce wrap, lettuce wrap, Thai flavors
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 6 servings
Calories 164 kcal


Chopped cilantro and diced carrot for garnish

* Tamarind paste can be substituted with equal parts of lime juice and brown sugar.

** Fish sauce can be substituted with soy sauce.


  1. In a non stick skillet on medium, heat the oil, add onions, garlic and cook until translucent. Add the ground chicken and stir breaking it apart.
  2. In a small bowl mix together, pepper, ginger, and brown sugar. Add to the chicken. Mix well
  3. Mix tamarind paste with fish sauce, chili garlic sauce, and rice vinegar. Add to the chicken mixture.
  4. Mix well until fully cooked. Add the sesame oil, and stir to combine.
  5. Serve on lettuce leaves. Garnish with cilantro and shredded carrots.

Recipe Notes

Frequently asked questions:

  • How long can I store the chicken filling in the refrigerator? Once it has completely cooled you can store it in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
  • Can I freeze the cooked chicken filling? Yes, wrap it tightly in a freezer bag after it has cooled. You can freeze it for 2-3 months when properly stored. Be sure the expel the air from the freezer bag to help prevent freezer burn.
  • How do I reheat the chicken? Reheat the chicken in the microwave for 2-3 minutes and stop to stir every 30-45 seconds until hot. Once reheated do not cool and store again in the refrigerator, consume it right away. So only reheat the amount you will consume.


Nutrition Facts
Spicy Thai Style Lettuce Wraps Recipe Card
Amount Per Serving
Calories 164 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 65mg22%
Sodium 797mg35%
Potassium 493mg14%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 900IU18%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.