Chicken Satay Lettuce Cups

Whether you’re looking for a fun appetizer or a healthy main course, these chicken satay lettuce cups are the perfect solution. Made with ground chicken, a simple satay sauce, and plenty of fresh vegetables, they’re light, flavorful, and endlessly customizable. Serve them as is, or with a side of rice or noodles for a complete meal.


  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp. grated ginger
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup satay sauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 head Boston lettuce, leaves separated
  • Chopped peanuts, cilantro, and diced cucumber for serving (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, combine ground chicken, onion, garlic, ginger, red pepper, satay sauce, coconut milk, and lime juice.
  2. Stir until everything is evenly mixed and the chicken is well coated in the sauce.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook the chicken mixture until it’s browned and cooked through, about 8 minutes.
  4. To assemble, spoon the chicken mixture into the lettuce cups and top with peanuts, cilantro, and diced cucumber (if desired). Serve immediately.

Potential changes & improvements

There are endless ways to customize these chicken satay lettuce cups. Feel free to add or swap out any of the vegetables according to your preference. You could also use ground turkey or pork in place of the chicken. For a vegan/vegetarian version, try using tofu or tempeh.

What other food it works well with

These chicken satay lettuce cups are delicious on their own, but they’re also great with a side of rice or noodles. For a lower-carb option, serve them over a bed of greens.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake when making chicken satay is using too much satay sauce. This can make the dish too sweet and overpower the other flavors. Another mistake is not cooking the chicken all the way through, which can lead to it being dry and tough. Be sure to cook the chicken until it’s browned and cooked through before assembling the lettuce cups.

Nutritional Information

Serving size: 1 lettuce cup

Calories: 210

Fat: 10 g

Saturated fat: 3 g

Unsaturated fat: 7 g

Carbohydrates: 8 g

Sugar: 3 g

Fiber: 2 g

Protein: 21 g

Cholesterol: 73 mg

Sodium: 562 mg


This recipe contains the following allergens:

  • Chicken
  • Coconut
  • Peanuts

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