Spicy-Sweet Chicken Lettuce Cups

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Spicy-Sweet Chicken Lettuce CupsRecipe
Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Ginny Branch


A quick vinegar soak keeps the chicken moist and intensely flavorful in this light dish.
Serves 6 (serving size: 2 lettuce cups)


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2 cups cider vinegar
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons sliced serrano chile
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 small garlic clove, crushed
1 cup matchstick-cut carrot
1 1/2 cups shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast
1 1/2 cups shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken thigh or drumstick
12 butter lettuce leaves
24 English cucumber slices
6 tablespoons dry-roasted peanuts, chopped
1/4 cup torn fresh mint


Hands-on: 25 Minutes
Total: 40 Minutes

1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil; cook 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in carrot; let stand 10 minutes to soften. Add chicken to carrot mixture; let stand 5 minutes. Drain and discard liquid.

2. Place about 1/4 cup chicken mixture in each lettuce leaf, and top each lettuce leaf with 2 cucumber slices, 1 1/2 teaspoons peanuts, and 1 teaspoon mint.

Created date

January 2014

Nutritional Information

Calories 147
Fat 7 g
Satfat 1.4 g
Monofat 3.2 g
Polyfat 1.6 g
Protein 17.5 g
Carbohydrate 4.7 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 58 mg
Iron 1 mg
Sodium 265 mg
Calcium 25 mg