Spicy Lettuce-Wrapped Chicken

Photo: Anne Liles

Crisp cups of Bibb lettuce envelope jalapeno-spiked chopped chicken thighs in these appetizer servings of Spicy Lettuce-Wrapped Chicken.

Yield: Makes 8 appetizer servings
Recipe from Coastal Living

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  • 2 heads Bibb lettuce
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 1 red Fresno pepper or jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • Pepper-Lime Dressing
  • Garnishes: fresh cilantro leaves, chopped peanuts


  1. 1. Core lettuce, and soak in cold water 15 minutes. Drain; separate leaves, and set aside.
  2. 2. Place chicken in food processor, and pulse until coarsely chopped or minced. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken, and sauté, stirring often, 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Stir in shallots and next 3 ingredients. Stir in Pepper-Lime Dressing.
  3. 3. To serve, spoon chicken mixture into center of lettuce leaves, and garnish, if desired.
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