Spicy Thai Peanut Lettuce Wraps

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Sometime around July, when we start getting into the real dog days of summer, I lose my desire to cook (or eat) hot food. It’s like my internal thermometer suddenly hits “gazpacho and salad season” and there’s no turning back until the fall. These Thai inspired lettuce wraps are a quick and easy dish to prepare, perfect light fare for picnics or barbecues. The sauce is an adaptation of my mother-in-law’s fantastic peanut sate sauce that she learned from a Thai cook in Tokyo. The recipe makes more than enough for the wraps and dipping and once you try it you’ll be glad you have extra to keep in the fridge for dipping.

Prep time: 1 hour 15 min (including 1 hour pickling time)
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total time: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Yield: 8 lettuce wraps

Spicy Thai Peanut Lettuce Wraps


Spicy Thai Peanut Lettuce Wraps Ingredients - Peanut Butter & Co. The Heat Is On Peanut Butter

Spicy Thai Peanut Lettuce Wraps - vegetables

1/2 cup carrots, julienned
1/2 cup Kirby cucumbers, julienned
4 radishes, julienned
1 cup rice wine vinegar

4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 medium red onion, minced
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons ginger, minced
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/2 cup The Heat is On Peanut Butter
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
3 tablespoons ketchup
2/3 cup hot water
Lemon juice, to taste
Lime juice, to taste
Sriracha, to taste (optional)

1 1/2 pounds pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cooked and shelled edamame
8 large leaves of Red Boston lettuce (or your favorite large leafed lettuce)


1. Spread carrots, cucumber and radishes at the bottom of a medium size casserole dish or pan. Pour rice wine vinegar over the vegetables. Toss vegetables to coat and spread them out and set aside to pickle for at least an hour.

2. In a medium skillet heat three tablespoons vegetable with sesame oil. Add red onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and ginger to onions and stir to incorporate then stir in red wine vinegar and brown sugar. Cook until caramelized then remove from heat. Stir in The Heat Is On Peanut Butter, soy sauce, ground coriander, and ketchup. Add hot water and stir in quickly to thin the sauce. Add lemon and lime juice to taste and Sriracha sauce, if you like your peanut sauce spicy. Pour sauce into a medium bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.

3. In a medium bowl mix all purpose flour with salt. Cut chicken into thin strips and dredge with flour. In a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and coat pan. Add floured chicken and cook in batches until chicken is browned and cooked through. Remove chicken from heat and cool on a large plate.

4. Wash lettuce leaves and carefully pat dry with a clean dishtowel or paper towels—since you’re making lettuce wraps you’ll want to make sure that your lettuce leaves remain intact. Divide chicken into 8 portions and layer on top of the lettuce leaves, then layer each leaf with pickled vegetables and sprinkle edamame on top. Top with peanut sauce and roll wraps. Assemble wraps just prior to eating and serve with additional sauce on the side for dipping. Cover and refrigerate any leftovers.

Spicy Thai Peanut Lettuce Wraps - Assemble wraps just prior to eating and serve with additional sauce on the side for dipping

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9 Responses to Spicy Thai Peanut Lettuce Wraps

  1. Jenney says:

    I love Thai food! these wraps sound amazing!

  2. Jennifer says:

    I would make this!

  3. kate lyn says:

    def. saved this to try! pretty excited!

  4. Jessica of My Baking Heart says:

    Looks amazing… and perfectly healthy! I vote for these! 🙂

  5. Angela Hawkins says:

    This looks delicious!!! I can’t wait to try this out with my “special someone”!

  6. Nicole J. says:

    This looks delicious! I bet I could get my husband to go for them by spicing it up with some Thai chili paste. The use of the Boston bib instead of another variety adds great color and makes it kid friendly.

  7. amy says:

    oooohhhh I would make this one!!!!! My husband and I love thai food!!!! I think i might just have to make this tonight

  8. Lori Stilger says:

    These get my vote – I’d definitely love to try them. My family LOVES lettuce wraps – and I love peanut sauce. 😀 Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  9. Debra P says:

    I would definitely make this for myself! I love thai lettuce wraps and this looks like a healthy delicious version that I would love to try! I love the ingredients and the hot and spicy peanut taste is a winner!

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Spicy Thai Peanut Lettuce Wraps