Thai Basil Chicken Lettuce Cups

Can you tell how much I love Thai food? I mean… I do realize that a large chunk of our recipes here are Thai but, it’s just SO good. Not only is it freaking delicious, but I really love how easy it is to make and how flavorful it is while only using clean ingredients (or at least that is how I do it in my kitchen)! This Thai Basil Chicken Lettuce Cups recipe here is a favorite weeknight meal over at our household. The Thai Basil Chicken Lettuce Cups are so simple to throw together and takes no time at all! 


  • Thai Chicken and Basil Lettuce Cups
    Serves 3
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    Total Time
    30 min
    Total Time
    30 min
    1. 1 cup packed basil leaves (thai basil or sweet basil is fine)
    2. 1 lb. ground chicken breast
    3. 2 shallots, peeled and finely diced
    4. 1/2 red bell pepper, seeds/stem removed and finely diced
    5. 2 green onions, thinly sliced
    6. 2 tbsp. avocado or olive oil
    7. 2 cloves of garlic, minced
    8. 2-6 birds eye chilies, thinly sliced (2 for mild, 4 for medium, 6 for spicy)
    9. 2 tbsp. red boat fish sauce
    10. 2 tbsp. lime juice
    11. salt and pepper, to taste
    12. 1 head of butter lettuce
    1. Heat 2 tbsp. of oil over medium high heat in a large skillet. Add the diced shallot and diced red bell pepper, saute for 2 minutes. Add the garlic, saute for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
    2. Add the ground chicken to the skillet and using the back of a spoon, break up the meat and cook meat until it is just cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. Season that meat with salt and pepper.
    3. Turn heat down to low. Add your sliced birds eye chilies and green onions. Roughly chop your basil and add that in as well.
    4. Now add your fish sauce and lime juice. Stir in and cook 1-2 more minutes. Serve in lettuce cups, enjoy!
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