Chicken Satay Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Chicken Satay:

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 1-inch strips
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, for heat)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

For Serving:

  • 1 head of butter lettuce or bibb lettuce, leaves washed and separated
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  • Sliced cucumbers (optional)
  • Sliced red onion (optional)

Peanut Sauce (optional, but highly recommended):

  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Warm water, as needed

Instructions:

  • Marinade: In a medium bowl, whisk together all marinade ingredients until smooth. Add the chicken strips and toss to coat evenly. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, or up to overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Make Peanut Sauce (Optional): Whisk all the peanut sauce ingredients in a bowl. Add warm water a tablespoon at a time to thin the sauce to your desired consistency.
  • Cook the Chicken: Thread the marinated chicken strips onto skewers if desired. Heat a grill, grill pan, or large skillet over medium-high heat. Grill the chicken for 4-5 minutes per side, or until cooked through and slightly charred.
  • Assemble: Place a few pieces of cooked chicken into each lettuce leaf. Top with chopped cilantro, peanuts, and optional cucumber and red onion. Drizzle with peanut sauce if using.

Tips:

  • No skewers? You can cook the chicken right in the skillet without threading it on skewers.
  • Make Ahead: Marinate the chicken in advance and store it in the refrigerator for an easy weeknight meal. The peanut sauce can also be made ahead of time.
  • Customize: Add your favorite toppings, like shredded carrots, bean sprouts, or a squeeze of sriracha for an extra kick.

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