Coconut Curry Chicken in Lettuce Cups

Coconut Curry Chicken in Lettuce Cups

Coconut Curry Chicken in Lettuce Cups

There are some flavours that I just can’t get enough of and one of them is coconut curry!   What I love about this combination, is the versatility. Change up your curry paste or powder from Thai to Sri Lankan to Indian and you experience a world of flavours. Throw in some apples, mango, or pineapple and the dish morphs into something new and exotic. And almost any protein source is fabulous in a coconut curry: shrimp, chicken, beef, fish, and even tofu all love the combination of coconut and curry!

This recipe uses Thai yellow curry paste. I don’t often cook with yellow curry paste, most often opting for the hotter red or green version, but I was so happy when I tasted this dish, that I did a little dance! The more mellow personality of the yellow curry really compliments the softer nature of the butter lettuce. One of the things that I love about this recipe is that you could serve the chicken many different ways. Throw it into a wrap with some rice, lettuce and cucumbers; wrap it in larger lettuce leaves or make it into a very exotic chicken sandwich! I’m sure that I am only scratching the surface of the possibilities.

Tonight I am excited to bring a giant platter of this dish over to Angie’s Fiesta Friday because I’m pretty sure the gang will appreciate my favourite flavour combination.  If you haven’t yet visited the hottest blog party in the blogosphere, I implore you to do so! Every Friday, we race over to Angie’s to mingle and share our favourite recipes, music, photos, poetry or whatever we please. Once you have visited, there is no turning back!!  Tonight we have the good fortune to have two very gracious,  and talented  bloggers  as co-hosts.  Let’s give a round of applause for Sylvia a@ Superfoodista and Margy @ La Petit Casserole! 

I found this recipe in Taste Magazine. Again, I am unsure of the date, as I ripped it out of the magazine long before I dreamed I would ever have a blog.


Coconut Curry Chicken in Lettuce Cups

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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2 inch piece fresh lemongrass stalk, inner white part only

1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 shallots, finely sliced

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

2 tablespoons Thai yellow curry paste

1 cup coconut milk

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into ¼ inch cubes

salt and pepper to taste

½ cup coconut, freshly grated or unsweetened shredded

¼ cup cilantro leaves

8 butter lettuce leaves, washed and dried

2 green onions, thinly sliced

1/3 cup peanuts, roasted and unsalted, roughly chopped

1 bird’s eye chili, thinly sliced (optional)

1 lime, cut into wedges


Bruise lemongrass by hitting it with the dull side of a knife, then mince very finely.

Heat coconut oil in a large sauté pan, over medium-high heat. Add shallots and garlic and sauté just until fragrant, about I minute.

Add lemongrass, curry paste and coconut milk and cook for 2 minutes to allow flavours to mingle.

Add the chicken and cook until the chicken is tender and the sauce has thickened, about 10 minutes. If the sauce gets too thick, add a little water to thin it out.

Remove from the heat and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir in the coconut and cilantro.

To serve, divide the chicken among the lettuce leaves and sprinkle with green onion, peanuts, and sliced chili, if using. Serve with lime wedges and do a little dance!





58 Responses to “Coconut Curry Chicken in Lettuce Cups”

  1. Andrea Giang | Cooking with a Wallflower

    I looove Thai curry. And your version looks so delicious. But I have never had curry in a lettuce wrap before. I’ll have to give it a try soon. Another recipe to go onto my increasingly long list of recipes to try. Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday! Happy 4th of July!

  2. Sue

    I love lettuce cup dishes with any filling! Never seen with a coconut curry, but thank you for bringing!!!

    • chefjulianna

      I agree. I just had another really spicy one in a restaurant last night and I found that the lettuce really cuts the heat. It was nice!

  3. Fae's Twist & Tango

    I can only imagine how flavorful and mouthwatering fragrance this dish has. Fusion of all these ingredients with nutty crunches in every bite. Yum!

  4. Margot

    I love a good yellow chicken curry Julianna and this one to be wrapped up in lettuce leaves sounds really wonderful!

  5. lapetitecasserole

    Julianna it looks amazing and I’m it’s sure super tasty with coconut flavour ! I love the lettuce cups, thanks for bringing this to FF!

  6. Arl's World

    Sounds very appetizing, I have not had this dish …looks like I better hurry and get in line. 😉 Happy 4th weekend Chef Julianna!!

  7. Sylvia

    Wow Julianna, what a precious and flavorful recipe! I really love the idea of using lettuce for a healthy wrap. The filling sounds absolutely delicious, all the flavors I love, as I am a big fan of Thai food 😉 Thanks for bringing this to the party, it’s absolutely perfect, great finger food for the crowd 😉 Hope you had a good time at FF too! hugs, Sylvia

    • chefjulianna

      Hey Slyvia! Of course I’m having a good time at FF!! How could I not, especially with you and Margy co-hosting! Thanks to both of you for keeping us all happy. This has been an awesome party! Have a great week. 😀

      • Sylvia

        Hi Julianna, great you had a good time! 😉 It was so much fun co-hosting!! I have a quick question, did you get my reply to your comment to my 4th of July post? I think after the switch to self-hosting no one is getting my responses, so I just wanted to double-check 😉

      • chefjulianna

        Hi Sylvia. Yes, I did get the reply to my comment. Sometimes I get a big confused because I get responses back in the notifications and sometimes in my emails, so it may just be me,bouncing all over the place to where the communication is coming in. I need to figure out how to streamline all of the commenting and responses :/

      • Sylvia

        Hi Julianna!! ok, perfect! Then I am glad this function is working out! I was worried my responses wouldn’t get transmitted and what would be the point of them, right? 😉 I read the comments on the WP App on my phone (and at very few occasions also respond here, like now 😉 but when I have many comments, I prefer to go to the comments page in my dashboard and work on them from there. I feel this gives me the best overview and I can track better what I already reaponded to and what not 😉
        Thanks again & hugs

  8. petra08

    I love chickpeas, I love coconut milk, I love curry, what a lovely combo! 🙂 Like you I love to add new things and change the flavor and I love the sound of your curry. It looks so delicious 🙂

      • petra08

        hi Julianna

        I think we do! 🙂 I am still to make your pineapple and fish dish, the kitchen should be done by the weekend (fingers crossed) and then I will start organizing and cooking properly! 🙂

  9. thebrookcook

    Wow! This looks absolutely gorgeous & delicious!! I can’t have enough coconut curry either 🙂 I’ll let you know when I try your version… yummmmm

  10. Jhuls

    Curry!! I am glad you have brought this, Chef Julianna! I haven’t eaten chicken curry in weeks and I am craving now. I would use a take out, please. 😀

  11. Suchitra

    Love the coconut curry chicken. I like the idea of using lettuce leaves to serve.
    I totally agree that once you visit fiesta friday you are hooked:)!

  12. strictlydelicious

    Gorgeous styling on these photos Chef Julianna! I loooove curry too, and especially its versatility! I really like your idea of curry in lettuce wraps! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Liz

    The presentation and photos are awesome. I love the recipe as well. Thanks for sharing!


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