Thai Larb Chicken Lettuce Cups #SundaySupper

     This week #SundaySupper has a very special theme.  We are cooking from Jaden Hair’s cookbook, Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites.  Do you have this cookbook yet?  If not you need to run to get it!  In addition to the Thai Larb Chicken Lettuce Cups, I’ve already made the Spicy Garlicky Tofu and Broccoli and the Chicken-Tofu Pot Stickers.  I have numerous other recipes tagged to make soon.

Steamy Kitchen Healthy Asian Favorites Cookbook

     There are so many things I love about this cookbook.  Most of the recipes are easy to make and they are all healthy!  We love making Asian food so this book was perfect for my family.  The first recipe I made were these incredible Thai Larb Chicken Lettuce Cups.

     Before choosing my recipe for this weeks #SundaySupper I had never heard of Thai Larb Chicken before.  Then I was watching TV the very day I chose the recipe and Bobby Flay was having home cooks make Thai Larb cups!  It was a fun coincidence and I was happy to see how the home cooks made their lettuce cups.

     This recipe is great because it was prepped and cooked in under 30 minutes.  The flavors were wonderful together.  The chiles add a good bit of spice while the lime juice adds a bit of acid and the fish sauce gives it a great flavor.  They lettuce cups were a perfect dinner served with steamed rice.

     Wondering how you can get your own copy of this fabulous cookbook? You can purchase a copy at or see the end of my post for details on how you can win a copy of Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites.

Disclosure:  I was provided with a copy of Steamy Kitchen’s healthy asian favorites for my review.  All opinions are my own.

Thai Larb Chicken Lettuce Cups (Reprinted with permission from Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites by Jaden Hair, copyright © 2013. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.)
1 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil
1/2 pound ground chicken breast
2 shallots, diced
1/4 red onion, diced
1 clove garlic, very finely minced
Minced fresh chiles, Jalapeno or Fresno (amount up to you)
1 tablespoon fish sauce (such as Thai Kitchen)
1/2 lime, juiced
1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 head icebery lettuce, leaves separated into “cups”
1 handful of cilantro and/or mint, cut into chiffonade

Heat a wok or large saute pan over high heat.  When hot, swirl in 1 tablespoon of the oil and add the chicken.  Use your spatula to break up the meat and spread out over the surface of the pan.  Cook until browned, about 3 minutes.

Push the ground chicken to one side of the pan and swirl in the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of oil.  To the oil, add the shallots, red onion, garlic, and fresh chiles and saute the aromatics until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add the fish sauce, lime juice, and soy sauce.

Serve with lettuce cups and herbs.

Note:  I added additional soy sauce and used Jalapeno peppers

Now on to the giveaway!  
Here is how to enter to win. You must do both, #1 and #2, to have an eligible entry:

1. Tell me what your favorite Asian dish is in a comment below – AND – with your twitter handle in the comment. Comment must be posted by 8pm Eastern time today (Sunday, March 10, 2013).

2. Join in the conversation during the live #SundaySupper chat on twitter from 7 to 8pm Eastern Time today (Sunday, March 10, 2013). Your tweet(s) must contain the #SundaySupper hashtag.

The winner will be chosen randomly from the eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email. Note: Giveaway open for United States residents only. Contest ends on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 8pm Eastern Time.

Join the Sunday Supper Team along with Jaden Hair this Sunday at 7pm Eastern Time on twitter, just follow the #SundaySupper hashtag.  We are giving away 20 copies of Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites Cookbook.  You don’t want to miss this week’s #SundaySupper Event!

Here is the list of #SundaySupper Contributors who will be giving away a copy of Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites Cookbook and the recipes they will be sharing:

Tofu-Mushroom Miso Soup 

Crispy Rice Patties

Thai Larb Lettuce Chicken Cups

Miso Cod

Sake Steamed Mussels

Salmon Honey Teriyaki

Korean Beef Bites

Mapo Tofu

Mango Brulee

We are sharing more Steamy Kitchen inspired recipes. The following Sunday Supper Contributors are joining us with some of their favorite recipes from the Steamy Kitchen website:

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Purchase Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites


  1. There is something so wonderful about lettuce cups. Light and tasty with the Thai flavored filling. Yummy!

  2. Yummy, I can’t wait to try these and so many other recipes in this cookbook.

  3. Oh, my gosh, I MUST make these!!! So light, yummy and irresistible!!!

  4. Now I know I must try this recipe… 30 minutes or less and this delicious! Wow!

  5. I’ve been drooling over this recipe since I saw it! Can’t wait to make these!

  6. This is quite healthy looking. It’s a light and nutritious alternative to chicken with bread or pasta.

  7. Aren’t these delish?!?! I was so happy with how wonderful this recipe turned out in my kitchen…I kept sneaking bites from the pan before serving!

  8. Oh man, these are just so, SO yum! I absolutely cannot wait to make them – can’t beat quick and delicious. :)

  9. How funny that you watched Bobby Flay make Thai Larb cups! You were meant to make this recipe! :)

  10. In addition to the appearance of high flavor, low cost, and healthfulness, these cups are so pretty. Fave Asian food: steamed BBQ pork buns. On Twitter: @of_books.

  11. These sound and look so good! ~ Bea

  12. So funny, I saw THIS recipe just a couple days before our event was announced over at White on Rice Couple.

  13. What a great recipe! I love these at some of the local Asian restaurants, and am so glad to see that the ingredients can be found at my grocery store easily! Can’t wait to try!

    And my favorite dish is Mongolian Beef and Twitter is @GourmetDrizzles

  14. Another must make recipe from this great cookbook!

  15. It looks so tasty, and I’m so happy to see how easy it is to make– less than 30 minutes? fabulous!

    My favorite dish is Vegetarian Hot & Soup Soup, but after today I think I might have to try the tofu-mushroom miso… I just might have a new favorite! @FF2FFBlog

  16. We love Asian cooking, our favorite being stir fry since it’s quick and easy!

  17. I love Asian lettuce wraps and this recipe looks delicious! One of my favorite Asian dishes is cold soba noodles that is served with wasabi and scallions. @frogger097

  18. I have never heard of Thai Larb anything before, but they look simple enough. Love the flavors!

  19. That looks like a perfect lunch. I love it!

  20. I absolutely love Chicken & Broccoli over Fried Rice! Could eat it everyday! @CarolYemola

  21. My favorite Asian dish is fried rice. Yes, I know, boring, but good. I love the look of your Thai Larb, which I’ve never tried. Thanks for posting it.

  22. These look great, lady! Not entering your giveaway, just stopping by. Good choice for Sunday supper, for sure.

  23. I really want to try this recipe. It looks amazing.

  24. One of my favorite Thai dishes! Looks delicous!

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