Fresh lettuce cups are a delicious low-carb option for lunch or dinner. And this one has an Asian flair. Tucked inside delicate butter lettuce leaves, you'll find a delightful combination of Thai chili, tender turkey, and crispy-crunchy vegetables.

Asian Thai Chili Turkey Lettuce Cups

Serves 4


You’ll Need

  • Ground turkey – 2 lbs.
  • Purple cabbage – 2 cups
  • Yellow onion, diced – ¼ cup
  • Garlic, minced – 1 tablespoon
  • Ginger, minced – 1 tablespoon
  • Carrots, diced – ¼ cup
  • Bean sprouts – optional – ½ cup
  • Sweet Thai chili sauce – ½ - 1 cup
  • Soy sauce – gluten free – 1-2 tablespoon
  • Salt & pepper – to taste
  • Sesame oil – as needed
  • Butter lettuce – for cups – 2 heads

Garnish Options

  • Fresh cilantro sprigs
  • Avocado slices
  • Black & white sesame seeds
  • Sweet Thai chili sweet drizzle
  • Crushed chili flakes for more spice

Method of Preparation

  1. In large pan on medium high heat, add sesame oil, onions, cabbage, and ground turkey. Season with salt and pepper. Cook while stirring occasionally.
  2. Once turkey is completely cooked, drain off any juices or fat.
  3. Add garlic, ginger, carrots, bean sprouts and sesame oil if desired and cook for another 2-4 minutes.
  4. Add sauces and season to taste.
  5. When done, remove from pan and allow to cool in dish.
  6. Once turkey mix (still warm) is cool enough, spoon out ¼ - ½ cup of mix and place in lettuce cups.
  7. Place lettuce cups on plate.
  8. Garnish each cup with garnishments and serve.

Chef Notes

  1. Sweet Thai chili sauce can be found at grocery stores and/or your local Asian market.
  2. To make the dish fancy, swap fresh shrimp for the turkey.
  3. To make soy free, remove soy sauce and use Coco Aminos.
  4. This recipe is gluten free and dairy free.


From the kitchen of Chef Kyle Williams. Bon appetite!