March 10, 2013

I have to admit: Asian flavors are one of my biggest weaknesses. I can’t get enough of them. I absolutely love whipping up stir fry, lettuce wraps, and the like in my kitchen. The flavors, the multitude of fresh veggies…you can’t go wrong.

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I was SO excited when Jaden Hair (of Steamy Kitchen) released her newest cookbook: Healthy Asian Favorites. The book is packed with recipes that are quick to create, are fresh in flavor, and easy enough for even novice cooks. I’ve already read the book cover to cover and marked many of the recipes for my to-try list. They are beautiful yet simple, and I can’t wait to continue trying them all out!

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I’m beginning with Thai Larb Chicken Lettuce Cups. I adore a good lettuce wrap, and these absolutely did not disappoint. You can serve these up as an appetizer/snack, or go big with them as an entree (which is what we did…yum)!

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I loved how easy these wraps were to create: just a few simple ingredients yielded a ton of flavor. I doubled this recipe to make a large batch which would feed a group, but the recipe listed is perfect for a snack/appetizer sized portion. I highly recommend you try them out yourself!

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And guess what – today I am giving away one of Steamy Kitchen’s cookbooks to one of my readers! To enter, follow these instructions:

Tell me what your favorite Asian dish is in a comment below!

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 Monday, March 11, 2013 at 4pm Eastern Time.

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Thai Larb Chicken Lettuce Cups


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

1/2 lime, juiced

1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce

1 head iceberg 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.

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.

Make sure to visit Steamy Kitchen on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. You can purchase your own copy of the book on the Steamy Kitchen website.

Steamy Kitchen Healthy Asian Favorites Cookbook

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


Make sure to check out the other Sunday Supper offerings from Steamy Kitchen this week!


Tofu-Mushroom Miso Soup 

Crispy Rice Patties

Thai Larb Chicken Lettuce 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:



46 Responses to “Thai Larb Chicken Lettuce Cups for #SundaySupper”

  1. Hezzi-D says:

    We had these as an entree too and it was plenty. I loved the flavors of this dish. Yours look delicious!

  2. Yum I can’t wait to make these. I have made a few different lettuce wraps, but the spice in these sounds perfect.

  3. Renee says:

    I’ve ordered lettuce cups/wraps so many times when I’m at a Thai restaurant and have yet to make them at home. So great to have an easy recipe so I don’t have to go out to get them.

  4. Oh my goodness, you have me drooling…. what awesome pics! It was so great to see you this week!

  5. Your photos are simply gorgeous! I can practically smell these cooking!

  6. Alaiyo Kiasi says:

    I’m having so much fun looking at all the versions and interpretations of Jaden’s recipes. Yours is stunning!

  7. Heather @girlichef
    Twitter: girlichef

    I absolutely cannot wait to try these! I was so torn on what I wanted to make in the beginning…and now I’ve realized that I want to make every single recipe. Ha! Yours look great :D

  8. I know! Aren’t Asian flavors the best?! Your lettuce cups look perfect! Love this!

  9. Bea says:

    These look and sound amazing! I cannot wait to try this recipe!

  10. Diana @GourmetDrizzles says:

    These look incredible! Love the photos, and how the cilantro shines through… one of my FAV things, and glad Asian cooking uses it so much!

    My fav. dish is Mongolian Beef and Twitter is @GourmetDrizzles

  11. Liz
    Twitter: thatskinnychick

    LOVE these! And I am SO excited that we’ll get to meet in Florida!

  12. I think we’d try these as an appetizer– I could see them being gone in a flash! So good looking!

    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

  13. Such a great recipe! And your photos are gorgeous!

  14. These would make a perfect lunch! Your photos are great!

  15. Shannon says:

    Wow Katie! Your photos and this recipe look so amazing! I am sitting here on a dark and dreary day and looking at your photos just brought on the thought of warm sunny days when a light meal like these Thai Larb Chicken Lettuce wraps would be a perfect meal! Thanks for bringing some sunshine to my day!

    One of my favorite Asian meals is cold soba noodles served with wasabi and scallions. Looking forward to the #SundaySupper chat tonight! @frogger097

  16. Yum! I love lettuce cups, and these look wonderful! Definitely would have to double the recipes, because I would eat way more than my fair share :)

  17. Donna says:

    This really looks good, and it’s so simple. I’m putting it on the to-do list.

  18. Carol Yemola says:

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

  19. Anne says:

    My favorite Asian Dish is fried rice. Yes, not very imaginative, I know. Love the lettuce cups–they look simple but different!

  20. Kim Beaulieu says:

    Oh my gosh these are fantastic. I must try this recipe.

  21. Your Thai Lard Chicken Lettuce Cups from Healthy Asian Favorites looks fantastic. Love the accent and kick cilantro adds…And you’ve arranged it in such a pretty fashion =)

    I’m looking forward to referring to the recipe in my own copy of the cookbook because I won Heathy Asian Favorites today. Yippee!

  22. Amy @ The Nifty Foodie
    Twitter: niftyfoodie

    I love lettuce wraps and these look so good!

  23. Wendy says:

    My favorite asian food is spicy chicken and broccoli.

  24. Sarah says:

    Oh wow…how do I choose! I LOVE pretty much ANY kind of Asian food. But I would have to say my favorite is Drunken Noodles…OR Pho Noodle Soup. This cookbook looks amazing!

  25. Sarah says:

    Now I am totally in the mood for Thai. But then again, I can eat Thai morning noon and night! Gorgeous dish!

  26. Liz says:

    Without a doubt my favorite Asian dish is Crab Rangoon! I could eat my weight in the fried dumplings… YUM

  27. Gina Stratos says:

    Favorite Asian dish would be steamed dumplings filled with just about anything. Also a sucker for pad thai.

  28. barbara says:

    Love the pot stickers! And these lettuce wraps are to die for :)

  29. Jenni2 says:

    Just finished dinner and just loved the lettuce cups. Very healthy and satisfying. I used turkey instead of chicken. I am new to your site, so glad I found you!!!

  30. Kathy says:

    My favorite Asian dish is Massaman curry.

  31. Susan says:

    I’m not always crazy about Thai food, but these are seriously calling my name. Might just have to tone down the amount of chilis!

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