Spicy Chicken Lettuce Cups


Spicy Chicken Lettuce Cups // www.acozykitchen.com

I’m pretty sure this has been the first year where I actually do a big time spring cleaning. Most years I just fantasize about spring cleaning, wishing I was one of those super organized people with a label-maker and the energy to organize everything. But most of the time, organizing overwhelms me. This year, as in this past Saturday, I took action and murdered three of the most disorganized, embarrassing closets I’ve ever had in my life.

I called them the “death closets” because if you opened them, who knows what could happen. An avalanche of stuff might just pour out, crushing you to death. Death closets.

They’re gone, now. They don’t exist. The only thing that exists are three very tidy closets, ridden of all of the junk they were holding; junk I didn’t need, use or like. UGH, BE GONE.

Have you done any spring cleaning? I swear it’s good for your soul.

Spicy Chicken Lettuce Cups // www.acozykitchen.com

These thing-ies. These lettuce cups are literally what I eat nearly every single night. I know that may seem like an outrageous claim but it’s not.

I eat them because they’re healthy and delicious and spicy. They’re the perfect 15 minute dinner that you can eat by yourself at the end of a warm day. That’s not a glamorous picture, but it’s a real one.

Spicy Chicken Lettuce Cups // www.acozykitchen.com

The first step I do is make a rub for the chicken. This is important! A little bit of salt, a good amount of cumin, ancho chile pepper and ground coriander. I rub the chicken with the spice mixture and sear it on both sides. Chop it up and cook it one more time and place it in the lettuce cups.

I have the biggest attitude about skinless, boneless chicken breasts (I’ll always go for the dark meat), but I swear these turn out really moist and super delicious. The marinade is what helps for sure.

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Spicy Chicken Lettuce Cups

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  • 1 tablespoon McCormick Gourmet ancho chile powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Gourmet ground cumin
  • Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet ground coriander
  • 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 corn on the cob
  • 2 small vine ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, diced
  • 1 small shallot, diced
  • Juice from 2 lemons, divided
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 head of butter lettuce, you'll use about 6-8 pieces of lettuce


  • In a small bowl, mix together the ancho chile powder, ground cumin, 1 teaspoon sea salt and ground coriander. Sprinkle the chicken's both sides with the mixture and set aside.
  • Using a grill or the grate of your gas stove, place the corn atop the flame to char for 2 to 3 minutes, rotating it every so often so it gets an even char. Remove from the grate and cut off the kernels.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the charred corn kernels, diced tomatoes, jalapeño, shallot, juice from 1 lemon and a few pinches of salt. In another small bowl, add the diced avocado and juice from 1 lemon. Mash up with a fork, until smooth, and add a few pinches of salt to taste.
  • In a medium skillet, set over moderately high heat, add a tablespoon of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the chicken and cook on the first side for 1 to 2 minutes, until browned; flip the chicken and cook on the opposite side for an additional 2 minutes. Turn the heat down to medium low. Remove the chicken and quickly dice (a pair of tongs in one hand and a knife in the other help make this go very quickly!) it up and return it to the pan, adding more oil if needed. Cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Remove
  • Divide the pieces of lettuce among plates. To assemble, place a few spoonfuls of chicken into each lettuce cup. Top with a tablespoon of the tomato mixture and a dollop of guacamole.
Serving: 2g
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  • Reply ATasteOfMadness May 20, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I have never tried lettuce cups, but I think I would eat them every night if I was more aware of these. Yum!

  • Reply Elizabeth May 19, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Always love a twist on chicken lettuce cups! So easy & great for a light refreshing spring/summer meal.


  • Reply Francesca May 15, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    I <3 spring cleanery. I try and make it so all my clothes fit in a medium-sized luggage… that way everything is super fresh and i actually wear it. Plus our peanut-sized apartment doesnt really allow for much more.

    Except these lettuce cups. Noms

  • Reply Sophie May 15, 2014 at 6:59 am

    This looks like such a tasty dinner idea! I’m now super hungry…


  • Reply Eileen May 14, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Cleaning isn’t always the most fun activity ever, but I agree that it is super satisfying! I just feel better if there isn’t a lot of clutter around. And cleaning out easy-to-ignore closets is a major accomplishment! Yay! These chicken cups sound perfect for a cool meal on a hot day, especially with that beautiful guac on top. 🙂

  • Reply stephanie @ iamafoodblog May 14, 2014 at 11:38 am

    i love lettuce cups and i LOVE that shovel spoon!!!

  • Reply Holly Henderson May 14, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I love that teeny tiny trowel.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 14, 2014 at 11:41 am

      I picked it up in Little Tokyo–it was too cute to pass up!

  • Reply sandra May 14, 2014 at 10:15 am

    these sound perfect. I need to make lettuce cups more – and make it an every day thing. perfect for the summer!

  • Reply Sarah Y. May 14, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Love this idea! Affordable and easy… my kinda meal. I love that you add charred corn to the guac. Could also swap out red cabbage for butter lettuce. Has a pretty color and could be less expensive.

  • Reply Allie || 6000 miles to home May 14, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Eating gluten & dairy free lately has made me feel a lot better – this is a perfect recipe to add to my go-tos! http://6000milestohome.blogspot.com

  • Reply Rachel May 14, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Cook the chicken one more time and place it in the perfect what?! AHH I must know! Looks delicious!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 14, 2014 at 8:57 am

      Haha whoops! Late night writing! All fixed. It’s just lettuce cups, is that a letdown?

      • Reply Rachel May 21, 2014 at 10:23 am

        lol no that I just what I thought it would say!

  • Reply dishing up the dirt May 14, 2014 at 8:04 am

    I love a good lettuce wrap and these sound wonderful.

  • Reply Kelly Jo May 14, 2014 at 7:57 am

    These lettuce cups are so cute! And just the kind of easy weeknight meal I’ve been looking for. Cant wait to try!

  • Reply Caitlin Jean May 14, 2014 at 3:22 am

    I’ve done 4/6 rooms of spring cleaning after moving in 5 years ago. Feels great to purge.