Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps


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These Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps with a mango avocado slaw topping are legit out of this world!

Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps from (@whatsgabycookin)

Let’s get right into it today. I love a lettuce wrap. Yes, they are messy but who cares. They are fun to eat, easy to make and HEALTHY which is exactly what I’ve been craving this past week. They are light, bright, super flavorful and a little bit smoky because of the chipotles in adobo. These Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps work as dinner or a heavy appetizer. Just lay everything out on a giant platter and let people DIY their own creations.

It’s also great because while the recipe below says to marinate for 1-4 hours, you technically could get away with marinating these in the morning before you head off to work… and then cooking once you get home! You’re welcome 🙂 And if you can’t get your hands on mango, you could use peaches, nectarines, or anything flavorful stone fruit that’s at the peak of it’s season! Always thinking of how to make your lives easier! Have at it!

Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Gaby Dalkin
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For the Chicken:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3-4 chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 10 boneless skinless chicken thighs cut in half

For the Lettuce Wraps:

  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • 2 mangos cut into thin strips
  • ½ red onion thinly sliced
  • ½ orange bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 2 avocados thinly sliced
  • fresh mint
  • fresh cilantro
  • 1-2 limes juiced
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  • Put the ingredients for the marinade in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Coat the chicken thighs in the marinade and refrigerate for 1-4 hours.
  • After marinating, Heat an indoor or outdoor grill to about 400 degrees F (medium high heat). Place the chicken onto the grill and grill 5 to 6 minutes per side, until the chicken is cooked. Remove the chicken from the grill and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile - clean the butter lettuce and separate it into cups.
  • Combine the mango, red onion, bell pepper, avocado, mint, cilantro and lime juice in a bowl and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Assemble the lettuce cups with a piece of chicken, a few tablespoons of the topping and serve with extra limes if needed.
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    • Joann

      Don’t see a recipe for the dressing……Whats the dressing?

    • Gaby

      no dressing! Just the chicken, topping and a squeeze of lime juice if needed!

  2. Georgia

    How many servings does this make? Some sites which have chicken thigh recipes note 2 per person but since we are cutting these in half would it actually serve 2 (halved) for a light lunch and 4 (halved) for a more substantial meal? They look delicious by the way and will be great over the next couple of days as I dream about warmer weather here in the extreme freezing weather alert here in Canada!!

    • Gaby

      I usually allow for 3 per person – so it would serve 4!!

  3. Monika

    These look delicious and flavorful! Gorgeous colors! I can’t wait for spring!!!

    • Gaby

      don’t you think we’d be best friends with her??? I mean, I can’t even handle how awesome our girls nights out would be

  4. Aggie

    Mmmm love these! I need more lettuce wraps in my life. And I love Chrissy Tiegen! I follow her on Instagram, need to check out her Twitter. Great recipe.

    • Gaby

      isn’t she the best!! so glad I’m not alone in my love for her 🙂

  5. Erin | Well Plated

    Peanut butter pie totally gets a free pass! I heart chipotle everything, and this little lettuce twist you have going looks resolution perfect (and like it would leave me room for just one more slice of pie).

  6. naomi

    The lettuce wrap – LOVE! Clean eating or not, it’s how I prefer mine–so much more crisp and fresh!

  7. Alyssa

    I made these for dinner tonight and they were sooo delicious and such a hit! However, I didn’t have access to a grill and instead used the stove top. This didn’t change anything and they were still so yummy! Thanks for the great idea!

  8. Megan L

    I saw these of the Real Food Whole Life blog, and I can’t stop thinking about them. I’m adding them to my menu for next week, and I seriously can’t wait!!!

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  10. Margaret

    I made these for dinner tonight. When I went to pulled out my chicken I realized I was out. I used the last earlier in the week and didn’t realize it was my last. I substituted fish instead. First time I made them. They were delicious. Full of flavor-spicy, crunchy, sweet, cool, refreshing…I could go on. Can’t wait to try with chicken next time because there will be a next time.

  11. Monika

    I love simple and tasty. This is perfect! I need to remember to do this more often!!

  12. Helen

    Gaby – if you made these with chicken breasts, not thighs, how many breasts would you use – or how many pounds?