Chicken Lettuce Cups
on Jul 29, 2022, Updated Jan 03, 2024
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You will never have dry and boring leftover chicken again. These are the creamiest pickle juice and chicken lettuce cups. This low-carb lunch or dinner is a ☁️ dream. Not only is this recipe unbelievably easy but so delicious as well. I can eat these chicken lettuce cups every single day.
Why You’ll Love Chicken Lettuce Cups
I have elevated this Chicken Lettuce Cups recipe, and the ✨ magic is in the sauce. Not only is it tangy and salty from the 🥒 pickles and pickle juice, but it’s creamy and a touch sweet from the mayo and honey Dijon mustard. It is absolutely the perfect balance of flavour, and I know you will fall in love with this recipe.
You can use any leftover chicken breast and bring it to life with this method. You can also use chicken breast from a store-bought rotisserie chicken or even one you made at home. I had leftover chicken breast from my whole baked chicken recipe that I used. You can feel free to use turkey breast or even tuna in this recipe.
How to Prepare Chicken Lettuce Cups
🐔 Cube leftover chicken breast into small pieces.
🥣 Combine cubed chicken with the rest of the ingredients (mayo, honey Dijon mustard, pickle juice, diced pickles and celery) in a bowl.
🥬 Serve the chicken salad in lettuce cups.
🍞 Optional: Enjoy the chicken salad mixture on pita, toast, sandwiches, salad, mixed with pasta, or any way that you desire!
You can substitute chicken with turkey, tuna, or tofu. To lighten the recipe, use yogurt or a mixture of mayo and yogurt.
Variations and Substitutions for Chicken Lettuce Cups
Try different twists on this healthy, low-carb and delicious chicken lettuce cup recipe with these variations and substitutions:
- Instead of chicken, you can use turkey, 🐟 tuna, hardboiled eggs, or even tofu for a vegetarian version.
- If you want to lighten up the chicken lettuce cups, you can use yogurt or a mix of mayo and yogurt. Alternatively, you can use a combination of yogurt, sour cream, and mayo, which is also delicious.
- Rather than lettuce cups, serve the mixture over a grain like quinoa, rice, or couscous.
- If you want to make a vegan version, use tofu instead of chicken and vegan mayo like Veganaise.
Best Served With
- Some crusty bread like my 🥖 peasant bread
- Roasted or grilled vegetables
- A bed of mixed greens or 🥬 side salad
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You can use turkey, tuna, or even tofu instead of chicken. This recipe also works with boiled eggs instead of chicken if you feel like switching things up.
If you want to lighten up the chicken lettuce cups, you can use yogurt or a mix of mayo and yogurt. Alternatively, you can use a combination of yogurt, sour cream, and mayo, which is also delicious.
Feel free to use a rotisserie chicken or even my homemade whole chicken recipe. However, any chicken breast will work for this recipe.
I love using homemade mayonnaise or Vegenaise as it’s clean in ingredients, but feel free to use any you enjoy.
Chicken Lettuce Cups
- 1 cooked chicken breast, diced into small cubes
- ⅓ cup mayo, I use the soy-free Vegenaise but any works
- 1 tablespoon honey dijon mustard, any mustard works
- 1 tablespoon pickle juice
- 2 pickles, finely diced (1/4 cup)
- 1 celery rib, finely diced
- 2 lettuce cups, I used Iceberg lettuce
- salt and pepper , to taste
- Cube any leftover chicken breast into small cubes. The smaller the cubes, the better. I don’t like shredding leftover chicken as it tends to leave the chicken dry.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to a bowl and combine everything.
- Scoop onto some lettuce cups and enjoy!
- You can also enjoy this chicken salad mixture on pita, toast, sandwiches, salad, mixed with pasta, or any way you like.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.