- ½ cup dried brown rice
- zest of 1 lime
- 3 limes, juiced
- ¼ cup soy sauce or tamari (gluten free soy sauce)
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 2 Tbs fish sauce
- 1.5 lbs ground chicken
- 1 tsp minced fresh ginger
- 1 tsp minced fresh garlic
- 1 shallot, minced
- ¾ cup roasted cashews
- fresh chili pepper, minced (optional)
- 1 head of butter lettuce
- 1 carrot, matchsticks
- 2 green onions, sliced green part only
- ¼ cup cilantro, minced
- Make rice the same way you would pasta. Add a lot of water (about 4-5 cups) to a pot and bring to a boil. Add rice and cook until chewy but still a little firm, about 35 - 40 minutes.
- Zest one lime before juicing and set aside in a bowl.
- Mix lime juice, tamari, coconut sugar, and fish sauce together.
- In a saute pan over medium heat, add ground chicken and sauce mixture and simmer until chicken is cooked
through,about 5 minutes.
- Once rice is chewy but firm, pour into a strainer to discard liquid. Add rice to the chicken and
sauce panto finish cooking. Chicken and rice will be finished cooking when rice is tender and the remaining sauce is absorbed.
- Add ginger, garlic, and shallot to lime zest bowl and mix together. Add mixture to chicken and rice and cook until fragrant, about 1 - 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cashews and chili pepper.
- Serve chicken and rice mixture in butter lettuce cups topped with carrots, green onion, and cilantro.
Modifications to Simplify
To make this thai lettuce cups recipe extra easy to prepare, I like to use Trader Joe’s frozen brown rice. You heard me, already cooked and everything. Just open one of the bags (still frozen) and add it directly to the chicken and sauce mixture, no defrost necessary. How do you like that huh? You can also skip any toppings if you’re short on prep time.
New Ingredient Highlight
If fish sauce is new to you and a little scary, I highly recommend making it a home in your fridge. Great for any South East Asian dish, it adds a ton of savory, sweet, umami depth you wouldn’t get otherwise. Hello elevated home cooking! I recommend the brand Red Boat, a super high-quality product from a high integrity company. A little bit goes a long way so one bottle will last a very long time.
Using this dish for leftovers?
Skip the butter lettuce entirely or tear it up and serve it as a salad. If you’re on the go, throw chicken, rice, and cashew mix into an insulated lunch bot with extra carrots and enjoy outside on your adventure.