Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Creamy Dairy-Free Peanut Sauce


It’s that difficult time of year for diets. You’ve vowed to eat better, and are off to a good start, but challenges like the Superbowl and Valentine’s Day are on the horizon. Not to mention your picky family that isn’t too keen on plant-based cuisine. Luckily, recipes like these Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps can suit almost every occasion without breaking any resolutions.

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe with Creamy Peanut Sauce (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Entree or Appetizer)

Easy Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps for Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Appetites

Coconut milk doesn’t suit everything, but it’s a natural in Thai peanut sauce. The flavorful combination goes with chicken, vegetables, and even tofu, and adds a thick layer of dairy-free richness.

We like this recipe for light weeknight dinners and as finger food at casual gatherings. You can also adapt it to suit most dietary needs. For example, substitute baked tofu and omit the fish sauce to make the recipe vegan. Or substitute nut or seed butter for the peanut butter and coconut aminos for the soy sauce to keep paleo.

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe with Creamy Peanut Sauce (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Entree or Appetizer)This Thai chicken lettuce wraps recipe with photo was shared with us by It was created by Parker Wallace of Parker’s Plate.

Special Diet Notes: Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, and tree nut-free.

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Creamy Peanut Sauce
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Enjoy these wraps as a light entree or casual finger food fare at your next get together.
Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4 servings
Peanut Sauce
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup coconut milk (regular, full-fat, canned)
  • ¼ cup water, plus additional, if necessary
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or gluten-free tamari
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
  • ½ lime, juice only
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, pressed or grated
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce (can omit for vegan)
Lettuce Wraps
  • 2 heads Boston or butter lettuce
  • 1 pound cooked chicken, shredded (can sub vegan chicken alternative or tempeh)
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 3 carrots, shredded and grated
  • ½ cucumber, sliced into matchsticks
  • 4 green onion, sliced
  • 1 bunch fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh mint, chopped
  • ¼ cup crushed peanuts
  • Sliced limes, for garnish
Creamy Peanut Sauce
  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, whisk together the peanut butter, coconut milk, ¼ cup water, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, rice vinegar, chili garlic sauce, lime juice, garlic, and fish sauce until smooth and warm. Add more water for thinner sauce, if desired.
Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  1. Fill the lettuce leaves with the chicken, bell pepper, carrots, cucumber, green onions, carrots, and cucumber. Garnish with fresh basil, mint, and peanuts.
  2. Serve the lettuce wraps with the peanut sauce and lime wedges.

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Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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