Sweet-&-Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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***This post is made in collaboration with Beeyond The Hive. All content, ideas and words are my own.***

These healthy Sweet-&-Spicy Pulled Chicken Lettuce Wraps come together so easily in the slow cooker. Filled with deliciously spiced chicken and loaded with tons of fresh toppings – your friends will go crazy for them! Serve as a main meal, or use the smaller lettuce cups as appetizers.

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Are you looking for an easy, slow cooker recipe for spring? One that doesn’t take a lot of planning, effort, or skill, but delivers big on flavor and appeal?!?

These Sweet-&-Spicy Pulled Chicken Lettuce Wraps are nothing short of fantastic! We made these for the Super Bowl and have since made them a number of times. I just repurposed the meat from my Chipotle Honey Chicken Tacos (Slow Cooker) and created something new, bright and fresh.

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I didn’t want these lettuce wraps to be too spicy though, so I only used two chipotle peppers. And with the addition of Beeyond The Hive honey it gives it that nice spicy-sweet balance. Specific notes are below.

*Fun Party Tip: you can fill and use the smaller, inner lettuce cups as appetizer portions. Your friends will go crazy for them!

Important Notes For These Sweet-&-Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps:

  • Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce – If you’re looking for flavor without the spice, only add in the peppers and omit the sauce. (This is a great option for kiddos or for those that can’t tolerate spiciness).  
  • Slow Cooker Times – Whether you cook the meat on low or high, make sure to check the doneness at the 3 hour or 5-6 hour mark. If it is overcooked, it will taste dry and will have lost its bold flavor.
  • Butter Lettuce – Gently pull each leaf from the core, and run under mild flowing water. Place them on a towel and pat dry with a second towel. (This lettuce is extremely delicate. Handle carefully because it can rip very easily). 

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Sweet-&-Spicy Pulled Chicken Lettuce Wraps


  • Author: Naomi
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 + people 1x

Description

These healthy Sweet-&-Spicy Lettuce Wraps come together so easily in the slow cooker. Filled with deliciously spiced chicken and loaded with tons of fresh toppings – your friends will go crazy for them! Serve as a main meal, or use the smaller lettuce cups as appetizers.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 34 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts w/ Rib Meat, (equivalent to 2 lbs.)
  • 1 Head of Butter Lettuce, pulled apart, washed and patted dry
  • 1/2 cup Beeyond The Hive Raw Wildflower Honey
  • 1 7 oz can Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce (2 diced)
  • 2 tsps Adobo Sauce
  • 1 tsp McCormick Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp McCormick Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp McCormick Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp McCormick Garlic Salt
  • 1/4 tsp McCormick Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Mahatma Jasmine White Rice, cooked
  • Additional Toppings: Cilantro, diced mango, scallions, avocado slices, and lime wedges

Instructions

  1. Spice mixture: In a small dish, add all the spices and mix until thoroughly combined.
  2. Chicken: To a slow cooker, arrange the whole chicken breasts and completely coat both sides of the chicken with the spice mixture. Top with the diced chipotle peppers, sauce and honey. 
  3. Cook: Cover and cook on high for 3 – 3 1/2 hours, or cook on low for 6 – 6 1/2 hours.
  4. Shred: Pull out the chicken and shred with two forks. Then add the meat back to the slow cooker and stir into the juices. (There will be quite a bit of liquid, but once the chicken is shredded and added back in it will be nicely absorbed).
  5. Rice: Prepare the rice according to package directions, about 20 minutes before serving. 
  6. Assemble: When ready to assemble: Top each lettuce cup with rice, shredded meat and the toppings. Serve each plate with lime wedges.

Notes

  • Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce: If you’re looking for flavor without the spice, only add in the peppers and omit the sauce. (This is a great option for kiddos or for those that can’t tolerate spiciness).  
  • Slow Cooker Times: Whether you cook the meat on low or high, make sure to check the doneness at the 3 hour or 5-6 hour mark. If it is overcooked, it will taste dry and will have lost its bold flavor.
  • Butter Lettuce: Gently pull each leaf from the core, and run under mild flowing water. Place them on a towel and pat dry with a second towel. (This lettuce is extremely delicate. Handle carefully because it can rip very easily). 
  • Category: Appetizer, Main Course
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Chicken, Chicken Recipes, Fruit, Gluten-Free Recipes, Healthy, Honey, Lettuce Recipes, Main Dish, Meat, Slow Cooker Recipes, Vegetable

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  1. So I am absolutely obsessed with lettuce wraps. I am constantly trying to eat less carbs (hello bathing suit season) and these are always a perfect option. And I have to say, adding honey and giving them a touch of sweetness really makes for an awesome balanced dish.

    1. I couldn’t agree with you more, girlfriend!!!

      And I love adding honey to this recipe. Speaking of which, if you love honey, please check out that specific link. Beeyond The Hive Honey is the BEST I have ever had. The taste is like nothing else!

    1. Do it girl! These wraps are truly amazing! And I am so proud of the recipe. (The last time I made them, I shared it between two households and everyone went nuts for them. I had immediate requests for a second go around). LOL!

  2. It’s one thing to see Naomi’s beautiful photos of food! It’s the ultimate treat to siti n her kitchen and eat her creations. This recipe is absolutely amazing! What a wonderful meal. And the kids ate 3 without thinking!

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