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Sweet-&-Spicy Pulled Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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


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.


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


  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.


  • 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
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