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Chicken Lettuce Cups with Avocado Sauce
and seared plantains

Active: 35 minTotal: 35 min

With a creamy avocado sauce and pepitas for crunch, these chicken lettuce cups have a great mix of textures and flavors. Serve them with naturally sweet plantains on the side.

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Chicken Lettuce Cups:
  • Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless - 1 lb, chopped
  • Cumin - 1 tsp
  • Chili powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Lettuce, romaine - 8 leaves
  • Cilantro leaves - 2 Tbsp, chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Pepitas / pumpkin seeds - 1/4 cup
Avocado Sauce:
  • Cilantro leaves - 2 Tbsp, chopped
  • Avocados - 1
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Lime juice - 1 1/2 Tbsp
Seared Plantains:
  • Shallots - 2, diced
  • Plantains, large - 3, peeled and chopped (ripe plantains resemble bananas but should be very dark brown on the outside)
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Shallots - Dice shallots. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make avocado sauce - Chop cilantro leaves (portion for sauce) and peel avocados (discard pits). Combine cilantro, avocados, oil (portion for sauce), and lime juice. Blend using an immersion blender or standing blender until smooth. Season with some salt. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  3. Chicken - Chop chicken. Tenderize with a fork. Season with cumin, chili powder, salt, and black pepper. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Plantains / Lettuce / Cilantro (portion for lettuce cups) - Prep as directed and store separately.

Make

  1. Heat a nonstick pan with oil (portion for lettuce cups) over medium heat.
  2. Add chicken and saute until chicken is cooked through, ~5 minutes.
  3. Transfer chicken to a serving bowl and allow it to cool slightly. Return pan to heat.
  4. Add oil (portion for plantains) to heated pan. Add plantains and shallots with a pinch of salt. Cook, gently turning to cook on all sides, until plantains are golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes.
  5. Toss chicken with cilantro (portion for lettuce cups).
  6. Assemble lettuce cups by filling lettuce leaves with chicken and then topping them with avocado sauce and pepitas. Enjoy with plantains on the side.

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Reviews

This meal has 20 reviews

This was okay, but I didn't love it and wouldn't make it again. I think the flavours were just not for me.

By: Andrea
Posted: Jun 07, 2019
Diet: Original

Excellent. Also had thick crema, but I like it that way.. only thing is tostadas can be bit dry, but the flavor is great

By: Nienke
Posted: Dec 20, 2018
Diet: Original

Surprisingly delicious and filling!

By: Jenna
Posted: Oct 16, 2018
Diet: Original

Just got around to making these because my plantains wouldn't ripen! I kind of hate the messiness of the tostones, so I ended up making it quesadilla-style with just a little cheese to hold it in the tortilla. Pretty good!

By: Nicholas
Posted: Jun 26, 2018
Diet: Original

It was good -- unfortunately, our plantains weren't perfectly ripe, and I think it would have been more flavorful if they had been.

By: Chris
Posted: Jun 16, 2018
Diet: Vegetarian

This was actually pretty good. I didn't think my husband would like it because of the sweetness to it, but he did! My biggest complaint is that it is NOT friendly for taking as a lunch the next day. Too many separate components, and even then I didn't even attempt to make the crunchy tortilla shells - I just assumed they'd be tacos for lunch.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Jun 15, 2018
Diet: Gluten-free