Asian Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups

Is anyone else obsessed with Asian Chicken Salad as much as I am? Well, you are in luck. I’ve upgraded my favorite recipe into Asian Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups! That’s right, your favorite salad to chew has now become a hand-held meal. Check it out!

Asian Chicken Salad

I have to admit; I am a huge fan of coarse, crunchy salads that you can eat right out of the bowl. There is something about the cabbage texture combined with softer, juicy ingredients that is very satisfying to eat.

image: white plate with chopsticks, and two lettuce cups filled with asian chicken salad

While I’m a fan of those pre-bagged salads for times where I need a portable meal to bring to the office, this recipe leaves those in the dust. And trust me, it’s super easy to make too.

Asian Chicken Salad Dressing

Of course, the iconic Asian salad dressing is the real deal here. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and sour with just the right amount of sesame oil. I know you have a bottle of sesame oil in the cabinet screaming to be used and you just can’t think how else to use it.

Image: Two images on top of each other. The top one is a clear bowl with chicken salad ingredients inside. The bottom image is two lettuce cups filled with chicken salad and chopsticks.

Well, my friend, this salad dressing can work double duty both as a salad dressing and the perfect marinade for chicken or over fish. See? The remaining dressing can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week, leaving you with the opportunity to grill some chicken, cook up some rice, and steam some veggies and now you have a totally new meal!

image: white plate with chopsticks, and two lettuce cups filled with asian chicken salad

I’m not sure why I don’t make salad dressings more often. The truth is that so many of them have the ability to be used for another meal, and all I have to do is mix the ingredients inside a Mason jar and refrigerate. What am I thinking? I know you get me.

So back to the salad. The mandarin slices give the crunchy texture that sweetness we all love. With each bite, the orange juice melt in your mouth and all I can think of is, I need MORE!

I’m telling you. This salad is deeeeelish.

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image: Two lettuce cups filled with Asian Chicken salad on a white plate. large clear bowl of the chicken salad in background of image

Asian Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups

Tasty Asian-inspired Chicken salad served in a crunch lettuce cup. The perfect gluten-free lunch or dinner idea. 

  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: lunch
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Chicken Salad: 

  • 2 cups leftover cooked chicken, chopped
  • 10.5-ounce can No Sugar Added mandarin oranges,
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup purple cabbage, finely shredded or chopped
  • 2 green onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large Bibb lettuce

Sesame Ginger Dressing: 

  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil


  1. In a large bowl, combine cooked chicken, mandarin oranges, celery, carrots, cabbage, almonds, green onions, salt and pepper. Add in ½ cup of dressing and toss to combine.
  2. Refrigerate dressing for up to 1 week.
  3. To serve, place 1/2 cup – 3/4 cup chicken salad inside a few lettuce leaves. Fold in the sides, roll to eat.

Dressing Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine dressing ingredients with a whisk. Transfer to a glass jar and refrigerate up to 1 week. Dressing recipe yields approximately 1 cup.


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 312
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Sodium: 1001.3mg
  • Fat: 9.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 40.7g
  • Fiber: 2.2g
  • Protein: 16.1g
  • Cholesterol: 38.6mg

Keywords: chicken salad, Asian Chicken Salad, healthy lunches, lettuce cups

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