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Chicken Taco Lettuce Cups

These lettuce cups are filled with juicy, flavorful chicken tacos! Perfect for a low-carb and gluten-free option, the chicken is cooked with a blend of spices and served in fresh lettuce cups with your favorite toppings.

Tasty Team
95% would make again

Under 30 minutes

Under 30 minutes


for 4 servings

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorn
  • ½ medium white onion, halved
  • 6 cloves garlic, divided, 4 whole and 2 minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cups water (1.4 L)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 ½ teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¾ cup chicken broth (180 mL)
  • 4 large leaves romaine lettuce
  • ½ cup shredded mexican cheese blend (50 g)
  • 1 tomato, diced

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 226
  • Fat 8g
  • Carbs 8g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Sugar 2g
  • Protein 28g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Place the chicken breasts, salt, peppercorns, onion, whole garlic cloves, bay leaves, and water in a large pot.
  2. Cover the pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  3. Once the water is simmering, cook for 10 minutes, until the chicken registers 165°F (74°C) when pierced with an instant-read thermometer.
  4. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and reserve at least ¾ cup (180 ml) of the cooking liquid to use as broth. Using 2 forks, pull the chicken apart until shredded.
  5. In a large nonstick pan, heat the oil over medium heat until shimmering.
  6. Add the minced garlic, cumin, paprika, chili powder, and oregano. Sauté until the oil is bubbling and very fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  7. Add the chicken broth and stir until the liquid has reduced and thickened slightly, about 7 minutes.
  8. Add the shredded chicken and mix until everything is well incorporated.
  9. Remove the pan from the heat and let the chicken cool for 5 minutes before spooning into the lettuce leaves.
  10. Top with shredded cheese and diced tomatoes
  11. Enjoy!
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