BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wraps

BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wraps are fun, delicious, and healthy. Tender butter lettuce cups are filled with succulent bbq chicken and topped with vibrant, fresh corn salsa. Each bite is an explosion of flavor! 

Whether you want to go ultra-simple or load up on the toppings, there’s something for everyone. These bbq chicken lettuce wraps are gluten-free. Plus, they can easily be keto or Whole30-friendly with the right barbecue sauce. 

Bbq chicken lettuce wraps are ideal for weeknights, meal prep…or both! Imagine making a weeknight meal in less than 30 minutes, then having easy-to-assemble leftovers the following day. It’s an easy solution for a busy week.

Assembled BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wraps ready to eat.

BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wraps

BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wraps are fun, delicious, and healthy. Tender butter lettuce cups are filled with succulent bbq chicken and topped with vibrant, fresh corn salsa. Each bite is an explosion of flavor! 

Whether you want to go ultra-simple or load up on the toppings, there’s something for everyone. These bbq chicken lettuce wraps are gluten-free. Plus, they can easily be keto or Whole30-friendly with the right barbecue sauce. 

Bbq chicken lettuce wraps are ideal for weeknights, meal prep…or both! Imagine making a weeknight meal in less than 30 minutes, then having easy-to-assemble leftovers the following day. It’s an easy solution for a busy week.

Assembled BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wraps ready to eat.

Why KJ Loves BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I absolutely love how fun, quick, simple and delicious these lettuce wraps are! Who says eating healthy needs to be boring? The chicken is perfectly juicy, smoky and sweet. Wrapped up in tender butter lettuce and topped with a vibrant corn salsa, your tastebuds will be doing a happy dance! This recipe is perfect for a quick dinner option, lunch to-go or meal prep. You don’t want to miss out on this one!

A close-up photo of the butter lettuce bulb and other ingredients surrounding it.

What lettuce should I use for wraps? 

First—let’s talk lettuce. The best kind of lettuce to use for wraps is butter lettuce! It is tender as butter but provides a sturdy base and shape that’s just the right size for a hand-held wrap. Butter lettuce is slightly sweet, with a neutral flavor—perfect for wrapping! 

I found a 3-pack of butter lettuce (for only $6!) at my local Costco. However, I have also seen it available at Target and my local grocery store.

A close-up photo of the bbq chicken.

BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wrap Ingredients

Just 8 simple ingredients, and dinner is on the table in no time. 

Chicken

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenders are best for this bbq chicken lettuce wrap recipe. Since the chicken gets cubed, either works. You can use boneless, skinless chicken thighs if you prefer dark meat. 

Olive oil

The perfect way to sauté the chicken and get it nice and caramelized! You can substitute avocado oil if you want. 

Seasoned salt

I love using seasoned salt for extra layers of flavor. 

BBQ sauce

Use any bbq sauce that you love. Spicy. Keto, Whole30. Sweet. Use your imagination and customize away! I love Sweet Baby Ray’s.

Fresh corn

Fresh corn salsa brings the recipe to life. You can use drained, canned corn if fresh corn is unavailable. Try a fire-roasted variety for a deeper flavor!

Tomatoes

Use a small, sweet tomato here, such as cherry, Roma, or grape tomatoes. 

Cilantro

Cilantro adds brightness to the fresh corn salsa. If you prefer green onion, go ahead and swap it in. 

Butter lettuce

This is a unique lettuce. It’s perfect for wraps since it naturally cups and can be wrapped up like a tortilla. Plus, it’s tender and sweet!

A bowl of fresh corn salsa.

Whip them up

Making these chicken lettuce wraps couldn’t get easier! That’s what this recipe is all about: ease, flavor, and fun.

01) Sauté the chicken with a little olive oil and seasoned salt. 

02) Add in your favorite bbq sauce and let it caramelize.

03) Make fresh corn salsa! All you need is a couple of ears of corn, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, salt, and pepper. It comes together in a flash!

04) Assemble! You can pre-make the wraps or everyone can build their own. Spoon a little bbq chicken into each lettuce cup and top with fresh corn salsa.

BBQ chicken being scooped into a lettuce wrap.

Top them Off!

Get creative with the toppings and make them your own! 

Other topping ideas include: avocado/guac, salsas, black beans, sour cream, cotija cheese, and coleslaw.

Meal Prep for BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wraps

This is a great meal prep recipe. Make the chicken as directed, then cool and store in a container in the refrigerator (separately from the corn salsa and lettuce). Reheat the chicken, and then build your wrap! The corn salsa will naturally become more flavorful as it sits in the refrigerator.

A close-up photo of an assembled BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wrap.

Looking for other Chicken Recipes? Check these out!

Chipotle BBQ Pulled Chicken

Chicken Salad

Italian Baked Chicken

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Assembled BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wraps ready to eat.

BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wraps


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wraps are fun, delicious, and healthy. Tender butter lettuce cups are filled with succulent bbq chicken and topped with vibrant, fresh corn salsa. Each bite is an explosion of flavor! 

Whether you want to go ultra-simple or load up on the toppings, there’s something for everyone. These bbq chicken lettuce wraps are gluten-free. Plus, they can easily be keto or Whole30-friendly with the right barbecue sauce. 

Bbq chicken lettuce wraps are ideal for weeknights, meal prep…or both! Imagine making a weeknight meal in less than 30 minutes, then having easy-to-assemble leftovers the following day. It’s an easy solution for a busy week.


Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skin-less chicken breast or tenders – cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 cup bbq sauce
  • 2 ears fresh corn
  • 10 oz roma or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 bulb butter lettuce

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium-sized sauté pan over medium heat. Add the chicken in and season with the seasoned salt. Sauté the chicken for about 5 minutes on both sides until perfectly seared and cooked through. Add in the bbq sauce and toss to coat. Reduce the heat to low for a couple minutes then turn off the heat.
  2. While the chicken cooks, prepare the corn salsa. Cut the kernels off the fresh corn cobs and add to a bowl with the halved tomatoes and chopped cilantro. Toss to combine and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Gently pull the butter lettuce leaves apart from the bulb. Serve and assemble by using the lettuce as a wrap like a tortilla and add in a spoonful of bbq chicken and top with the fresh corn salsa.

Notes

  • If you don’t have time to make the bbq chicken from scratch, you can use a rotisserie chicken that has been lightly shredded! Toss to coat with the bbq sauce and warm through.
  • Use your favorite kind of bbq sauce – my personal favorite is Sweet Baby Rays!
  • The fresh corn salsa can be made a day in advance.
  • Store the leftovers separate from each other.
  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Sauté

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 428
  • Sugar: 21.2g
  • Fat: 12.7g
  • Carbohydrates: 41g
  • Fiber: 3.9g
  • Protein: 43.7g
  • Cholesterol: 170mg

Keywords: BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wraps

BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Recipe originally posted on August 17, 2020 – updated on September 9, 2022.

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2 Comments

  1. Kathy Deaver

    Oh my, adding these ingredients to my grocery list right now. Sounds sooo good!

    Reply
    • KJ

      They are a fun dinner option! Thank you!

      Reply

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