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.
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!
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.
BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wrap Ingredients
Just 8 simple ingredients, and dinner is on the table in no time.
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.
The perfect way to sauté the chicken and get it nice and caramelized! You can substitute avocado oil if you want.
I love using seasoned salt for extra layers of flavor.
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 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!
Use a small, sweet tomato here, such as cherry, Roma, or grape tomatoes.
Cilantro adds brightness to the fresh corn salsa. If you prefer green onion, go ahead and swap it in.
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!
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.
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.
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Recipe originally posted on August 17, 2020 – updated on September 9, 2022.