Asian Turkey Lettuce Cups

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Looking for the easiest, quickest, and most diabetic-friendly meal around? Say hello to Asian Turkey Lettuce Cups! These flavor-packed cups are not only a breeze to make but also incredibly versatile and budget-friendly. Plus, you can have them on the table in less than 20 minutes—perfect for busy weeknights or impromptu gatherings.

What makes these lettuce cups so special? It’s all about the delicious filling, featuring lean ground turkey infused with Asian-inspired flavors like soy sauce, ginger, and garlic. The result? A mouthwatering mixture that’s as satisfying as it is nutritious.

One of the best things about this recipe is its flexibility. Need to feed a crowd? No problem! Simply double or triple the recipe to suit your needs. And if you’re cooking for one or two, the leftovers keep well in the fridge, making for quick and easy lunches throughout the week.

To make these Asian Turkey Lettuce Cups, simply cook the turkey mixture on the stovetop until browned and fragrant. Then, spoon it into crisp lettuce cups, garnish with your favorite toppings—think sliced green onions, chopped peanuts, or a drizzle of hoisin sauce—and dig in!

And here’s a pro tip: if the filling looks a bit dry, just add a splash of chicken broth to keep it moist and flavorful. Otherwise, simply reheat what you need in the microwave for a fuss-free meal anytime.

So, whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight dinner, a diabetic-friendly meal option, or a tasty appetizer for your next gathering, these Asian Turkey Lettuce Cups have got you covered. Quick, delicious, and oh-so-satisfying—what more could you ask for?

Serve this with some crispy Ragoons, Soybean Sprout Soup or some crunchy Mushroom Spring Rolls.


Asian Turkey Lettuce Cups

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  • Author: Taste of Home
  • Prep Time: :20
  • Cook Time: :10
  • Total Time: :30
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Asian


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  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce, optional
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 8 Bibb or Boston lettuce leaves


  1. In a small bowl, whisk soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil and, if desired, chili sauce until blended. In a large skillet, cook turkey and celery 6-9 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink, breaking up turkey into crumbles; drain.
  2. Add ginger and garlic to turkey; cook 2 minutes. Stir in soy sauce mixture, water chestnuts and carrot; cook 2 minutes longer. Stir in rice; heat through. Serve in lettuce leaves.


  • Nutrition Facts: 2 filled lettuce cups: 353 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 589mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.
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