Dining al desko: Chicken lettuce cups

Chicken and rice is a staple office lunch. While the recipe uses minced chicken, it’s a great way to refresh leftover roast chicken. Simply whip up the sauce and add to the chicken in a pan. Allow to cool completely before you assemble and put in your lunchbox to make sure the lettuce doesn’t go soggy. Or better still take the lettuce separately and put them together just before you eat.

Chicken lettuce cups


  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sriracha sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 400g minced chicken
  • 1 tin water chestnuts, drained
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • Sticky rice
  • Large lettuce, leaves separated


  • Spring onion
  • Red chilli
  • Coriander


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the hoisin, soy, rice wine vinegar, sriracha and sesame oil and set aside.
  2. Heat some oil and fry the onions until soft.
  3. Add the garlic and the ginger and cook until fragrant.
  4. Add the minced chicken and brown on all sides and almost cooked through.
  5. Add the reserved sauce and cook for a few minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has reduced.
  6. Add the water chestnuts and spring onions and stir though.
  7. Separate the leaves from the lettuce and place a tbsp of rice in the centre.
  8. Top with a tbsp of chicken mix and garnish with extra spring onions, chilli and coriander.
Rachel Zammit Cutajar

Rachel’s life has been one recipe after the other for almost 10 years. Though she is no longer editor of Gourmet Today magazine, food still takes centre stage. She is a freelance writer and Succeed’s resident chef. To balance the inevitable calorie intake she has become a reluctant runner and likes to lift weights, though still loves a day on the sofa binge-watching absolutely anything (good).