BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wrap

Serves 4-6

BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wrap

Forego the high-calorie hamburger buns with this BBQ chicken recipe! Lettuce leaves give the entree a simple, light, and fresh taste. The chopped cashews bring out the extra crunch in the dish, and the fresh pineapple paired with the BBQ sauce lends an island element.


  • 1 lb. boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp. salt
  •  tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. garlic power
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ red onion
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1-2 cups chopped pineapple (canned or fresh)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-3 tbsp. chopped cashews
  • 3 tbsp. BBQ sauce (look for brands with less sugar)
  • Lettuce for wrapping: butter lettuce, romaine hearts or any sturdy leaf
  • Optional toppings: avocado, cilantro, limes, green onions For Cilantro Dressing
  • 1/3 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • ½ tsp. olive oil
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper


1. Prepare the ingredients

  • Finely dice red onion
  • Chop cashews
  • Wash and dry lettuce
  • Cut and prepare toppings
  • Cut uncooked chicken into 1-inch pieces

2. Make dressing

  • Blend all of the dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  • Once combined, allow to cool and thicken in fridge while preparing the meal.

3. Cook chicken

  • Season chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.
  • In a large frying pan, heat olive oil, then add seasoned chicken and cook until there is no pink.
  • Remove chicken from pan.

4. Create Coating

  • In the same pan, add the red onion and brown sugar to cook and caramelize the onions.
  • Once the onions are soft, add in pineapple and garlic until all are golden and warm.
  • Add in cashews and BBQ sauce.
  • Cook until well incorporated.

5. Combine

  • Add the chicken back into the pan with the coating mixture.
  • Heat and stir.
  • Set aside to slightly cool before adding to lettuce to prevent wilting.

6. Assemble Wraps

  • Take washed and dried lettuce leaves and add a generous helping of chicken mixture to the center.
  • Top with dressing and desired vegetable toppings.
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Tasks for Helping Hands:

  • Washing and dry lettuce leaves
  • Chopping vegetables
  • Opening can of pineapple
  • Stirring onion mixture on stove


Carrie Durward, PhD, RD, Sydney Mason, and Chelsey Mickelson

Carrie Durward

Carrie Durward

Nutrition Specialist


Phone: (435) 797-5843
Office Location: NFS 113 / USU Campus

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