Sunday Best: Lettuce Cup Sandwiches

After a weekend packed with BBQs, picnics and what some would consider, too much bread, there’s nothing better than wrapping your lips around a bulky poached chicken sanga without the bread. Sound like a contradiction? Perhaps it is, but with these tasty lettuce cup sandwiches, you really don’t feel like you’re missing out on the good stuff.

Packed with delicately poached organic chicken, alfalfa sprouts, grated carrot, spinach, avocado, homemade hummus, a touch of smoky BBQ sauce and topped off with a crunchy, broken up piece of that infamous sprouted bread, there really is no need for a big fat b’roll after all.

Obviously, Sunday’s are our day of chicken paired with lots of vegies, with our famous open chicken sandwiches also making the line up at least twice a month, but it’s this here lettuce cup delight that has evolved over time, beginning as a lettuce cup fajita, and now, into this.

I cannot begin to tell you how tasty these are. The succulent chicken breast stands tall against the backdrop of greenery. The crunch from the lettuce and the sprouted bread adds texture, while the hummus, avocado and smokey BBQ sauce all add juiciness. Yes, they’re a delight and something I would highy recommend you try. If not this, the lettuce cup fajitas are a must, too. Simply replace your wraps with a crunchy piece of iceberg lettuce and you’re ready to roll.

But back to the meal at hand. If you’re wanting to share the love, here’s what you need to do…

1. Grab an iceberg lettuce and gently tear away the top few leaves to make the cups.

2. At the bottom of the ‘cup’, add a dollop of hummus and some avocado before piling in the vegies. Anything that’s in your fridge will work, but I prefer grated carrot, alfalfa sprouts, red onion and baby spinach.

3. Now, add some smokey BBQ sauce and top the ‘cup’ off with your freshly poached chicken. Add some more crunch and a little more bulk to the meal with a piece of toasted sprouted bread crumbled up on top. If you can’t get the sprouted bread, top it off with some chia seeds instead.

So tell me Happies…

What do you think of this meal?

Are you a lettuce cup fan?

Have you tried chia seeds?

Stay Happy,




  1. Alexandra · November 28, 2010

    Lettuce cups are so delish, I often use them in place of tacos. It makes for a very light dinner option. Your lunch looks lovely!

  2. glowmakeupartistry · November 28, 2010

    Hey Yaz,
    Thats looks so yummy! Will definitely give it a try. What a great idea!
    I was wondering if you have any suggestions for healthy (not fruit as I agree with the “no fruit after meals” rule) desserts? I have such a sweet tooth and I thought you might have some great suggestions! Thanks, Natalie 🙂

    • Yaz Turker · December 2, 2010

      Sorry for the late reply, I’ve been en-route to Manila. If you’re after something relatively healthy and low fat, I always love Meringues. You could put a soy custard inside and some fresh passionfruit on top (a little fruit won’t hurt). Otherwise, speaking of soy custard, a soy custard tart is always a winner. The best book I use for healthy desserts is Wholefoods by Jude Blereau, it’s insanely good. Yx

      • glowmakeupartistry · December 3, 2010

        Thanks so much! That book really looks good. I checked out her blog too. When I met you at the Melb Look Book event I was wondering what your secret to looking so fantastic is…so thanks for sharing some of your gems with us!

  3. xdivx · December 1, 2010

    That reminds me of what my mum used to make for dinner in summer:

    Lettuce cup filled with rice, tuna, corn & a sprinkle of dill.


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