Mexican Chicken Lettuce Trays!

Gathering family and friends round for food and feeding them up is one of my favourite past times. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, I love how It brings everyone together to settle down and get their munch on, whilst having a good gab and a laugh.

With Summer (yes Summer I said, not that it feels like we are EVER going to see the sun anytime soon) and the idea of squeezing into a bikini just around the corner eeeeeek most of my friends are on diets moaning about their weight! (Oh yes, and me too)  So this weekend when it came to food, not wanting to be blamed for any pesky weight gains, I decided to keep the food as low fat as possible. But never, ever jeopardising the flavour.

The idea for these little delights just sprung into my head one night (don’t you just love when that happens?) and they was a hit. I LOVE Mexico and hope to travel back one day (plus the Doritos Mexican themed adverts are just bloody marvellous) The cuisine incorporates all the flavours and ingredients I love!


This is my version of the “taco” dish minus the taco shell.

Mexican Chicken served in Gem Lettuce Trays


  • 400g diced Chicken breast
  • Smoked Paprika
  • 3 crushed Garlic cloves
  • 2 Lemons or Limes
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Gem lettuce (around 25 leaves will serve 6 people)
  • 1 Avocado
  • Dried Thyme
  • 5 tablespoons of Sweetcorn
  • 10 Cherry Tomato’s diced small.
  • Tomato salsa
  • Sour cream
  • Fresh Parsley to garnish



  • Dice the chicken breast into small bite size strips. Squeeze a full lemon over the chicken, a tablespoon of smoked paprika, three crushed garlic cloves, tablespoon of dried thyme and salt and pepper mix up well and leave to marinate in the fridge for 2 hours.


  • Separate the gem lettuce leaves, wash and put to one side.
  • Just before you fry the chicken. Cube an avocado, dice cherry tomatoes and mix in the sweetcorn. Squeeze some lemon over, season and put to one side.
  • Fry chicken in a little olive oil until it’s crispy and golden. Around 10 minutes.
  • Load a tablespoon of the chicken into the Gem lettuce tray and then spoon some of the avocado mix over the chicken. Carry on until all lettuce trays are loaded.
  • Dollop a teaspoon of salsa and sour cream in each tray. Garnish with parsley or coriander and lemon wedges and da,daaaaa (jazz hands) it’s done.

All my friends tried and LOVED them! I served with sweet potato wedges some dips and some bread for the non dieting ladies! A beautiful colourful and tasty dish as we are moving into the summer months, and one that you won’t feel guilty about devouring. Result.

Will you give these a try?