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Sweet and Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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The perfect filling for lettuce wraps, this no fuss slow cooker sweet and spicy chicken with beans is also gluten free and can be made paleo too.


square pineapple chicken wrap (1)


Hi, it’s Kristen from A Mind “Full” Mom, joining you here on Michelle’s blog again. 

To me just about nothing beats Mexican food. I love the how creative you can be with the recipes and there are endless combinations of ways to create a fiesta for your taste buds.

If you tell me that I can have easy Mexican that can be made without heating up my kitchen and is friendly to my waistline but still filling–I am doing a happy dance.

And if you peeked into my kitchen right now, I am doing a happy dance.

You see, I have created the ULTIMATE Mexican dish: Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Chicken Lettuce Wraps

That may sound odd, throwing pineapple into a savory main course, but think of how well apples work with pork. Fruit lends itself well to many cuts of meat. And who doesn’t love to drink a fruity Pina Colada to wash down their spicy Mexican? I sure do!

So let me introduce you to the one of the easiest, most flavorful dishes that will ever grace your dinner table.

The Key Players:


ingredients for chicken crock-pot

  • Chicken
  • Beans (any variety)
  • Salsa (your favorite)
  • Hot Sauce
  • Diced pineapple in 100% juice

The Procedure:


chicken for crock-pot


Throw into slow-cooker with a few spices and stir. Set it and FORGET about it!!

The Result:


cooked chicken for wraps


There you have it! To truly make this dish something worth inviting your friends over and throwing a Fiesta for, set out toppings and lettuce cups for a make your own Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Chicken Lettuce Wrap Party.


fillings for lettuce wraps


The Problem:

Your friends may ALWAYS ask you to host the parties from now on. This dish is something they will remember and want to repeat!


Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Chicken Lettuce Wraps


So grab a few things you probably already have on hand and let your slow cooker work for you. When your friends ask what they can bring, suggest the toppings for the lettuce wraps. Then go sit by the pool and fool everyone into thinking you worked like a dog to get a delicious dinner on the table. It will be our little secret. 


lettuce wrap square

Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes


  • 3 pounds chicken
  • 3 cans (or 6 cups) beans, rinsed and drained--I used a combination of black beans and pinto beans
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce
  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple tidbits or chunks in 100% juice (Do NOT drain juice)
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (or 2 teaspoons garlic powder)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (if your salsa is not high in salt)
  • To Serve:
  • -1 head iceberg lettuce, cut into fourths and then leaves sectioned apart
  • -1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • -2 limes for squeezing juice over wraps
  • -shredded cheddar cheese or crumbled queso fresco or feta
  • -plain Greek yogurt or sour cream


  1. Place all ingredients in slow cooker and stir. Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high 4-5 hours.
  2. Shred chicken with a fork.
  3. Serve on lettuce wraps with desired toppings.


To make this recipe Paleo, simply omit the beans and add a half pound more of meat.

lettuce wraps


This chicken is also great topped on potatoes, on tortillas, on taco shells, for nachos, on rice or quinoa or even as a taco salad.





Kristen Chidsey

Wednesday 27th of May 2015

Thanks Laura, I am glad you find the recipe so versatile for your family!


Wednesday 27th of May 2015

Kristen and Michelle - What a great weeknight dinner. The stuffing for the wraps is easy and I've been trying to cut down on carbs, so using lettuce instead of a burrito, taco or similar bread for the wrap is great for me - a win-win.


Saturday 23rd of May 2015

This looks amazing! I'm a big fan of easy Mexican dishes. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty :)

Kristen Chidsey

Wednesday 27th of May 2015

How can you not love EASY, MEXICAN?!!!


Tuesday 19th of May 2015

OH WOW this look s amazing! Perfect for us! Totally sharing - thank you for a great and healthy recipe!

Kristen Chidsey

Wednesday 27th of May 2015

Yea!! Winner, winner, chicken-dinner!

RandiG at FrugElegance

Thursday 14th of May 2015

WOW! Looks amazing- totally going to make this!

Kristen Chidsey

Wednesday 27th of May 2015

You will love how easy it is!

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