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Thai Minced Chicken Salad on a white tray
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Thai Minced Chicken Salad (Larb Gai)

This herby, fragrant, beloved Thai salad (larb, laab, larb, laap) is great served on its own, or with other Thai dishes. You can serve it in lettuce wraps, in the traditional way with sticky rice, or over Jasmine rice with a fried egg on top.
This is a dish that is best made to taste. Start with the measurements below but adjust as you go. Add more fish sauce, more lime juice, more herbs, or more red pepper flakes to suit your tastes.
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Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: fresh herb salad, minced meat salad, thai salad
Servings: 2
Calories: 295kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $8.00

Equipment

  • Wok

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground Chicken
  • 2 tsp Soy Sauce (preferably “Thin” Thai Soy Sauce, but any type of soy sauce will work)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced Shallots
  • 2 tsp Fish Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 stalks Lemongrass, finely chopped (just use the bottom 2 inches, outer leaves removed and discarded)
  • 2 Kaffir lime leaves, stems discarded, very thinly sliced (optional)
  • 3/4 cup chopped Fresh Herbs (use a combination of fresh mint, cilantro, and green onions)
  • 1 Tbsp Toasted Rice Powder

Instructions

  • Heat a wok (or large skillet) over medium heat.
  • Add chicken and soy sauce to the heated wok (there is no need to add any oil for cooking the chicken). Saute chicken, breaking it apart as it cooks, until cooked all the way through, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Turn the heat off under the chicken. Drain any excess liquid out of the pan.
  • While the chicken is still warm, stir in the shallots.
  • Set chicken aside and allow it to cool for about 5 minutes.
  • After chicken has cooled, stir in fish sauce, lime juice, dried red pepper flakes, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, fresh herbs, and toasted rice powder.

Notes

When chopping fresh herbs, use just the leaves of the fresh mint. Use the green and white parts of green onions. Use the leaves and stems of the cilantro. It’s best to use a combination of all three of these herbs, but you can skip one if needed, making sure that you still have a total of 3/4 cup chopped fresh herbs.
Toasted Rice Powder is easy to make yourself. See this post on How to Make Toasted Rice Powder.
If making the larb ahead, add all ingredients except fresh herbs and toasted rice powder. Stir these ingredients in just before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1092mg | Potassium: 1072mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2112IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 4mg