Serves a Crowd

Larb Gai | Thai Minced Chicken Laap Salad

July 30, 2021
4 Ratings
Photo by @TheSpiceOdyssey
  • Prep time 12 minutes
  • Cook time 18 minutes
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

That being said here is how I make Chicken Larb at home. It will take you less than half an hour to put this together. It's a great summer salad with lean proteins, one that packs a punch with lots of fresh herbs. And it's spicy! —@TheSpiceOdyssey

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 cup Jasmine Rice
  • 16 ounces Ground Chicken
  • 1/4 cup Shallots or Red Onions, sliced
  • 2-4 tablespoons Crushed Red Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Fish Sauce
  • 1 Whole Lime, juiced
  • 1/4 cup Mint Leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro Leaves, chopped
  • 8-10 Lettuce Leaves, any leafy lettuce like Romaine or Butterhead
  1. In a frying pan over medium heat, toast the jasmine rice. Shake skillet frequently until rice is golden-brown, about 10 minutes. Remove the frying pan from the heat and allow the toasted rice to cool down.
  2. In a mortar and pestle, or a coffee grinder, grind the toasted rice to a fine powder. This is toasted ground rice, also known as Khao Khua in Thai. Set aside. We will be using it later (step 6) to season the salad.
  3. In a frying pan over medium heat, add the ground chicken. Add a splash of water to break up the meat. Keep stirring until chicken is cooked all the way through, about 5 to 8 minutes.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add the sliced shallots, crushed red pepper, fish sauce, fresh lime juice and stir to mix.
  5. Then add the ground chicken, along with the mint leaves and cilantro leaves. Stir to mix and let the chicken absorb the flavors.
  6. Right before you are ready to serve, add 2 tbsp of toasted ground rice and stir to mix.
  7. Serve it on lettuce cups like romaine hearts or butter lettuce leaves, along with the some fresh steamed jasmine rice. Note: Traditionally Larb is eaten with cabbage, raw green beans, cucumbers and sticky rice.
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5 Reviews

neiljan008 September 8, 2021
Fantastic larb recipe! It was very refreshing, tasty, and healthy. Thank you :)
Stephcantcook August 4, 2021
Tried this recipe- absolutely delicious and super straightforward. Thanks for sharing!!!
DebkDub August 2, 2021
where is the rice in the ingredient list?!
@TheSpiceOdyssey August 2, 2021
First item in the Ingredient list is jasmine rice. Step 1 under Directions explains how to use the jasmine rice to make toasted ground rice.
@TheSpiceOdyssey August 2, 2021
Please read/review the recipe before you hastily comment/rate.