Thai minced chicken salad

Thai minced chicken salad

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Cooking time

Prep: 40 mins Cook: 10 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4 as a light meal or starter

Known as larb gai in Thailand, the hot spiciness in this chicken salad recipe works really well with the crunchy veg, creating a perfect balance of flavour and heat

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Easily doubled
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
261
protein
39g
carbs
9g
fat
8g
saturates
1g
fibre
2g
sugar
5g
salt
2.72g
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Ingredients

  • 2 lemongrass
  • 4 lime leaves, stalks removed
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • fingertip-length piece fresh root ginger
  • 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 50ml fish sauce
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • handful each mint, basil and coriander leaves, roughly chopped

To serve

  • 3 Baby Gem lettuces, leaves separated
  • 1 cucumber, seeds removed and cut into strips lengthways
  • 200g beansprouts
  • lime wedges, to serve

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Method

  1. Roughly chop the lemongrass, lime leaves, red chillies, garlic and ginger, then throw them all into a processor and blitz until everything is very finely chopped together. Mince the chicken breasts into tiny pieces.
  2. Heat a wok over a high heat and add the vegetable oil and the sesame oil. Throw in the lemongrass mixture and fry briefly before adding the minced chicken and the chilli powder. Stir-fry the chicken for 4 mins then splash in the fish sauce. Turn down the heat a little and allow the chicken and fish sauce to bubble together for another 4 mins, stirring, then add the chopped red onion and cook for another min.
  3. Remove from the heat, pour over the lime juice and toss in the herbs. Serve with the salad veg and a lime wedge on the side.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2007

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libbers's picture
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Forgot to say, I couldn't get Lime Leaves so used 2 teaspoons from a jar of shredded Kaffir Lime Leaves which I got from a supermarket

libbers's picture
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Gorgeous!

I made it as a main course for my husband & I with 500g Turkey mince instead of chicken. I served it with stir fried vegetables and it was delicious (and there's enough left for another go - yipee!)

jcorren76's picture

Perfect just the way it is!!!!! REALLY TASTY!!!

lilaclady's picture
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This is just fabulous,hot and spicy,but the cucumber cools it down.
I served it in the lettuce leaves,and i halved the recipe for 2 people,its so easily halved .This will be a regular dish in our house.

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