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

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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charliepascoe's picture

SO GOOD. So so good.
I used store bought minced chicken and it was great.
I dont mind a bit of chilli so next time I think ill use some birds-eye chilli instead of the larger, less hot red chilli.
YUM.

RachMck14's picture
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Another tasty favourite recipe. I used turkey mince and half the fish sauce as advised by others and it is delicious.

deehoops's picture

Absolutely LOVE this dish, but instead of making it with chicken I always make it with minced pork which I think is much more flavoursome. Pork was also the meat used when I first ate it visiting Northern Thailand. So for us it's Larb Moo :)

baskey's picture
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Wow! Absolutely flipping amazing! The person that came up with this recipe should open their own restaurant or something because that was one of the finest things I've ever ate! Top Notch!

jaew's picture

This is a healthy Thai dish. It is very delicious and would be nicer if you eat it with Thai sticky rice. I actually learned this dish in my own home when I took a thai cooking course from Harmony Thai Cuisine (http://harmonythaicuisine.co.uk)

last edited: 14:36, 27th Jun, 2013
hannahspruijt's picture
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Far far too salty - put in less than suggested and still would take out less. Other than that, the flavours were lovely - just one tweak and I'll be making again :) Served with sticky rice and shredded cucumber/spring onions inside little gem lettuce leaves. Yum.

hannahspruijt's picture
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Far far too salty - put in less than suggested and still would take out less. Other than that, the flavours were lovely - just one tweak and I'll be making again :) Served with sticky rice and shredded cucumber/spring onions inside little gem lettuce leaves. Yum.

bphillips08's picture

very good recipe. this will help me with my catering GCSE!!!

kathryndb's picture

Absolutely delicious and as good as I've ever tasted it! Really easy to make too. I, as others have done, used minced turkey as it was easier to find. Couldn't find lime leaves so added some peel and plenty of juice. Will most certainly make it again. Now a firm favourite!!

jeanmitch's picture
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Fantastic flavour and really easy to prepare. Highly recommended!

thecherub's picture
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I loved this, OH not so keen. I think it was the fish sauce that spoilt it for him. Was very easy and quick to do though. May trying and smuggle this one into our dinner plans once again anyway!

cobhrai's picture
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this was a complete disaster my blender was not capable of blending the lemon grass finely enough and as a results the salad was full of woody peices and it was also a bit too salty. My partner refused to eat it! I was really looking forward to this too. I would only do this reecipe if you have a decent blender or maybe chop the lemon grass separatly with a good knife.

piptrowles's picture
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Don't know if the chillies I used were hotter than others but definately didn't need any additional chilli powder

sallybiggins's picture
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a bit too much effort for me. V messy and fiddly. Tasted lovely tho!

Crumbortwo's picture
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We cook a lot of thai food and so for us, this is an easy recipe using store cupboard ingredients. A fabulous explosion of some of my favourite flavours except the ginger. A little bit of prep work and then ready in minutes. I don't know how they say allow 40 minutes preperation time. Like others said, I used kaffir lime leaves (we buy them in bulk from the Chinese supermarket and freeze them - there are lots of thai recipes that use them). I was not sure what type of basil to use (holy, sweet or Mediterranean). I could not be bothered to dig the holy basil out of the freezer so I used some Mediterranean basil that was close to hand. It worked very well. I only used 1 medium to large chicken breast for two people as a starter.

sallybiggins's picture
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very very tasty but found that all the chopping took too much time and was very messy. If i can find the ingredients already chopped and in a jar I will definitely do it again!

mrskatieb's picture
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Very authentic aromatic flavours and really healthy mid week meal. Cooked this a few times and love it more each time! Xx

Rowena Wilkes's picture
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Made this tonight and it was lovely! We really enjoyed it. All the flovours worked really well together and were all apparant when eating it without being over-powering. I used turkey mince instead and only used 1/2 a tsp of chilli powder for the childrens sake. A real winner in our house. Oh, I only used coriander aswell instead of the 3 herbs as were generally not keen on mint in my house. I served it inside iceburg lettuce leaves with the beansprouts, cucumber and tomatos on the side. Super-healthy and super-yummy!!

shanghai-steve's picture

Used to make this one in my South East Asian catering business. Careful combining basil and mint. Basil + coriander, or mint + corinader are fine, but basil and mint don't work well together

sokelengl's picture
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This is a quick and easy and delicious meal. What a flavourful dish! Guess, your hubby will sure wallop a lot more rice today. It tastes like professionally done in restaurant. It is supposed to eat with lettuce, however I didn’t follow. I will repeat the recipe very soon.Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Lisa
www.bakingfrenzy.com

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