Thai minced chicken salad

Thai minced chicken salad

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(37 ratings)

Prep: 40 mins Cook: 10 mins


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

  • Easily doubled

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal261
  • fat8g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs9g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre2g
  • protein39g
  • salt2.72g
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  • 2 lemongrass
  • 4 lime leaves, stalks removed
    Lime leaf

    Lime leaf

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    Lime leaves are obtained from the kaffir lime, which is not a true lime at all but rather a…

  • 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
    Fish sauce

    Fish sauce

    A seasoning often used in Vietnamese and Thai cooking. In Vietnam it is usually made from shrimp…

  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • handful each mint, basil and coriander leaves, roughly chopped



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

To serve

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


    been sp-rowts

    Widely seen as a major, somehow magic, ingredient, beansprouts

  • lime wedges, to serve



    The same shape, but smaller than…


  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.

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15th Feb, 2012
Very authentic aromatic flavours and really healthy mid week meal. Cooked this a few times and love it more each time! Xx
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Rowena Wilkes
13th Jan, 2012
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!!
18th Oct, 2011
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
11th Oct, 2011
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
6th Oct, 2011
THis went down a storm, really tasty and my boyfriend absolutely loved it! Would definitly recommend.
4th Sep, 2011
8th Mar, 2011
Gorgeous! Used Turkey mince instead of Chicken and sent to all my friends to try :)
10th Feb, 2011
Lovely, very tasty indeed and perfect for my current lower carb regime. Lunchtime staple for the next few weeks!
9th Jan, 2011
did not go down well with the kids, well it went down, but came straight back up during the night.... all 9 of them:(
5th Jan, 2011
This is an excellent recipe; full of flavour. but...have you tried it with minced steak? It is wonderful. I often mix in the rice. We had this in Thailand once, served cold. It was superb.


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