Chicken Larb

Chicken Larb

Chicken Larb, a Thai minced meat salad, is made with ground chicken and a boat-load of flavor-packed goodies.  Goodies include: fish sauce, lime juice, garlic-chile sauce, honey, lemongrass, serrano, green onion, shallot, mint and cilantro.

Chicken Larb
Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 4
Lightly adapted from Epicurious.
  • 2/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons chile-garlic sauce (like Sambal Oelek or Sriracha)
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock (preferably homemade)
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken
  • 1 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 3 tablespoons minced lemongrass
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced serrano chile
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1/3 cup chopped mint leaves
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 head of butter lettuce (the one with the root ball attached), separated into leaves
  1. Whisk together lime juice, fish sauce, honey and chile-garlic sauce. Set aside.
  2. Warm chicken stock in a medium heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat until simmering. Add ground chicken and simmer until cooked through. As the chicken is cooking, stir occasionally to break up the meat. This should take 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Add green onion, shallot, lemongrass and chiles, stirring to combine. Continue cooking until shallots turn translucent, stirring occasionally (about 4 minutes). Remove from the heat and drain off any liquid in the pot. I do this by clamping the lid on, then cracking it just a hair. I turn the entire pot over the sink and let the liquid drain out.
  4. Stir in lime juice-fish sauce mixture, cilantro and mint. Season to taste with kosher salt (not much is needed if any).
  5. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and serve beside a pile of lettuce leaves. Using a slotted spoon, scoop Chicken Larb on to the lettuce leaves and enjoy!

Chicken Larb is part of my Paleo Recipes: Week of March 18 article.  Check it out here!


One Response to Chicken Larb

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    [...] 4. Chicken Larb Larb is one of those dishes that Paleo followers love because it takes a salad and meats the heck out of it. In this larb they’re using chicken and some lemongrass to give it a Thai theme, and there are plenty of other ingredients to help bring this together. [...]

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