I started eating chicken larb a couple of years ago, and now I wonder why it took me so long to discover this delicious dish. Larb is a Thai/Laotian dish made with ground meat, often chicken, cooked with a mixture of onion and chilis and tossed with a spicy sauce, topped with fresh cilantro and mint, and served on lettuce leaves.
There’s so much flavor going on in a good larb. I love healthy, light dishes that taste amazing! Since the bulk of the dish is in the ground chicken, the high protein content is very filling.
There’s a Laotian and a Thai restaurant in town and I’ve ordered chicken larb from both of them, but I always thought that it was something I could never recreate successfully at home. Boy, was I wrong. This recipe is so simple yet every bit as good as the larb dishes I’ve had in restaurants.
Even if you’re unfamiliar with this dish, I encourage you to give it a try. Chicken larb is a wonderful, light, and easy dinner idea. Enjoy!
|Easy Thai Chicken Larb|| |
- 1lb ground chicken
- Salt and pepper
- 2 small limes, juiced
- 2 TBS Thai fish sauce
- 1 TBS sugar
- 2 tsp Thai red curry paste
- 1 cup green onions, sliced thin
- ⅔ cup red onion, sliced thin
- 3 TBS fresh lemongrass, minced
- 1 TBS Thai or serrano chili peppers, sliced thin
- Fresh cilantro, chopped, for topping
- Fresh mint, chopped, for topping
- 1 head Boston or butter lettuce
- Add the chicken to a large skillet over medium heat and season with salt and pepper. Cook until done, breaking up into tiny pieces with a spatula as it cooks. Remove most of the grease from the pan (I like to leave a little bit for moisture)
- While the chicken cooks, combine the lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, and red curry paste in a bowl.
- When the chicken is done and drained, add the green onion, red onion, lemongrass, and sliced chili peppers. Cook for about 5 minutes until the onions are starting to soften. Add the sauce, stir, and cook until heated through.
- Serve chicken larb on washed and dried lettuce leaves and top with desired amount of fresh cilantro and mint.
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