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Larb, Thai Chicken “Salad”

Larb is one of my favorite summer foods. Light and tangy, this chicken is great on its own or served as part of a rice  or noodle bowl.

Larb Thai Chicken Salad

Larb is a minced meat salad from Thailand. Flavored with lime juice, fish sauce, chile and a touch of sugar,  it has that whole spicy sweet and sour thing going on!

Topped with peanuts, it is the perfect filling for lettuce wraps or the star when placed on a bed of greens or rice. You will love it!

I know this ground chicken larb isn’t an easy sell when it comes to its name. Really Hollywood does a much better job promoting second rate actors.

But after one bite, you will love me. I promise. This is a great dish. Now if one could just think of a better way to promote it. 

Ground Chicken Larb

A minced meat salad, often thought to be from Thailand; it is actually the national dish of Laos. Frankly, I don’t care where it’s from, as long as I can eat it.

This is a great summer dish and so easily prepared. It is perfect to keep in your fridge for something healthy and easily snacked on. I even caught someone spooning it onto a tortilla chip!

Dice up a few mangoes or cucumbers for a side salad, and one has a perfect meal on a hot summer’s day!

Feel free to use any ground meat in this dish. You could use already ground chicken, beef, pork or turkey if you want to skip the food processor, but I like grinding  the chicken with all the spices in the food processor. Easy and quick!

Larb in a lotus dish

This dish has lots of salty tanginess and frankly, makes the best lettuce wrap I’ve had in awhile.

Larb often contains toasted rice in the dressing. To me that is just one more step, and truthfully I didn’t feel it was necessary.

Want more herbs? Besides cilantro, mint is also good as are scallions or thinly sliced onions.

This larb recipe tasted great straight out of a container that sat in the fridge for a few days. Nothing was lost in translation!

Add a squirt of sriracha and a few ground peanuts, and you may not need air conditioning any more!

Ground Chicken Larb

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Poached Chicken with Pineapple Salad

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Ground Chicken Larb

Larb, Thai Chicken Salad

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 20 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 - 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Salads
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Thai


Larb is an amazing ground chicken salad with lime juice, lemongrass, and chiles. Topped with peanuts and cilantro, this is one salad I can’t get enough of!




1/3 cup fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons fish sauce

2 tablespoons (packed) light brown sugar

For the chicken:

1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 shallot, coarsely chopped

2 tablespoons lemongrass paste

Zest from one lime

1 small red Thai chile, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

2 teaspoons fish sauce

1 teaspoon kosher salt

3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

8 small iceberg lettuce or hearts of romaine leaves

1/4 cup chopped peanuts

Sriracha, to taste

Cilantro leaves and stems, roughly torn


Mix up dressing ingredients and set aside.
Place chicken breasts, shallot, lemongrass paste, zest of a lime, chili, garlic, fish sauce, salt, and 1 T of oil in food processor. Pulse until meat is minced. Do not over process or this will make the mixture too fine.
Heat remaining oil over medium high heat in a large skillet. Add chicken mixture and cook until chicken starts to brown, breaking up meat as it cooks.
When finished cooking, stir in dressing and top with peanuts, cilantro and a good squirt of sriracha!
Serve with lettuce leaves to wrap or over rice.

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Sunday 9th of August 2020

Like how you marinated the chicken...sounds delicious with all the Thai inspired ingredients...great for the hot days...thanks for reposting it. Have a wonderful week ahead Abbe!

Healthy World Cuisine

Saturday 8th of August 2020

Your delicious larb salad needs a 10 star rating but the max it shows me is only 3... all of our favourites in one delicious dish. Hoping your weekend is going well. Take care


Saturday 8th of August 2020

Its one of my favorite too. I wonder why I haven't posted this yet. Yours look really delcious.

John / Kitchen Riffs

Thursday 6th of August 2020

Yeah, the name does leave a bit to be desired, but this dish definitely deserves top billing. Star stuff, this. :-)

Thai Lady

Wednesday 11th of January 2017

making laap, you shouldn't have to use more sugar since fish sauce already has it in there. Most thais making this at home will not add sugar.

Abbe Odenwalder

Wednesday 11th of January 2017

Thanks for the comment. What I have found here is that there is a huge variety of fish sauces out there. Some are Vietnamese and some are Thai and some are other. It depends what you have on hand. They all taste a bit different from each other so I suppose it is what you like. By all means though, feel free to leave it out and thanks for reading!