Thai Larb Spicy Chicken Salad (Laab Gai)

Larb (or Laab) is a Thai warm salad that can be made with ground chicken, beef, pork or turkey. Though we call it a salad with all of the freshness from lime, mint leaves and cilantro, Larb can be eaten with sticky rice or different vegetables such as cabbage. Try this Laab recipe as a side dish for your thai meal or as the main coarse…simply delicious!

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 – 15 mins
Serves: 4-6


Ground Chicken – 1 lb (approx 500 g)
Lime Juice – from 1 large lime plus more for garnishing
Oil – 1 tsp
Soy Sauce (or Fish Sauce) – 1 Tbsp plus more (to taste) for garnishing
Rice – 1 Tbsp, dry roasted until brown and roughly crushed
Shallot – 1 large, sliced thin
Green Onions – 2 stalks, chopped
Green Chilies – to taste, chopped
Mint Leaves – handful, chopped
Cilantro – handful, chopped
Crushed Red Pepper – to taste
Salt – optional, to taste


1. Add the juice of 1 lime to ground chicken, mix well allow to marinate for 5 minutes.
2. Add Oil to a pan and heat on medium heat.
3. Add Chicken and 1 Tbsp of Soy or Fish Sauce.
4. Mix and cook Chicken until no more pink is seen and all moisture has evaporated. Stir constantly.
5. In a separate bowl, add Shallots, Green Chilies, Green Onions, Mint Leaves and Cilantro.
6. Add cooked chicken and mix well.
7. Add fresh lime juice to taste and additional Fish or Soy Sauce as needed.
8. Add Crushed Red Pepper Flakes to taste and mix in Crushed Toasted Rice.
9. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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0 thoughts on “Thai Larb Spicy Chicken Salad (Laab Gai)

  1. Hi Hetal and Anuja..this recipe looks refreshing 🙂 Thank you both for all your wonderful recipes. I was wondering if you could tell me where you got your mortal and pestle from? I have been looking all over for a sturdy one like that. Thanks and God bless

  2. Hi Gals,

    Thanks for your time and effort to give us the easy and yummy recipes. Can you please give us the recipe for Badhusha and laddu(boondhi) before diwali?

    Highly appriciate your effort.

  3. Hi Anuja & Hetal, Do you guys have your own SMTC dvd? or cook book? Would like to get one. Also, is there a SMTC podcast or ipod app? Pl lemme know 🙂 Thanks!!

    1. remember all these recipes are not originally their own. They borrow from other people/sources. They would violate a lot of copyright laws if they tried to put all these reciped into a cookbook.

  4. Hi Hetal and Anuja

    Wow .. this is something nice and new …. have never eaten or even heard about this Thai food …. will be making it soon … so simple .. Thanks …

  5. Hi Hetal and Anuja,

    Thanks so much for posting this recipe, love this at Thai restaurants and always thought it was more complex, but you made it look so easy, can’t wait to try it!

  6. hi hetal anuja..
    could you please tell me what can i make using coconut milk. we are celebrating raksha bandhan friday evening and i want to make some sweets using it.
    thanks in advance.

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