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Thai Chicken Laab

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This spicy Thai salad is one of my all-time favourites – it was definitely on weekly rotation when I was younger! I love how the chilli kick and the fragrance from the herbs really bring the chicken to life. You could also try this one with pork or turkey mince, too.




10 minutes

15 minutes


400g (14 oz) chicken mince

3 Asian red shallots (or 1 large eschallot), sliced

3 tbsp finely chopped coriander

3 tbsp finely chopped sawtooth coriander (cilantro) (optional)

¼ cup mint leaves

2 spring onions (scallions), finely sliced

cabbage, snake beans and extra herbs, to serve



2 tbsp raw glutinous rice*

3 tbsp fish sauce

2 tsp grated palm sugar or brown sugar

2 tsp chilli flakes (or to taste)

2 tbsp lime juice

Step 1

For the dressing, toast the rice in a dry frying pan over high heat until golden brown. Remove from heat and use a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder to grind rice to a fine powder. Mix the rice powder with the remaining dressing ingredients.

Step 2

Place a non-stick pan over high heat. When it’s hot add ½ cup of water. Then add in the chicken mince. Break up the mince as it cooks in the water. When cooked, use a slotted spoon to transfer the mince to a large bowl (discard the cooking liquid). While the chicken is warm, add the shallots and toss. Add the dressing and mix to combine. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more chilli powder, fish sauce and/or lime juice if needed.

Step 3

When you’re happy with the flavour, add the coriander, sawtooth coriander, spring onion and mint leaves and mix well. Serve warm with cabbage, beans and herbs.

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– Using glutinous or sticky rice will give you a softer rice powder that creates a thick and soft coating for the finished salad. If glutinous rice is unavailable you can still use regular long grain or jasmine rice to add a similar toasty flavour with a slightly crunchier texture.

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May 24, 2023

Do I really have to share with my husband?!!

We love laab! It’s a go to for us when we go out for Thai, which is a regular occurrence. Thank you for sharing this recipe it is spot on and now a favourite in our house. Fresh, zingy, full of flavour! I really should get my hubby grinding the rice, make him earn his keep! 😛

May 8, 2023

Perfect dinner for summer

I tried this tonight, and it was so light, fresh, and delicious. My daughter and I decided we need to make it often, especially during the summer. Thank you for a terrific recipe@

February 14, 2023

Chicken larb

I loved this recipe just like when you go to Thai restaurants no more restaurants for me

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