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Thai Fried Chicken Laab

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A traditional spicy Thai salad with fried chicken makes a fresh and tasty weekend lunch. Using toasted glutinous rice to coat the chicken gives the dish that authentic nutty flavour and crunchy texture that makes a laab so delicious.

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THAI FRIED CHICKEN LAAB

PREP TIME

15 minutes

COOK TIME

20 minutes

SERVES

4

Ingredients

2 tbsp raw glutinous rice*

500g (1 lb) chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces

1 cup plain flour

vegetable oil for deep frying

5 small Asian shallots, sliced

½ cup mint leaves

3 tbsp finely sliced sawtooth coriander (optional)

2 spring onion (scallions), finely sliced

 

Dressing:

3 tbsp fish sauce

2 tsp grated palm sugar or brown sugar

2 tsp chilli flakes (or to taste)

2 tbsp lime juice

Steps

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. Set aside.

Combine ingredients for the dressing and set aside.

Fill a saucepan or wok to about 1/3 capacity with the vegetable oil. Heat over high heat. Once the oil is hot (325°F or 165°C or when a wooden spoon dipped into the oil forms small little bubbles), shake off the excess flour from the chicken and carefully slide the pieces into the oil. Cook for 3- 4 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Drain on paper towel.

Place the warm chicken, shallots and rice powder in a large bowl and mix. Then add the dressing and mix. Add the mint, coriander and spring onion and toss until well combined. Serve warm.

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Notes:

– 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.

– Sawtooth coriander is a type of Thai fresh herb. If unavailable, you can use regular coriander or simply leave it out.

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