Thai Chicken Larb

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On days when you feel like a lighter meal option, Thai Chicken Larb is an ideal dish. Larb is a Thai mince-meat salad, made with lime juice, fish sauce and fresh herbs. Although regarded as the “unofficial” national dish of Laos, Larb is also enjoyed throughout Thailand. With this version I have used chicken mince but it can also be made with minced (ground) pork, beef, duck or fish.

I love to make Thai Chicken Larb. It is a dish which is light to eat, delicious at any time of year but especially suitable for the warmer months. It is fragrant and fresh tasting, with a perfect combination of hot, sour, salty and sweet flavours. 

This is a dish which is quickly and easily made. Once you have all the ingredients prepared, it takes minutes to assemble. For those interested in low-fat or low-carbohydrate dishes, this is the recipe for you. Many recipes for Larb stir fry the chicken in a little oil. However, this dish differs in that I poach/steam the chicken mince in a small amount of water. This results in tender, moist chicken. The cooked chicken is put into a bowl and the remaining ingredients added. It is that simple; there’s no complex cooking technique. If you are a novice cook, you will be successful with this recipe. I add flavour to the chicken with spring onion/scallion and fish sauce, the flavours heightened by the bright notes of lime juice, coriander and fragrant mint.

The recipe does contain chilli, however, you are able to customise the amount to your personal taste.

Toasted rice powder is also used in Thai Chicken Larb. If you’re unfamiliar with toasted rice powder it is an ingredient which is widely used throughout South-East Asia. It is not readily available but can be purchased from Asian grocers. However, it is very simple to make at home. It is just rice, frequently sticky/glutinous white rice, which is toasted in a wok or frying pan and then ground to a coarse powder. It adds a nutty flavour and absorbs liquids. But, other white rices will also work well and for this recipe I have used Jasmine rice.

There are several ways in which to serve this dish. I like to serve it on a platter with fresh, crisp lettuce leaves, slices of cucumber, wedges of lime and an assortment of fragrant herbs.

  My favourite lettuce for this purpose is the wonderfully crisp iceberg. However, leaves of cos/romaine lettuce are also suitable. Served in this manner this is a great dish for sharing, allowing guests to assemble their own lettuce cups.

It can also be served as an appetiser on crispy, fried wonton wrappers. Additionally, it is extremely portable, ideal for a picnic or a healthy work lunch. Or, serve it at room temperature with a bowl of freshly cooked Jasmine rice.

Thai Chicken Larb is such a great, healthy and flavourful meal. With this recipe you’ll be able to enjoy this popular and exotic Thai salad that you have made yourself.

Love Thai flavours as much as we do? Make sure to give our Thai Prawn Salad and Vermicelli Noodle Salad a try also!

Please let me know in the comments below if you try this recipe.

Alex and Faye xx

P.S. Prefer a vegetarian option? Try our Mushroom San Choy Bow!

Thai Chicken Larb
5 from 30 votes

Thai Chicken Larb

I love the clean, vibrant flavours in Thai Chicken Larb. In fact, I’m convinced that I actually feel healthier after eating this dish. It is easy to make; with very little effort you will have this very tasty Thai dish to serve. Furthermore, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you made it yourself.

Course Appetiser, Entree, Starter
Cuisine Thai
Keyword asian, chicken, chicken salad, delicious, easy, fresh, Larb, simple, thai, Thai flavours
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 189 kcal
Author Alexandra


  • 250 g chicken mince ground chicken
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp Thai fish sauce * 40 ml
  • 2 tbsp lime juice, freshly squeezed 40 ml
  • 1 tsp grated palm sugar *
  • 3 stems coriander/cilantro divided
  • 1 stalk spring onion/scallion white and some green, finely sliced
  • 10 mint leaves finely sliced *
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes

Roasted Ground Rice –

  • 1/4 cup Jasmine rice (raw) *

Serving Suggestions –

  • red chilli, sliced thinly and sprinkled on top
  • iceberg or cos lettuce leaves
  • lime wedges
  • cucumber wedges
  • fresh herbs: mint, coriander, Thai basil


  1. Place the rice in a medium-size frying pan and heat over low-medium heat. 

  2. Shake the pan constantly until the rice is golden, 10-15 minutes.

  3. Cool the rice slightly before grinding in a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle. 

  4. You need to end up with a coarse powder, almost like sesame seeds – don’t turn it into dust.

  5. Place the water and chicken mince in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Using a silicone spatula, stir the chicken until it is cooked. It is not necessary to break it up completely, small chunks are preferable.

  6. Remove from the heat and turn the chicken, and the liquid which remains, into a bowl.

  7. Add the remaining ingredients and mix them together. Check that the seasoning is well balanced and to your taste.

  8. Arrange the salad on a serving platter, sprinkle with chilli if using. Arrange the lettuce leaves, cucumber, lime wedges and herbs on the plate and serve. Each person spoons some Larb onto the lettuce leaf, along with a few herb leaves. You may like to squeeze on a little fresh lime.

Recipe Notes

*Serves 2 as a main course, 4 if served as part of a shared meal.
*Thai fish sauce is available from supermarkets or Asian grocers. It is one of the basic ingredients in Thai food. Do not be deterred by the “fishy” smell; it is pungent but adds umami flavour and is counteracted by the use of lime juice and herbs. It is readily available in supermarkets.
*Palm sugar is produced from the sap of several different varieties of palms. It has a mild caramel flavour and is not as “sickly” sweet as regular cane sugar. It is available in supermarkets and Asian grocers.
* This is rice, frequently sticky/glutinous white rice but can be other white rice. The rice is toasted in a wok or frying pan and then ground to a coarse powder. It adds a nutty flavour and absorbs liquids. I have used Jasmine rice.
*Do not slice the mint until shortly before serving as it will blacken.
*This is more rice than you will need. You can make less but I like to have some extra on hand.

Nutrition Facts
Thai Chicken Larb
Amount Per Serving
Calories 189 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 763mg33%
Potassium 181mg5%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 420IU8%
Vitamin C 4.6mg6%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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214 Comments on “Thai Chicken Larb”

  1. I love thai dishes but this dish is quite new for me. I will be trying it out this weekend. I love the pointer on poaching chicken in small amount of water.

  2. I’ve always wanted to visit Asian countries for their meals, thanks for you, I can try out some of these meals at home. Thai Chicken Larb sounds yummy

  3. I love everything Thai. Although I am a vegetarian, I am sharing this one with my husband, coz he loves anything with chicken 😀 and I’m sure he’d love this?

    1. Hey Sakshi! Thanks for stopping by – this is also delicious mixed with tofu – you may like to try that as a vegetarian option for yourself 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I haven’t tried this Thai dish yet. That Thai Chicken Larb looks really flavorful and delicious. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. It looks really good! Loving the fresh salad leaves and the mint on the side.I bet it has so much flavor !

  6. Oh goodness this looks good! I’ve never heard of larb before, but it’s something I could eat every day. Sometimes I wonder if I could eat shoe soles if they were smothered in fish sauce!

  7. 5 stars
    That looks so good! I am always looking for new things to try and it looks like this will be great!

  8. This looks really great. And comparively takes less time too. Great how you come up with so many amazing recipes!

  9. This is something that my husband would really love. I will try making this. This is my kind of a weekend treat.

  10. I’ve never tried Thai food, so I’ve never seen anything like this. I love the way you cooked the rice. I bet that would add a nice crunch texture to the dish.

  11. Such a wonderful recipe and looks really delicious plus it’s a healthy meal I may say. I love how you added some twist on this recipe and it becomes this amazingly great outcome.

  12. 5 stars
    I am craving for non-veg here because I am in a place where no non-veg is allowed. I wish I could try it…

  13. 5 stars
    You had me at ‘thai’, yum!! I am so into Asian style recipes and this looks fresh and delicious. Well done, I look forward to trying it!!

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  16. 5 stars
    You’re right! Light dishes are the best for summer. This salad looks really yummy, hope I’ll prepare it the same good as you! 🙂

  17. Well that looks remarkably easy to make! I wonder if it would turn out right if I used brown rice instead? Either way, it looks delish!

  18. This is a type of meal to indulge. It seems fresh and pretty healthy as well. Those greens are perfect with chicken.

  19. 5 stars
    This looks like a good addition to my diet recipes. Will definitely print your recipe since this will be the first time I am making this kind of dish!

  20. I really love the flavours of Thai food. This sounds delicious and pretty healthy too which is great. I’d love to attempt to make it myself.

  21. I love Thai food and always like to try something new. I will definitely try this. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Served on fried wonton wrappers sounds great. Those are so cute. I’ve always wanted to try them but haven’t as yet.

  23. 5 stars
    It looks so delicious..! Thanks gor sharing such a great dish. I bet this Thai Chicken tastes so good. ?

  24. 5 stars
    Awesome, I can definitely use a new summer food recipe. The heat can get intolerable where I live, so I only eat light summer food. Can’t wait to try your Thai chicken larb recipe! Thanks 🙂

  25. 5 stars
    I just love Thai food! I can’t believe I haven’t heard of this recipe before! I can’t wait to give it a go tonight!

  26. 5 stars
    wow, it looks so delicious..! My family would definitely love this Thai Chicken.. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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