Laotian Larb Gai with Sticky Rice, Peanuts & Mint

Laotian Larb Gai

with Sticky Rice, Peanuts & Mint

20 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

Larb gai is one of the most prominent dishes in Laotian and Northern Thai cuisines. It’s a distinctive kind of salad featuring ingredients like ground chicken, vegetables and sticky rice. While Thai recipes emphasize dried seasonings, the Laotian version of the dish—which we’re making here—uses fresh mint and lime juice. We’re honoring these traditional components, and adding a small, potent Serrano chile pepper for a little extra flare.

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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    700 Cals (est.)
fresh
ingredients
Laotian Larb Gai with Sticky Rice, Peanuts & Mint
Title
  • 10 oz Ground Chicken
  • ½ cup Sushi Rice
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 Persian Cucumber
  • ½ lb Green Cabbage
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 1 bunch Mint
  • 2 Tbsps Golden Mountain Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Palm Sugar
  • 1 Serrano Chile Pepper
  • ¼ cup Peanuts
time-saving
tips & techniques
Cook the rice:
1 Cook the rice:

In a small pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt and 1 cup of water; heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer 15 to 17 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from heat. Fluff the finished rice with a fork.

Prepare the ingredients:
2 Prepare the ingredients:

While the rice cooks, wash and dry the fresh produce. Using a peeler, remove the green rind of the lime, avoiding the white pith; mince the rind to get 2 teaspoons of zest (or use a zester). Quarter the lime. Peel and thinly slice the onion. Thinly slice the cucumber on an angle. Pick the mint leaves off the stems; discard the stems. Cut out and discard the cabbage core; slice the cabbage into 1-inch-wide strips. Roughly chop the peanuts. Cut off and discard the serrano pepper stem; thinly slice the pepper into rounds. (For a milder dish, remove and discard the ribs and seeds of the pepper, then thinly slice.) Wash your hands and cutting board immediately after handling the pepper.

Cook the chicken:
3 Cook the chicken:

in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one),While the rice continues to cook, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of oil on medium-high until hot. Add the ground chicken. Cook, frequently breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 4 to 6 minutes, or until lightly browned and cooked through. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Wipe out the pan.

Make the larb gai:
4 Make the larb gai:

In the same pan used to cook the chicken, heat 2 teaspoons of oil on medium-high until hot. Add the onion and as much of the Serrano pepper as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened. Add the lime zest, palm sugar, Golden Mountain sauce, cooked chicken and the juice of 2 lime wedges; season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined. Remove from heat.

Plate your dish:
5 Plate your dish:

Divide the cooked rice and larb gai between 2 plates. Top with the peanuts and mint. Serve with the cabbage and cucumber on the side. Garnish with the remaining lime wedges. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Cook the rice:
1 Cook the rice:

In a small pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt and 1 cup of water; heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer 15 to 17 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from heat. Fluff the finished rice with a fork.

2 Prepare the ingredients:

While the rice cooks, wash and dry the fresh produce. Using a peeler, remove the green rind of the lime, avoiding the white pith; mince the rind to get 2 teaspoons of zest (or use a zester). Quarter the lime. Peel and thinly slice the onion. Thinly slice the cucumber on an angle. Pick the mint leaves off the stems; discard the stems. Cut out and discard the cabbage core; slice the cabbage into 1-inch-wide strips. Roughly chop the peanuts. Cut off and discard the serrano pepper stem; thinly slice the pepper into rounds. (For a milder dish, remove and discard the ribs and seeds of the pepper, then thinly slice.) Wash your hands and cutting board immediately after handling the pepper.

Prepare the ingredients:
Cook the chicken:
3 Cook the chicken:

in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one),While the rice continues to cook, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of oil on medium-high until hot. Add the ground chicken. Cook, frequently breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 4 to 6 minutes, or until lightly browned and cooked through. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Wipe out the pan.

4 Make the larb gai:

In the same pan used to cook the chicken, heat 2 teaspoons of oil on medium-high until hot. Add the onion and as much of the Serrano pepper as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened. Add the lime zest, palm sugar, Golden Mountain sauce, cooked chicken and the juice of 2 lime wedges; season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined. Remove from heat.

Make the larb gai:
Plate your dish:
5 Plate your dish:

Divide the cooked rice and larb gai between 2 plates. Top with the peanuts and mint. Serve with the cabbage and cucumber on the side. Garnish with the remaining lime wedges. Enjoy!

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