Kitchen Tips

Thai Chicken Salad

Thai dishes are a mélange of spice and sauces rich in flavour. The Thai Chicken salad is also known as Larb gai. Larb is salad and gai is chicken. Larb is considered a Laotian national dish and is common to Northern Thailand (Isan region) since it is located next to Laos, therefore the dishes have high Laotian influence. Larb gai is a pleasing light and refreshing salad made with a mixture of herbs and ground meat.

A delicious favourite among diners this salad has a burst of flavours with a punch of heat and crunchy veggies. It is one of the easiest salads to make and can be made with a lot of variations to it. The herbs used in the salad makes it more aromatic and add a zing to it.

Thai chicken salad is perfect for those weeknight dinners when you want to make a quick and light meal. Accompanied by a soup it makes for a satiating supper by itself.

Thai Chicken Salad

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What you need for Thai Chicken Salad

Ground chicken, onions, mint, cilantro, fish sauce, lime juice, chili flakes, ginger, basil leaves (optional), lemon grass (optional), roasted peanuts( optional, for topping).

How to make Thai chicken salad in 5 simple steps:

Step 1: Chop mint, basil, lemon grass, ginger, cilantro and pulse it in a food processor.

Step 2: Cook the chicken until it turns soft or alternatively stir-fry it with a little oil (optional step) until the chicken gets a toasty flavour if you want it to be crunchy and transfer it to a serving dish.

Step 3: Add the onions, fish sauce and lime juice to the cooked chicken.

Step 4: Then add the herbs mixture and chili flakes.

Step 5: Toss everything together and top it with roasted peanuts and salt. Garnish it with the remaining mint leaves and cilantro.

The flavour of mint, lemongrass and basil along with ginger adds an ineffable aroma to the salad making it heavenly. It also cleans the palette. The herbs are a rich source of Iron and Vitamin C and the chicken of course is a powerhouse of protein. The onions and lemon help in cutting down the fat while the red chilli flakes help in digestion.

So there you have your bowl full of goodness! Enjoy this wholesome healthy Thai Chicken salad for a meal by itself.

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