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Rating: 4.75 stars
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

Bad haircuts make me crazy. Literally. I turn into a 3-year-old, crying, sniffling, ranting things like, 'My hair will never grow back!' So, when I met Nikki over a decade ago, I've stuck to her like how Bon Jovi groupies have stuck to the oh so fab Jon. On my recent visit with Nikki, I learned that not only is she an ace stylist, she apparently is the keeper of Thai cooking secrets. I'm usually dozing when Nikki is doing her hair magic… the reason why I didn't know this sooner. Anyway, Nikki shared her mom's ground chicken cooking technique for Larb Gai. Hope you enjoy it.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Dressing:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk lemon juice, lime juice, fish sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, cayenne, and lemon zest together in a bowl until dressing is smooth.

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  • Spread ground turkey in a thin layer in a arge skillet; add garlic. Pour enough water into the skillet to cover the turkey; bring to a boil. Cook and stir turkey mixture, breaking the meat apart with a fork, until turkey is browned and crumbly, 7 to 10 minutes. Drain liquid and transfer turkey to a large glass bowl.

  • Mix red onion, carrot, chestnuts, Thai chile peppers, green onions, mint, basil, and cilantro into turkey until well combined. Refrigerate mixture until chilled, about 30 minutes.

  • Sprinkle rice powder and Thai chile flakes over turkey mixture and mix well.

Cook's Notes:

Serve with any type of greens or lettuce... romaine, Boston, endives, arugula, etc. You can even serve it with rice. I prefer brown.

This can be served as an appetizer or tapas-style. Don't forget the lettuce and mung beans on the side.

Boiling the turkey instead of stir frying it keeps it moist and helps the turkey absorb all the beautiful flavors that is Larb Gai.

Nutrition Facts

266 calories; protein 24.9g; carbohydrates 21.3g; fat 9.8g; cholesterol 83.6mg; sodium 630.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (10)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/29/2020
This was amazing! I've prepared several Larb recipes but this one is the best. I used ground chicken instead of turkey. Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/14/2018
the flavors were delicious & spot on however it was waaay too spicy. next time I will leave out the Thai chiles completely & halve the cayenne pepper in the dressing. Read More
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2017
super yummy healthy and fresh. I added like 3 additional TBS of sugar and skipped the rice flakes. I also used 2 Anaheim peppers sans the seeds instead of Thai Chiles. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2021
Good basic mixture. I used pork and added some Thai green chili sauce. Used with lettuce leaves. I didn’t like the dressing, I added some hoisin as it was too acidic. I am putting my leftover meat in a quiche with spinach for lunch tomorrow. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/23/2016
This was really good and very fresh tasting. Served with lettuce cups. Added a little bit more fish sauce a dash of soy and served with Sriracha. Had to sub jicama for water chestnuts and a cubanelle for Thai chilies (what I had on hand). 3 adults no leftovers = success! Thank you. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/18/2016
This is a delicious meal. And a great way to use ground turkey. Low calorie high in flavor!! I'll put just a bit of sesame oil in the dressing next time for more clinging to the salad. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2017
i made this recipe but i didnt have cayenne pepper carrot the toasted rice basil or mint or parsley (or was it cilantro) and used chicken and coriander instead. it still tastes awfully delicious and i am proud to cook this fave dish of mine as my first foray into thai dishes. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
09/14/2018
the flavors were delicious & spot on however it was waaay too spicy. next time I will leave out the Thai chiles completely & halve the cayenne pepper in the dressing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2020
This was amazing! I've prepared several Larb recipes but this one is the best. I used ground chicken instead of turkey. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2020
Holy cow, this was amazing. What I did different was add a lot of Thai chilis (diced) and omit the dried chili flakes. I also could not find toasted rice powder, so I omitted that too. I bought a head of Boston Bibb lettuce and separated and washed all the leaves. We basically made larb lettuce wraps and holy cow, it was something else. Serious high-5 to the OP. This recipe is dynamite. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2016
I made two different Larb recipes last night and this one was definitely better hands down. It seems like a lot of ingredients but it is well worth it in the end. We really liked these with all of the different flavors and texture. It is also a recipe that could easily be changed up for what you like or what you have on hand. By the way LOVE the name and the reference to Bon Jovi! You had me at Bon Jovi:) Read More