Not only is this Thai dish super lean and packed full of flavor… it’s yet another excuse to head to my favorite Asian grocery store: Hong Kong Market. Inside awaits an almost overwhelming selection of any Asian ingredient on your list (and the best selection of frozen potstickers – gyoza – dumplings in Dallas).
Fresh lemongrass and thai bird chiles are a must. I would also suggest a better than average fish sauce (Three Crabs Brand Fish Sauce is the best). I store it in the fridge as I use it often for Vietnamese Bun and it lasts forever. Central Market also has these ingredients… but for 3 times the price. So be adventurous and check out the Asian markets.
This recipe is adapted from Giada’s Turkey Larb. You can use any ground meat for this dish but the chicken breast is great & stays very moist with the onions. She also calls for mint… I prefer cilantro and Thai basil in the dish.
- 1/3 cup fresh lime juice, from about 5 limes
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, from 1 large lemon
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce*
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- 3 shallots, thinly sliced
- 1 (4-inch) piece lemongrass, minced (about 1/4 cup)*
- 2-3 Thai chiles or 1 serrano chile, stemmed and thinly sliced*
- Kosher salt
- 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken breast
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 head butter lettuce, leaves separated
- *Can be found at specialty Asian markets
Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, lemon juice, fish sauce and honey. Set aside.
Larb: In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, shallots, lemongrass, chile, and salt, to taste. Cook until the vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken and season with salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the meat and vegetables are cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add the dressing to the pan and cook for 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cilantro. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Spoon the chicken mixture onto the lettuce leaves and arrange on a serving platter. Serve with sticky rice or steamed white rice if desired.