Thai Ground Chicken Salad (Larb Gai)

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Larb Gai is a dish of ground chicken with fresh herbs like Thai basil, mint and cilantro. I had this dish several years ago at a Thai restaurant and instantly fell in love with it due to its simplicity! This dish is also very light and refreshing because of the fresh herbs.

Traditionally, chillies are used in this dish and roasted rice powder is also used to provide a nuttiness. I had been meaning to try making an AIP version of larb gai and finally got a chance to make it a few weeks ago. I replaced chilies with ginger and added lots of herbs to make up for the lack of heat. I also added cucumbers to make it a filling meal. The salad turned out absolutely delicious and is perfect when you want to eat something light!

I wanted to keep this recipe really simple and easy and hence I have used ground ginger and garlic powder. However, you can certainly use fresh ginger and fresh garlic if you like.

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Thai Ground Chicken Salad (Larb Gai)
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Serves: 2-3
For the chicken:
For the salad:
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh Thai basil (or regular basil) finely chopped
  • ½ cup cucumber, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped red onions
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (or lime juice)
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon coconut aminos
  • 6-8 large romaine lettuce leaves
For cooking the chicken:
  1. Heat a skillet and when hot add the coconut oil. Then add the ground chicken along with the ginger, garlic, sea salt and the tigernut flour (if adding). Stir fry on medium heat stirring frequently for about 5 minutes until the chicken is cooked. Move the ground chicken towards the edges of the skillet and let cook on medium for another 5 minutes or so until most of the liquid in the center of the pan evaporates. Turn heat off and transfer the chicken to a large mixing bowl. Let the chicken cool for 10-15 minutes.
For making the salad:
  1. Once the chicken has cooled enough, add all the fresh herbs, cucumber and the onions into the mixing bowl with the chicken.
  2. Take a small mixing bowl and mix the lemon juice (or lime juice) with the honey, the red wine vinegar and the coconut aminos and pour this mixture into the larger mixing bowl (with the chicken) and toss everything well together. Check for seasoning and sprinkle more sea salt if needed.
  3. Serve salad by placing the chicken mixture over lettuce leaves.


About Indira Pulliadath

Indira Pulliadath is a nutritional therapy practitioner (NTP) and an AIP Certified Coach. Before working as a Nutritionist, she worked as a researcher in the healthcare industry for 15 years in the field of pharmacoeconomics. She started exploring healing diets five years ago when she was first diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. The disease pretty much crippled her, progressing very rapidly to all her joints. Over a period of two years, she tried several diets and alternative therapies, which did not help her much. Finally it was the AIP diet that helped to reduce her pain and inflammation greatly. Once she began to get better, she decided to switch careers and become a nutritional therapist so she could help other people. When she is not doing health coaching or researching, she is experimenting in her kitchen! She loves to develop Paleo and AIP versions of her family’s favorite recipes. You can find her recipes on her blog 'Cook2Nourish’ and on her Youtube channel. She is also active on Instagram and Facebook. Indira lives in Connecticut with her husband and two teenage children. As a family they enjoy hiking in the beautiful trails in and around Connecticut.


  • L says

    So delicious! This has become a family favourite, and is one of the few salads our teen happily eats.

    • Indira Pulliadath says

      That is so wonderful to hear! My teenage kids love it too! Thank you for sharing!

  • Julie says

    This salad is so flavorful. It is easy to make and uses ingredients regularly available. This is going to be a regular meal in our household.

    • Indira Pulliadath says

      Yes it’s so easy to make right? I love it for the same reason and yet you also feel like you are eating a special meal! Thank you for sharing!

  • ashok says

    Thanks For Sharing this amazing recipe. My family loved it. I will be sharing this recipe with my friends. Hope the will like it.

    • Indira Pulliadath says

      I am so happy to hear that! And I hope your friends will like it too! Thanks for your feedback!

  • Sarah Wynde says

    Made this today and it was delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’ll definitely be making it again!

  • Kara Boyd says

    Is there a substitute for tiger nut powder? I don’t have any yet but I’m ordering some!

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