This is one of our absolute favorite classic Thai dishes. Easy to toss together, good hot or cold, with lettuce or rice - you can't go wrong!
Cook Time: 15 minutes
✅ 2 lbs ground chicken
✅ 1 medium red onion, or 3-4 shallots, sliced
✅ 1 cup cilantro, chopped
✅ 2 tbsp Yai's Thai Chili Garlic Hot Sauce
✅ 4 tbsp fish sauce
✅ Juice of 1-1.5 limes (2-3 tbsp)
✅ Optional: 1 tbsp coconut aminos or soy sauce
✅ Optional: lettuce cups or jasmine rice
☑️ In a skillet, cook the chicken over medium heat.
☑️ Stir in the fish sauce and Chili Garlic Hot Sauce. (Note that with both of these ingredients a little goes a long way, and you can always add more!)
☑️ In a separate bowl, combine the cilantro, red onions and lime juice.
☑️ Once chicken has cooked, add it to the bowl on top of the cilantro and onion mixture. Let sit for a minute or two and then thoroughly mix together (the heat from the chicken "cooks" the shallot just enough to remove the bite).
☑️ Serve in lettuce cups, over jasmine rice, or eat plain!
Note on spelling & pronunciation: you'll often see this dish spelled "larb gai" or "laab gai." We think the "laap gai" spelling gives you the best sense of how it is pronounced - "laap" is pronounced similarly to a quickly spoken "yup," NOT rhyming with "garb!" The word "gai" means chicken, and rhymes with Yai's Thai!