Lao Chicken Salad “Laap Gai”


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  • Prep Time : 30m
  • Cook Time : 60m
  • Ready In : 1:30 h


This Lao Chicken Salad ” Laap Gai” is a staple in Laos cuisine.  Minced chicken mixed with fresh mint, scallions, cilantro and lime, along with other flavorful ingredients, this dish is best served with hot and fresh sticky rice.

Note: This dish will need Toasted Rice Powder:  In a small skillet under medium heat, add a cup of long grain rice and toast it to a light golden brown,  After this is toasted,  put in a food processor and pulverized to a fine texture.


  • 4-5 lbs Chicken meat (thighs, drummies, breast, or use whole chicken)
  • 1 cup roughly chopped Mint Leaves
  • 1 cup finely chopped green onion
  • 1 cup sliced shallots
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 slices of Ginger
  • 1/4 stock of lemongrass or 1 tbsp. Lemongrass paste
  • 2 stocks of green onion
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 2 Limes
  • 1/2 cup of Fish sauce (squid brand)
  • 3 tbsp. Toasted Rice Powder
  • Thai Chile powder ( to taste )


Step 1

Bring water to a boil is a stock pot, add 2 stock of green onion, 2 tbsp salt,, 2 slices of ginger, and lemongrass to the water and add the chicken. Boil for 20 minutes and bring down to a simmer for another 40 minutes.

Step 2

Remove the chicken from the stock and let it cool in the open air, or dunk chicken in a bowl full of ice water. Whatever cooling method you use, the trick is to cool it down enough to work with it.

Step 3

De-bone the chicken, and minced the chicken meat and place in a big mixing bowl, discard chicken skin for a healthier option, but go ahead and add minced chicken skin for a richer flavor.

Step 4

Once you have minced all the chicken, go ahead and add all the chopped ingredients together and mix well.

Step 5

Now time for the rest of the ingredients! Add the juice of 2 limes, 1/2 cup of fish sauce, 3 tbsp. toasted rice powder, and slowly add in Thai Chili powder in small amounts. Add more chili powder for more heat or don't add any at all.

Step 6

It's all about how you like to balance of flavors and the balance between fish sauce and lime juice. Add more of what ingredients taste best to you. A great salad will have a great balance between meat and the fresh ingredients. Start with this recipe as a starting point and write your own preferred amounts of ingredients!

Step 7

This dish is best served cold and should be refridgerated for a couple of hours before enjoying with hot and fresh sticky rice!

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