Northeast Minced Chicken Salad Recipe (Lap Kai)

Northeast Minced Chicken Salad from Simple Thai Food cookbook.

Reprinted with permission from Simple Thai Food by Leela Punyaratabandhu, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc. Photography (c) 2014 by Erin Kunkel.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Thai
Keyword Northeast Minced Chicken Salad
Servings 4 people
Calories 172 kcal


  • 1 thick slice galangal, minced (optional) (1/4-inch )
  • 2 large shallots, about 1 ounce each, sliced lengthwise paper-thin
  • 2 tablespoons red chile powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 12 ounces ground chicken
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons toasted rice powder
  • 10 blades fresh sawtooth coriander,coarsely chopped, or ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • ½ cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 3 or 4 1-inch-wide wedges green cabbage


  1. Place a dry wok or 14-inch skillet over medium-low heat, add the galangal, and toast, stirring constantly, until dry to the touch and fragrant, which should take about 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Add the shallots, chile powder, fish sauce, and lime juice to the bowl with the galangal, stir to mix, and set aside.
  3. Return the pan to medium heat. When the pan is hot, add the chicken and water and cook, stirring and breaking up the meat with the edge of the spatula, just until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer the chicken and its juices to the bowl with the dressing.
  4. Stir everything together well, then taste to see if the seasoning needs correcting. The salad should be predominantly sour, then salty. Adjust the seasoning as needed. When the salad tastes right, stir in the rice powder, sawtooth coriander, and mint. Serve immediately with the cabbage on the side.
Nutrition Facts
Northeast Minced Chicken Salad Recipe (Lap Kai)
Amount Per Serving (4 people)
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 656mg 27%
Potassium 726mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 31.4%
Vitamin C 22.1%
Calcium 7.1%
Iron 16.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.