Northeast Minced Chicken Salad Recipe (Lap Kai)

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.

Recipe Notes

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.

Nutrition Facts
Northeast Minced Chicken Salad Recipe (Lap Kai)
Amount Per Serving (4 people)
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 656mg29%
Potassium 726mg21%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 1570IU31%
Vitamin C 18.2mg22%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.