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Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups

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Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups

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Ingredients

  • 1lb / 500g lean chicken mince (ground chicken)
  • 4 large or 8 small lettuce leaves, to serve (I used iceberg)
  • ½ red onion, cut into 4 wedges then finely sliced
  • ⅓ cup cilantro / coriander leaves, plus extra to garnish
  • ⅓ cup mint leaves, plus extra to garnish
  • 2 tbsp uncooked rice (any rice is fine) OR 2 tsp cornstarch / corn flour (optional) (Note 1)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp peanut oil (or other high smoke point cooking oil)
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated or very finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp crushed peanuts (optional)
  • 2½ tbsp lime juice (1 to 2 limes)
  • 1½ tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lemon grass stalk, white and very pale green part only, finely chopped (Note 1)
  • 2 birds eye chilli, deseeded and finely chopped (adjust to taste)

Instructions

1

Optional step: Heat a wok (or heavy based fry pan) over high heat. Add the rice and dry cook for 5 minutes until it turns dark golden brown. Remove into a mortar and pestle and ground into powder.

2

Place water and rice powder OR cornstarch (if using) into a small bowl. Mix into a slurry. Add lime juice, fish sauce and sugar and mix to combine. Set aside.

3

Heat peanut oil in a wok (or heavy based fry pan) over medium high heat. Add ginger, garlic, lemongrass and chilli and sauté for 45 seconds to 1 minute until fragrant. Do not let the garlic burn, it will taste bitter.

4

Add the chicken and turn up the heat to high. Cook the chicken, breaking up the mince into small pieces.

5

Once the chicken turns white and is almost cooked through (about 4 minutes), add the sauce from Step 2. Cook for 45 seconds to 1 minute to coat the chicken and for the sauce to thicken.

6

Remove wok from heat. Stir through onion, coriander/cilantro and mint.

7

Spoon into lettuce cups and serve. Garnish with extra mint, coriander/cilantro leaves and peanuts, if using.

8

Alternatively, serve the Larb in bowls with the lettuce cups on the side so people can help themselves.

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