Chicken Larb Bowls

Chicken Larb Bowls from cookbook #2 are happening today. GET PUMPED. These were hands down the most popular recipe from that cookbook!

Chicken Larb with Coconut Rice from (@whatsgabycookin)

If you haven’t snagged a copy of my 2nd cookbook yet, you’re totally missing out! It’s packed to the brim of California inspired recipes that are easy to make and even easier to eat. It’s been so fun watching everyone make their favorite recipes over the last 2 years and 1 recipe that keeps popping up again and again on social media is the larb bowl!!

Chicken Larb with Coconut Rice from (@whatsgabycookin)

I’m not going to lie to you, I knew it would be a hit. It’s incredibly flavorful, kids of all ages will love it, adults will devour it and it’s easy. I make it at least once a week for Thomas and I and neither of us can get enough. So obvi I wanted to bring it to the blog so you can get a little taste of the book if you haven’t gotten your copy yet!!

Chicken Larb with Coconut Rice from (@whatsgabycookin)

Chicken Larb with Coconut Rice from (@whatsgabycookin)

Chicken Larb Bowls

5 from 35 votes
Servings 4 people


For the quick pickles:

  • 2 Persian cucumbers thinly sliced
  • ½ red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

For the chicken:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 5 ounces kale deveined and chopped
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 6 scallions white and light green parts, thinly sliced
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sambal oelek
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

For the rice:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups jasmine rice
  • zest and juice of 1 lime

To garnish:

  • fresh mint leaves
  • fresh basil leaves
  • fresh cilantro leaves


To make the quick pickles:

  • In a small bowl, toss the cucumbers, red onion, and vinegar. Set aside to marinate while you cook the chicken.

To make the chicken:

  • In a large, heavy-bottomed skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the kale and cook until wilted, 5 to 6 minutes. Season with salt and carefully transfer to a medium bowl.
  • Add the ground chicken to the same skillet and cook, breaking it apart with the back of a wooden spoon and stirring frequently until no pink remains, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and scallions and cook for 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the soy sauce, sambal oelek, and brown sugar and stir to combine. Return the cooked kale to the skillet and stir to combine. Season with salt and reduce the heat to low until ready to serve.

To make the rice:

  • Combine the water, coconut milk, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan and heat over medium-high heat until the mixture starts to simmer. Add the rice and bring back to a low simmer. Cover the pot, reduce the heat to low, and cook undisturbed for about 15 minutes, until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Turn off the heat and let the rice steam for another 5 to 10 minutes, until fully cooked and soft. Uncover, fluff, and toss in the lime zest and juice.

To assemble:

  • Divide the rice among 4 bowls, followed by the chicken and kale, pickles, and plenty of fresh mint, basil, and cilantro. Serve immediately.

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  1. Lindsey

    This is my favorite recipe from the book! I double it and take for lunches and it holds up amazing to being reheated! It does not last long in my house! Love love love!

  2. Nina

    Looks and sounds yummy.
    My concern is the calories in the coconut rice!
    And you add sugar!!
    Any way to decrease the high sugar content without deflating taste?

    • Gaby

      you can omit the sugar and use low-fat coconut milk!

  3. Alison

    Love love love this recipe! We double the kale and use ground turkey, but other than that it is unchanged. The fresh herbs are a must, especially the mint. This is in our weeknight rotation forever! I keep meaning to take a pic for Instagram but we scarf it down before we remember. Next time, I promise!

  4. Jeanette

    I made this and the family loved it so much that I made it again two days later! Second time I used broccoli instead of kale since that’s what I had. So good!

  5. Alison Vander Vort

    Love this recipe – tried it tonight and got rave reviews from my family. Do you typically use ground white meat chicken or dark meat? Thanks.

  6. Wendy McConnell

    My husband and I loved this dish so much! Unfortunately, it wasn’t too kid friendly until a little sweet chili sauce was added on top. I plan to bring this in to our meal rotation. I love how versatile it is. You can use any vegetable and you can add other herbs/spices such lemongrass or ginger. I modified a little to make it gluten free by using gluten free tamari. And I used a little fish sauce instead of salt. I also used gluten free Sinto brand gochu jang sauce instead of sambal oelek. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

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  8. Meghan

    This. Is. So. Good. Quick, easy and delicious! Trader Joe’s was out of ground chicken AND ground turkey, so made it with ground pork — can’t wait to try it with chicken. Welcome to my regular dinner rotation, larb. 🙂

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  11. Haviva

    I loved this as is, but added a couple splashes of fish sauce and it took it over the top. Great dinner and already excited for leftovers tomorrow!

  12. Jen Merschel

    Made these tonight and they were amazing. Such a variety of flavors and textures. I did use half cauliflower rice and half jasmine. My boyfriend said we need to make them for friends!

  13. Megan

    This was AMAZING!!!! I’ve been wanting to make it since I got the cookbook and decided on Game of Thrones premier night! Today was the happiest day ever! I cannot wait to make this over & over & over!

  14. Jenn

    This recipe is AMAZING! Thank you. I made it with ground turkey and substituted siracha for the sambal oelek. Easy to make and so many flavors!

  15. Suzanne

    Made this for dinner tonight with friends. I’m so grateful I doubled it for leftovers! Major hit with friends and even my toddler. Thank you, Gaby!

  16. Dawn Fox

    My family loves this recipe so much that I triple the recipe and usually make it once a week! My 7.5 month old grandson eats it with two hands.

  17. Kristina S

    This is a top three recipe for sure! The best part is the coconut rice- amazing. I doubled the kale because it was just so good!

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    • Christina Corey

      I can’t wait to make this! Sorry for the dumb question but is the coconut milk the kind in the can for curry or the kind in the boxes that one drinks?
      Thank you so much!!

  19. Alan

    5 stars
    This is one of my go-to recipes when I want to make people happy. So many great flavors and if there are ever any leftovers, it reheats well. The pickles are so easy and so delicious. The coconut rice is perfection. Make this!

  20. Renee

    5 stars
    Truly top 5 favorite. I always make it when we have guests over. It’s a crowd pleaser and super easy to make. The flavors are unreal! *chefs kiss*

  21. Ashley

    5 stars
    Absolutely the best hands down!!! Now on repeat weekly at our house! Full of flavor (coconut rice is out of this world), and super easy to make for a weeknight meal!

  22. Vanessa Lobdell

    5 stars
    One of my favorites from the cookbook. We also love the version with added mushrooms. This is one of my 2 year old’s favorite meals!!! He usually has 2-3 helpings. We probably make it every month.

  23. Jessica

    5 stars
    My husband’s favorite WGC recipe I’ve made so far! And my 3 and 5 year olds loved it too. My 5 year old is super picky about what kind of rice he likes but this one made the list. Larb bowls have made the regular meal list!

  24. Melanie

    5 stars
    I have made this recipe and the other version with mushrooms…Delicious !
    Love the cookbook !

  25. Alyssa

    5 stars
    I’ve been meaning to try this recipe since purchasing the cookbook over a year ago and finally got around to it this week. I don’t know what I was waiting for!! Delicious, not too difficult, will definitely become a regular part of the dinner rotation.

  26. Jessica

    5 stars
    One of our favorite Gaby recipes (although I haven’t made one we didnt love)! We make it at least once a week!

  27. Emily Steuwe

    5 stars
    Loved the meal, but made small changes to the recipe!

    The rice to meat proportion was too much, so I doubled the meat by adding 1 pound of ground pork to the ground chicken.

    I also doubled the greens (I used mixed greens vs kale), garlic, onions, and sauce (4 Tbs soy sauce, 4 Tbs chili paste, 2 Tbs brown sugar).

  28. Angela Vendetti

    5 stars
    THIS IS DELICIOUS! I made this last night and my husband and I both loved it! I used 2 tbsp of low sodium soy sauce (Trader Joe’s) and 1 tbsp of sambal oelek and made everything per the recipe and this is a keeper! The kale, fresh herbs, and fresh pickles balance the rich flavors of the meat and rice. This was a “feel good” meal; good fuel for a healthy machine. Oh, and my husband who doesn’t eat leftovers gladly took this for lunch today.

    Gabby, I’ve visited a lot of blogs, burn yours is the only one I follow. The quality and variety of your recipes is great! Thanks for sharing your wonderful vision!

  29. Jenna

    5 stars
    Quite possibly my favorite What’s Gaby Cooking recipe ever. I make some variation of this recipe almost every week. Easy weeknight meal.

  30. Ashleigh

    5 stars
    This recipe is fantastic, so fresh and flavorful with the fresh herbs, and the cucumbers offset some of the spice from the sambal oelek. My only suggestion would be to double the chicken/kale mixture, it’s a huge batch of rice so we usually run out of meat before using all the rice (but the rice is good on its own as well). Need to try the beef and vegetarian versions next!

  31. Maya Vilenko

    Is there anything that can replace the kale? Cabbage maybe? Thanks!!!

  32. Jess Cesca

    5 stars
    My husband “doesn’t like” kale, ground chicken or coconut but LOVES this dish and has requested it on multiple occasions. Definitely in the rotation!

  33. Theresa Magliozzi

    5 stars
    We make this weekly, it is one of our all time favorites! Our son is 15months old and he can devour a couple bowls full as well. Make this, you won’t regret it! We often use turkey, delish with either. You can leave out the sugar in the rice and can’t tell a difference. I think the full fat coconut milk is 100% worth it.

  34. Sara

    5 stars
    This is my go-to recipe for every occasion! I love love love this recipe and pass it along to anyone who asks for recipe recommendations. I’m also veg so I sub the chicken for tofu and it still tastes absolutely amazing!

  35. Gabriela

    5 stars
    First recipe I made from Gaby’s cookbook and it did not disappoint! Have made it probably 5 times since then! Such a good flavor combination! The fresh herbs, pickled cucumber, meat, the coconut rice… omg! Definitely a staple! I’ve made it using coconut aminos and ground turkey and it turns out great!!

  36. Alicia Rovero

    Can I use ground turkey meat??? I have extra so thought it would be good.

  37. Karoline Hurd

    5 stars
    Here you go—the ultimate compliment. From my husband: This is probably the best thing you’ve made! And we’ve been married 40 years. And I cook and bake a lot.

  38. Maritza Sowell

    5 stars
    So quick and easy!! I love that you can make subs, like I did tonight with arugula instead of kale and it was amazing!! Thank you!