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Chicken Larb Bowls from cookbook #2 is happening today. GET PUMPED. This was hands down the most popular recipe from that cookbook! The first time I had Chicken Larb (Larb Gai) I was at Night + Market in West Hollywood. The moment I tried this amazing dish I knew that I had to try and make it at home.

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 4ish 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)

What is Chicken Larb?

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.

If you've never heard of Larb before - it's a meat dish and is a staple dish of both Laos and Thailand. The Laotian version of Larb uses fish sauce and the Thai version omits the fish sauce and relies more on spices. The version below is by no means super traditional - but it's incredibly flavorful and after seeing you guys make it for years on end, I know we're all obsessed.

Where does Chicken Larb come from?

Chicken larb (also spelled laab or laap) is a popular dish in the cuisine of Laos and northeastern Thailand.

Larb is believed to have originated in Laos, and it has since become a popular dish throughout the region, particularly in the northeastern provinces of Thailand, where it is known as "larb gai" (chicken larb). It is often served with sticky rice and fresh vegetables, and can be found in local markets, street food stalls, and restaurants.

Larb has also gained popularity in other parts of the world, particularly in North America, Europe, and Australia, where it is often featured on Thai restaurant menus.

And if you love a chicken-rice bowl situation, I hope you have already made the ginger scallion chicken bowls, and if not, that is a great one to have on rotation as well!


Traditional Chicken Larb is a type of salad made with minced chicken, lime juice, fish sauce, chili peppers, roasted rice powder, and fresh herbs such as mint, cilantro, and scallions.

My iteration of this recipe calls for the following ingredients

For the quick pickles

  • Persian Cucumbers
  • Red Onion
  • Rice Vinegar

For the chicken

  • Vegetable Oil
  • Kale
  • Ground Chicken
  • Garlic
  • Scallions 
  • Soy Sauce
  • Sambal Oelek
  • Brown Sugar

For the rice

  • Water
  • Coconut Milk
  • Sugar
  • Kosher Salt
  • Jasmine Rice
  • Lime

To garnish:

  • Mint leaves
  • Basil leaves
  • Cilantro leaves
Chicken Larb with Coconut Rice from (@whatsgabycookin)

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Chicken Larb with Coconut Rice from (@whatsgabycookin)

Chicken Larb Bowls

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 65 votes
Chicken Larb over coconut lime rice is truly a match made in heaven. I promise your family will be obsessed!!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Thai, Laotian
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.


If you've never heard of Larb before - it's a meat dish and is a staple dish of both Laos and Thailand. The Laotian version of Larb uses fish sauce and the Thai version omits the fish sauce and relies more on spices. The version below is by no means super traditional - but it's incredibly flavorful and after seeing you guys make it for years on end, I know we're all obsessed.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 693kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 1194mg | Potassium: 1086mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3749IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 165mg | Iron: 5mg
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Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson 


  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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*

  7. 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!

  8. 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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