This 15-Minute Chicken-&-Herb Salad Recipe Is Perfect For Lunch

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If you've never had Laotian cuisine before, don't be intimidated — the flavors are similar to what you've probably encountered in Thai dishes. In this classic regional favorite, fragrant lemongrass and tart lime juice play together with garlic and chilis to spice up ground chicken. Don't skip the fish sauce, though! While it may be undetectable, it lends an important note of umami. Impress your guests with something adventurous — they'll never believe it all comes together in less than 15 minutes.

Chicken Laab
Serves 4
Recipe developed by Merce Muse

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2 tbsp coconut oil
1 lb ground chicken
2 stalks lemongrass, rough outer leaves removed and soft innards minced
3 cloves garlic
4 bird's eye chilis, chopped
2 tbsp fish sauce
1/2 cup lime juice
2 tsp coconut aminos
3 tbsp coconut sugar
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 hothouse cucumber, sliced into rounds
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
3/4 cups mint leaves
Cashews, for garnish

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1. Heat coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat.

2. Add ground chicken and sauté, breaking up into small pieces.

3. Add in lemongrass, garlic, and chilis and mix to combine. Cook until chicken is just browned, about 3 minutes.
4. Add in fish sauce, lime juice, coconut aminos, and coconut sugar.

5. Mix to coat chicken, and allow the liquid to slightly caramelize.

6. Season with salt and pepper.

7. Place chicken mixture in a bowl and toss with cucumber, red onion, and mint leaves. Garnish with cashews and serve.

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