Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Thai Minced Chicken Salad

This. Is. Beautiful. And you know me, I wouldn't tell a lie.

I made this salad from BBC Good Food last week for the first time, and wow, it was good. The lemongrass mixture smelt delicious and authentic Thai and it was spicy but not too spicy - the crisp cold vegetables helped to cool it somewhat.

We'll definitely have this again and I recommend you try it. It's so easy to make aside from a bit of chopping (again, I used my mini chopper for this as it's so easy to bung all the bits in and whizz them up) and even better if you don't decide to mince the chicken by hand...

Thai Minced Chicken Salad


2 lemon grass
4 lime leaves, stalked removed
2 red chillies, deseeded
3 garlic cloves
finger-tip length piece fresh root ginger
4 skinless chicken breasts
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp chilli powder
50ml fish sauce
1 red onion, chopped
3 tbsp lime juice
handful each of mint, basil & coriander leaves, chopped

To serve;
3 Baby Gem lettuces, leaves separated
1 cucumber, seeds removed and cut into strips lengthways
200g bean sprouts
lime wedges to serve


Roughly chop the lemongrass, lime leaves, red chillies, garlic and ginger, then throw them all into a processor and blitz until everything is very finely chopped together. Mince the chicken breasts into tiny pieces.

Heat a wok over a high heat and add the vegetable oil and the sesame oil. Throw in the lemongrass mixture and fry briefly before adding the minced chicken and the chilli powder. Stir-fry the chicken for 4 mins then splash in the fish sauce. Turn down the heat a little and allow the chicken and fish sauce to bubble together for another 4 mins, stirring, then add the chopped red onion and cook for another min.

Remove from the heat, pour over the lime juice and toss in the herbs. Serve with the salad veg and a lime wedge on the side.

The above should serve 4 as a (very) light meal! I halved this recipe for two of us and it was not nearly enough food to be considered a meal, but perhaps we're piglets.

love & kisses
Mrs M x

1 comment:

  1. Oh that looks scrumptious! Thanks for posting it, think I'll make it this weekend.

    MD xx


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