Saturday, June 29, 2019

Chicken Laap #Recipe @PegCochran

Laap is a traditional Laotian dish often made with duck and served with sticky rice.  This recipe calls for ground chicken thighs, but I substituted a pack of ground chicken from the supermarket although you could grind the chicken in your food processor or ask the butcher to do it for you.  

I have no idea what the coconut flour adds to the dish--maybe thickening?--and now I have to find a use for the rest of it.  I honestly think you could leave it out if you don't want to invest in a bag.

I also dialed back on the fish sauce, which has a strong flavor, using one tablespoon instead of two.  I also added some edamame because we like it.

We really enjoyed this.  It's fun to eat with your hands! I served it with some slaw with Asian dressing.

1 teaspoon coconut flour
1 teaspoon oil
1 small shallot (thinly sliced)
1 pound ground chicken thighs
½ pound large shrimp (peeled and chopped coarsely)
2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 scallions, thinly sliced
¼ cup chopped cilantro
¼ cup minced fresh mint leaves
1 head butter lettuce  

Line a cookie sheet with parchment and toast the coconut flour in a 300°F oven for 5 to 7 minutes or until the flour turns golden brown.  Or, toast the flour in a pan on the stove over low heat.

Heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the sliced shallot and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes or until softened.

Add the ground chicken and cook, stirring, for 3 to 5 minutes until no longer pink.

Add the shrimp and stir-fry for another 2 to 3 minutes or until cooked through.

Remove the pan from the heat and add the fish sauce, lime juice, toasted coconut flour and cayenne pepper.  

Sprinkle the chopped herbs on top. 

To eat, wrap a 1/3 cup of laap in a lettuce leaf.


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  1. My daughter has just gotten back from teaching English in Laos for the last year. Looking forward to trying the recipe with her. She had been missing foods from home, but now that she is back she is missing foods from Laos. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    1. That must have been a fantastic experience for your daughter!

  2. Lettuce wraps are rather magical, aren't they?