Chicken Larb Lettuce Wraps

Larb is a classic Lao meat salad served at room temperature, making it perfect hot weather food. The seasoning for the meat is spicy; the lettuce wraps are crunchy and light; and serving the dish with raw vegetables or salad offers beautiful contrast. We served Spicy Sesame String Beans as a side dish, and prepared Japanese rice just for our sons to enjoy.

Chicken Larb Lettuce Wraps

This recipe packs a ton of flavor and texture variety into a really simple preparation. It's a delicious spicy and crunchy meal perfect for a hot summer night. In the winter, I imagine a heartier version, serving the chicken larb over a scoop of Japanese rice with a side salad.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: Lao, paleo, Thai
Keyword: chicken, dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, wheat-free
Servings: 4
Calories: 172kcal


  • 1 1/4 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs finely minced with a knife
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tsp coconut aminos
  • 1/4 tsp crushed dried chile
  • 6 romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1/4 cup green onion minced
  • black and white sesame seeds optional


  • Cook the minced chicken: pace it in a pot with water to cover, and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Turn heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until chicken is done (a few minutes).
  • In a medium bowl, combine the chicken. fish sauce, lime juice, coconut aminos, and chile. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  • Lay the lettuce leaf on a plate and spoon the chicken mixture into the middle. Top with minced green onions and optional sesame seeds and serve. Enjoy!


We based this on a recipe from Mark Bittman in The New York Times. We omitted the ground toasted rice from our version to keep it Paleo, though I might add it next time I make this recipe because I think it would add an amazing extra flavor dimension (cook 1/2 cup long-grain rice in a skillet until it’s browned and then grind to a powder in a food processor or grinder).
Fish sauce is also called “nam pla”. You can purchase a gluten-free variety if you are avoiding wheat or gluten.
We used coconut aminos in place of sugar in the recipe. We use it in a lot of Asian recipes to replace soy sauce and sugar. 
My nine-year-old son loves sesame seeds. He had the idea to sprinkle them on to the chicken larb, and it definitely worked! I highly recommend.

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