Chicken Larb in Lettuce Cups

I have been making this recipe for close to a year…I overheard one of my colleagues at work talking about this amazing dish called ‘ Chicken Larb’….I listened so intently that I copied the recipe down as she spoke!!

And I never looked back….the dish was a life changer…So flavoursome and healthy, fresh and appealing.

I made it recently for my Mum, Dad, Brother and sister-in-law…. all four of them requested the recipe ( here it is guys!!)

So without further ado…Chicken Larb in Lettuce Cups

Chicken Larb in Lettuce Cups

Chicken Larb in Lettuce Cups

Note to the budget conscious– Chicken mince can be substituted for Turkey Mince…I have made this recipe numerous times with Turkey mince and the taste is just the same / some might say even better

Ingredients

500g chicken mince OR 500g Turkey Mince

1 tablespoon Olive oil

1 medium brown onion, finely chopped

1 stalk lemon grass, white part only, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger

2 sliced fresh red chillies

1 tablespoon fish sauce (or to taste)

1 table spoon soy sauce (or to taste)

½ juice of fresh lime ( or to taste)

1 teaspoon coconut sugar / or brown sugar

1 cup coriander, chopped

1 cup mint, chopped

1 cup bean sprouts (optional)

1 whole lettuce, leaves separated

Chopped coriander and mint for serving

Cooking Method

Heat oil in fry pan, add finely chopped onion, lemon grass, crushed garlic, ginger and chilli and cook for 3 mins or until aromatic.

Add chicken mince and cook, stirring to break up any lumps, for 5 minutes or until chicken starts to brown.

Add the soy sauce,  fish sauce, lime juice and sugar and stir to combine. Set aside for 10 minutes to cool slightly.

Add bean sprouts, coriander and mint and gently toss until just combined.

Spoon chicken mixture into lettuce cups and serve with wedge of lemon, chopped coriander and mint.

Totally YUMMY!!

Other serving suggestions

  • Sprinkle with roasted peanuts for additional crunch
  • Serve chicken mince in lettuce cups on a bed of alfalfa sprouts and grated cheese

Satay Beef with Bean sprouts, Green Beans, Coriander and Lime

If you are onto a good thing…stick with it! Low Carb, low sugar…no worries! Cooking with these two things in mind can be simple, cost effective and very, very tasty!

And so I present Satay Beef with Bean sprouts, Green Beans, Coriander and Lime.

Yes, the same base that was used in my Yogurt Chicken Curry recipe, but this time the bean spout mix plays second fiddle to a delightful sweet coconut and peanut sauce, slices of tender beef and garlic, onion and chilli.

Before you tackle this simple recipe…a disclosure

Disclosure: I am the first to admit that I don’t cook to recipes….I cook by sight, taste, smell etc…and the roll call of ingredients and there quantities probably best suit people who cook in a similar way, those who are happy to use my recipe as guide, a choose your own adventure approach to making this Satay Beef dish….You decided how much /or how little you use of each ingredients….cook on your terms!!All that can be guaranteed is that you will end up with a SUPER tasty meal to be enjoyed and savoured

Ingredients- Serves 4

500 grams of beef ( I brought beef cut into stir fry strips…cheats prosper!!)

Olive oil

1 onion, halved and then chopped into slices

3 gloves garlic

1 small red chilli, finely chopped

1 small can coconut cream (165mil)

2 heaped tablespoons Peanut Butter (I use 100% Natural Sanitarium Peanut Butter)

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon fish sauce

Optional – 1 or 2 tablespoons of water to create sauce consistency if needed

Salt and pepper to taste

Rice OR

Bean Sprout, Green Bean, Coriander and Lime juice- Serves 2

4 Handfuls of bean sprouts

10 Green beans, roughly chopped

Coriander

Lime juice

Salt/Pepper to taste

Cooking Method

Slice onion, use a garlic crusher and crush garlic cloves.

Finely chop red chilli.

Place olive oil into fry pan and turn on the heat. Place onion, garlic and chilli into pan and cook until onions are soft.

Add beef to fry pan. Cook beef with onion, garlic and chilli mix (should take about 10 minutes)

When beef is cooked, add coconut cream and peanut butter. Stir through chicken mix. Add water if needed be to create smooth sauce consistency( 2 tablespoons should be plenty)

Simmer for 3 minutes.

Remove from heat and add the juice of ½ a lime. Stir lime juice through the satay

Serve with Rice OR

Bean Sprout, Green Bean, Coriander and lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Divide mixture into two bowls.

Eat and Enjoy!

This dish is heavenly, slightly addictive and a guaranteed crowd pleasers…even if you happen to be cooking for one!!

Yogurt Chicken Curry with Bean Sprouts, Green Beans, Coriander and Lemon juice

This recipe( the Yogurt Chicken Curry part anyway) was bestowed upon me by a girl I had the honour of working with as a 23-year-old in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Sharanjit and I spent 6 months in 2002 working in a pub on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh called Deacon Broadies. We worked many shifts together, pouring endless pints of cider and serving haggis to the intoxicated.

I don’t know recall why the recipe for Yogurt Chicken Curry came to be in my possession…but as I was not a fan of haggis, I was certainly glad to inherit it!!

It came to me in spoken word form…and remained forever in my memory.

And 10 years later, I continue to cook Yogurt Chicken Curry…. It left a lasting impression, its simplicity,  flavour and  colour made it impossible to forget.

And it is fitting to include the recipe in my blog…for the dish is compliant with a low carb/low sugar approach to living. Instead of using rice, as a replacement the curry can be served on a bed of bean sprouts, green beans, coriander and lemon juice.

You are welcome to follow my lead, or use rice ( but I must say my bean sprout mix was super tasty and complimented the curry perfectly)

Yogurt Chicken Curry

Disclosure: I am the first to admit that I don’t cook to recipes….I cook by sight, taste, smell etc…and the roll call of ingredients and there quantities probably best suit people who cook in a similar way, those who are happy to use my recipe as guide, a choose your own adventure approach to making Yogurt Chicken Curry….You decided how much /or how little you use of each ingredients….cook on your terms!!All that can be guaranteed is that you will end up with a SUPER tasty meal to be enjoyed and savoured

Ingredients below will serve 2 adults

1 Chicken Breast

Olive oil

2 cloves garlic

1 teaspoon fresh ginger

1 brown onion, finely chopped

1 small red chilli, finely chopped

1 teaspoon cumin powder

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

Handful of coriander, chopped

4 tablespoons of natural yogurt

Lemon juice

Water

Rice OR

Bean Sprout, Green Bean, Coriander and lemon juice

4 handfuls of Bean Sprouts

10 Green beans, roughly chopped

Coriander

Lemon Juice

Salt/Pepper to taste

Cooking Method

Chop onion, use a garlic crusher and crush garlic cloves. I also use garlic crusher to mince the ginger ( once I have prepared ginger by removing the skin and cutting into small pieces)

Finely chop red chilli.

Place olive oil into fry pan and turn on the heat. Place onion, garlic, ginger and chilli into pan and cook until onions are soft. Add teaspoon of cumin and turmeric. With a wooden spoon, combine spices with other ingredients.

Chop chicken into bite size pieces. Add to fry pan. Cook chicken with onion and spice mix( should take about 10 minutes)

When chicken is cooked, add 4 tablespoons of natural yogurt to fry pan. Stir through chicken mix. Add water if needed be to create smooth sauce consistency( 2 tablespoons should be plenty)

Simmer for 3 minutes.

Remove from heat and add the juice of ½ a lemon to the curry as well as some chopped coriander. Stir both ingredients through the curry.

Serve with Rice OR

Bean Sprout, Green Bean, Coriander and lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Divide mixture into two bowls.

Enjoy…let the sights, smell, texture and taste of a dish guaranteed to transport you somewhere special…for me, each time I eat this dish, I am back in Edinburgh Scotland!!

Who knows were it will take you!!

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