Tom Ka Gai (Coconut Chicken Soup)


The quintessential Thai soup.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
6 servings


  • ¾ pound boneless, skinless chicken meat

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 (14 ounce) cans coconut milk

  • 2 cups water

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root

  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce

  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Cut chicken into thin strips and saute in oil for to 2 to 3 minutes until the chicken turns white.

  2. In a pot, bring coconut milk and water to a boil. Reduce heat. Add ginger, fish sauce, lime juice, cayenne powder and turmeric. Simmer until the chicken is done, 10 to 15 minutes.

  3. Sprinkle with scallions and fresh cilantro and serve steaming hot.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

433 Calories
41g Fat
6g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 433
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g 53%
Saturated Fat 27g 137%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 787mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 5mg 26%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 465mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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