Coconut Chicken Soup


It is a northern Thai soup called Tom Khai Gai. Much of the flavor comes from the garnish that is added after it is cooked: the fresh lime, chiles, coriander leaves, and the roasted chili curry paste. This soup will have a bite to it no matter what you do, but you can modify the spiciness by changing the peppers and the amount of chili paste that you use.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • 2 lemon grass, chopped

  • 4 slices (1/2-inch) piece peeled fresh ginger

  • 5 makrut lime leaves, torn in half

  • ¾ pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips

  • 5 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • ½ cup lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon red curry paste

  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped cilantro

  • 15 green Thai chiles, crushed


  1. Bring 1 cup coconut milk, lemon grass, ginger, and lime leaves to a boil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the chicken, fish sauce, and sugar. Reduce heat to medium, and continue cooking until the chicken no longer pink in the center, about 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1 cup coconut milk, and bring to a simmer, about 3 minutes.

  2. Divide the lime juice and curry paste into 4 bowls. Pour soup into bowls, and garnish with cilantro and Thai chiles.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

436 Calories
26g Fat
32g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 436
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 22g 109%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 1477mg 64%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 422mg 2,109%
Calcium 81mg 6%
Iron 7mg 41%
Potassium 1222mg 26%

* 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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