Spicy Chicken Thai Soup


Most of the ingredients for this Thai-inspired soup can be found in the supermarket. The red curry paste is spicy, but by controlling the amount of paste you add, you can tailor this to your own threshold of pain.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
6 servings


  • 3 lemongrass stalks, bottom two-thirds of tender inner bulbs only, thinly sliced

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 (4 inch) piece fresh ginger root, chopped

  • 4 cups chicken broth

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 2 ½ pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into chunks

  • 12 ounces fresh white mushrooms, quartered

  • 2 teaspoons red curry paste

  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • 2 (14 ounce) cans coconut milk

  • 1 red onion, sliced

  • ½ bunch cilantro, roughly chopped

  • 1 lime, cut into wedges, for serving

  • 1 fresh jalapeno pepper, sliced into rings


  1. Stir lemon grass, garlic, and ginger together in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Stir in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.

  2. Strain chicken broth and set aside. Discard lemon grass, garlic, and ginger.

  3. Heat vegetable oil in a large soup pot over medium heat; Stir in chicken; cook and stir for 5 minutes.

  4. Stir in mushrooms and cook for 5 more minutes.

  5. Stir in red curry paste, fish sauce, and lime juice until combined. Stir in chicken broth and coconut milk; return to a simmer and cook on low for 15 to 20 minutes.

  6. Skim off any excess oil and fat that rises to the top and discard.

  7. Stir red onion into the chicken mixture; cook and stir until onion softens, about 5 minutes.

  8. Remove from heat and add about 1/2 the cilantro.

  9. Serve with plates of cilantro, lime wedges, and fresh sliced jalapenos.

Cook's Note:

The only exotic ingredient would be the fresh lemon grass. I've found most large grocery stores do carry it, but if not, you can substitute a few tablespoons of lemon zest.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the ingredients in the broth. The actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

596 Calories
45g Fat
14g Carbs
41g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 596
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 45g 57%
Saturated Fat 29g 145%
Cholesterol 114mg 38%
Sodium 1207mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 41g
Vitamin C 12mg 62%
Calcium 71mg 5%
Iron 8mg 44%
Potassium 1026mg 22%

* 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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