Tom Kha Gai


An easy and healthy Thai chicken soup. Serve over rice. Add more fish sauce or chile paste to taste.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 3 cups chicken broth

  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk

  • ¼ cup sweet red chile sauce

  • 3 tablespoons lime juice

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 (1 1/2 inch) piece fresh ginger, sliced

  • 10 makrut lime leaves, torn in half

  • 1 ½ pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into strips

  • 1 (15 ounce) can straw mushrooms

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped onion

  • 1 zucchini, sliced

  • 1 lemongrass stalk, chopped

  • 1 bunch fresh basil, chopped


  1. Warm chicken broth and coconut milk together in a stockpot over medium heat; add chile sauce, lime juice, fish sauce, brown sugar, ginger, and lime leaves. Bring broth mixture to a low simmer until flavors have blended, about 15 minutes.

  2. Remove stockpot from heat and strain out ginger and lime leaves. Return broth mixture to the stockpot and bring to a simmer. Cook chicken in the simmering broth until no longer pink in the center, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms, onion, zucchini, lemongrass, and basil and simmer until onion softens, about 3 minutes.


I pick up makrut lime leave at an Asian market in Seattle and I've found that they keep really well in the freezer. You can also buy them online — fresh, dried, or powdered. I also sub fresh lemongrass with a squeeze of lemongrass paste, as fresh is not available in my local store.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

330 Calories
17g Fat
21g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 330
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 13g 66%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 1318mg 57%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 13mg 66%
Calcium 74mg 6%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 601mg 13%

* 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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