Turkey Tom Kha Gai


One of the great blessings, and curses, of Thanksgiving is leftover turkey. That's where this spicy Thai coconut soup recipe comes in. This is my take on Tom Kha Gai, and as usual I make no claim as to its authenticity. I do know it tastes amazing and will make you forget you even roasted a turkey. Garnish with chili oil, cilantro leaves, and lime wedges.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
4 servings


  • 6 cups turkey broth

  • 2 stalks lemongrass, bruised and sliced

  • 1 (3 inch) piece fresh ginger, sliced

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro stems

  • 2 makrut lime leaves, thinly sliced

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more to taste

  • 1 pound cooked turkey, cut into small cubes

  • 1 cup clamshell mushrooms, separated

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 2 teaspoons palm sugar

  • 1 (13 ounce) can coconut milk

  • ¼ cup lime juice

  • ¼ cup green onions, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

  • ¼ teaspoon chili oil, or more to taste


  1. Combine turkey broth, lemongrass, ginger, cilantro stems, lime leaves, and red pepper flakes in a pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until flavors blend, 20 to 30 minutes.

  2. Stain broth mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, discard vegetables, and return broth to the pot.

  3. Stir turkey, mushrooms, fish sauce, and palm sugar into broth; simmer until mushrooms are tender and turkey absorbs broth flavor, about 15 minutes.

  4. Pour coconut milk, lime juice, green onions, and cilantro leaves into broth. Bring soup to a simmer and drizzle in chili oil.

Cook's Note:

You can use white sugar in place of palm sugar, if desired. You can use young lemon leaves in place of the lime leaves, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

441 Calories
27g Fat
13g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 441
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 19g 97%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 2354mg 102%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 9mg 44%
Calcium 67mg 5%
Iron 6mg 35%
Potassium 789mg 17%

* 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.