The Best Thai Tom Kha Soup Recipe


Tom Kha Gai is a Thai chicken coconut soup aromatic of lemongrass, lime leaves, and galangal, gives you a refreshing aftertaste with a creamy taste from coconut.

overhead view of Thai Tom Kha Soup garnished with fresh herbs in a blue and white bowl, next to red pepper flakes in a bowl, and fresh herbs and lime wedges on a plate
Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 4 cups coconut milk

  • 1 cup chicken stock

  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro

  • 1 stalk lemongrass, tough outer parts removed, thinly sliced

  • 1 (2 inch) piece galangal, thinly sliced

  • 2 fresh Thai chile peppers, minced

  • 6 makrut lime leaves, thinly sliced

  • 2 pounds boneless chicken thighs, cut against the grain into bite-sized pieces

  • ½ head cabbage, thinly sliced

  • 5 limes, juiced

  • ¾ teaspoon fish sauce


  1. Bring coconut milk and chicken stock to a boil in a pot over high heat. Reduce heat to medium. Add cilantro, lemongrass, galangal, Thai chile peppers, and lime leaves; simmer for 5 minutes.

  2. Increase heat to medium-high heat. Add chicken; simmer until no longer pink in the center, about 7 minutes. Stir in cabbage; cook until wilted, about 3 minutes. Remove soup from heat; stir in lime juice and fish sauce.

Cook's Note:

Substitute red pepper flakes for the fresh chiles if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

452 Calories
36g Fat
13g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 452
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 28g 138%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 244mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 37mg 184%
Calcium 62mg 5%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 628mg 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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