Tom Kha Gai (Thai Coconut Chicken Soup) Recipe

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Lynn Published: December 22, 2020 Modified: May 31, 2021
Tom Kha Gai (Thai Coconut Chicken Soup) Recipe

How To Make Tom Kha Gai (Thai Coconut Chicken Soup)

Tom kha gai is a Thai soup with shredded chicken, coconut milk, mushroom, lemon grass, and herbs and spices. It’s a meal that’s both creamy and comforting.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 2fresh lemongrass stalks,tough outer layers removed
  • 2tbspfresh ginger,grated or finely-chopped
  • ¼cupfresh lime juice,or 10 kaffir lime leaves
  • 6cupsgood-quality chicken stock
  • 4green onions,thinly-sliced with the white and parts separated
  • 2cupschicken,cooked, shredded
  • 8ozwhite mushrooms,or shiitake or oyster mushrooms, or a combination of desired mushrooms, sliced
  • 27ozcoconut milk,can
  • 2tbspfish sauce
  • 3tbspcoconut sugar,to taste, or use another favorite sweetener

Instructions

  1. Using the back of a knife, lightly smash the lemongrass on a cutting board. Cut the lemongrass into 1-inch pieces, and add to a large stockpot.

  2. Add lemongrass, ginger, fresh lime juice (or kaffir lime leaves), chicken broth, and the white parts of the green onions to the stockpot, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil over high heat.  

  3. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain out the broth and discard the solids, then return the broth to the stockpot.

  4. Add cooked chicken, mushrooms, coconut milk, fish sauce, and sugar, and stir to combine.  

  5. Increase heat to medium-high until it reaches a simmer, then continue cooking for 1 to 2 more minutes until the mushrooms are cooked and softened, stirring occasionally. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed.

  6. Serve immediately, garnished liberally with desired toppings and the green parts of the green onions.

Recipe Notes

Topping suggestion includes fresh cilantro, thinly-sliced Thai red chiles, fresh lime wedges, etc.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 363.67kcal
  • Fat: 27.99g
  • Saturated Fat: 20.21g
  • Trans Fat: 0.03g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 4.11g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.80g
  • Carbohydrates: 17.35g
  • Fiber: 0.54g
  • Sugar: 8.40g
  • Protein: 14.37g
  • Cholesterol: 31.65mg
  • Sodium: 653.15mg
  • Calcium: 39.21mg
  • Potassium: 699.18mg
  • Iron: 4.56mg
  • Vitamin A: 20.23µg
  • Vitamin C: 7.73mg
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