Thai Chicken Soup With Coconut Milk Recipe

Published on May 20th 2022 by Sarah Leadon.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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Soups are popular on the keto diet since they are easy to make. In addition, they keep you fuller longer since the liquid will stay in the stomach while the solid foods are being digested. This triggers the stomach wall to suppress the production of ghrelin, which makes you feel fuller longer. 

This Thai Chicken Soup with coconut milk fits the bill. Thai chicken soup with coconut milk, also known as Tom Kha Gai soup, is a Thai coconut soup that has a spicy and sour flavor. It is made with red chili paste, which works with Thai red chilies to give the soup a hot spicy taste, and coconut milk to give the broth its characteristic creamy white color. In addition, this Thai chicken soup with coconut milk aromatics such as onions, garlic, ginger, and lemongrass provides the soup with a citrusy, slightly minty flavor. In short, it is a steamy bowl of hot soup filled with delicious veggies and chicken. 

Author: Sarah Leadon
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Time & Serves

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Serves
4 persons

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil

  • 1 White Onion, minced

  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced

  • 2 Thai Red Chilies, sliced thinly

  • 1-inch Ginger (about 1 1/2 tablespoons) sliced into 4-inch pieces

  • 1 Lemongrass Stalk pounded and cut into 2-inch long pieces

  • 2 teaspoons Thai Red Curry Paste

  • 4 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth

  • 1 Lime Leaf

  • 4 cups canned Coconut Milk

  • 2 medium Chicken Breasts cut into 1/2-inch pieces 

  • 8 ounces White Button Mushroom caps, stems and gills removed, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 2 tablespoons Sugar-Free Sweetener Sugar

     

  • 2 tablespoons Fish Sauce

  • Juice of 1 Lime 

     

  • 1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro Leaves, for garnish

  • Note: Pound the Lemongrass stalk with the side of a knife

Instructions

In a medium pot, add the olive oil and set it over medium-high heat.

 

Add the minced white onions and cook them for 2 minutes until they soften.

Stir in the garlic, Thai chilies, ginger, lemongrass, and Thai red curry paste, and cook it for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. 

Stir in the chicken broth and lime leaf and allow the Thai chicken soup with coconut milk to boil.

Next, turn the flame down to low and cook the Thai chicken soup with coconut milk uncovered for 30 minutes.

Add the coconut milk, chicken breast, and mushrooms and cook it for 10-15 minutes until the chicken is cooked thoroughly. 

Stir in the fish sauce and sugar-free sweetener, and lime juice, and cook it for an additional 2 minutes.

 

Divide the Thai chicken soup with coconut milk between 4 soup bowls and garnish it with the cilantro leaves before serving.

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Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

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Sarah Leadon
Author:

Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

More posts by Sarah Leadon