Thai Tom Kha Gai (Chicken Coconut) Soup

Creamy coconut milk and tender poached chicken make this Thai style Tom Kha Gai hearty and satisfying!

Creamy coconut milk and tender poached chicken make this Thai style Tom Kha Gai hearty and satisfying!

NO WAY. It’s a Thai food recipe! Shocking, right?

We just don’t have enough Thai recipes up on this website.

Out of sheer curiosity, I just checked my category/tag counts to see how many Thai recipes I’ve posted over the past (almost) two years and it looks like this post makes Thai recipe #42.

It’s kind of a problem.

Creamy coconut milk and tender poached chicken make this Thai style Tom Kha Gai hearty and satisfying!

I suppose there are worse addictions.

Like…. Taco Bell.

Oddly, I’ve been thinking about Taco Bell a lot lately… mostly because I gave up fast food two and a half years ago and I miss Taco Bell seriously soooo much. I basically lived off of grilled stuft burritos before I learned how to cook and sometimes I just feel like I need one. Like neeeeeeed need.

Creamy coconut milk and tender poached chicken make this Thai style Tom Kha Gai hearty and satisfying!

And now that you know how much of a complete weirdo I am, let me tell you why you should heed my advice and make this recipe:

  1. It’s SO quick. Even if you really take your time with the prep work, you can still make this is under a half hour.
  2. It kills those Thai-food-takeout-cravings. This is important.
  3. Because I said so. Isn’t that enough?

Creamy coconut milk and tender poached chicken make this Thai style Tom Kha Gai hearty and satisfying!

Here’s the Thai Tom Kha Gai Recipe!

Thai Tom Kha Gai (Chicken Coconut) Soup

Thai Tom Kha Gai (Chicken Coconut) Soup

Creamy coconut milk and tender poached chicken make this Thai style Tom Kha Gai hearty and satisfying!

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (14 ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 lemongrass stalks
  • 1 tablespoon chopped ginger root
  • 4 wild lime leaves (optional)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
  • 1 pound chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • 1 Thai bird's eye chili, sliced
  • 4 lime wedges
  • Cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  1. Combine the coconut milk and chicken broth in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Allow the liquid to come to a boil, then stir in the lemongrass, ginger, and lime leaves (if using). Add the chicken and mushrooms and simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes (or until chicken is cooked through).
  2. Remove the lemongrass and lime leaves. Stir in the fish sauce, scallions, and chilies. Pour into a large serving bowl and serve hot with plenty of cilantro and lime wedges for the table.

Nutrition

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 434|Total Fat: 15g|Saturated Fat: 5g|Trans Fat: 0g|Unsaturated Fat: 7g|Cholesterol: 122mg|Sodium: 1093mg|Carbohydrates: 29g|Fiber: 4g|Sugar: 4g|Protein: 49g|

Nutrition information has been auto-calculated for your convenience.

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Creamy coconut milk and tender poached chicken make this Thai style Tom Kha Gai hearty and satisfying!

May 1, 2015 | Last Updated on January 19, 2021 by Linda

13 thoughts on “Thai Tom Kha Gai (Chicken Coconut) Soup”

  1. I don’t mind the Thai recipes – keep em coming! I never eat fast food any more these days… but if they came up with a way to do fast food Thai, I’d be all over it. 😉

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  2. This was my first fully Thai recipe I tried and man oh man, was it good! I’ve barely finished lunch and I’m already planning it for next time. 🙂 It’s a great recipe! 🙂

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  3. I seriously love this soup. I often order this at a Thai restaurant. I have to get myself in gear and flat out make it at home. It looks awesome. Think about the phrase—all things in moderation—-in regard
    to wanting a Taco Bell item. I don’t eat fast food either, but once in a blue moon I get those tater tots they have at Taco Bell. So what—-

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