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Thai Coconut Soup with Chicken and Lemongrass

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This Thai Coconut Soup with Chicken and Lemongrass is a perfect, simple weeknight dinner, ready in under 30 minutes.

Garlic, basil and limes on plate

Thai soup in bowl with napkin, basil and spoons

Thai soup in bowl with basil

garlic ginger, mushrooms, lime and basil on plate with napkin

thai coconut soup in bowl with basil, napkins and spoons

Sometimes I see things quite clearly but it takes a bit for them to fall into place. At times I want to rush the process but when it’s not quite solid in my mind, it gets tucked away. And when I least expect it, it hits me like a pile of bricks. I can’t stop thinking about it and want it more than anything.

So this recipe took shape. I wrote the name of it months ago and did nothing with it. I’d glance at it occasionally in my reminders and ignore it. I knew I wanted to make it but the details were blurry. However, several days ago, as I sat at my grey desk at work, surrounded by fluorescent lights, emails dinging away, I saw it all before me; colorful, each ingredient pouring out of my thoughts as though I’d made it before. I feverishly wrote, seeing it unfold in my mind’s eye.

I don’t question these moments. They can’t be chased, sought out or wished for. They happen as if by divine intervention. They feel real, raw and gratifying.

But the truth is, this recipe is anything but miraculous – it’s just really damn good. Saying that about my own food makes me sound slightly if not quite narcissistic but I’ll be honest, I loved it. It took one try – because I knew what I wanted it to be. I sat over the pot with spices at the ready…adding steadily until it became a reality. For this coconut soup, the broth is everything.

The beauty is that you most likely already have these ingredients in your pantry and fridge. You need coconut milk, broth, spices, a few veggies and rotisserie chicken. That’s right – I wanted to keep it simple and find that rotisserie chicken adds a unique flavor to the broth.

But there’s one ingredient that makes this whole dish – and that’s lemongrass. It seems insignificant, considering that it’s just a stalk but I assure you, it’s where the flavor lies. Most grocery stores carry it and if not, good old Amazon is always a good option. I promise, you won’t regret making the effort to obtain it as it will truly make the soup.

This Thai Soup with Chicken and Lemongrass is: 

  • paleo 
  • dairy-free
  • whole 30 
  • grain-free
  • gluten-free
  • easy to make 
  • ready under 30 minutes

Tips for making Thai Soup with Chicken and Lemongrass: 

Here are some pointers for having a consistently delicious Thai soup every single time. 

If you don’t want to use Rotisserie Chicken

If you don’t want to use rotisserie chicken, any shredded chicken will work in this soup. If you have leftover grilled chicken breast, just shred it and use it. 

Where can you find Red Curry Paste? 

Most grocery stores sell Red curry paste. The likely place you can find this is in the international foods section. If your store does not carry it, you can always find it on Amazon

Do you need Lemongrass for this Thai Soup?

You can make the soup without it but I find that Lemongrass really is the one ingredient that takes this soup to another level. My local market carries fresh lemongrass stalks but there are times when they don’t. In this case, I always have a stash of dried lemongrass on hand. One tsp of dried is equivalent to one stalk. 

Should you add potato to your soup? 

That’s a personal choice. If you’re strictly paleo and want to keep this soup lower in carbs, skip it. I find it is wonderful with and without it. I’ve made it both ways numerous times. 

If you want to add rice

If you’re not grain free, rice works beautifully with this soup. I like taking a 1/4 measuring cup, pressing freshly cooked rice into it and placing it in the center of the soup right before serving. 

This is truly one of my all time favorite soups and I sure hope you enjoy it! 

bowl of lime slices and basil

Thai soup in bowl with spoons, napkin, bowl of limes

limes, cilantro and garlic on plate

thai coconut soup in bowl

Yield: 6

Thai Coconut Soup with Chicken and Lemongrass

Thai Coconut Soup with Chicken and Lemongrass

This Thai Coconut Soup with Chicken and Lemongrass is a perfect, simple weeknight dinner, ready in under 30 minutes.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 smashed peeled cloves of garlic
  • 1 stalk of lemongrass snapped in several sp
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 1” knob fresh ginger, grated
  • 4 tsp Thai red curry paste
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar (skip for w30)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 red pepper, finely sliced or 4 mini peppers
  • 1 pint thinly sliced white mushrooms
  • 2-3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken breast
  • 1 tbsp chopped Thai or regular basil + extra for garnish
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • optional: 1 russet potato peeled and cubed

Instructions

    1. Bring chicken broth, coconut milk, red Thai red curry paste, coriander, smashed garlic, ginger and lemongrass to a boil. Reduce heat and cook on low for 10 minutes.
    2. Add mushrooms, red pepper, sugar, salt and chicken and (potato optional) and cook for another 15 minutes on low until veggies have softened.
    3. Lastly, add basil and cilantro, lime juice, remove lemon grass and if you wish garlic cloves and serve with additional chopped basil.
    4. I like to serve this with a 1/4 cup white rice in the center or simply on its own.

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