Thai-style Chicken Coconut Soup with Lemon & Lime

Heidi Hoerman

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@heidicookssupper

This soup, reminiscent of Tom Kha Gai, is made with easily found ingredients. Like many a homemade soup, you can vary the soup according to what you have at hand and substitute as I did. You can even substitute turkey for chicken.

"Tom-kha-gai" roughly translates to "soup-galangal-chicken." Galangal is a root similar to ginger. Other ingredients of a true Tom kha gai include Keffir lime leaves and lemon grass.

There are many more-authentic recipes for Tom Kha Gai on the Web and it is from these I got my inspiration.


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Serves:

3-4

Prep:

10 Min

Cook:

10 Min

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

3 to 4 c
chicken broth (preferably homemade to avoid a too-salty soup)
1 bunch
fine rice noodles, ramen noodles or vermicelli
1 can(s)
straw mushrooms, drained and cut in half (other canned or thinly sliced raw mushrooms may be substituted)
1/2 c
red bell pepper, julienned
1 medium
lemon, juice only (optionally add the zest)
1 medium
lime, juice only (optionally add the zest but this can be bitter)
8 oz
cooked chicken, roughly chopped
1 Tbsp
thai fish sauce (nam pla, sometimes called thai seasoning sauce)
2 to 3 dash(es)
tabasco (as a substitute for thai chiles)
1 to 2 Tbsp
grated fresh ginger
1 can(s)
coconut milk, unsweetened (light okay)
1 to 2 Tbsp
brown sugar (if needed to adjust tartness)
2 c
fresh spinach, basil or cilantro, coarsely chopped

Directions Step-By-Step

1
In a medium soup pot, bring chicken broth to a simmer and add the noodles. Let the noodles simmer slowly as you prepare and add the other ingredients.

Note: if you are using fresh mushrooms, slice them thinly and give them a five-minute head start in the boiling broth before adding the noodles.
2
Add the rest of ingredients (but not the spinach, cilantro, or basil) to the broth. Simmer slowly.
3
After the mixture has simmered for about 5 minutes, taste and adjust the seasoning with Thai fish sauce (for saltiness), Tabasco and ginger (for heat) and brown sugar (for sweetness). If you wish to add a stronger taste of lemon or more bitterness from the lime, add in some zest of each.
4
As soon as the noodles are done, add the spinach, cilantro or basil. Simmer one more minute and serve hot.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken, Chicken Soups
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Thai
Dietary Needs: Gluten-Free, Dairy Free
Other Tag: Quick & Easy