Tom Kha Kai - Thai Coconut/Chicken Soup

Carolyn Haas

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When my family visited Thailand a few years ago I fell in love with this soup. This is an adaptation from a recipe in the Amazing Tastes of Thailand booklet put out by the Thailand Tourism Authority.


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Serves:

3-4

Prep:

15 Min

Cook:

15 Min

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

2 c
chicken broth
2 c
coconut milk (can use lite, just don't use coconut cream!)
6 slice
galangal (can sub fresh ginger)
2 stalk(s)
lemon grass
5
kaffir lime leaves
8 oz
chicken breast, sliced thin
3 Tbsp
fish sauce
2 Tbsp
sugar
1/2 c
lime juice
1 tsp
red thai chili paste
1/4 c
cilantro, torn
3-5
thai chilis (can use jalapeno or other hot chili instead)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Cut lower portion of lemon grass into 1 inch lengths and crush.
Tear kaffir lime leaves in half.
Combine half the coconut milk with the broth, galangal, lemon grass and lime leaves in a large saucepan and heat to boiling.
2
Add the chicken, fish sauce and sugar.
Simmer for about 5 minutes, or until chicken is cooked, then add remaining coconut milk.
3
Heat just to boiling, add chili paste and lime juice, stir until blended.
Garnish with cilantro leaves and crushed chili peppers.
4
NOTE: The galangal and lemon grass are for flavoring, not to eat! When I can't get fresh kaffir lime leaves at my local Asian market, I substitute kaffir lime powder. Fresh leaves, lemon grass and galangal can all be successfully frozen. I've also used minced lemon grass in a tube from the produce section. Powdered galangal is available, too. Fresh is better, of course!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken Soups
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Thai