Tom Kha Gai Soup (Thai Coconut Chicken Soup)

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You can find galangal and kaffir lime leaves at asian markets or on Amazon. This recipe is an Authentic Thai soup. Sometimes tomatoes are added to soup. It's DELISH


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10 Min
30 Min
Stove Top



  • 1 qt
    chicken stock
  • 14 oz
    can coconut milk
  • 2 stalk(s)
    lemon grass smashed with a knife
  • 3 clove
    garlic smashed
  • 1 small
    red onion chopped
  • 4
    dried red chilies deseeded
  • 3 slice
    dried galangal (ginger can be substituted)
  • 6
    kaffir leaves crushed
  • 1/2 c
    cilantro chopped
  • SOUP

  • 1 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 1 lb
    chicken thighs cut into small pieces
  • 1 c
    fresh mushrooms sliced
  • 3 Tbsp
    fish sauce
  • 2
    limes zested and juiced
  • 4
    dried red chilies rehydrated in hot water seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 c
    fresh cilantro chopped

How to Make Tom Kha Gai Soup (Thai Coconut Chicken Soup)


  1. Add all ingredients for broth together in large pot. Simmer for 15 minutes. Do not boil. Strain and discard the solids.
  2. Bring broth back to a simmer and add all ingredients except cilantro and lime juice. Simmer 10 minutes until chicken is cooked.
  3. Add the lime juice and zest and garnish with cilantro

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About Tom Kha Gai Soup (Thai Coconut Chicken Soup)

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

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