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Tom Kha Gai (Thai Coconut Chicken Soup)

5 - 7
PersonalPoints™ per serving
Total Time
45 min
15 min
30 min
This recipe is able to achieve convincingly authentic flavours using standard supermarket ingredients. The soup begins by enriching chicken stock with ginger, scallions, lemongrass, garlic, chiles, and curry paste. The aromatic solids are then strained out for a smooth broth full of flavour. Be sure to add the coconut milk at the end, and be careful not to boil it so that it doesn’t curdle. We call for convenient lemongrass paste to simplify prep; you’ll find it in tubes in the refrigerated part of the produce section.


Uncooked scallion(s)

6 medium

Canola oil

1 tbsp(s)

Ginger root

2 tsp(s), peeled and grated

Garlic clove(s)

3 clove(s), large, minced

Fresno chile

1 medium, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish if desired

Red curry paste

1 tbsp(s)

No-salt-added chicken stock

2 cup(s)

Uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast(s)

12 oz, cut into bite-sized pieces

Fresh mushroom(s)

1 cup(s), white button-variety, thinly sliced

Asian fish sauce

1½ tbsp(s)

Fresh lime juice

1 tbsp(s)

Light unsweetened coconut milk

14 fl oz, canned


¼ cup(s), leaves


  1. Separate the white and dark green parts of scallions; thinly slice both and keep separate. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the scallion bottoms (white parts), ginger, lemongrass paste, garlic, and Fresno chile; cook 2 minutes. Add the curry paste and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in the chicken stock, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Strain the mixture into a bowl, pressing on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible.
  2. Return the liquid to the pan and bring to a boil. Add the chicken, reduce heat, cover, and simmer until chicken is just done, about 10 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms, fish sauce, and lime juice; cook 2 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk; cook just until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve with scallion greens, cilantro, and sliced chile, if desired.
  3. Serving size: about 1 ½ cups