Easy Tom Kha Gai Thai Coconut Chicken Soup

100_3099.jpgTom Kha Gai or Coconut Chicken soup is an amazing, immune boosting potage offering bona fide, bold, incredibly delicious, Thai flavors. With one bite your taste buds will be transformed and you will find this classic, Asian, culinary gem to be overwhelmingly irresistible!

This recipe for Tom Kha Gai is the best Thai coconut soup I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing. It’s simple to put together and takes mere minutes to prepare. All spice ingredients can be found at your local Asian market or simply perform some online spice magic and you’ll be good to go!

Toss in a few de-veined shrimp the last 2 minutes if you wish. Serve as is or over steamed rice or sobe noodles. Delectable!



1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup sliced mushrooms, I use baby bellas

1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

4 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 (3-inch) stalk lemongrass, halved lengthwise

3 kaffir lime leaves (optional but recommended)

2 teaspoons sambal oelek (ground green chile paste)

3 cups chicken stock or chicken broth

1 1/4 cups coconut milk, full fat offers the best flavor

4 teaspoons fish sauce

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast, about 2 medium breasts

1/2 cup green onions

3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice


Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add mushrooms and the next 6 ingredients (through kaffir lime leaves); cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chile paste; cook 1 minute. Add chicken Stock, coconut milk, fish sauce, and sugar; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low; simmer for 10 minutes. Add chicken to pan; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Discard lemongrass and kaffir leaves. Top with onions, cilantro, and lime juice.


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  1. koolaidmoms says:

    That looks amazing! I would love a bowl for lunch right now, even though it is only 10:30am!

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    1. Thanks, Marci! Brunch! I would share, but it might be cold 🙂 xoxo


  2. I love this kind of soup! Too bad my hubby doesn’t like much Thai food or I’d be making this tonight. But I do order it for lunch sometimes when I’m by myself.

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    1. Aww! I’ll go to lunch with you, Kathyrn! 🙂 Flavors too bold for hubby? As we know, Thai food is pretty intense so we can understand the non Thai Gai palate–but we don’t have to agree, right? 😉 Thanks again, hon xoxo

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  3. I have never made Thai food…looks delicious and makes me want to dive in 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Marisa! We love it! I made it again last evening for dinner because it’s so quick & easy– once you get past the prep. I added noodles this time and believe I may have found a winner! xoxo

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  4. This looks so great and flavorful! Yum!

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    1. Thanks so much! It quickly becomes a favorite with all of the “smack you in the face” flavors 🙂

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      1. I love the seasoning. 🌿

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      2. I agree! Thai seasonings are some of the best!

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  5. This really sounds so good Lana ! x

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    1. It’s really tasty, Lynne! The broth is packed with dense flavors. Thanks!! 🙂

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  6. Welcome says:

    I love this soup! Your recipe looks so delicious! Great job! 🙂

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    1. Me too! Thanks so much, Peter! It’s so simple too!

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