Tom Kha Gai (Thai Coconut Soup) Recipe Tom Kha Gai (also known as Thai Coconut Soup) is a delicious soup with a coconut milk, chicken broth and a variety of vegetables and spices. 2 Servings 1-2 cups chicken broth 1 (14-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk 2 stalks lemongrass, cut into ¼ inch slices 1 inch piece of fresh Thai galangal, cut into ⅛ - ¼ inch slices 8-10 kaffir lime leaves, ripped in half 2-3 cooked or raw chicken thighs or breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces 1-3 Thai bird’s eye chiles, sliced into rings 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped 1 medium tomato, coarsely chopped 1 cup oyster, shiitake or straw mushrooms, coarsely chopped Cooked jasmine rice for serving (optional)

Tom Kha Gai (Thai Coconut Soup) Recipe

Tom Kha Gai (also known as Thai Coconut Soup) is a delicious soup with a coconut milk, chicken broth and a variety of vegetables and spices. 

Tom Kha Gai

Tom Kha Gai (also known as Thai Coconut Soup) is a delicious soup with coconut milk, chicken broth and a variety of vegetables and spices.

I’ve ordered Tom Kha Gai from several different Thai restaurants and have loved it every time. To make this nourishing soup at home you’ll need to seek out a few uncommon ingredients from your local Asian market. Don’t let that discourage you from making this dish. It’s well worth the effort, I promise!

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Tom Kha Gai Recipe

Tom Kha Gai Recipe

This recipe is from the book, The Thai Soup Secret by Craig Fear.

Ingredients

Serves 1-2

  • 1-2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (14-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, cut into ¼  inch slices
  • 1 inch piece of fresh Thai galangal, cut into ⅛ – ¼ inch slices
  • 8-10 kaffir lime leaves, ripped in half
  • 2-3 cooked or raw chicken thighs or breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1-3 Thai bird’s eye chiles, sliced into rings
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup oyster, shiitake or straw mushrooms, coarsely chopped
  • Cooked jasmine rice for serving (optional)

Seasonings, to taste

  • Fish sauce
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Coconut sugar
  • Fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • Scallions, finely chopped

Directions

  1. Bring coconut milk and chicken broth to a gentle simmer. For a thicker consistency use less broth and more coconut milk and vice versa.
  2. Add the lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken. For cooked chicken, gently simmer for 1 minute to reheat. For raw chicken, gently simmer for 2 -3 minutes or until it’s cooked through and no longer pink in the middle. Be sure not to boil the soup, as this will make the chicken overly tough.
  4. Add the bird’s eye chiles, onion, tomato and mushrooms and simmer for 2 -3 more minutes. For a mild spice, use only one chile, for a medium spiciness use two and for a really good kick, use three. For zero kick, it’s OK to not use any chiles at all!
  5. Ladle the soup into individual bowls and add seasonings, especially the lime juice and fish sauce (which add the salty and sour flavors), to taste.
  6. Serve with a side of jasmine rice, optional.

 

Tom Kha Gai (Thai Coconut Soup) Recipe
 
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Serves: 2 Servings
Ingredients
  • 1-2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (14-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, cut into ¼ inch slices
  • 1 inch piece of fresh Thai galangal, cut into ⅛ - ¼ inch slices
  • 8-10 kaffir lime leaves, ripped in half
  • 2-3 cooked or raw chicken thighs or breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1-3 Thai bird’s eye chiles, sliced into rings
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup oyster, shiitake or straw mushrooms, coarsely chopped
  • Cooked jasmine rice for serving (optional)
Instructions
  1. Bring coconut milk and chicken broth to a gentle simmer. For a thicker consistency use less broth and more coconut milk and vice versa.
  2. Add the lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken. For cooked chicken, gently simmer for 1 minute to reheat. For raw chicken, gently simmer for 2 -3 minutes or until it’s cooked through and no longer pink in the middle. Be sure not to boil the soup, as this will make the chicken overly tough.
  4. Add the bird’s eye chiles, onion, tomato and mushrooms and simmer for 2 -3 more minutes. For a mild spice, use only one chile, for a medium spiciness use two and for a really good kick, use three. For zero kick, it’s OK to not use any chiles at all!
  5. Ladle the soup into individual bowls and add seasonings, especially the lime juice and fish sauce (which add the salty and sour flavors), to taste.
  6. Serve with a side of jasmine rice, optional.

 

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About the author: Hi! I’m Tiffany – aka Coconut Mama. I’m a real food mama of three coconut babies. I’m passionate about traditional and healing foods. As a true believer in the health benefits of coconut, I use coconut products in all my recipes. You can download my free Coconut Flour Recipes E-book here. Thanks for stopping by!
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