Thai Chicken Coconut Soup (Tom Kha Gai)

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 372.8
  • Total Fat: 23.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 38.6 mg
  • Sodium: 1,154.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 18.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.6 g
  • Protein: 29.1 g

View full nutritional breakdown of Thai Chicken Coconut Soup (Tom Kha Gai) calories by ingredient

Number of Servings: 4


    1 can (14 oz.) coconut milk
    1 can (14 oz.) reduced-sodium chicken broth
    6 quarter-size slices fresh ginger
    1 stalk fresh lemongrass, cut in 1-in. pieces
    1 pound boned, skinned chicken breast or thighs, cut into 1-in. chunks
    1 cup sliced mushrooms
    1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
    1 tablespoon Thai or Vietnamese fish sauce (nuoc mam or nam pla)
    1 teaspoon sugar
    1 teaspoon Thai chili paste
    1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
    1/4 cup fresh cilantro


In a medium saucepan, combine coconut milk, broth, ginger, and lemongrass and bring to boil over high heat. Add chicken, mushrooms, lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, and chili paste. Reduce heat and simmer until chicken is firm and opaque, 5 to 10 minutes. Discard lemongrass. Garnish servings with basil and cilantro.

Number of Servings: 4

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user BREEHARDY.

Member Ratings For This Recipe

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    This tastes almost exactly like the Tom Kha Gai at my local Thai restaurant. I'm so glad I can make it at home now. - 5/31/21

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    Excellent. Very flavorful. - 1/25/13

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    we also added some shrimp right before it was done, and used some leftover pork tenderloin instead of the yummy! - 8/27/12

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    I couldn't find chili paste anywhere at my local grocery store. I did find dried red chilies and hot chili oil. Are either of those better than the other as a substitute?? I've been craving thai chicken coconut soup so I'm trying this out this evening! - 5/7/12

    Reply from BREEHARDY (5/7/12)
    I have never tried substituting with chilis, but I'm not sure it will provide the same flavor. Chili paste can typically be found in the Asian aisle. There is a vietnamese chili paste calle Huy Fong Sambal Oelek that can be found in most grocery stores.

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    Very Good
    I am trying to venture out and try new flavors. I made this last night...and I have to say I was a little afraid to try it. But it was VERY GOOD. My hubby also enjoyed it. - 2/15/10

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    Very Good
    To cut the fat on this one, you can use light coconut milk.
    Delicious soup!
    - 7/28/09

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    Perfectly spicy and healthy tasting. - 7/28/09

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    I use this recipe too. It's awesome! I add more siriacha to make it come out orange like the restaurants make it. :) - 3/16/09