Tom Ka Gai (Thai Chicken Coconut Soup)

30 reviews, 4.8 star(s). 93% would make again

Ready in 20 minutes; part of Popular Chicken Recipes collection

Our family loves this soup. It seems to help fight colds or at least cold symptoms, but we like it anytime, not just when we're sick!

"I made it without spices since I don't like spices food. It turned out really good, though next time I may add some more ginger and garlic to add some flavor. Easier than I thought it would be to make."


1 pound boneless, skinless chicken; sliced in thin strips
1/2 cup mushrooms; sliced (up to 1 cup)
1/2 cup celery; sliced, (up to 1 cup)
2 jalapenos; sliced
3 teaspoons Vegetable oil
2 14-oz cans coconut milk
2 cups Chicken broth
2 teaspoons ginger root; minced or grated
1/4 cup Fish sauce
3 teaspoons Fresh lime juice
1/4 cup sugar; (or Splenda)
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
Salt; to taste
1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro; chopped

Original recipe makes 6 Servings



1. Saute chicken with mushrooms, celery, and jalapenos in the vegetable oil. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the chicken turns white.

2. In a soup pot, bring coconut milk and broth to a boil. Reduce heat. Add the partly cooked chicken, ginger, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, cayenne, and salt. Simmer until the chicken is done, 10-15 minutes.

3. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro and serve.

Alert editor   




Calories Per Serving: 463 Get detailed nutrition information, including line-by-line nutrition insights?  Try BigOven Pro for Free for 14 days!

Date My private notes
Add your own private notes with BigOven Pro!

Take your recipes anywhere

Save to your recipe box and bring to the store with free BigOven membership!

Recipe Links

Thai Peanut Soup

If you like it, you might also try this

"This creamy, slightly spicy soup incorporates several flavors that are popular in Thai cooking, including lemongrass, soy sauce, peanut,coconut milk, and a touch of red pepper." — Firebyrd Firebyrd

Link in another recipe. What would you serve with this?

Comment on Tom Ka Gai (Thai Chicken Coconut Soup) All 30 reviews

Rating (optional):

sign in to add your comment

Learn more

Get seasonal ideas by email


Add my review

So good - served it over rice. Small amounts of other vegetables can be added - eggplant, peppers, squash, potatoes. I added a couple of cloves of garlic as well.
sallieburkj9w2 2m ago

Loved this! I substituted pickled red Tabasco peppers for the jalapenos, & added a 1/2 cup more chicken broth & 1 more 13.5 ounce can coconut milk. I love anything with fish sauce & this recipe really balances everything. Delightful!
paintersmechanicc9z6m2j0r6z4 5m ago

This recipe is FANTASTIC. I add other veggies to it sometimes and serve it with rice. Use light coconut milk. It's a third of the calories and the same deliciousness.
jhaus 8m ago

I also added green beans, green and orange pepper slices and some cooked sweet potato to this soup. Delicious!
Jlikestobake 10m ago

This was quick to make and sooo good.
cooksalot1995 11m ago

Super easy to make and tastes AmAzing!!!
jhaus 12m ago

I did not add the recommended amount of sugar and totally omitted the celery. Mainly because I don't like cooked celery. I added 3 spoonfuls of sugar instead and kicked up the heat with more cayenne. This was delicious and super easy. It's definitely going on my roster of soups from now on! Delish.
Stachanna 1y ago

Super easy and great as soup or over rice. I can't have fish sauce, so I mixed soy sauce and a tablespoon of hoisin sauce together. I will for sure make this again!!
risingjm 1y ago

Absolutely delicious! We eat it with rice and a lime. Couldn't ask for better. Thank you for the recipe!
mferrin 1y ago

Easy and delicious
hillarie33 1y ago

Add unlimited recipes. Remove ads. Custom folders. Find recipes for your diet. Try BigOven Pro Free