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Ingredientlist for Tom Kha Gai Recipe

Tom Kha Gai (Thai Chicken Coconut Soup)

  • Author: Suwanee
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 5 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Tom Kha gai is a very well known Thai soup made by using chicken, coconut milk, herbs fish sauce, and lime juice. It is a creamy light soup that is not only delicious but also full of fresh herbs that will keep you healthy all winter long. 



4 cups chicken stock

5 slices galangal, around 1.5 inch wide and slightly larger than the thickness of a quarter (coin)

3 lemongrass stalks; use only the rounded light green part at the bottom (See note in recipe card)

5 kaffir lime leaves, roughly torn

1 lb chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces

2 cups of thinly sliced mushrooms (i.e. button, shitake)

4 ½ Tbsp fish sauce

1 can (13.5 oz) coconut milk

3 Tbsp lime juice

¼ cup cilantro, stems and leafy parts chopped

2 Fresh Thai chili pepper (Optional)


  1. In a large sauce pan or dutch oven on medium high heat, add stock, galangal, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. Bring to a boil. (You are essentially making a quick stock here for the soup base.)  
  2. Add chicken, mushroom and fish sauce. Lower heat to medium high. Cook until the chicken is done (anywhere from 8-10 minutes, depending on your stove top).
  3. Add the entire can of coconut milk (I used Aroy-D for this recipe). Stir together and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the cilantro, stir in together and cook for a minute or so and turn the heat off.
  5. Turn the heat off and remove the sauce pan from the stove top. Add lime juice and stir in one last time.
  6. Let cool for a few short minutes and portion out in soup bowls for serving. Garnish with cilantro.

And that is it folks! Simple, easy, healthy, creamy, light and super delicious! 


*Lemongrass-use only the rounded bottom part of the lemongrass for cooking. Cut the stalk around 3-5 inches long and make sure to bruise them with a heavy kitchen tool to help release the flavor and fragrant even  more. 

  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: Easy
  • Method: Boiling
  • Cuisine: Thai

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