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Thai Chicken Coconut Soup

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Introduction

We tried this one rainy day when we had left over roast chicken, not a lot of time, and wanted something really tasty, satisfying and healthy.

Servings: 4

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Ingredients:

4 Ounces Rice Stick Noodles
6 Cups Chicken Broth
2 Thai Chile Peppers (or jalapeños) (plus slices for garnish) seeded and finely chopped
3 Cloves Garlic, chopped
1 Tablespoon grated Ginger
2 Teaspoons grated Lemon Zest
1 Teaspoon grated Lime Zest
1/4 Cup Fresh Lemon or Lime Juice
4 Tablespoons Fish Sauce, divided
1/2 Pound Shiitake Mushrooms, sliced
2 Skinless Boneless Chicken Breast Halves, cut into 2 1/2-inch-long by 1/4-inch-wide strips, or leftover cooked chicken
1 Cup Light Coconut Milk
2 Cups Baby Spinach
2 Tablespoons Chopped Cilantro (plus sprigs for garnish)

Directions:

  • Place noodles in a bowl; add enough warm water to cover with a CHarles Viancin silicone lid and let sit until soft, about 15 minutes. Drain.
  • Combine broth, pepper, garlic, ginger, lemon zest, lime zest, lemon juice and 3 tablespoon fish sauce in a medium saucepan. Season with salt.
  • Bring to a simmer, add noodles and cook 3 minutes more. Using tongs, transfer noodles to a bowl and cover with a Charles Viancin siliocne lid to keep warm.
  • Add mushrooms to broth; season with salt, if desired; simmer 3 minutes more. Add chicken and coconut milk and simmer, stirring, until chicken is just cooked, about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in spinach until it begins to wilt, about 1 minute. Add chopped cilantro and season with remaining 1 tablespoon fish sauce.
  • Using tongs, divide noodles among 4 bowls. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with sprigs of cilantro and slices of pepper.

Notes:

For a little added crunch, add sliced rounds of jicama as described in this Cool Tip

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Nutrition:

Per Serving: 471 Calories; 10g Fat (16.3% calories from fat); 38g Protein; 82g Carbohydrate; 8g Dietary Fiber; 36mg Cholesterol; 139mg Sodium. Exchanges: 4 1/2 Grain(Starch); 4 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 1/2 Fruit; 1 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.