Tom Kha Gai (Chicken Coconut Soup)

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chicken-coconut-soup

Ingredients

SERVINGS: 6

  • 1 1” piece ginger, peeled
  • 10 kaffir lime leaves or 1 Tbsp. lime zest and ¼ cup lime juice
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • lb. skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1” pieces
  • 8 oz. shiitake, oyster, or maitake mushrooms, stemmed, caps cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 13.5-oz. can coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp. fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam)
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 stalks fresh lemongrass, tough outer layers removed
  • Chili oil, cilantro leaves with tender stems, and lime wedges (for serving)

Preparation

  • Using the back of a knife, lightly smash lemongrass and ginger; cut lemongrass into 4” pieces. Bring lemongrass, ginger, lime leaves, and broth to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer until flavors are melded, 8–10 minutes. Strain broth into clean saucepan; discard solids.
  • Add chicken and return to a boil. Reduce heat, add mushrooms, and simmer, skimming occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and mushrooms are soft, 20–25 minutes. Mix in coconut milk, fish sauce, and sugar.
  • Divide soup among bowls. Serve with chili oil, cilantro, and lime wedges.
  • Recipe by Long Grain, Camden, ME
  • Photograph by Matt Duckor
  • Courtesy of www.bonappetit.com
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