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Thai Chicken and Coconut Milk Soup (Tom Ka Gai or Kai Tom Ga)


Very tasteful culinary adventure.. Something completely different than my everyday soups.. Thumb up..













Trans-fat Free, Low Carb, Low Sodium


12 ounces coconut milk
canned, such as chaokoh
¼ pound chicken breasts
cut into small chunks
1 each limes
juice and grated peel
1 each lemongrass
four inch piece, cut into very thin
3 slices galangal root
more if desired, or substitute fresh ginger
1 x hot chili peppers
to taste, cut into thin circles
1 x cilantro
for garnish


  • Note: preferably Thai birds, with serranos an acceptable substitute, (though I've used sweet Fresno chiles in a variation I'll describe below).

Instructions: Pour the lime juice on the chicken and let stand while you prepare the rest of the soup.

In a medium saucepan, place the coconut milk, lemon grass, grated lime peel, galanga or ginger, and (optionally) chiles.

(The optional part is that if you don't want the whole dish to taste spicy, add the chiles later; the earlier you add them, the hotter the resulting dish.)

Bring the coconut milk to a simmer.

When the soup is simmering, add the lime-soaked chicken pieces and stir to distribute them.

Reduce the heat so the soup stays just below a boil and cook for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the chicken pieces are finished cooking.

Remove from heat and serve immediately with fresh cilantro leaves for garnish.

Now, the best way I ever had this soup was with pieces of fresh grouper instead of chicken.

I also added slices of kumquats instead of the ginger, and used the sweet Fresno chiles instead of Thai birds.

We also served it over Vietnamese rice noodles.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 258g (9.1 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 43479% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 58%
Saturated Fat 32g 162%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 65mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars g
Protein 42g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 19%
Calcium 5% Iron 35%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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