Saturday, July 10, 2010

Chicken Basics: Thai Coconut Curry Soup

First, let me say this: I don't like coconut. However, I do like coconut milk in this soup. Without it's presence, this is a spicy monster of a soup. So don't discount this recipe just because of it's name. It's really good, especially when you come home with a cold in the winter...or in my case, the middle of summer!

Thai Coconut Curry Soup

  • Leftover chicken and rice, from Chicken Basics recipe
  • 1 1/2 cups or 1 can chicken broth
  • 1/3 can cocanut milk or cream (cream is thicker, milk has less fat. You pick your fav!)
  • One large or two small sliced carrots, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp garlic-pepper sauce (found in the Asian section of the market)
  • 1/2 cup sliced red, orange or yellow peppers
  • Either 1 tbsp fish sauce or 1 tsp soy sauce (fish sauce lends a better taste to the overall soup)
  • Lime juice
  • Frozen cilantro cube or 1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  1. In a saucepan, mix together chicken broth, garlic, garlic-pepper sauce and fish or soy sauce. Set to boiling on stovetop.  Add enough garlic-pepper sauce that the broth is just too spicy to tolerate. The coconut milk will tone it down considerably in step five.
  2. Clean and chop carrots; add to pot.
  3. Chop chicken breast and add to pot.
  4. Mix in the leftover brown rice.
  5. Add in the cilantro cube, coconut milk/cream and sliced red peppers.
  6. Stir to combine.  Taste broth at this point to check for spice level. If it's too hot for you, add a bit more cocanut milk, chicken broth or rice to take the heat off.
  7. Just before serving, add a squirt of lime juice and Sriacha hot sauce (if you like it REALLY spicy--like I do!)
  8. Eat!

This soup cures sinus congestion better than any medication I've ever tried. And with all the carrots, peppers and garlic, it's a nice dose of vitamins too! We eat this several times a month every winter, just for the warming properties the spices give it. Yum.


  1. I bet it does clear your sinuses! I'll have to try this for the Hubs. He loves spicy. I mean, really spicy. And he has sinus issues. This is just the ticket!

  2. So, a couple of things. I've just gotten into this whole elimination of artificial color and was reading my conditioner (which is WHITE) bottle and saw it was colored with Yellow 5 and thought to myself, I bet I could make my own--and voila! I come to your blog this evening to find a recipe! ALSO, my husband loves Thai food. LOVES the stuff. I think we'll have to try out your edible recipe as well:)

    Thing two: you WORK for IKEA?!? How perfect is that! Just wondering how it works since I can't order it online, you could tell me which ones have some left and I would try to find someone in that area to buy it for me? I so wish they sold more of their "little" items online. Pass that on?:) So, yes, let me know what you find out. I found one other person who can possibly help (they were just there). And sorry about the lengthy comment left here, didn't see another way of contacting you.

    Honored to be your first follower.


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