Tom Kha Gai (Thai Coconut Chicken Soup)

Tom Kha Gai (Thai coconut chicken soup)
This soup is loaded with amazing Thai flavor and can be a healthy comfort food option. Photo: jcomp, Freepik

By Erika Johnson

This delicious Tom Kha Gai soup, aka Thai coconut chicken soup, is rich, creamy, tangy, salty, and overflowing with your favorite flavors. This satisfyingly light soup is the perfect comfort food to keep you and your loved ones warm this winter.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 bowls


  • 4 cups coconut milk
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, bruised and chopped
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1-inch piece of galangal, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish
  • Thai bird chilies, sliced (optional for heat)

**Can be made vegan by substituting chicken with tofu and using vegetable broth.

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Tom Kha Gai (Thai coconut chicken soup)
This aromatic and creamy soup is a masterpiece of Thai cuisine. Photo: jcomp, Freepik


Step 1

In a large pot, combine coconut milk, chicken broth, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, and galangal. Bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat.

Step 2

Add the sliced chicken to the simmering broth. Cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.

Step 3

Stir in fish sauce, soy sauce, and sugar. Adjust the seasoning to your liking.

Step 4

Add mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes to the pot. Simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 5-8 minutes.

Step 5

Remove lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, and galangal. Ladle the soup into bowls. Garnish with fresh cilantro and sliced Thai bird chilies for an extra kick. Serve with lime wedges on the side.

Nutrition Information: (Per Bowl)

  • Calories: 350kcal
  • Protein: 15g
  • Fat: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fiber: 3g

Sensitivities: Tom Kha Gai soup is gluten-free and dairy-free. 

Allergens: Traditionally this recipe doesn’t include seafood. Use fish sauce substitutes to avoid fish allergies. If you are allergic to soy, use tamari instead.

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Note: Nutrition information may vary depending on the brand of ingredients used and any optional additions or substitutions.

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Tom Kha Gai (Thai Coconut Chicken Soup)
Delicious Tom Kha Gai, aka Thai coconut chicken soup, has a rich Thai flavor and can be a healthy comfort food option for winter to keep you warm.
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