Thai Coconut Soup, also known as Tom Kha Gai, is a famous Thai soup known for its rich, creamy texture and a harmonious blend of aromatic flavors. This soup combines chicken, mushrooms, and traditional Thai ingredients like lemongrass, coconut milk, and lime, offering a delightfully exotic and flavorful experience.


  • 1 can (14 ounces) coconut milk
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced (shiitake or button mushrooms work well)
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, cut into 2-inch pieces and smashed
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves (or substitute with 1 tablespoon lime zest)
  • 3 slices galangal (or substitute with ginger)
  • 2 Thai chilies, sliced (adjust to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Optional: 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • Optional: Thai basil leaves for garnish


  1. In a large pot, combine the coconut milk and chicken broth and bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat.
  2. Add the lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, and galangal to the pot. Simmer for about 5 minutes to infuse the flavors.
  3. Add the chicken slices and mushrooms (and bell pepper if using) to the pot. Cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in the fish sauce, sugar, and sliced Thai chilies. Continue to simmer for another 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the pot from heat and discard the lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, and galangal pieces.
  6. Stir in the lime juice and adjust the seasoning as needed.
  7. Serve the soup hot, garnished with chopped cilantro and Thai basil leaves if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 280
  • Fat: 19g
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Protein: 20g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25 minutes


  • Serves: 4-6 people

Thai Coconut Soup is a quintessential Thai dish that balances creamy, sour, spicy, and savory flavors in one bowl. It’s a versatile recipe that can be adapted to include vegetables or different proteins as per your preference. Enjoy this aromatic and comforting soup that brings a taste of Thailand to your kitchen!

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