Tom Kha Gai


Thai Coconut Chicken Soup ( Tom Kha Gai )

Tom Kha Gai (ต้มข่าไก่) is a popular Thai soup, that's eaten more like a curry. The base of the dish is coconut milk, so it's creamy and rich. It's not known as being a spicy Thai dish, but it's still full of delicious and well balanced flavor.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Thai
Servings 2
Calories 423 kcal


  • 9.5 Oz Chicken breast
  • 6.7 Oz Coconut milk
  • 13.5 Oz Water
  • 1.4 Oz Shallots Cut into wedges
  • 1.8 Oz Lemon grass 1 Stalk - White part only, chopped
  • 0.03 Oz Kaffir Lime Leaf Torn (~5 Leaves)
  • 0.4 Oz Galangal thinly sliced
  • 0.6 Oz Culantro chopped
  • 0.6 Oz Cilantro chopped
  • 0.6 Oz Red chilis chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind paste
  • 1/2 tbsp Lime juice
  • 1 tsp Sugar


  • Add water, lemongrass, galangal and Shallots into a pot and bring it to boil
  • Add chicken and boil it on medium heat for a few minutes, skim off scum, until the chicken is cooked through
  • Add coconut milk, kaffir lime leaf, red chilis  and boil for a couple more minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and add tamarin paste, lime juice, fish sauce and sugar to taste. 
  • Add chopped cilantro and culantro before serving.
Keyword Chicken, Soup

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