Coconut Bliss: Thai Coconut Chicken Soup (Tom Kha Gai)


Savor the soothing flavors of our Coconut Bliss: Thai Coconut Chicken Soup (Tom Kha Gai). This iconic Thai soup is a harmonious blend of creamy coconut milk, tender chicken, aromatic herbs, and a hint of tangy lime. It's a comforting, soul-warming dish that perfectly embodies the complexity and balance of Thai cuisine.

Coconut Bliss: Thai Coconut Chicken Soup (Tom Kha Gai)

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 bowl

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 300 kcal
  • Protein: 20g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Sodium: 700mg
  • Sugar: 5g


  • Chicken Breast (boneless, skinless): 400g (0.88 lbs or 14 oz), thinly sliced
  • Coconut Milk: 400ml (13.5 oz)
  • Chicken Broth: 500ml (17 oz)
  • Lemongrass: 2 stalks, bruised
  • Galangal: 10 slices
  • Kaffir Lime Leaves: 6
  • Fish Sauce: 2 tbsp
  • Lime Juice: 3 tbsp
  • Thai Chilies: 2, sliced
  • Mushrooms: 200g (7 oz), sliced
  • Sugar: 1 tsp
  • Fresh Cilantro: For garnish

Method of Preparation

  1. Simmer Aromatics: In a pot, simmer lemongrass, galangal, and lime leaves in chicken broth.
  2. Add Chicken and Mushrooms: Stir in chicken and mushrooms. Cook until chicken is done.
  3. Add Coconut Milk: Pour in coconut milk, bring to a gentle simmer.
  4. Season: Add fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, and chilies. Adjust to taste.
  5. Serve: Garnish with cilantro. Serve hot.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Don’t boil the coconut milk to prevent curdling.
  • Use fresh lemongrass and galangal for the best flavor.
  • Adjust the level of spiciness with the number of chilies.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use ginger instead of galangal?

Galangal is preferred for authenticity, but ginger is a suitable substitute.

What can I serve with this soup?

It pairs well with jasmine rice or Thai spring rolls.

Can I make it vegetarian?

Yes, use tofu instead of chicken and vegetable broth.