Tom Kha Gai (Thai Chicken Coconut Galangal Soup)

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"This is our favorite Thai soup. Quick to throw together and so flavorful people will think you slaved away all day! Dried galangal slices and kaffir lime leaves may be used. If you have trouble finding the galangal root, you can sub fresh ginger for it. Fresh lime zest can be subbed for the kaffir lime leaves. It's not traditional, but sometimes my Mom likes to throw whole grape tomatoes into the soup in the last 5 minutes too. There's also a very similar soup base that uses shrimp instead of chicken."

Original recipe yields 5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (900 g)
  • Calories 731
  • Total Fat - 48.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 39.4 g
  • Cholesterol - 96.4 mg
  • Sodium - 1826.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 43.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 11 g
  • Sugars - 11.2 g
  • Protein - 46.8 g
  • Calcium - 148.1 mg
  • Iron - 7.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 102.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step 1

*Slicing chicken thinly is easier if it is partially frozen.

Step 2

Combine chicken stock and coconut milk in a 3-quart pot and bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat.

Step 3

Stir in chicken strips, galangal, lemongrass, lime leaves, and chilies.

Step 4

Reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes until chicken is cooked.

Step 5

*Usually the slices galangal and lemongrass are left in but if you're worried about accidentally eating them you can spoon them out.

Step 6

Stir in mushrooms, heat through, and remove from heat.

Step 7

Stir in fish sauce and lime juice to taste.

Step 8

Serve hot topped with cilantro and lime wedges on the side.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



My husband and I have traveling taste buds and we are always searching for recipes from other regions to try. This soup is delicious with all the different flavors in the broth. I used shrimp because we are always eating seafood, living in Maine where we have it fresh at the dock.

review by:
(16 Mar 2014)


First off, I want to say that the Nutritional Facts seem WAY OFF on this recipe, everything is way too high for the ingredients. This soup has so many flavors going on and I loved every last one of them! I added in shrimp and half the chicken and cut the recipe down to serve 3. We give it a full 5 stars on this one!

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(3 Feb 2014)