Tom Ka Gai (Coconut Chicken Soup)

Tom Ka Gai (Coconut Chicken Soup)

Soups, Stews and Chili Soup Chicken Soup

The quintessential Thai soup.

Servings per recipe: 6
Calories per serving: 433
Preparation time: 15m
Total cooking time: 35m


  • 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken meat
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans coconut milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root
  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro


  • 1   Cut chicken into thin strips and saute in oil for to 2 to 3 minutes until the chicken turns white.
  • 2   In a pot, bring coconut milk and water to a boil. Reduce heat. Add ginger, fish sauce, lime juice, cayenne powder and turmeric. Simmer until the chicken is done, 10 to 15 minutes.
  • 3   Sprinkle with scallions and fresh cilantro and serve steaming hot.

Nutrion facts:

Total Fat 41.1g 63%
    Saturated Fat 27.0g  
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 787mg 31%
Potassium 465mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 5.5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1.7g 7%
Protein 14.8g 30%
Sugars 1g  
Vitamin A 146IU  
Vitamin C 5mg  
Calcium 40mg  
Iron 5mg  
Thiamin 0mg  
Niacin 9mg  
Vitamin B6 0mg  
Magnesium 93mg  
Folate 28mcg