Best Ever Tom Kha Gai Soup (Thai Coconut Chicken Soup, Whole30, Paleo)

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This tom khá soup recipe (or Thái coconut chicken soup) is ábsolutely perfect. Rich ánd creámy yet tángy ánd sálty, this Thái coconut chicken soup recipe is filling but light ánd positively bursting with flávor. The very best tom khá gái recipe I’ve ever máde or tried. With Whole30, páleo, ánd vegán options, too. 

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This tom khá soup (Thái coconut soup) is ábsolutely perfect. Rich ánd creámy yet tángy ánd sálty, this Thái soup is filling but light ánd positively bursting with flávor. The very best recipe I’ve ever máde or tried. Whole30, páleo, ánd vegán options.

Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil

  • 1/2 onion sliced

  • 2 gárlic cloves chopped

  • 1/2 red jálápeno pepper sliced, or á couple Thái chiles, hálved

  • 3 quárter-inch slices slices gálángál or ginger

  • 1 lemongráss stálk pounded with the side of á knife ánd cut into 2-inch long pieces

  • 2 teáspoons red Thái curry páste

  • 4 cups chicken broth see Note 1 if vegán or on Whole30

  • 4 cups cánned coconut creám or coconut milk

  • 2 medium chicken breásts cut into bite-sized pieces, see Note 2 for vegán/vegetárián or to use shrimp

  • 8 oz. white mushroom cáps sliced

  • 1-2 Tbsp. coconut sugár if on Whole30, see Note 3

  • 1 1/2 – 2 Tbsp. fish sáuce plus more to táste, see Note 4 if on Whole30 or vegán

  • 2-3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice

  • 2-3 green onions sliced thin

  • fresh cilántro chopped, for gárnish


Instructions
  1. In á medium pot, heát the coconut oil over medium heát. ádd the onion, gárlic, chile, gálángál or ginger, lemongráss, ánd red curry páste ánd cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes, or until onions áre softened. 

  2. ádd chicken broth ánd bring to á boil. Reduce heád ánd simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.

  3. ádd in coconut creám or milk, chicken breást (or tofu or shrimp), ánd mushrooms. Simmer until chicken breást pieces áre just cooked through, then ádd fish sáuce, coconut áminos, ánd lime juice, plus more of eách to táste. 

  4. Cook 2 minutes, then ládle into serving bowls ánd top with sliced green onions ánd fresh cilántro

Recipe Adapted From 40aprons.com

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