Tom Kha Gai Soup – Thai Chicken in Coconut Milk

(Last Updated On: June 14, 2019)

Tom Kha Gai, or Spicy Thai Chicken and Coconut Milk Soup, is a recipe where all of the favorite flavors of Thailand come together.

Fresh ginger, lemongrass, chili peppers and lime leaves combined with creamy coconut milk is one delicious bowl of spicy Thai soup.

Despite the complexity of flavors in this dish, its actually quite easy to make.

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Tom Kha Gai Chicken in Coconut Soup Recipe

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Tom Kha Gai Soup

Tom Kha Gai Soup - Spicy Thai Chicken and Coconut Milk Soup


  • 1 Cup Chicken Breast Cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 12 Thin Slices Galangal (or Fresh Ginger)
  • 2 Stalks Lemongrass cut into 2" sections
  • 4 Straw Mushrooms - quartered
  • 6 Kaffir Lime Leaves (stem removed)
  • 1/2 Cup Green Onion Diced
  • 1 Tablespoon Fish Sauce (Nam Pla)
  • Juice 1/2 Lime
  • 1 Shallot, diced
  • 2 Bird's Eye Chilies (diced)
  • 8 Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cilantro (as a garnish)


  1. Add coconut milk and water to a pan or wok over medium heat.
  2. Once the liquid begins to boil, add the chicken, lemongrass, galangal, lime leaves, chilies, shallot and mushrooms.
  3. Stir occasionally until the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Add the fish sauce, lime juice and tomato. Allow the soup to simmer for another minute, and then add the cilantro and serve.

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