15 March 2007

Thai-Style Chicken Soup at Home

As requested, here's the recipe. Hope you like it as much as I did!

from the Jan/Feb 2007 Cook's Illustrated

3 T. fresh lime juice
2 t. Thai red curry paste
1 t. vegetable oil
3 lemon grass stalks, tough outer leaves removed, bottom 5 inches halved lengthwise and sliced thin crosswise (Cook's specifically says not to use dried or jarred lemongrass, but I couldn't find fresh at any stores near our house so I ended up using 1 t. dried. It seemed fine to me, although I'm sure fresh is better.)
3 large shallots, chopped
8 springs fresh cilantro, chopped coarse
3 T. fish sauce, divided
4 c. low-sodium chicken broth
2 cans (14 oz. each) coconut milk (I used one can full-fat and one can low-fat. I think I'd use two cans low-fat next time.)
1 T. sugar
8 oz. white mushrooms, sliced thin
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half then into thin slices

For serving: fresh cilantro leaves, diced serrano chile, minced scallion, lime wedges

1. Combine lime juice, curry paste, and 2 T. fish sauce in small bowl. Set aside.
2. Heat oil in large saucepan over high heat. Add lemon grass, shallots, cilantro, and remaining 1 T. fish sauce. Saute until veggies are soft but not brown.
3. Stir in chicken broth and one can of coconut milk. Bring to simmer over high heat, then cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes to blend flavors.
4. Pour broth through fine mesh strainer and discard solids. Rinse saucepan and return broth mixture to pan.
5. Put pan over medium-high heat. Add remaining can coconut milk and sugar; bring to simmer.
6. Add mushrooms; cook until tender (about 2 minutes).
7. Add chicken and cook, stirring constantly, until just cooked through (1 to 3 minutes).
8. Remove soup from heat. Stir in lime juice/curry paste mixture. Serve topped with serrano chiles, scallion, cilantro, and lime wedges.

As suggested by the magazine (and because my Korean husband eats everything with rice), we served this in big bowls over rice. Enjoy!


Rachel said...

Yum! Thanks. That sounds like a thinner version of Thai-style curry.

lala said...

I can't wait to try this but I'm not sure I can buy all those ingredients here. Can you imagine?

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to try it, not sure on the points, but it sounds very worth the splurge!

Snickollet said...

Lala--Hope you can find all the ingredients!

Li'l Sis--yeah, the points. I'd be scared to find out. But it is a good splurge, that's for sure.

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Anonymous said...

I plugged the recipe into WW's recipe builder, and (using two cans of lowfat coconut milk) came up with 32 points for the whole thing - divide by number of servings and you'll have the points for one serving.


Snickollet said...


Thanks for calculating the points. It's not as bad as I thought as it makes four very generous servings. 8 points/serving is reasonable for dinner.

Angela said...

Looks really yummy, I will definitely try it, thanks for sharing!