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Thai Coconut Chicken Soup - Tom Ka

Thai Coconut Chicken Soup - Tom Ka

Tom Ka is a delicious Thai Coconut Chicken Soup with red curry, lemon grass, fish sauce, brown sugar,  mushrooms, and is one of my most favorite soups.   Serve it with white or brown rice or with quinoa.  If you love Asian food - definitely try this soup!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Thailand
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 413 kcal
Author Julia


  • 14 oz coconut milk (1 can)
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons lemon grass (ground), or 1 lemon grass stalk
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 5 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 0.7 lb chicken breast , uncooked, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms , sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper , sliced

Garnish (optional):

  • 3 green onions , diced (optional)
  • 1/3 cup grape tomatoes , each one sliced in half (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley , chopped (optional)


  1. Heat coconut milk and chicken stock in a large pan and bring to boil.

  2. Reduce to medium heat, add red curry paste, lemon grass, fresh lemon juice, fish sauce, brown sugar, stir well.  Let the soup simmer for about 10 minutes. 

  3. Add uncooked sliced chicken breast, sliced mushrooms, sliced bell peppers, and let the soup simmer for 20 more minutes.  The soup should thicken slightly and the chicken should be completely cooked through. (if chicken is not cooked through, simmer a little longer, or increase heat)

  4. When soup has simmered for at least 30 minutes and mushrooms are well-cooked through, and the chicken is cooked through, the soup is ready to serve!

  5. Serve the soup topped with chopped green onions (optional), chopped fresh parsley (optional) and sliced grape tomatoes (optional).  Serve with rice or quinoa.

Nutrition Facts
Thai Coconut Chicken Soup - Tom Ka
Amount Per Serving
Calories 413 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 2051mg89%
Potassium 903mg26%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 2500IU50%
Vitamin C 50mg61%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 4.9mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.