Thai Chicken Soup
With shredded chicken and chunks of sweet potato, this Thai Chicken Soup comes together easily in under an hour. It’s lightly creamy and bursting with all kinds of fresh flavors. Add a little heat or a lot – it’s all up to you!
Thai Chicken Soup with Coconut Milk
Do you know what’s better than a steaming bowl of soup on a chilly day? A hot bowl of soup that has an additional kick of heat, that’s what!
Like this easy, richly flavored Thai Chicken Soup that’s ready in under an hour. It’s a hearty soup with chicken and sweet potatoes, and bursting with all kinds of freshness. You can easily subdue (or even completely omit) the heat, if it’s just not your thing – or spice it up even more if it is! The soup gets its creaminess from delicious coconut milk – just enough to give a bit of lusciousness to the broth without feeling heavy.
What You’ll Need
This Thai soup is made with a handful of fresh vegetables, fresh herbs, chicken, coconut milk, and a few other easy ingredients. Our daughters love sweet potatoes, so I wanted to incorporate some for added nutrients and fiber – they’re delicious in this soup!
- Olive oil – Used for cooking the chicken.
- Chicken – I use boneless skinless chicken breasts for this Thai soup.
- Salt & pepper
- Sweet potatoes – A little unexpected, but I think sweet potatoes are AWESOME in this recipe!!
- Vegetables – Green onions, red bell peppers, and snow peas give heartiness, flavor, and nutrition to the soup.
- Ginger & garlic
- Chicken broth – I prefer to use low-sodium.
- Red chili paste – My (easy) secret weapon for adding flavor depth to this soup is roasted red chili paste (affiliate link). It packs a sweet heat that I find irresistible. If you’re not fond of heat, simply use less or eliminate this ingredient altogether.
- Coconut milk – Our family loves anything I make with coconut milk. It’s creamy, comforting, and so yummy! It gives this soup a lightly creamy texture and wonderful flavor. I always prefer to use regular coconut milk, but use a light variety if you like – just know that it will be less creamy.
- Lime – I include both fresh lime juice and lime zest in this recipe – you’ll love the bright pop of freshness!
- Fresh herbs – I throw in fresh herbs whenever I possibly can. And I do not hold back with this soup, with fresh cilantro, basil, AND mint!
- Fresno peppers – Add a few slices of fresh Fresno or jalapeno pepper for additional heat if desired.
How to Make Thai Chicken Soup
For such a fresh and flavorful soup, this recipe comes together quite quickly, in under an hour.
- Cook the chicken. Season the chicken with salt and pepper – then saute in olive oil in a large Dutch oven, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove chicken to a plate.
- Cook the sweet potatoes. In the same pot, cook the sweet potato, green onions, bell pepper, and snow peas until the sweet potato is tender. Then add the garlic and ginger.
- Make the broth. Add the broth to the pot and whisk in the red chili paste. Bring to a boil, then turn down heat and let simmer.
- Add the chicken. Shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Add the chicken and any accumulated juices to the soup. Stir in the coconut milk and cook until heated. Add the remaining ingredients.
- Serve. Taste test and adjust salt as needed. Serve with fresh lime wedges and slices of hot pepper.
Tips & Variations
Here are some tips for the best Thai coconut chicken soup, as well as a few ways to switch it up.
- Can I use a different protein? Shrimp is the most common alternative to chicken for Thai coconut soup. Just add the uncooked (but thawed) shrimp to the soup when you’d add the cooked & shredded chicken, and cook the shrimp until pink and opaque.
- Can I make this vegetarian? Sure. Just omit the chicken and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. You may want to add extra sweet potatoes and other vegetables to maintain the heartiness.
- Use other vegetables. Swap sweet potatoes for regular potatoes. Use sugar snap peas instead of snow pea pods. Add carrots or mushrooms.
- Be sure to use coconut milk. Be sure you’re grabbing coconut milk – not coconut lopez or coconut creamer, they’re very different products.
- Add cooked rice or rice noodles. Cook some rice or thin rice noodles separately. Then add cooked rice or noodles to individual bowls and ladle Thai chicken soup over the top!
Serve this Thai soup with fresh lime wedges, for squeezing over the top. We go through MANY lime wedges at our table! And if you like even a bit more heat, offer some thin slices of Fresno or jalapeno peppers. I assure you, it’s just the thing for a chilly day – or any day!
If you want to make your chicken soup even more hearty, add cooked rice or rice noodles!
How to Store & Reheat Leftovers
Leftover Thai chicken soup will keep well in the fridge for up to 4 days. I recommend reheating on the stovetop at a gentle simmer – not a boil – until heated through.
Thai coconut soup can be frozen, but the freshness of all the vegetables and herbs will definitely be less once it’s thawed.
More Comfort Food Recipes With Chicken:
- Chicken Cheesesteak Baked Ziti
- Mom’s Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
- Chicken Wild Rice Soup
- Hot Honey Chicken Wings
- Slow Cooker Orange Chicken
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Thai Chicken Soup
With shredded chicken and chunks of sweet potato, this Thai Chicken Soup comes together easily in under an hour. It's lightly creamy and bursting with all kinds of fresh flavors. Add a little heat or a lot - it's all up to you!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 16 ounces boneless skinless chicken breasts
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 cups peeled, cubed sweet potato, 1/2" in size
- 1.25 cups chopped green onions, divided
- 1 cup chopped red bell pepper, 1/4" to 1/2" in size
- 1 cup sliced snow pea pods, cut into 1" pieces
- 2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
- 3 large cloves garlic, minced
- 32 ounces low sodium chicken broth
- 3 teaspoons roasted red chili paste
- 1 can (14-ounce) coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- zest from 1 large lime
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
- fresh lime wedges
- thin slices of Fresno or jalapeno pepper, optional for additional heat
- In a Dutch oven over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Sprinkle chicken breasts fairly generously with salt and pepper and add to the heated oil. Saute, turning over after 5 minutes. Saute another 5 minutes on the second side. Chicken is done when it is just cooked through, with juices running clear. This should take 10 to 15 minutes. Remove chicken to a plate to rest.
- In the same pot over medium heat, add butter and remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Once warmed, add sweet potato, 1 cup of the green onions, red bell pepper, and snow peas. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until sweet potato is just tender, stirring every few minutes. Stir in ginger and garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add broth to pot and stir to combine. Remove about 1/4 cup of the liquid to a small bowl and whisk in the roasted red chili paste; add this to the pot. Stir to combine and then bring soup to a boil. Immediately reduce heat and let soup simmer gently for 10 minutes.
- With two forks, shred the cooked chicken into bite-sized pieces. Add shredded chicken and any accumulated chicken juices to the soup. Stir in coconut milk and cook until thoroughly heated. Add lime juice, lime zest, cilantro, basil, mint, and the remaining 1/4 cup of green onions. Taste test and add additional kosher salt if needed. Serve hot, with fresh lime wedges and slices of hot pepper.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 327Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 214mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 5gSugar: 10gProtein: 31g
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This is an OUTSTANDING soup!
Has anyone tried it without coconut milk?? Or is there something else I can substitute it with??
How would you suggest making this if I do not have a dutch oven?
Hello Reagan – a larger pot with a heavy bottom will work as well.
Has anyone frozen this soup?
I froze this in the deep freezer in individual portions to take for lunches. It reheated just fine several months later! The sweet potatoes were a little mushier after thawing but it was still as delicious as when I originally made it.
Wonderful! Thanks for sharing!
I made a few changes, which I will detail, but this recipe was terrific! My family loved it (except my nephew who exclusively eats chicken nuggets) and asked me to add it to our rotating menu.
-used coconut oil instead of olive oil or butter
-subbed bok choy for the sweet potato
-used homemade red pepper chow chow
– added some mushrooms that I needed to use (sauteed in coconut oil first, then added to soup)
-served with a plate full of extra fresno chili, basil, mint and cilantro, along with the chow chow on the side for family to customize their bowl.
I love how comforting this is! Tastes SO good!
Great flavor! This definitely helped warm me up today.
So wonderful to hear!
One of my most favorite soups I have ever made!
Awesome. So glad to hear this!
Such a great dinner idea for these cold winter days.
I crave this soup. It was meant for winter!
I really love the thai coconut soups with lime juice. This one is as good as I have had locally in restaurants.It was very flavorful, definitely look forward to doing this one again. Thank you for the great recipe!
Hello Sophie – I’m so glad you liked this soup! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment!
Thai flavors are my fav! This soup sounds so cozy and flavorful!
Aren’t they just so awesome?! Thanks, Taylor.
This soup looks and sounds incredible! Saving!
Thank you so much, Brandy. Enjoy!!
This is just what I need now that the temps are dropping! Extra lime and cilantro for me, please!
I’m the same way. LOTS of lime and cilantro! Thanks, Liren.