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Tom Kha Gai Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Tom Kha Gai

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"An easy and healthy Thai chicken soup. Serve over rice. Add more fish sauce or chile paste to taste."

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  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    45 mins


  1. Warm chicken broth and coconut milk together in a stockpot over medium heat; add chile sauce, lime juice, fish sauce, brown sugar, ginger, and kaffir lime leaves. Bring broth mixture to a low simmer until flavors have blended, about 15 minutes.
  2. Remove stockpot from heat and strain out ginger and lime leaves. Return broth mixture to the stockpot and bring to a simmer. Cook chicken in the simmering broth until no longer pink in the center, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms, onion, zucchini, lemongrass, and basil and simmer until onion softens, about 3 minutes.
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  • Cook's Notes:
  • I pick up kaffir lime leave at an Asian market in Seattle and I've found that they keep really well in the freezer. You can also buy them online - fresh, dried, or powdered.
  • I also sub fresh lemongrass with a squeeze of lemongrass paste, as fresh is not available in my local store.

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Apr 03, 2013

This was amazing! Just like ordering from a thai restaurant. However, I did add about 1 tablespoon of salt and another can of unsweetened coconut milk to the soup to give it more flavor. Also let it simmer on low for 30 minutes otherwise the zuccini will not be soft enough. Will definately make again!

Apr 12, 2013

Okay, so I followed this pretty closely. I found some frozen kaffir lime leaves at the Asian market, and thawed them, which worked perfectly. I didn't have chicken, so I subbed some tofu. I just -really- disliked the canned button mushrooms. I picked them ALL out, and replaced them with fresh button mushrooms that I chopped and sauteed in a pan before adding to the completed soup. Any fresh mushroom would be better than the straw ones, which are kind of slimy and have a weird taste. I think this soup would be better with the chicken for sure, but the tofu was nice in a pinch, and the rest of the flavors were out of this world.

Dec 30, 2013

it's almost there. I've begged my local Thai restaurant for their recipe and they wont give it up. This is the closest I've got so far. Btw, I used fresh mushrooms instead and after cooking the lemongrass and kafari lime leaves in for flavor, I fished them out of the soup. And after cooking it with one can of coconut milk I tasted it and it needed another half a can.

Mar 13, 2015

This is a very good recipe!! I found that if you use Thai basil (not regular or opal basil found in grocery store or nursery, only oriental markets) it DOES taste exactly like restaurant Tom Kha Gai. That's the only change I made to this recipe and it made a world of difference.

Feb 11, 2015

I added marinated tomatoes, an extra can of coconut milk and shrimp instead of chicken. Substituted quartered lemons for lemongrass. Used shrimp and chicken bouillon for broth. Was better than any restaurant version!


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  • Calories
  • 330 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 20.8 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 61 mg
  • 20%
  • Fat
  • 17 g
  • 26%
  • Fiber
  • 4 g
  • 16%
  • Protein
  • 26.7 g
  • 53%
  • Sodium
  • 1318 mg
  • 53%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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