Spicy Coconut, Chicken & Mushroom Soup


Coconut milk tames the heat and combines deliciously with shredded chicken breast in this spicy Thai-inspired coconut chicken soup.

Spicy Thai Coconut Chicken Soup image
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Missie Crawford
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 2 teaspoons canola oil

  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms

  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper

  • 4 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 (3-inch) stalk lemongrass, halved lengthwise

  • 2 teaspoons sambal oelek (ground fresh chile paste)

  • 3 cups Chicken stock or reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 ¼ cups light coconut milk

  • 4 teaspoons fish sauce

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast (about 8 ounces)

  • ½ cup green onion strips

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice


  1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add mushrooms, bell pepper, ginger, garlic and lemongrass; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chile paste; cook 1 minute. Add chicken stock, coconut milk, fish sauce and sugar; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low; simmer for 10 minutes. Add chicken to pan; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Discard lemongrass. Top with onions, cilantro and juice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

224 Calories
9g Fat
15g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size about 1 1/3 cups
Calories 224
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Protein 23g 46%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 463mg 20%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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