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Spicy Thai Chicken Soup

Not your average chicken soup recipe! This bold veggie-laden thai inspired chicken soup is a feast for the senses. Hot and steamy, with aromatic herbs and spices, and a touch of creamy coconut in the broth. Chicken Soup never had it so good.

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My house is eerily quiet this week.

The kids went back to school. Our recent house guests (with two extra children + a cat) have moved out. Lt. Dan, who often works from home, has been in his office more than usual. And my dog has not been barking at every poor soul that power-walks past our fence.

Something’s amiss.

This must be the calm before the storm.

You know what I’m talking about… Summer is nearly over and we’re now in the few short weeks of peaceful living, before the onslaught of escalating holiday fun and activities begin. October usually marks a 3 month rampage of head-spinning excitement around here.

I think I’m going to try to keep things on the down-low this year. Same amount of fun, less head spinning. Good plan?

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Maybe I need one of those “Keep Calm” t-shirts. It should read something like, “Keep Calm , Cook On.”

Calm makes me happy.

And there’s nothing more calming than a hearty bowl of chicken soup.

This Thai Chicken Soup Recipe is bold and spicy, yet soothing. Nutrient rich, yet satisfying.

It’s the kind of soup you can feel good about serving to your family. Plus the combination of thai-inspired ingredients like coconut milk, fish sauce, ginger, and thai basil give it a delicate balance of intrigue and warming tranquility. The aroma alone is something to experience.

I love this chicken soup recipe and I hope it offers you the same comforting gratification it bring me.

Thai Chicken Soup Recipe

Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes


  •  1 1/2 - 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast, sliced thin
  • 1 large onion, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1 red bell pepper, quartered and sliced thin
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup thinly sliced snap peas
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped thai basil
  • 2 Tb. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 2 Tb. fresh grated ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 64 oz. chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  •  1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions for garnish


  1. Place a large sauce pot over medium-high heat. Add both oils to the pot, followed by the onions. Saute the onions for 2-3 minutes, stirring regularly. Then add the garlic and ginger and saute for 1 more minute.
  2. Add the stock, coconut milk, fish sauce and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Then add the sliced chicken. Stir to separate, then simmer another 5-8 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
  3. Turn off the heat and add the red bell peppers, carrots, snap peas and basil. Cover the pot and steep the vegetable for 5 minutes, until barely cooked through, but still firm. Test for salt. Serve warm with a sprinkle of chopped green onions.

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38 Responses to “Spicy Thai Chicken Soup”

  1. Belinda @zomppaposted September 2, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Oh me oh my – I believe that this is the best soup. Ever.


  2. Tieghanposted September 2, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Oh yum! I love thai anything and soup seems fitting now that is it September!


  3. Tammelaposted September 2, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Yum! This sounds delicious.


  4. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pigposted September 2, 2013 at 7:14 am

    I make a soup like this so I know this is absolutely delicious! I garnish mine with fresh jalapeno, I would love to try your version!


  5. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted September 2, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Such beautiful colors in this soup — sounds amazing!


  6. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted September 2, 2013 at 8:01 am

    This is one of my favourite styles of soups! I am so into the light and tasty Thai flavours in it!


  7. Jenny Flakeposted September 2, 2013 at 8:10 am

    What a soup! Looks fabulous!


  8. Jeanetteposted September 2, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I love this soup Sommer – Thai flavors are one of my favorites, full of spice and flavor!


  9. Kathleenposted September 2, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I have made a similar soup in the past but I have sort of forgotten about it. This is a wonderful soup and I think I have everything on hand except Thai basil….but the local Farmer’s Market is today, so basil-seeking I shall go. Thanks for the inspiration!


  10. Gabyposted September 2, 2013 at 10:21 am

    heck yes!! I love thai anything – those flavors are rocking my world!


  11. Marian (Sweetopia)posted September 2, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Looks so fresh and tasty!


  12. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted September 2, 2013 at 11:09 am

    This is my kind of comfort food! Loving these flavors!!


  13. marlaposted September 2, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I bet this soup tastes great Sommer!


  14. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted September 2, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Yes to Thai flavors, I love this spin on chicken soup!


  15. Ash-foodfashionpartyposted September 2, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Love this soup but not the calm eeriness we go through when kids are off doing their stuff.


  16. audreyposted September 2, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Sommer,i would like to print this recipe,but not sure how to print it!as you can see,i’m
    not that computer savey!!!


    • Sommer — September 3rd, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

      Hi Audrey, Click “Print” in the right corner of the recipe section. A second window should open up, then press “Click to Print” and you’re all set. :)


  17. Julie @ Table for Twoposted September 3, 2013 at 6:10 am

    yum! I love the thai spin on this!! extra flavorful, for sure!


  18. Liz @ The Lemon Bowlposted September 3, 2013 at 7:05 am

    I’ve been dreaming of this soup since you shared the photo!! Love Thai soups!!


  19. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted September 3, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Mmmm!!! This soup sounds delicious! I’m getting so ready for cooler temps and soup! This Thai soup will fit the bill!!!


  20. Heather Christoposted September 3, 2013 at 8:08 am

    I love soup like this Sommer! delicious!


  21. Aimeeposted September 3, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Three of us woke up with colds so chicken soup is PERFECT! Heading to thaw some stock right now.


  22. Paula - bell'alimentoposted September 3, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I am ridiculously excited for soup season!


  23. Mercedesposted September 3, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I am so excited for soup and chili season and this recipe looks like the perfect bowl to kick it off!


  24. Juliaposted September 3, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I love love asian inspired soups–this looks just perfect. Beautiful pictures too!


  25. Gerry @ Foodness Graciousposted September 4, 2013 at 12:02 am

    I live right beside one of the best Thai places I have ever eaten at, I love it and eat there probably too often…which is why I should make this soup!!


  26. gina @ skinnytasteposted September 4, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Love this idea!!


  27. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted September 5, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Calm makes me happy, too. Not a fan of the frenzy. Love this soup!


  28. katieposted September 5, 2013 at 9:16 am

    this soup sounds amazing… I’m all for calm, too!


  29. ashley - Baker by Natureposted September 5, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    This soup looks amazing! Such a fun twist on the classic!


  30. Shelly (Cookies and Cups)posted September 8, 2013 at 7:55 am

    This looks great! Pinned!


  31. Nutmeg Nannyposted September 11, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I just love adding coconut milk into my soups, its the perfect touch of flavor :) this looks amazing!!


  32. Shainaposted September 12, 2013 at 9:41 am

    There’s a chill in the air today, which makes it a wonderful night for a soup night!


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  34. Chrisposted September 16, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Is this the same as Tom Kha (sp?) ? Either way it sounds excellent and I like the vibrant colors. I could go for some of that right now.


  35. Kellyposted September 21, 2013 at 7:26 am

    I absolutely LOVE the flavors in this recipe! Tom Kha soup is my go-to Thai takeout dish :)


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