Spicy Thai Chicken Soup

Healthy Spicy Thai Chicken Soup RecipeNot your average chicken soup recipe! This Spicy Thai Chicken Soup will spice things up in your life.

Spicy Thai Chicken Soup Recipe
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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?

Making Light Spicy Thai Chicken Soup Recipe

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 Spicy Thai Chicken Soup recipe is bold and spicy, yet soothing. Nutrient rich, yet satisfying.

Light Spicy Thai Chicken Soup Recipe

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 Spicy Thai Chicken Soup and I hope it offers you the same comforting gratification it bring me.

It’s bold, veggie-laden, and 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.

Lean Spicy Thai Chicken Soup Recipe

Spicy Thai Chicken Soup Recipe
5 from 5 votes

Spicy Thai Chicken Soup

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
This Chicken Soup packs a punch! Our Spicy Thai Chicken Soup Recipe is loaded with flavor, and is extremely healthy.
Servings: 6 Servings
Nutrition Facts
Spicy Thai Chicken Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 462 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 1350mg 56%
Potassium 1138mg 33%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 10g
Protein 34g 68%
Vitamin A 91.9%
Vitamin C 53.3%
Calcium 6%
Iron 15.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 1 1/2 pounds 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 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 64 ounces 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. Taste, then salt and pepper as needed. Serve warm with a sprinkle of chopped green onions.

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40 comments on “Spicy Thai Chicken Soup

  1. Judy Bishopposted February 10, 2018 at 9:42 pm Reply

    This soup was fabulous! Just the right amount of heat with pepper flakes, creamy, and full of crisp tender veggies. It was creamy and refreshing. Served it with homemade shrimp salad rolls. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. T.W.posted February 5, 2018 at 11:11 pm Reply

    This is so yummy! It’s even better as leftovers! I divided it up and froze some too. 
    I didn’t have snap peas but love mushrooms and always have some on hand so I added them to the soup instead, and I used olive oil instead of vegetable oil. Of course extra chili flakes as I love it spicy. I will definitely make this again! 

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  5. Kellyposted September 21, 2013 at 7:26 am Reply

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

  6. Chrisposted September 16, 2013 at 9:58 am Reply

    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.

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  8. Shainaposted September 12, 2013 at 9:41 am Reply

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

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

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

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

    This looks great! Pinned!

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

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

  12. katieposted September 5, 2013 at 9:16 am Reply

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

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

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

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

    Love this idea!!

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

    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!!

  16. Juliaposted September 3, 2013 at 2:30 pm Reply

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

  17. Mercedesposted September 3, 2013 at 11:45 am Reply

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

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

    I am ridiculously excited for soup season!

  19. Aimeeposted September 3, 2013 at 8:08 am Reply

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

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

    I love soup like this Sommer! delicious!

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

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

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

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

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

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

  24. audreyposted September 2, 2013 at 7:02 pm Reply

    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!!!

    • Sommerposted September 3, 2013 at 3:43 pm Reply

      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. :)

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

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

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

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

  27. marlaposted September 2, 2013 at 11:26 am Reply

    I bet this soup tastes great Sommer!

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

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

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

    Looks so fresh and tasty!

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

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

  31. Kathleenposted September 2, 2013 at 10:11 am Reply

    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!

  32. Jeanetteposted September 2, 2013 at 10:03 am Reply

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

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

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

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

    Such beautiful colors in this soup — sounds amazing!

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

    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!

  36. Tammelaposted September 2, 2013 at 6:59 am Reply

    Yum! This sounds delicious.

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

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

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

    What a soup! Fabulous!

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

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