Since I often feel the need to live vicariously through my family - my brother just returned from Thailand and my parents were there last year – I’m determined to eat like I’m there! Until I can get there myself, Thai food will have to hold me over.

I love Asian cuisine (if that wasn’t obvious) but the flavors of Thailand are some of my favorites. As soon as I came across this recipe I knew I would need to make it – and that it would be at the top of my ever-growing recipe list.

Also please note the use of my authentic Thai ”spootula”. I’m not sure what they are called in Thailand (anyone?) but I decided to call it a spootula – it is half spoon, half spatula and pure genius.


Thai Coconut-Lime Soup with Chicken – adapted from Bon Appétit

  • 2 stalks fresh lemongrass (forgot to pick this up so used some lemon zest instead)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 jalapeños, thinly sliced
  • 1 red chile pepper, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups organic chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 4 cups light coconut milk
  • 3 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 4 Tbsp cilantro leaves
  • juice from 2 limes
  • 1 Tbsp agave
  • 16 oz chicken breast, cut into thin strips
  • cilantro and chives(or green onions) for garnish

Heat oil in large pot. Add onion and ginger, cook for about 3 minutes. Add peppers and lemon zest; stir 1 minute. Add broth and rice vinegar; simmer 5 minutes. Add coconut milk, lime juice, fish sauce, cilantro leaves and agave; simmer 30 minutes. Add chicken and simmer just until cooked through, about 4 minutes. (or in my case, about 10 just to make sure it is indeed cooked)

Garnish with cilantro and chives or green onions.

38 Comments ( Reply )

  1. mary beth
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 9:28 am

    this sounds similar to your thai coconut sauce for nye? i must try it. the flavors were great!!

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  2. mary beth
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 9:28 am

    this sounds similar to your thai coconut sauce for nye? i must try it. the flavors were great!!

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  3. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 9:51 am

    You make such incredible food! This looks delicious!

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  4. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 9:51 am

    You make such incredible food! This looks delicious!

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  5. savoringsarah
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 10:05 am

    YUM!! I have been craving coconut soup in a major way and this just sealed the deal- it’s GOING on the dinner menu for this week! Love your garnish too- soo profesh :)

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  6. savoringsarah
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 10:05 am

    YUM!! I have been craving coconut soup in a major way and this just sealed the deal- it’s GOING on the dinner menu for this week! Love your garnish too- soo profesh :)

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  7. Mo @ MommyRD
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 10:28 am

    Not only does the soup sound amazing, your pictures are soooo photogenic – amazing photography – kudos!

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    • anutritionisteats
      Jan 04, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

      Thank you so much! I must say though, I think it is the camera, not me!

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  8. Mo @ MommyRD
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 10:28 am

    Not only does the soup sound amazing, your pictures are soooo photogenic – amazing photography – kudos!

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    • anutritionisteats
      Jan 04, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

      Thank you so much! I must say though, I think it is the camera, not me!

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  9. Gelareh @ Orange Truffle
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 10:41 am

    That looks really good. It is cold here and I can go for a cup of that soup :)

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  10. Gelareh @ Orange Truffle
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 10:41 am

    That looks really good. It is cold here and I can go for a cup of that soup :)

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  11. Tracey
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 11:08 am

    The pictures in this post are great!

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  12. Tracey
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 11:08 am

    The pictures in this post are great!

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  13. Tut
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 11:16 am

    Can you come over and make dinner for me sometime? It not only looks delicious and I bet it’s healthy too! Will try it soon.

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  14. Tut
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 11:16 am

    Can you come over and make dinner for me sometime? It not only looks delicious and I bet it’s healthy too! Will try it soon.

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  15. Anna
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 11:28 am

    Yum that looks good! I just made Shrimp Pad Thai Saturday night with MB’s leftover shrimp…. (you are proud right?!)

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  16. Anna
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 11:28 am

    Yum that looks good! I just made Shrimp Pad Thai Saturday night with MB’s leftover shrimp…. (you are proud right?!)

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  17. Molly
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

    yum! Soups always the best after a cold day like we have (holy cow, it’s not humanly possible that it can be this cold!) I am going to have to give this one a try, the flavors look wonderful :)
    Have a good rest of your monday!

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  18. Molly
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

    yum! Soups always the best after a cold day like we have (holy cow, it’s not humanly possible that it can be this cold!) I am going to have to give this one a try, the flavors look wonderful :)
    Have a good rest of your monday!

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  19. Casey
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 12:59 pm

    WOW…that soup sounds so yummy! I can’t get enough soup in the winter :). I need to try it!

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  20. Casey
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 12:59 pm

    WOW…that soup sounds so yummy! I can’t get enough soup in the winter :). I need to try it!

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  21. Naomi(onefitfoodie)
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 6:51 pm

    this sounds so unique and delicious!

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  22. Naomi(onefitfoodie)
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 6:51 pm

    this sounds so unique and delicious!

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  23. burpexcuzme
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 7:15 pm

    I adore Thai food, too. I love their great balance of sweet, sour, spicy, and salty. Yum.

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  24. burpexcuzme
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 7:15 pm

    I adore Thai food, too. I love their great balance of sweet, sour, spicy, and salty. Yum.

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  25. Claire
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

    Looks great! yummm

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  26. Claire
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

    Looks great! yummm

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  27. Chad
    Jan 05, 2010 @ 1:19 am

    I try to incorporate coconut into my diet this time of the year especially. The high Lauric Acid content really helps to boost the immune system for the long WI cold/flu season.

    I look forward to trying this recipe!

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  28. Chad
    Jan 05, 2010 @ 1:19 am

    I try to incorporate coconut into my diet this time of the year especially. The high Lauric Acid content really helps to boost the immune system for the long WI cold/flu season.

    I look forward to trying this recipe!

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  29. phoenikia
    Jan 05, 2010 @ 8:02 pm

    Nice photos! Look fwd to trying this recipe!

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  30. phoenikia
    Jan 05, 2010 @ 8:02 pm

    Nice photos! Look fwd to trying this recipe!

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  31. Susan Vrabec
    Jan 06, 2010 @ 6:44 pm

    Peter made this tonight for dinner. He used some left-over shrimp (in place of the chicken) and made it with minimal heat. I loved it! Thank you for the recipe!

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    • anutritionisteats
      Jan 07, 2010 @ 7:22 am

      Susan, that sounds delicious! I might even like it better with shrimp! So glad you tried it!

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  32. Susan Vrabec
    Jan 06, 2010 @ 6:44 pm

    Peter made this tonight for dinner. He used some left-over shrimp (in place of the chicken) and made it with minimal heat. I loved it! Thank you for the recipe!

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    • anutritionisteats
      Jan 07, 2010 @ 7:22 am

      Susan, that sounds delicious! I might even like it better with shrimp! So glad you tried it!

      Reply

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