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Coconut Red Curry Hot Pot with Braised Chicken and Mushrooms

Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Yield 6 servings
Look for Kaffir lime leaves and galangal—also known as Thai ginger—at ethnic markets and gourmet grocers. If you can't find them, use an extra 1/4 cup chopped peeled fresh lemongrass to flavor the broth. You can use regular ginger in place of galangal.


  • 2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup chopped peeled fresh lemongrass
  • 6 Kaffir lime leaves, torn
  • 5 (1/4-inch) slices fresh galangal
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1 (4-ounce) package presliced exotic mushroom blend (such as shiitake, cremini, and oyster)
  • 8 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 (13.5-ounce) can light coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon Thai fish sauce (such as Three Crabs)
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup thinly diagonally cut green onions
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 6 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 3 ounces uncooked wide rice noodles

Nutrition Information

  • calories 221
  • fat 5.4 g
  • satfat 4.4 g
  • monofat 0.2 g
  • polyfat 0.2 g
  • protein 17.2 g
  • carbohydrate 27.3 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 33 mg
  • iron 1.8 mg
  • sodium 681 mg
  • calcium 20 mg

How to Make It

  1. Bring broth to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; stir in lemongrass, lime leaves, and galangal. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 30 minutes. Strain through a sieve over a bowl; discard solids. Return broth to pan; add curry paste, stirring with a whisk. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; cook 2 minutes or until tender. Stir in chicken; cook 3 minutes or until chicken is done. Add coconut milk, stirring well to combine. Stir in fish sauce and sugar, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; stir in onions, juice, and 1/4 cup cilantro.

  2. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain. Add noodles to coconut milk mixture. Ladle 1 cup soup into each of 6 bowls; sprinkle evenly with remaining 2 tablespoons cilantro.