Delicious! I normally use leftover rotisserie chicken for this to save time, but simmering the broth is absolutely worth it. I haven't been able to track down Kaffir lime leaves (even in NYC!), but using extra lemongrass seems to work out fine. And although I agree with some of the other reviewers that buying this soup from a Thai restaurant might be cheaper and easier, that's sort of missing the point. I cook because I love to cook (like most other folks on this site, I suspect), and I like knowing/controlling what goes into my family's food. Cooking your own version of something at home will almost always be healthier, too.
Coconut Red Curry Hot Pot with Braised Chicken and Mushrooms
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.
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- Calories: 221
- Fat: 5.4g
- Saturated fat: 4.4g
- Monounsaturated fat: 0.2g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 0.2g
- Protein: 17.2g
- Carbohydrate: 27.3g
- Fiber: 1g
- Cholesterol: 33mg
- Iron: 1.8mg
- Sodium: 681mg
- Calcium: 20mg
- 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
- 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.
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