Thai Chicken and Coconut Soup

To make the soup more substantial, add about 2 cups of steamed jasmine rice or cooked rice noodles before serving. Coconut milk, Asian curry paste and fish sauce are available at most supermarkets.



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One 13.5-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons green curry paste
Four 2-inch strips of lime zest
2 quarter-size pieces of fresh ginger, lightly crushed
1/2 teaspoon sugar
3 cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
2 medium skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
3 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
6 basil leaves, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice


In a large saucepan, combine the coconut milk, curry paste, lime zest, ginger and sugar and bring to a simmer over moderate heat. Add the chicken stock, cover and simmer over moderately low heat for 8 minutes. Raise the heat to moderate and bring the soup to a boil. Add the chicken, fish sauce, 3 tablespoons of the cilantro and the basil. Stir and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes. Discard the ginger and lime zest. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of cilantro and stir in the lime juice. Serve hot.

Wine Recommendation: 1995 Carl Graff Urziger Schwarzlay Riesling Spätlese or 1996 Henry Estate Müller-Thurgau from Oregon.

Grace Parisi,

Food & Wine

September 1997
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