Photo: Mary Britton Senseney/Wonderful Machine and Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Total Time
40 Mins
Serves 4

For a quick dinner that's full of distinctive Thai flavor, offer Thai Chicken Soup.

How to Make It

Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add shallots; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add garlic and ginger; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add broth; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add lemongrass and 2 cups water to broth mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes. Stir in chicken and bok choy; simmer 5 minutes. Discard lemongrass. Remove from heat; stir in cilantro, basil, lime juice, and salt. Place 1/2 cup noodles in each of 4 bowls; top each serving with 1 1/4 cups soup. Sprinkle with red pepper.

Ratings & Reviews

Restaurant quality soup, maybe better

October 07, 2016
This was an excellent and easy soup to make. I made the following changes: instead of canned broth I used the carcus of a Costco chicken to make 4 cups of home made broth, because my son will not eat anything out of a can. Then I used half the breast meat from the same chicken for the soup. I had a few whole Thai chilies I threw in, and used them for a garnish when I served the soup. Lastly, the store was out of rice noodles so I used Japanese Udon, which was still, so good! I'll definitely make this again.

Onecentinvegas's Review

October 23, 2012
I made this to the recipe, but used home made broth and chicken. It just didn't do it for me. Husband said he liked it, but I didn't. Won't bother with it again.

Tomtes's Review

September 29, 2012
Great taste!

luvmygem's Review

August 26, 2012
Instead of red pepper flakes, I used some dried Thai chili peppers because I had them on hand. Use my homemade no salt added stock. Very good!

Emmaleee's Review

July 23, 2012

ttsholland's Review

May 10, 2012
nice quick tasty soup

TY1024's Review

May 09, 2012
I thought this soup was very good and the only thing I added was a 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes only because we like things spicy. The lime juice cilantro and basil make the dish. I will definitely be making this soup again.

eredens's Review

May 08, 2012

kblurton's Review

May 01, 2012

Erica8's Review

April 24, 2012
I was very excited to make this soup, but it fell a little bit short. Overall, the flavors weren't strong enough to make me want to make this again. I would suggest adding more of the ingredients at the beginning- shallots, garlic, and ginger- but most importantly, I would substitute all of the water for chicken broth. I ended up adding much more salt than called for because all it tasted like was chicken and bok choy in water. I think subbing chicken broth for the water would make a great difference in flavor. The spicy wontons however, were excellent.