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Thai Coconut Chicken Soup

Source: Casual Cuisines of the World - Far East Cafe
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Active Time:  10 Minutes
Total Time:  30 Minutes
  Serves 8
A signature dish of Thailand, this simple soup also works beautifully with a Western menu. In winter, its herbal flavors of galangal, lemongrass and kaffir lime warm the body; in summer, its characteristic lightness makes it pleasingly refreshing.
8 kaffir lime leaves or the zest of 1 regular lime
2 cans (13 1/2 fl oz) coconut milk
2 cups chicken stock
6 fresh or 4 dried galangal slices, each about 1 inch in diameter
4 lemongrass stalks, cut into 2-inch lengths and crushed
4 fresh small green chili peppers, halved
1 tablespoon thai roasted chili paste (nam prik pao)
1 whole chicken breast, boned, skinned and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup drained, canned whole straw mushrooms
1/2 cup drained, canned sliced bamboo shoots
1/4 cup Thai fish sauce
Juice of 2 limes (about 6 tablespoons)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
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Place 4 of the lime leaves or half of the zest in a large saucepan. Add the coconut milk, chicken stock, galangal, lemongrass and chilies. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain the stock through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean saucepan. Discard the contents of the sieve.

Bring the strained stock to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium so that it boils gently. Add the remaining 4 kaffir lime leaves or the remaining half of the zest, roasted chili paste, chicken, mushrooms, bamboo shoots and fish sauce. Boil gently until the chicken is cooked throughout, about 3 minutes.

Stir in the lime juice and cilantro leaves. Ladle into warmed soup bowls and serve hot.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 8
Calories: 262
Fat. Total: 21g
Fiber: 2g
Carbohydrates, Total: 9g
Sodium: 870mg
% Cal. from Fat: 72%
Cholesterol: 22mg
Protein: 13g
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Rating: 5
by: irma Reviewed: 01/19/2010
This is a great recipe and so much better than others I've tried before. My husband loves this soup.
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