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Gai Tom Kha (Thai Chicken and Coconut Milk Soup)

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Category: Soups, Thai

 Ingredients List

  • 4 c Medium coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 c Chicken stock
  • 3 qt Pieces dried galangal
  • -(kha), or
  • 6 qt Pieces fresh galangal
  • 4 Stalks fresh lemon grass,
  • -bruised, cut into 2-inch
  • -lengths
  • 6 Fresh Serrano chiles,
  • -sliced into rounds
  • 1 lg Whole chicken breast *
  • 4 tb Fish sauce (nam pla)
  • 5 Fresh Kaffir lime leaves
  • -(makrut), if available
  • 2 Fresh limes, juice
  • 2 tb Chopped coriander leaves


* cut into 1/2-inch pieces (with or without bones, see note)

Combine coconut milk, chicken stock, galangal, lemon grass and 4 of
the chiles in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer
for 20 minutes. Strain stock; discard galangal and lemon grass.
Return stock to a boil, add chicken and simmer until tender, about 2
minutes. Add fish sauce, citrus leaves and remaining chiles. Stir
in the lime juice. Garnish with coriander.

Serves 6 to 8.

NOTE: I like to use boned chicken breast if I'm cooking for guests.
For the best flavor, however, use a whole small chicken chopped into
small pieces with the bones; increase the cooking time until chicken
is tender.

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