Around New Years my family had a pot luck….a pot luck of soup. I guess that would make it a soup luck. Anyway, every one who came brought their favorite soup to share. Fun right?!!! There were a ton of AWESOME soups, but my most favorite was this Thai soup that my mom’s cousin had made.  I seriously could have eaten the whole pot of it with no “ragrets” (name that movie).

I have never been a huge fan of coconut flavored soups, but this soup has officially made me a convert. It’s spicy, but not too spicy. And creamy, but not too creamy. It’s basically heaven in my mouth and one of my favorite soups ever!

Thai Chicken Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6-8


  • 2 tsp oil
  • 2 red chilies, seeded and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large leek, finely sliced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 1 lb skinless, boneless thighs (or breasts), cut into bite sized pieces
  • 3 tbl fish sauce
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, split
  • 1 1/2 in ginger root, minced
  • 1-2 limes juiced (for after soup is done)
  • 1 cup frozen peas (can substitute with diced yellow or red bell peppers)
  • chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Heat oil in a large soup pot.
  2. Add in chilies and garlic and let cook for a minute or so. Add sliced leek and stir to combine.
  3. Pour in chicken stock and coconut milk and bring to a boil.
  4. Lower heat to med-low and add in chicken, lemon grass, and ginger.
  5. Cover and let cook for about 15 min or until chicken is cooked, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add frozen peas and let cook for 5 more minutes. (If using bell pepper instead, put in when you add the chicken)
  7. Remove lemongrass and ladle into soup bowls. Add a squeeze of lime and some cilantro and enjoy!
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This is a bit spicy, I had to make a smaller batch with 1/2 a chili for my kids. They like spice, but not fire tongue!!


Whole30: yes (omit peas)

Paleo: yes (omit peas)


    • Pretend it's a Donut says:

      No. Those are leeks in the picture. You can add rice noodles if you’d like. I’d cook them separately, then add to the soup at the end.

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