Chicken Coconut Curry Soup

November 4, 2012

This warm, rich soup is such a perfect way to end a winter night. No worries about it tasting like coconut – the milk adds a much needed creaminess while the peppers add a kick of spice.

This was originally posted in Cooking Light years ago, but I’ve tweaked it to make it a lot simpler and quicker. Don’t leave out the lime – it’s the perfect bit of tang needed.

Chicken Coconut Curry Soup

  • 1 TBSP canola oil
  •  1/4 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 2 teaspoons red curry paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (14.5oz) coconut milk
  • 1lbs cooked and shredded chicken breast
  • 3 cups of spinach leaves
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen sweet green peas
  • 1 package pad thai (rice) noodles
  • 1/2 cup green onions
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 2 TBSP fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • lime wedges

Heat canola oil in large pot over medium high. Add shallots, red curry paste, curry powder, turmeric, coriander, and garlic to pot. Sauté one minute, stirring constantly. Mixture will be sticky. Add chicken broth, stir, and bring to a boil. Stir in coconut milk, reduce heat to medium low and simmer 5 minutes.

Add shredded chicken, green onions, sugar, and fish sauce to pot. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add noodles, cook 1-2 minutes and remove from heat. Add cilantro and crushed red peppers, mix. Serve with a wedge of lime.


  • Kelly

    November 20, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    I love this soup! Subbed broccoli for the spinach and peas and left out noodles and had pot stickers on the side…YUM!

  • thea

    November 7, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Perfect! That’s what I was thinking but wanted to check. Love your blog.

  • thea

    November 7, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    When do you add in the spinach and green peas?

    1. Diana

      November 7, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      I add them in at the end, just enough to wilt and heat through but not enough to cook them down! And now I’m off to edit and include that – thank you for asking!

  • Miss Pat

    November 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    This soup sounds so yummy. What size is your pkg of rice noodles?

    1. Diana

      November 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      I’d use about 8oz – wide if you can!

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