Chicken, coconut and ginger soup with lime, Thai basil and mint recipe | EUROtoday

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Inspired by Thai rooster curry however made when I’ve quite a lot of do-it-yourself inventory. You can use leftover rooster for this – when you have sufficient – as an alternative of cooking it recent, or thigh fillets as an alternative of breast (thigh fillets take a bit longer to prepare dinner).

This can simply be halved to feed 4. If you want your soup with extra of a kick, depart the seeds within the hen’s-eye chillies.


Prep time: quarter-hour

Cook time: 35 minutes




  • 1 giant onion, minimize into crescent-moon formed slices
  • 2 tbsp groundnut or rapeseed oil
  • 4 shallots, finely chopped
  • 3cm dice of recent ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 medium-sized crimson chillies, deseeded and minimize into strips
  • 3 fats lemongrass stalks, robust outer leaves eliminated and core chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1.4 litres rooster inventory
  • 400g creamed coconut (within the block)
  • 300g small waxy potatoes, minimize in half
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp tender light-brown sugar
  • juice of two limes
  • 400g rooster breast fillet, minimize into skinny strips
  • 8 makrut lime leaves
  • 15g Thai basil leaves
  • 10g mint leaves
  • 3 crimson hen’s-eye chillies, deseeded and thinly sliced


  1. In a big pan, sauté the onion within the oil till simply colouring.
  2. Put the shallots, ginger, crimson chilli, lemongrass and garlic right into a meals processor with 3 tbsp water and whizz to a paste.
  3. Add to the onions and prepare dinner for an extra 2 minutes.
  4. Add the rooster inventory and produce it as much as the boil.
  5. Turn right down to a simmer and add the creamed coconut. Stir to assist soften the coconut within the inventory.
  6. Put the potatoes into the pan, together with the fish sauce, sugar and the juice of one of many limes. Let the soup simmer (however not boil) till the potatoes are tender – about 12 minutes.
  7. Add the rooster, which can prepare dinner in simply 2 minutes, and the lime leaves.
  8. Tear the basil and mint leaves and add to the soup, with the hen’seye chillies and the juice of the opposite lime.
  9. Taste – it shouldn’t want salt or pepper however must be scorching, bitter, salty and candy. Adjust this steadiness if you must.
  10. Serve scorching.