This just may be my favorite soup ever. I could eat it day after day. It’s so comforting and light. Perfect for spring, or even a rainy, cooler day in summer. I really love the ginger and jalapeno in this soup.
You can control the amount of spiciness by how you prepare the jalapeno. If you want your soup to be hot and spicy, just leave in the seeds and the ribs when you chop the jalapeno. If you want almost no heat at all, be sure to remove the seeds and ribs before chopping. (And whatever you do, don’t touch your eyes or your nose, unless you like a burning sensation that will last for hours. Not that I would know anything about this….)
When adding the ginger, you can use either fresh or powdered. Remember that you need to use more of the fresh ginger than the powdered, so if you do that, be sure not to skimp on the amount in the recipe, or you will really miss the flavor.
I also love this recipe because it is the perfect way to use up leftover chicken or turkey. When the chicken is already cooked, this soup can be ready in less than ten minutes. It’s the perfect remedy when you have just a little leftover chicken, because you only need one cup. Definitely keep this recipe in mind for those days you want a quick, easy dinner or lunch!
Adapted from Easy Thai Coconut Soup from Savoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites.
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. minced jalapeno pepper
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. freshly minced ginger or 1 1/2 tsp. powdered ginger
- 4 cups chicken broth can use water and chicken bouillon or 2 (14.5 oz. cans of chicken broth)
- 1 13.5 oz. can light coconut milk (about 1 3/4 cups)
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 cup diced or shredded chicken
- 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro for garnish optional
- 2 sliced green onions for garnish optional
Place a medium-sized pot on the stove and turn the heat to medium-high. Add the oil, jalapeno, and ginger (if using fresh ginger). Cook for one or two minutes until jalapeno and ginger have softened. If using ground ginger, add it after the jalapeno has softened.
Add chicken broth, coconut milk, and salt, and bring the mixture to a boil.
Once boiling, carefully add the chicken, lower the heat, and simmer for a minute or two until the chicken is warmed through.
Ladle into bowls and top with chopped cilantro and green onions if desired.
Adapted from Easy Thai Coconut Soup from the book Savoring the Seasons With Our Best Bites.