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Coconut Soup

By Paula Deen


Difficulty: Easy

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Servings: 3-4


  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 stalk lemongrass cut into 1-inch pieces and crushed
  • 4 fresh kaffir lime leaves, torn in 1/2
  • 1 (3 inch) piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken, cut into thin strips
  • 1 (8 oz) can drained and rinsed straw mushrooms
  • 4 small sliced very thin green Thai chiles
  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 (13 oz) can coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


In a soup pot, combine and bring to a boil the chicken broth, lemon grass, lime leaves and ginger. Lower heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes to infuse the broth with flavor. Strain the infused broth, discard the aromatics and return the broth to the pot. Add chicken, mushrooms, chiles, fish sauce, sugar, coconut milk and lime juice and simmer for another 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Finally season the soup with salt and pepper. Ladle into serving bowls and top each bowl with some cilantro leaves. Serve immediately.