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Tom Ka Gai, or Thai Coconut Soup, is one of my family's favorite soup recipes! This flavorful soup is a Paleo and Whole30 compliant recipe. | WhatAGirlEats.com
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Tom Ka Gai {Thai Coconut Soup}

Coconut chicken soup slightly adapted from allrecipes.com. For Paleo, substitute coconut sugar for cane sugar. For Whole30 omit sugar.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4
Author: Cynthia


  • 3/4 pound boneless skinless chicken, I used all breast meat.
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 14 ounce cans coconut milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons minced fresh ginger root
  • 4 Tablespoons Thai fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or coconut sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 or 3 green onions thinly sliced
  • Fresh chopped cilantro


  • Cut chicken into thin strips and in a large saucepan, sauté in coconut oil for 2-3 minutes, or until chicken turns white.
  • Add coconut milk and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add ginger, fish sauce, lime juice, cayenne, sugar, and turmeric.
  • Simmer until the chicken is done, about 10 minutes. Adjust seasoning adding more cayenne if necessary.
  • Sprinkle with fresh cilantro and sliced green onions.