What’s your favourite thing to order at a Thai restaurant? I love trying new recipes from Thailand and this Thai coconut chicken soup with sweet potatoes and peppers is a keeper! It’s a satisfying soup with red curry, sweet potatoes, chicken, garlic, and lots more. This Thai chicken soup recipe is always a BIG hit. If you are looking for a recipe for a soup with red curry or a hearty Thai recipe with chicken, then you should try this out.
This is a hearty soup with sweet potatoes and peppers to add flavour and colour. I like to add a couple of chilli peppers to spice it up a bit, but you can add less or more as you prefer. I know not everyone likes it hot!
The first time I made this hearty Thai recipe with chicken, I was so amazed. It’s a nice combination of sweet and spicy. This Thai chicken soup recipe is easy to make too – so it’s a win-win! Easy to make and amazing to eat!
You might have tried Tom Kha Gai before, which is a white, creamy chicken soup. Perhaps you’ve tried chicken soup with red curry. This recipe for Thai coconut chicken soup is every bit as good.
What Makes this Thai Chicken Soup Recipe So Special?
I love all the authentic Thai flavours in this soup. It’s an easy soup with sweet potatoes and peppers for sweetness, chillies for spice, and more.
Garlic, shallots, ginger, coconut broth, lime juice, and fresh basil are used in many Thai recipes. These aromatic ingredients have a natural affinity with one another. I wouldn’t change a thing in this hearty Thai recipe with chicken.
Many countries have their own interpretation of a coconut soup recipe. Typically savoury, these soups can also be sweet. They can be served hot or chilled. Some coconut soup recipes include seafood or fish while others favour chicken.
How to Make Thai Coconut Chicken Soup
This hearty Thai recipe with chicken isn’t tricky to make at all. You need to sauté some chopped chicken in coconut oil. Add garlic, ginger and shallot. Red curry and turmeric are next into the mix, followed by sweet potato.
By this point your kitchen will be smelling pretty amazing! Chicken broth, coconut milk, soy sauce, and lime juice are the next ingredients into the pot. Bell peppers and rice noodles are added near the end of the cooking time.
Cilantro, lime slices and chillies make a great garnish for a Thai chicken soup recipe. And that’s in! It’s basically a question of just adding ingredients to a pot in the right order and nothing more difficult than that.
The bell peppers will still have a slight crunch to contrast with the soft ingredients. The chilli will tingle on your lips and the soup will have incredible flavours in every mouthful.
This soup with red curry and coconut serves eight people. Since most of those people will want a second helping, I recommend making extra!
How Long with Thai Coconut Chicken Soup Keep?
If you have any leftover soup, it will keep for up to four days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Dairy-based soups don’t keep as long because of the dairy component.
You might be wondering whether you can freeze it. Dairy-based soups don’t usually freeze well because they will ‘separate’ upon thawing. Since we are using coconut milk in this Thai chicken soup recipe, you shouldn’t have that issue. It might separate a little but you can give it a good stir while reheating it in a pan to mix everything up again.
Added Too Much Spice? How to Rescue Your Soup!
We’ve all done it. Added a little too much chilli powder or fresh chilli to a recipe, tasted a little and thought ‘wooooaahhhh!!!!’ Can you rescue an overly hot soup with sweet potatoes and peppers though?
There are different ways to make this hearty Thai recipe with chicken milder. One method is to add a bit more of the non-spicy ingredients.
Another method is to add extra lime juice, since acid counteracts the flavour a bit. Adding a little more coconut milk or some coconut cream would also help, as would a pinch of sugar.
What’s Good to Serve with Thai Soup?
If you’re excited about making this Thai coconut chicken soup, I don’t blame you! It’s so easy to make and tastes perfect. But you might be wondering what to have with it.
Continue the Thai theme by making some Thai bok choy stir fry with bok choy, coconut, garlic, brown sugar, and lime juice. Sticky rice is another idea.
Thai roti is a type of flatbread enjoyed in Thailand and other Asian countries. It’s made with flour, baking powder, salt, water, and olive oil. You could also find it readymade at a Thai market.
Red Curry Thai Coconut Chicken Soup Recipe
Red Curry Thai Coconut Chicken Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Peppers
- 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 lb. chicken breast
- 1/2 Tsp. sea salt
- 1/2 Tsp. black pepper cracked
- 2 shallots
- 5 garlic cloves minced
- 1 piece ginger minced
- 3 Tbsp. red curry paste
- 1 Tbsp. turmeric
- 1 Tsp. garlic powder
- 4 Cups chicken broth
- 1 Can coconut milk
- 1 Tbsp. tamari soy sauce
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 1 Package rice noodles 8oz
- 2 chili peppers
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 bunch Cilantro small bunch
- 2 Tbsp. Basil fresh chopped
- 4 limes
- Season chicken with salt and pepper and cut into 1” cubes. Heat a dutch oven over medium high heat. Add 1 tbsp of coconut oil and diced chicken and saute for 5 minutes.
- Mince garlic, ginger, and 1 shallot and add to the dutch oven. Lower heat to medium low, then add red curry, turmeric, and garlic powder. Cook for 1 minute.
- Cut sweet potato into ½” cubes. *We prefer to keep the skin on sweet potatoes for the taste, peeling is optional* Pour chicken broth, coconut milk,soy sauce, juice from 1 lime, and sweet potato into the dutch oven. Stir, and cook for 15 minutes.
- Thinly slice green and yellow bell peppers. Add to the dutch oven with rice noodles. Cook for an additional 5 minutes to soften the noodles. This assures the peppers will still have a slight crunch!
- Top with thinly sliced basil and shallot. Garnish with cilantro, lime slices, and red chili peppers.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Whatever you choose to serve with this Thai chicken soup recipe, you will certainly enjoy every mouthful.
Let me know if you try this Thai coconut chicken soup with sweet potatoes and peppers. This Thai chicken soup recipe is always a BIG hit. If you are looking for a recipe for a soup with red curry or a hearty Thai recipe with chicken, then you should try this out. If you are looking for more Thai inspired recipes, you might like these Thai Spicy Basil Chicken Skewers with Cashew Sauce and Gremolata Topping.
Bella Bucchiotti is a storyteller, food lover, dog mom and adventure seeker living on the Pacific coast. She shares her passion for food, dogs, fitness, adventures, travel and philanthropy, in hopes of encouraging followers to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places and stand for a cause. Bella lives with Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease.