Healthy Thai Chicken Soup (Hot & Sour)
This healthy Thai chicken soup recipe is delicious. But you can customize the spice level to make it what you want! The best part about this soup is that it’s a low carb recipe.
Low Carb and Healthy Thai Chicken Soup Recipe
The best thing about Thai soups are that they have a combination of spicy hot and sour flavors. It’s exciting on the palate to taste both the hot of chiles and the sour of lime juice. The contrast of spice and bright citrus makes this a great hot and sour chicken soup recipe. And best of all, it’s a very healthy Thai chicken soup recipe with Asian inspired flavors to make ahead of time.
Easy Make-Ahead Soup
Make a batch of this soup ahead of time and enjoy it for the next several days. The flavors actually taste better the next day after they’ve been able to settle in. When you re-heat it up, just add more fresh lime juice, fish sauce or chili peppers to amp up your favorite flavors. This Thai chicken soup recipe is perfect to adjust to your personal taste and level of hot and sour.
Video: Easy Thai Chicken Soup
Tips and How to Serve Chicken Soup
- Serve this hot and sour Thai chicken soup with rice or a side of noodles.
- To make this meal for chicken soup healthy, you can use chicken breast. But chicken dark meat adds extra flavor and depth to the soup base.
- The recipe also uses leftover chicken and it’s perfect to make when you have leftover chicken from roast chicken. If you want to use cooked chicken breast, then here’s recipes for poached chicken or oven baked chicken.
- If you want to use raw chicken, then just cut up the chicken breast or thigh meat into bite sized pieces and cook them before you add the broth and the rest of the healthy thai chicken soup recipe that follows.
Healthy Thai Chicken Soup (Hot & Sour Soup)
- 1/2 pound (227 g) cooked shredded chicken breast or chicken thigh meat (2 cups)
- 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) vegetable oil
- 1/2 onion , chopped
- 2 cloves garlic , minced
- 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) fresh ginger , grated or finely minced
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons (23 ml) fish sauce (or use Tamari Fish Sauce for Gluten Free)
- 4 cups (960 ml) low sodium chicken stock (here’s a link for homemade chicken stock)
- 1 Kaffir lime leaf (optional), smashed
- fresh lemongrass stalk , about 2″ long and smashed
- 1 fresh thai chili or to taste, minced
- 1 bell pepper , chopped
- 1 large tomato , chopped
- 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) fresh lime juice
- fresh chopped cilantro for garnish
- Heat pot on medium high heat. Add oil and once oil is hot, add onion and garlic. Cook until translucent, about 1-2 minutes.
- Add cooked chicken breast, fresh ginger and fish sauce. Stir and cook the soup for about 1 minute until everything is fragrant. Add chicken stock, Kaffir lime leaf, lemongrass, bell pepper, tomatoes, and chili pepper.
- Bring the soup to a boil, then simmer on low for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Adjust the soup to your personal taste by adding additional salt or fish sauce. Add the fresh lime juice right before serving. Garnish with chopped cilantro. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information per Serving
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- This recipe was originally published in 2013 and re-published with new photos and video.