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.

Thai Hot & Sour Chicken Soup Recipe in a bowl with spoon

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.

Thai Hot & Sour Chicken Soup Recipe in a cooking pot with ladle

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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.
Thai Hot & Sour Chicken Soup Recipe in a bowl with spoon
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Healthy Thai Chicken Soup (Hot & Sour Soup)

Customize the flavors to your personal preference. The heat and sour level is what ever you want! 
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  • 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.
    Cooking onion and garlic in pot
  • 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.
    Soup ingredients in pot
  • Bring the soup to a boil, then simmer on low for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
    Soup simmering
  • 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!
    Adding chopped cilantro on top of soup in pot


Note 1: Different brands of fish sauce have different levels of saltiness, so adjust accordingly. Taste the broth and if you want the soup more salty, add more fish sauce. Or add more water to make it less salty.
Note 2: If you want the soup more spicy, add more chili peppers and if you want it more sour, add more fresh lime juice.


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 150kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 36mg, Sodium: 533mg, Potassium: 323mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 675IU, Vitamin C: 28.5mg, Calcium: 18mg, Iron: 0.7mg

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