Chicken Curry Soup with Coconut and Lime

December 29, 2009 by andrea | Filed under Asian, Chicken, Main Dish, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Soup/Stew.

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Here’s a quick curry-flavored soup that is delicious and easy to make. You can even change up the flavors each time you make it by using different curries. I used curry powder this time (doubling the amount called for); next time I’ll try red, green or yellow Thai curry paste.

Although the soup would be great as is, I decided to add some stir-fry veggies (Napa cabbage, broccoli, snow peas, bok choy, celery and carrots) to the simmering soup for extra flavor and some crunch. I served the soup over fragrant steamed jasmine rice. Yumm…a tasty dinner in no time!

Chicken Curry Soup with Coconut and Lime
-recipe from epicurious.com

Here, lime juice replaces the traditional lemongrass, which can be hard to find. The result is a quick, authentic-tasting Thai-style soup. If coconut milk is unavailable, substitute 1 3/4 cups half and half mixed with 3/4 teaspoon imitation coconut extract. Serves 4.

1 14 1/2-ounce can low-salt chicken broth
1 13 1/2- to 14-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 tablespoon curry powder
1 jalapeño chili, seeded, minced
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1/4 cup chopped green onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup freshly cooked white rice
Lime wedges

Bring chicken broth, coconut milk, curry powder and chili to simmer in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat. Add chicken and simmer until chicken is just cooked through, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Mix in lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer soup to bowl. Sprinkle green onion and cilantro over. Spoon rice into each bowl. Ladle soup over. Serve, passing lime wedges separately.

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