Coconut Chicken Soup

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Coconut Chicken Soup

By Tammy Algood Published: February 1, 2013

  • Yield: 8 Servings


  • 4 cups water
  • 3 cups spinach leaves fresh
  • 1/2 pound snow peas cut in half crosswise
  • 1 5.5 ounce package rice stick or pad thai noodles
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/4 cup shallots thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander ground
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 6 cups chicken stock gluten-free, low-sodium
  • 1 can coconut milk light
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken coarsley chopped, cooked
  • 1/2 cup green onions chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped, fresh
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper crushed
  • 1 lime cut into 8 wedges


  1. Place the water in a large saucepot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and add the spinach and peas. Cook 30 seconds and remove from the cooking water with a large slotted spoon. Place in a large serving bowl and set aside. Add the noodles to the water and cook 2 minutes. Drain and add the noodles to the spinach bowl.
  2. Return the pan to the stove and add the oil. When hot, add the shallots, curry powder, turmeric, coriander and garlic. Sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Stir in the coconut milk and reduce the heat to low. Simmer 5 minutes. Add the chicken, onions, sugar and fish sauce. Cook 2 minutes and pour over the noodle mixture. Stir in the cilantro and red pepper. Ladle into warmed bowls and serve each with a lime wedge.

    About Author

    Tammy Algood

    Originally from Starkville, Miss., Tammy Algood is a viticulture and wholesale produce specialist for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture's Market Development Division. She has a Bachelor’s of Science from Mississippi State University and a Master’s from Middle Tennessee State University. She writes about food for The Tennessean and monthly for The Tennessee Magazine. As the spokesperson for the statewide “Pick Tennessee Products” campaign, Tammy also develops recipes for their website at Broadcast appearances include Nashville’s local ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates as well as statewide on PBS. Tammy can also be seen nationally on the HGTV and DIY networks.

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