Thai-style Chicken & Rice Soup

Thai-style Chicken & Rice Soup

In Thailand, soup is served with a meal and not as a starter course as it usually is in Western meals. There are many, many versions of this simple Thai soup that often uses both leftover rice and chicken. This type of soup is also popular in Thailand for breakfast. Fresh mint or cilantro also go well in this soup.

Ingredients

  • Serves: 10
  • Prep Time:
  • Cook Time:
  • 1 lb (0.5 kg) boneless, skinless chicken breast(s)
  • 1 cup (250 mL) jasmine rice (preferably brown)
  • 6 cups (1.5 L) water
  • 4 cups (1 L) low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) hot red chili pepper flakes, crushed or flakes
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) white pepper, ground
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) fish sauce
  • 2 Kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) lemongrass, fresh, finely minced
  • 2 cups (500 mL) leek(s), white and light green part only, sliced
  • 1 cup (250 mL) mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup (250 mL) red pepper(s), chopped
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) shallots, minced
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) ginger, fresh, minced
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) salt
  • 1 cup (250 mL) green onion(s), sliced
  • 10 sprigs celery leaves
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) peanuts, dry roasted, chopped
  1. Cut the bottom 2 inches (5 cm) of the lemongrass stalk and peel off outer layer before mincing. Heat a large soup pot on medium-high. Cut chicken into bite size pieces ½ inch (1.25 cm) square and add to pot.

  2. Add the rice, cold water, chicken broth, red chili pepper flakes, white pepper, fish sauce, kefir lime leaves and lemongrass to the pot. Cover and bring to a boil.

  3. Add mushrooms, red pepper, shallots and ginger to the soup. Reduce heat, keep covered and simmer until rice is tender – about 45 minutes.

  4. Season the soup with lime juice and salt.

  5. To serve, ladle chicken into bowls and garnish with green onion, a few celery leaves and the chopped peanuts.

It’s easier to clean leeks after they are sliced in a bowl of cold water.

Nutrition Info

  • Per 370 g serving Amount
  • Calories 200
  • Protein 16 g
  • Fat 5 g
  • Saturated Fat 1 g
  • Carbohydrate 22 g
  • Fibre 2 g
  • Sugar 2 g
  • Cholesterol 25 mg
  • Sodium 230 mg
  • Per 370 g serving % Daily Value
  • Potassium 11
  • Calcium 2
  • Iron 10
  • Vitamin A 15
  • Vitamin C 45
  • Vitamin B6 22
  • Vitamin B12 14
  • Folate 16
  • Magnesium 15
  • Zinc 9

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