Thai Chicken Soup

(from Better Homes and Gardens Crockery cookbook)

1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts or thighs, rinsed and cut into 3/4 inch pieces
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups bias-sliced carrots
1 large onion, chopped
2 T grated ginger root
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 stalks lemongrass (use only the fibrous white bulb which contains a lemon fragrance and flavor), cut into 1-inch pieces (or 1 t finely shredded lemon peel)
1/2 t crushed red pepper
15 oz can unsweetened coconut milk
1 medium red, yellow, or green sweet pepper, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
8 oz can (or two 4 oz cans) straw or button mushrooms, drained
1/4 cup snipped cilantro
1/3 cup chopped roasted peanuts (I leave this ingredient out, as I am not much of a fan of nuts in my food)

  1. In a 3.5 to 5 quart crock pot, combine chicken, broth, carrots, onion, ginger root, garlic, lemongrass (or lemon peel), and crushed red pepper.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours (or high for 3-3.5 hours).
  3. If necessary, skim fat.
  4. Stir in coconut milk, sweet pepper, mushrooms, and cilantro into chicken mixture.
  5. Cover and let stand for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Remove and discard lemongrass (if you chose this option).
  7. Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle peanuts over each serving.


  1. 1

    I bought lemongrass to make another Thai recipe that I found on your site, so now I know what to do with the rest of it. This is my favorite type of recipe because it looks easy and we have all of the ingredients (except peanuts – no nuts in this allergy house!) on hand. Can’t wait to try it!

  2. 2

    Glad you like it! It’s really yummy, and I, too, leave out the nuts. I just don’t like nuts in my food. If I eat nuts, they are alone, not IN anything.

  3. 3

    This sounds delicious. I want to try it.

  4. 4

    I’ve been wanting to try cooking with lemongrass for some time now and my husband looooves lemongrass soups.

  5. 5
    Maryann D. says:

    This looks like a wonderful soup to make on a cold winter’s day. I enjoy making soup and this would be different for me to try.


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