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Coconut Chicken Soup

Coconut Chicken Soup 6.000
May 31, 2006

For the recent Iron Chef D.C. home competition, Greg and Meredith Deviny served this soup in coconut shells. The chili-garlic sauce gives it some punch.

Servings: 6 - 8

Yield: Makes 6 dinner-size servings or 8 first-course servings

  • 2 cans (27 to 28 ounces) light unsweetened coconut milk
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 8 ounces white button mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 2 6-inch stalks lemon grass, slightly crushed and tied together with kitchen twine
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger root
  • 1 serrano chili pepper, stemmed, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into strips about 1/2 inch wide and 2 inches long (1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 lime (juice only; about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions, white parts only (optional)
  • 1/4 cup basil, cut into very thin strips, for garnish
  • Cilantro leaves, for garnish


In a medium stockpot over medium-high heat, combine the coconut milk, chicken broth, mushrooms, lemon grass, fish sauce, ginger, serrano chili pepper and chili-garlic sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 10 minutes, with bubbles just breaking the surface. Add the chicken and continue to cook, covered, until it is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add the lime juice and scallions, if desired, stirring to combine. Discard the lemon grass. Ladle the soup into serving bowls and garnish with basil and cilantro. Serve hot.

*Note: Chili-garlic sauce is available in the international aisle of larger supermarkets and at Asian specialty stores.

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Adapted from a June 1998 Bon Appetit magazine recipe.

Tested by Marcia Kramer.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 8): 405

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 28g 43%

Saturated Fat: 23g 115%

Cholesterol: 68mg 23%

Sodium: 827mg 34%

Total Carbohydrates: 10g 3%

Dietary Fiber: 3g 12%

Sugar: n/a

Protein: 33g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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