Thai Chicken and Rice Soup

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Emily Nelson / Gather and Dine
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Ingredients

2cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 15 oz. can coconut milk, preferably full-fat
2-3teaspoons Thai red curry paste
2teaspoons finely minced ginger
1teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 lemongrass stalk
4 scallions (white and green parts separated), thinly sliced
1 1/4pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
2cups cooked Black Forbidden rice
1/2 diced small red pepper
4-6cups baby spinach
1/4cup chopped fresh cilantro
2tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1teaspoon fish sauce
crushed peanuts, for garnish
fresh cilantro, for garnish
lime wedges, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, stir together the chicken broth, coconut milk, curry paste, ginger, and salt over medium heat until curry paste is well-blended.
  2. Trim the top and very bottom off of the lemongrass, leaving only about 4-5 inches of stalk. Remove any damaged outer layers and lighlty bruise the stalk with the side of chef’s knife. Cut into 2 pieces and add to the pot.
  3. Add the tomatoes and scallion whites to the pot. Nestle chicken pieces into the soup, making sure that the chicken is completely covered by liquid. Bring soup to a simmer. Cover and continue to simmer on low heat until chicken is cooked through, about 20-30 minutes.
  4. Remove chicken pieces and lemon grass. Discard lemon grass and allow the meat to cool slightly. Tear the chicken into bite size shreds with 2 forks (or use hands) and return chicken to the soup. Stir in cooked rice and red pepper and simmer for another 5 minutes. Add the spinach, cilantro, lime juice, and fish sauce and heat until spinach is just wilted. Serve with crushed peanuts, extra cilantro, and lime wedges.

This recipe from Emily Nelson and Honest Cooking was republished with permission. It originally appeared as Thai Chicken Forbidden Rice Soup.

Thai Chicken and Rice Soup with Peanuts, Fresh Lime and Cilantro

Emily Nelson / Gather and Dine