• 40minutes
  • 539calories

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Nutrition Info . . .

NutrientsProteins, Lipids, Cellulose
VitaminsA, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, H, C
MineralsSelenium, Zinc, Copper, Iodine, Fluorine, Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Cobalt, Molybdenum

Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  2. 4 garlic cloves , minced

  3. 4 tablespoons red curry paste (Maesri and Thai Kitchen brands are common)

  4. 4 kaffir lime leaves

  5. 1 small fresh galangal root , sliced into rounds (also known as kha)

  6. 1 stalk fresh lemongrass , cut into 3-inch lengths, then cut in half lengthwise

  7. 1 (32 ounce) box low-fat chicken broth

  8. 1 lb chicken breast , uncooked, thinly sliced (one extra large chicken breast is perfect)

  9. 2 -4 tablespoons cornstarch

  10. 1 (13 1/2 ounce) can coconut milk (unsweetened)

  11. 1 (15 ounce) can straw mushrooms, drained (I prefer broken over whole)

  12. 1/4 cup fish sauce (nam pla)

  13. 1/8 cup fresh lime juice

  14. fresh cilantro , chopped (to garnish)

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Tips: the lemon grass, lime leaves and kha are best left in large pieces to make them easier to pick out later, as they are tough and inedible. I leave them in all the way till serving and tell my guests to look for them and set them aside as they eat. The RecipeZaar ingredient format makes it hard to enter how much galangal (kha) to use: I use a root-knob about twice the size of the ball of my thumb. I use half of a 4-ounce tin of red curry paste (4 tablespoons) for a pretty spicy-hot soup; you can use 1/4 can for milder heat, but the recipe for Tom Kha Gai on the Maesri tin calls for the whole thing- WOW that must be hot!

  2. In a large stock pot, saute the curry paste, garlic, lemon grass, lime leaves and kha in the vegetable oil for two minutes.

  3. Stir in chicken broth and bring to a boil.

  4. While broth is heating, slice the chicken breast and toss it in cornstarch. The amount of cornstarch doesn't need to be exact; just make sure the slices are evenly coated and shake off any excess.

  5. Add chicken to boiling broth, stir gently, and bring back up to a simmer.

  6. Stir in coconut milk, fish sauce and lime juice. Bring back up to a simmer, stirring gently a few times, then cut the heat off and you're ready to serve.

  7. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve.


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