Monday, April 29, 2013

Thai Chicken Coconut Soup

Thai Chicken Coconut Soup
Yield: 2 Quarts
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes

1 1/2 cup diced onion
2 tsp minced jalapeno
1 Tbsp minced garlic, 3 cloves
1 Tbsp minced ginger
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 stalk lemon grass, in half
3 cups chicken stock
2 boneless skinless chicken breast
2 cans coconut milk
1 cup diced tomato
2 Tbsp chili oil
1 Tbsp salt

2 cups cooked rice
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1. Begin by cutting the onions, jalapeno, garlic, ginger, and mushrooms into their specified sizes.
2. Heat a few teaspoons of oil in a medium soup pot over high heat and add the aromatics. Saute for about five minutes until they have softened and gained some light browning.
3. Add the stalk of lemon grass cut in half, chicken stock, and chicken breasts to the pot. Lower the heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.
4. When the chicken is almost fully cooked and opaque, remove it from the pot and let cool. Add the coconut milk, tomatoes, chili oil, and salt and continue to simmer on low heat.
5. While allowing the chicken to cool prepare two cups of your favorite kind of rice according to the packaging directions.
5. Once cool enough to handle shred the chicken with either your hands or two forks into bite size pieces. Add the shredded chicken back to the pot  and continue to simmer.
6. To serve spoon about 1/3 cup of rice into the bottom of a bowl and ladle the soup over it, sprinkle with chopped cilantro and enjoy.

Chef's Note
       Here at RepairMyRecipe we believe in using fresh products especially produce but for this recipe using canned tomatoes works best because they are peeled and seeded ahead of time.
       Lemongrass is a species of tall grass native to India and Asia that has a light citrus flavor. In its whole form it looks like a very thick stalk of green hay and is available in most ethnic markets.In its whole form it is too fiberous to be eaten so leave it whole and  let the flavor infuse into the soup and then remove the pieces before serving.  If there is no ethnic market in your area it can also be found pre-chopped and in a tube in most large supermarkets.This variety is processed so that it can be eaten.

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