Enjoy a hot and spicy bowl of Thai Chicken Curry Soup with a delicious coconut broth, chunks of tender chicken and a homemade curry paste.
When I go to a Thai restaurant, I love to have soup. I love all the flavors mingling together along with a little heat. It’s an intoxicating mix of herbs and spices that make your taste buds sing.
I rarely make Thai food at home though. I’m not sure why. I try to make food from all over the world but I’ve been slow to incorporate Thai food into my repertoire. That changed when I saw a recipe for Chicken Khao Soi in Bon Appetit. What really caught my attention was that it used guajillo peppers. I have a huge stock pile of them because I love to use them in salsa. Woo hoo, another use for guajillo peppers. So I decided to make my version of Thai Chicken Curry Soup.
We have a fabulous Thai restaurant about 25 minutes from us, Thai Diner in Duluth, GA. It is just out-of-the-way enough that we don’t get there very often. Boo hoo, it is really good! I need to bring Thai food to us by making it myself. Since I don’t know much about Thai cuisine other than I love it, I decided to try out the recipe. I knew I would tweak it to be healthier. The original recipe has 700 calories and 36 grams of fat a serving – holy cow! That definitely had to change. My version has 462 calories with 14 grams of fat and it is a big serving!
That type of calorie count is normal for a regular food magazine recipe. It amazes me when I see a recipe labeled healthy and it has 1/4 cup olive oil for 4 servings. That is 14 grams of fat per person just from the oil, how is that healthy? It’s crazy. I haven’t jumped on the fat-free bandwagon but I try to be responsible about it. Yes we need healthy fat but it needs to be in moderation. Ok, I’m getting off my soap box now.
This soup has lovely flavor. If you have been following my recipes, you know I love to mix hot and cold food. I love hot roasted potatoes on a cold salad or a salad on top of my pizza. Thai and Vietnamese food fully embrace the ying and yang of hot and cold food together. The fresh herbs and vegetables topping off this soup help give it vibrancy. They also help cool your mouth from the sweet heat. This soup won’t be “blow you mind” hot. I almost always try to cook food our daughter can eat or at least try. Sometimes, the heat is a little more than I had planned. This soup has some heat to it but if you can tolerate a small to medium about of heat, you’ll be fine. If you like a lot of heat, you may need to bump it up. My husband never thinks anything is spicy enough! Try it on a cool Fall night and let it warm you up.
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Adapted from Bon Appetit Chicken Khao Soi Happy Healthy Eating,
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