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Chicken Coconut Milk Soup (Healthy and Easy)

Easy and healthy chicken coconut milk soup is packed with tasty boneless chicken thighs, coconut milk, warm spices, and vegetables! This soup is savory, sweet, flavorful, and insanely satisfying. Serve this coconut soup with rice, boiled potatoes, or plantains.

Best Chicken Coconut Soup Recipe!

Friends, I am not kidding when I say that this is hands down the best chicken coconut soup I have ever tasted! When you cook chicken in coconut milk, magic happens; the truth is that the magic of this very soup will stay with you forever! Irrespective of your meal plan for this week, please bookmark this page so you can make this easy chicken coconut milk soup; you will be glad you did! 

And did I mention that this chicken coconut soup is gluten-free, dairy-free, keto-friendly, paleo-friendly, and easily whole30? Just ensure that your chicken broth is whole30 complaint. I didn’t use fish sauce in this chicken coconut soup recipe, so don’t worry about that!

The flavors and deliciousness of this coconut chicken soup is insane; the richness and sweetness of the coconut milk paired with the vibrant colors of the bell peppers were a match made in food heaven.  Click To Tweet
Easy and healthy chicken coconut milk soup is packed with tasty boneless chicken thighs, coconut milk, warm spices, and vegetables! This soup is savory, sweet, flavorful, and insanely satisfying. Serve this coconut soup with rice, boiled potatoes, or plantains. The best thing about this chicken coconut soup is that it cooks in no time! Equally, it is gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly, and irresistibly finger-licking good! #Coconutsoup #Chickensoup #Thaisoup #TomKhaGaiSoup #CococnumilkSoup #Coconutsauce

Let’s start from the Beginning.

If you have ever searched the internet for “chicken coconut soup,” you will see tons of fabulous recipes on Thai coconut chicken soup, also popularly known as Tom Kha or Tom Kha Gai soup. On the other hand, if you google “Nigerian coconut sauce,” you will find Nigerian-style coconut sauce recipes, coconut curry sauce, or stewed coconut milk. 

To explain a little further, the Nigerian coconut sauce and Thai chicken coconut soup are different, but, have a common denominator – coconut milk! One significant stack difference, for instance, is that the Nigerian stews are typically thick (except pepper soup), but Thai coconut soup is light! 

My inspiration for this irresistible chicken coconut milk soup is, first of all, from my Nigerian heritage. I love that this soup showcased the vibrancy of Nigerian cooking as well as the richness of warm tropical flavors. Secondly, I enjoy Tom Kha Gai soup (Thai soup), and I followed suit to make this one delightful light soup! However, this isn’t your regular Thai soup with coconut milk. Overall, these two cultures inspired me; however, my version of chicken coconut milk soup is different in ingredients and technic. 

I used Spice Tribe's Haitian blend to make this recipe, and iit make it very flavorful!
I loved the addition of this Haitian Blend spice from Spice Tribe! So flavorful.

INGREDIENTS FOR CHICKEN COCONUT MILK SOUP:

The ingredients for making this chicken coconut milk soup, starts (obviously) with chicken, and I decided to use boneless skinless chicken thighs. This part of chicken is dark meat, and it is very tasty. I can argue that it is tastier than other parts of the chicken. The ingredients for marinating the chicken include garlic, and ginger (grated), Mama Manje Haitian Blend from Spice Tribe, salt, pepper, Knorr, and onions powder. 

The secret to making the best chicken coconut soup (in my opinion) is the addition of warm spices, and that’s what Spice Tribe’s Haitian blend brought to the table! In the hope that every bite of this chicken is irresistibly flavorful, I prefer to season my chicken and then allow it to marinate for at least 30 minutes – an hour.

The ingredients for marinating the chicken include garlic cloves, ginger (grated), Mama Manje Haitian Blend from Spice Tribe, salt, pepper, Knorr, and onions powder. The secret to making the best chicken coconut soup (in my opinion) is the addition of warm spices, and that's what Spice Tribe's Haitian blend brought to the table! In the hope that every bite of this chicken is irresistibly flavorful, I prefer to season my chicken and then allow it to marinate for at least 30 minutes - an hour.

Other Ingredients You Will Need:

Other Ingredients You Will Need: Tomato – pepper Blend (use 1/2 each of red, green, and yellow the bell peppers + 1 big tomato) Onions  Coconut milk (homemade or store-bought) Chicken broth (homemade or store-bought) Coconut oil  Knorr or Maggi cubes Jalapeño (optional) Salt and pepper to taste Parsley (optional; for garnishing)

Coconut Milk is an Integral Part of this Soup

I highly doubt that you can make chicken coconut milk soup without coconut milk; listen, it is the star of the show. Typically, I like to make my coconut milk from scratch; I grew up doing it, so it isn’t a big deal. Thankfully, you do not have to make coconut milk from scratch, but I will suggest using lite coconut milk, which is over 50% less fat and calories. Contrary to what other recipes say, this dish doesn’t recipe full-fat coconut milk. This version isn’t curried or very thick; however, it is undoubtedly the yummiest healthiest light coconut soup you will find around the internet today! If you like thick creamy soups, then check out my mango coconut curry.

The best thing about this chicken coconut soup is that it cooks in no time! Equally, it is gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly, and irresistibly finger-licking good! Perfect light and refreshing soup for rice, potatoes, or plantains! Click To Tweet
Easy and healthy chicken coconut milk soup is packed with tasty boneless chicken thighs, coconut milk, warm spices, and vegetables! This soup is savory, sweet, flavorful, and insanely satisfying. Serve this coconut soup with rice, boiled potatoes, or plantains. The best thing about this chicken coconut soup is that it cooks in no time! Equally, it is gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly, and irresistibly finger-licking good! #Coconutsoup #Chickensoup #Thaisoup #TomKhaGaiSoup #CococnumilkSoup #Coconutsauce

How to Make Chicken Coconut Milk Soup

Making my non-traditional easy chicken coconut milk soup is a brainer; it literally requires two steps. First, season and brown the chicken. Second, prep the sauce and add the chicken.

How to Prepare the Chicken for the Best Coconut Soup:

First of all, remember to always clean your chicken properly before cooking. I am a great advocate of washing chicken with water and lemon juice; let me know how you feel about washing chicken. Cut the chicken however you desire; I usually cut each thigh into three pieces. Be sure to marinate the chicken for some time before browning. Furthermore, do not overcrowd the pot; cook in batches if necessary. 

How to Prepare the Chicken for the best coconut soup: First of all, remember to always clean your chicken properly before cooking. I am a great advocate of washing chicken with water and lemon juice; let me know how you feel about washing chicken. Cut the chicken however you desire; I usually cut each thigh into three pieces. Be sure to marinate the chicken for some time before browning. Furthermore, do not overcrowd the pot; cook in batches if necessary.

Cooking the Soup:

Inarguably the sauce determines the soup, and this chicken coconut milk soup is no different! Start by sautéing the onions, pepper – tomato blend, and finally adding the broth and coconut milk.

Inarguably the sauce determines the soup, and this chicken coconut milk soup is no different! Start by sautéing the onions, pepper - tomato blend, and finally adding the broth and coconut milk.

Easy Non-traditional Coconut Chicken Soup.

Uniquely this soup comes together very quickly, and if you wish to thicken it some more, then dissolve a little cornstarch in water and add. Personally, I have never added any thickener to this soup, not flour or cornstarch! 

Soup in a pot

How to Store Leftover Chicken Coconut Milk Soup:

Thankfully this chicken coconut milk soup keeps so well in the fridge for five days and in the freezer for at least three months. I like making enough, so I have leftovers to freeze.

Easy and healthy chicken coconut milk soup is packed with tasty boneless chicken thighs, coconut milk, warm spices, and vegetables! This soup is savory, sweet, flavorful, and insanely satisfying. Serve this coconut soup with rice, boiled potatoes, or plantains. The best thing about this chicken coconut soup is that it cooks in no time! Equally, it is gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly, and irresistibly finger-licking good! #Coconutsoup #Chickensoup #Thaisoup #TomKhaGaiSoup #CococnumilkSoup #Coconutsauce

FAQs:

Is coconut soup healthy?

Yes, this coconut chicken soup is healthy; it contains chicken and health-improving spices/herbs like ginger, garlic, and vegetables.

What can I add to my chicken soup to give it flavor?

The best way to flavor up any soup is with the help of herbs and spices such as ginger, garlic, salt, pepper, parsley, cilantro, etc. On the other side, I equally prefer to season my chicken before cooking it, as I explained in the recipe card instructions.

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What to Serve with Chicken Coconut Milk Soup?

Gladly this soup is versatile; they are perfect with white rice, quinoa, boiled potatoes, or boiled ripe plantains, which was how we served it! You can also enjoy them like that as we do Nigerian pepper soup! We ate it with boiled ripe plantains. ⤵️

Gladly this soup is versatile; they are perfect with white rice, white, boiled potatoes, or boiled ripe plantains, which was how we served it! You can also enjoy them like that as we do Nigerian pepper soup!
This soup was so so good with boiled ripe plantains! YUM!
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This chicken coconut soup recipe is savory, sweet, flavorful, and satisfying. Packed with tasty boneless chicken thighs, coconut milk, warm spices, and vegetables! Serve this coconut milk soup on rice, boiled potatoes, or plantains.

Insanely Delicious Chicken Coconut Milk Soup


  • Author: Nkechi Ajaeroh, MPH
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 serving (6 people) 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Easy and healthy chicken coconut milk soup is packed with tasty boneless chicken thighs, coconut milk, warm spices, and vegetables! This soup is savory, sweet, flavorful, and insanely satisfying. Serve this coconut soup with rice, boiled potatoes, or plantains.

The best thing about this chicken coconut soup is that it cooks in no time! Equally, it is gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly, and irresistibly finger-licking good!


Ingredients

Scale

3 pounds of chicken

 

Ingredients for marinating the chicken:

2 – 3 big garlic cloves (grated)

Big thumb of ginger (about one tablespoon; grated)

1 heaping teaspoon of Mama Manje (or 1 teaspoon + half)

1 teaspoon of salt (always add salt according to your taste)

1 teaspoon of Knorr cube

¼ teaspoon of black pepper

1 teaspoon of onions powder

 

Other Ingredients:

1½ – 2 cups of roughly blended tomato – pepper paste (use 1/2 each of red, green, and yellow the bell peppers + 1 big tomato)

1 cup of chopped onions (or 1 small whole onion)

1¾ cups of coconut milk (or 1 can of light coconut milk)

1 cup of homemade chicken broth (or store-bought chicken broth)

2 tablespoons of coconut oil 

2 (Nigerian) Knorr cubes (or 2 teaspoons of Knorr powder)

1 Jalapeño (optional)

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tablespoons of chopped parsley (optional; for garnishing)


Instructions

  1. Wash, clean the chicken; dry off excess moisture, cut into bite sizes, and place in a clean bowl.
  2. Grate garlic and ginger; add all the ingredients for marinating the chicken to the chicken bowl. 
  3. While wearing gloves, use your hand to mix well. Then cover with a cling film and set aside to marinate for at least 30 minutes – 1 hour.
  4. Chop the onions, and set them aside. In a food processor, add the bell peppers and the tomato, roughly process, and set aside. 
  5. Place a clean pan on the stove, add coconut oil, heat up, and then place chicken in a single layer. Cook for 3 – 5 minutes on each side or until fully cooked. Do not overcrowd the pan; cook in batches if necessary. Cover cooked chicken with cling film until needed.
  6. Add the oil from the pan to a separate pan or continue in the same pan if it is big enough. Add onions, cook until translucent, stir in salt, and then add the tomato pepper blend. Stir, cover, and simmer, crush in the Knorr cube, add black pepper, and stir.
  7. Add the chicken broth, stir, and add the coconut milk. Cover, and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. Gently add the chicken, taste, and adjust flavors. Cover, and allow to simmer for 8 – 10 minutes. Finally, add chopped parsley. Serve with rice or boiled ripe plantains as we did!

Notes

This recipe is my collaboration with Spice Tribe; I incorporated their very flavorful Mama Manje, Haitian Blend. And It took this soup to the next level.

This is not a regular Nigerian Stew or Thai coconut soup, they undoubtedly inspired me, but I made this soup entirely with different ingredients and technic!

Though I use boneless skinless chicken thighs, I am sure chicken breast or any other part of chicken would equally work!

Make to watch the video to see the step-by-step process.

  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Tropical

Keywords: Chicken soup, Chicken recipe, Coconut soup, Coconut milk soup, Coconut chicken soup, Coconut soup Thai

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Easy and healthy chicken coconut milk soup is packed with tasty boneless chicken thighs, coconut milk, warm spices, and vegetables! This soup is savory, sweet, flavorful, and insanely satisfying. Serve this coconut soup with rice, boiled potatoes, or plantains. The best thing about this chicken coconut soup is that it cooks in no time! Equally, it is gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly, and irresistibly finger-licking good! #Coconutsoup #Chickensoup #Thaisoup #TomKhaGaiSoup #CococnumilkSoup #Coconutsauce
Nkechi Ajaeroh, MPH

Hi, I'm Nkechi "Kechi" Ajaeroh, a Public Health professional turned Inspirational author slash exceptional home cook. A 2x International Best Selling Author of Elevate Your Life with the Power of Positive Perception and Gratefully Growing. African, (specifically, Nigerian) Food Enthusiast, watermelon connoisseur, on my to finessing my fitness. This blog is all about loving food, living life, practicing gratitude, and inspiring you to use your wings. Join the journey.

9 Comments
  1. This soup sounds incredible! Adding this to my “to-make” list! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. The flavor that’s in this dish is incredible! I’m always on the hunt for dairy-free recipes, and this one is my new favorite. So meaty, so tasty!

  3. This chicken coconut soup looks out of this world…Totally making me hungry. Trying the recipe very soon. Thanks for the amazing recipe.

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