My daughter loves this soup. My husband and I love it too. I was a bit hesitant that she would considering there are ginger, turmeric, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves flavoring the soup, but she did. I name this soup aromatic chicken soup because it sure is highly aromatic. I love cooking with lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. These two are such great herbs to be cooking with to give you that “fusion” taste. This soup is pretty simple to make and you can make it in big batch to feed lots of people too. Highly recommended for sure!
AROMATIC LEMONGRASS CHICKEN SOUP
- 2 ½ lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs - cut into bite-size pieces or you can use 3 lbs bone-in chicken
- 1 medium onion peeled and thinly sliced
- 3 Roma tomatoes finely chopped
- 3 stalks of lemongrass trim off 1-inch of the woody bottom and top, cut into half
- 1 small bunch of fresh/frozen kaffir lime leaves tear the edges a bit to release flavor
- 10 cloves garlic peeled and finely minced
- 1 thumb-size ginger peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper or more to taste optional
- 1 cup chicken stock
- Salt to taste
- 3 Tbsp extra-virgin coconut oil / grape seeds oil or any oil of your choice
- Small bunch of fresh coriander leaves
- Preheat a large heavy-bottom pot with a lid with oil. Add in the onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric powder, lemongrass into the pot and saute until very fragrant, and the onion is soft, about 2 minutes
- Add in the chicken pieces and cook until they start to turn color and then tip in the tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes are soft, about 5 minutes or so. There should be some juice in the pot now. Add the chicken stock, lower the heat to simmer and partly covered until the chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes. Add in the kaffir lime leaves and cook for another 5 minutes. Season with salt and have a taste and adjust to your liking
- Just before serving, ladle the soup into serving bowl and sprinkle on the coriander leaves and serve immediately
It's hard to find replacement for kaffir lime leaves. If you can't find any, you can go without them in the recipe.
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Is there a need to add water after the chicken is cooked?
Hi SH, So sorry for missing the water in the recipe, yes add about 1 cup of water or chicken stock. The chicken will ooze out some juice too. If you like it soupier, you can definitely add more liquid. Hope that helps