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Easy Tom Kha Gai Soup

by Holly C. Berman, EAMP, MSOM

Effective management of an autoimmune disorder usually requires some dietary changes. Finding tasty recipes can be challenging when on a limited diet, whether paleo, low FODMAP or just gluten and/or dairy free.  I made this delicious soup during Seattle snowmageddon 2019. The basic recipe is autoimmune paleo (AIP) and low FODMAP, (except for the 1 garlic clove). I served it over white basmati rice, (not paleo). Ginger, turmeric and chili are all anti inflammatory and especially helpful for joint pain associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis. This low FODMAP recipe is also helpful for disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Enjoy!

Easy Tom Kha Gai (Thai Coconut Chicken Soup)

Recipe credit: PeterFoodAdventures

An easy to make recipe, authentic and delicious made with coconut milk. A Thai classic that's ready to eat in 30 minutes!

1 tablespoon oil  (I used coconut)
1 tablespoon lemongrass finely chopped
3 teaspoons ginger freshly grated
1 clove garlic minced
3 green Thai chilies de-seeded and chopped finely
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 cans of coconut milk 800ml
4 cups of chicken stock 1 litre
1 cup water
1 teaspoon grated palm sugar optional  (I used coconut sugar)
2 tablespoons fish sauce
4 cups shredded chicken
3 green onions sliced thinly
1/4 cup lime juice
zest of a lime
3 tablespoons fresh coriander/cilantro coarsely chopped
bean sprouts as garnish

Heat oil in a large stockpot. Cook lemongrass, ginger, garlic, chili, turmeric and cook for about 2 minutes until it start to be fragrant.
Stir in the coconut milk, chicken stock, water, palm sugar and fish sauce. Bring to a boil then add the chicken. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
When you are ready to serve, add green onions, lime juice, lime zest and coriander. Garnish with a handful of bean sprouts and coriander/cilantro.

Recipe Notes:
Instead of lime zest, you can use 4 kaffir lime leaves chopped finely, fried together with the garlic and chili. It's sometimes hard to source, so I find the lime zest works really well as a substitute at the end of the meal.