Thai Coconut Chicken Noodle Soup

An exotic spin on old-fashioned chicken soup that brings the same nourishing, curative comfort we crave from it.

With the addition of coconut milk, edamame, rice noodles, carrot, ginger, lemongrass and cilantro – the homey, comforting flavors of chicken soup are kicked up a notch. Or two.

The coconut laden broth is the best part of the soup; rich, creamy and flavorful with a hint of citrus and a little zing thanks to the ginger.

Overflowing with tender strips of chicken, shredded carrot, twirly rice noodles and the succulent pop of edamame beans, you will instantly feel better. After the very first bite. Even if you were feeling perfectly fine to begin with. I’m convinced of its magical healing properties. In fact, I might even swear on it.

I’ve included the stove top version as well as a crock pot version, which I prefer for the tender chicken that results. You can turn this into a coconut curry by adding Thai curry paste to the first step of cooking the chicken. I also cook the noodles separately otherwise they will suck up all the luscious broth. If you have an aversion to fish sauce substitute soy sauce in its place.

Thai Coconut Chicken Noodle Soup

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 6 servings

Thai Coconut Chicken Noodle Soup

The comforting flavors of chicken soup are kicked up a notch with Thai flavors including coconut milk, edamame, rice noodles, carrot, ginger, lemongrass and cilantro.


2 (14 ounce) cans coconut milk
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 +1/4 pounds), thinly sliced in 1 inch strips
2 cups chicken broth
1 + 1 /2 cups frozen edamame ( soybeans)
2 carrots, shredded
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced or grated
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
6 green onions, diced or snipped with kitchen shears
2 stalks of lemon grass, halved lengthwise, woody leaves removed, wacked a few times with a knife or meat mallet
2-3 tablespoons of fish sauce
zest and juice of 2 limes
8 ounces rice noodles (I like Pad Thai noodles)


  1. To a large soup or stock pot add enough coconut milk to generously cover the bottom of the pot; add chicken and cook on medium heat 4-5 minutes. Add the remaining coconut milk, broth, edamame, carrots, ginger, cilantro, green onions, lemon grass, fish sauce and lime zest and half the juice. Season with a couple dashes of salt or soy sauce. Bring to a simmer and cook 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile cook rice noodles according to package direction. Remove lemon grass stalks from soup, stir in remaining lime juice and taste. Add more salt or soy sauce if needed.
  3. For serving add some of the cooked noodles to a bowl and ladle soup over top.
  4. Alternate Crockpot Directions:
  5. Add all the ingredients to a large crockpot except the noodles. You can add the chicken breasts whole. Cook on high 4-5 hours or low 7-8. A half hour before serving remove chicken breasts to a plate and shred using 2 forks or chop into bite size pieces. Add chicken back to pot along with the lime juice and continue cooking on high for a 1/2 hour. Taste and season with additional salt or soy sauce. Meanwhile cook noodles separately, add a helping of cooked noodles to a bowl and ladle soup over top.


Adapted fromSweet Home

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  1. says

    Absolutely WOW!  So much flavor packed into that.  A splash of sriracha sauce in my bowl and I’m ready to dive right in!

  2. BeadedTail says

    We’ve only recently discovered Thai food and have loved everything we tried so appreciate recipes that we can make at home!  Thanks Reeni!  Your photos are gorgeous as always!

    Speaking of gorgeous, love and kisses to the handsome Moon! :)

  3. Tim says

    Comment refers to edamame, and I see it in the picture, but recipe post doesn’t include it. How much did you add?

  4. Claudia says

    I’ve never used coconut milk – although I love Thai flavors. This is a fun and nourishing spin on one of my favorite things in the world.

  5. Amy (Savory Moments) says

    Thai food is one of my favorites and I especially love Thai-inspired soups filled with coconut milk and lemongrass. Just the smell makes me happy (but the taste is better)!

  6. says

    I just printed out your Swiss steak recipe, which I’m making tomorrow, and the Gingerbread Cheesecake which I’m making for Christmas Eve!  Wish me luck.

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