Thai Coconut Chicken Soup (Tom Kha Gai)

Tom Kha Gai Soup - GF , DF - Champagne for Breakfast

I was afraid to even try and go to a Thai restaurant because so many of the staple ingredients (like soy sauce, fish sauce and curry paste) are usually made with gluten-containing ingredients. I know there are gluten free versions out there, but my experience with most restaurants is that gluten is the default. That’s why I have always assumed that Thai food (like many Asian cuisines) would not be safe for a Celiac like me.

Luckily, my best friend is an adventurous eater. She constantly visits new restaurants and will pretty much try any food you put in front of her. Which means that if she goes somewhere that has a gluten free menu, she always calls me excitedly to share. She pushes me out of my food comfort zone, and this time it paid off!

After she scoped out a local Thai restaurant for gluten free options, my friend and I decided to give it a go. Luckily, my concerns about getting “glutened” were unnecessary since the staff was very knowledgeable about Celiac and they had so many options for me. While all the food I tried was delicious, this soup stood out. It has such a unique flavor, and I love that it has the comfort factor of creaminess without being heavy. I knew I had to try to make it at home, and now it’s become a household favorite!


  • 1 tablespoon of avocado oil (or any cooking oil)
  • 1/2 of a white onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons of minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of gluten free Thai red curry paste
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 stalk of lemongrass, cut into about 3 inch pieces and pounded to release the flavor
  • 1 red jalapeno, sliced and seeds removed
  • 1 green jalapeno, chopped into very small pieces and seeds removed
  • Two 13.5 oz cans of full fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons of gluten free soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of gluten free fish sauce
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces (I prefer very thin pieces since they cook faster and are easier to eat in a soup)
  • 6 ounces of white mushrooms, sliced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 3 stalks of green onions, sliced
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (as needed for taste and garnish)


  1. In a large soup pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat and saute the onion, garlic, ginger, and curry paste for about 2 minutes until the onions begin to soften.
  2. Add in the chicken broth and stir well. Add the lemongrass and jalapenos, then bring it to a boil and let it simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes. This will create a super flavorful broth base. Remove the lemongrass pieces once the broth is done.
  3. Stir in the coconut milk, soy sauce, fish sauce, chicken, and mushrooms. Simmer until the chicken pieces are cooked through, then remove from heat and stir in the lime juice, green onions, and cilantro. This should make about 4 servings!


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