Galangal Chicken Soup

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Delicious galangal chicken soup

Delicious galangal chicken soup

Galangal Chicken Soup is a very delicious Thai soup. My family loves Thai food and I have wanted to try this soup for so long. Sometimes I thought it’s difficult to cook but once I cooked it, I think it’s actually very easy.



The beautiful aroma of the galangal and coconut cream, coupled with the mild spiciness from the chilies was awesome. We had this soup poured over spinach pasta and topped with stir fried broccoli…..a very satisfying dinner. We were so hungry that I forgot to take a picture of our lovely dinner…haha.

Here’s my recipe to share. It’s enough for 4-5 people.

800g chicken meat (from 4 whole chicken legs)
1 big piece of galangal (washed and sliced thin)
1 packet coconut cream powder
2 red hot chilies (finely chopped)
1 chicken stock cube
1T fried ginger oil
3T fish sauce
2t brown sugar
1 handful coriander (washed and chopped)

Chicken pieces

Chicken pieces

Put 3-4 cups of water into a pot to boil. Add the galangal and chicken bones (if you debone the chicken legs like I did). Let it boil for some time. Ad the coconut cream, chicken, fish sauce, chilies and sugar and let it boil for about 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked. Adjust according to taste. Add the coriander and turn off the fire. Serve hot with rice, pasta or noodles.

Beautiful soup

Beautiful soup

How do you often cook your chicken? Do you like Thai food? What is your favourite Thai dish? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Other Thai recipes that you may be interested in:
Thai Chicken Coconut Soup
Thai Beef Butternut Squash Soup
Pumpkin, Prawns And Coconut Soup (Thai)

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Angie@Angie's Recipes  on December 13th, 2009

Can’t find galangal here…the chicken soup must have tasted very good! Wonderful for a cold winter day!

Mary  on December 13th, 2009

@Angie - I love the galangal smell….really good. I keep smelling it while slicing it. I only managed to get it from the Chionese shops. I hope you can find it on your side. It’s really good for cold weather…very warming.

Wendy  on December 13th, 2009

… looks lovely! I can’t get fresh galangal but the supermarkets sell it, prepared, in jars, if that’s any help?

Mary  on December 13th, 2009

@Wendy - I would prefer fresh ones as it tastes very different from those in jars. If you go to Chinatown, you can get them from the Chinese shops there. It looks quite like ginger but wonderful smell. Maybe print out a picture and show them. Otherwise if you know of any Thai shops around, they should have.

Jeannie  on December 13th, 2009

I can get galangal easily:D so I can cook this dish. Just need to get the chicken meat.
Thanks for sharing.

Mary  on December 13th, 2009

@Jeannie - You are very lucky. I wish I can easily get galangal here. I used up my last pack when I cooked this dish. The next time I go to the Chinese shop I will buy a lot to freeze.

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pierre  on December 13th, 2009

oh mary I wish i could have such a soup I love thai food !! cheers from Paris Pierre

Drick  on December 13th, 2009

oh man, not sure if I could find thoses ingredients here but I know I would find this to be delicious…..

Kim (@ Paper Apron)  on December 13th, 2009

Mary, This is one of my all-time favorite soups and I’m so glad to finally find an authentic recipe! Although I’ve never heard of coconut cream powder and “fried ginger oil,” I’m hoping I can find these in my local Asian market.

And yes, I do love Thai food and this and Tom Yum Gai may be my favorite Thai dishes. They seem so similar- I suppose that’s why.

Lyndsey  on December 13th, 2009

This soup looks wonderful. I have wanted to try using galangal, but haven’t found any yet except on line. Does it freeze well?

Mary  on December 13th, 2009

@Pierre - Hope you learn to cook soon cos I can’t send to you :P Thai food is really delicious. I hope to learn more.

@Drick - If there’s China town or Thai shops, I’m sure you can get the galangal. It’s a very Oriental spice….beautiful flavour.

@Kim - Coconut cream powder is very convenient. But if you can’t find it, you can also use canned coconut cream. It works equally well. The only disadvantage is that you will have left over unless you use the whole tin.

Tom Yum Gong is awesome too. I hope to cook soon. It’s very different. There’s no added coconut cream in it.

@Lyndsey - Yes, galangal freeses well. I always do that. I need to stock up again. It’s a very beautiful spice. You can get from Chinese or Thai shops.

Trissa  on December 13th, 2009

I love Thai food Mary - but have always been scared to try it because the recipes seems complicated - yours seems easy enough! Thank you for sharing it!

Mary  on December 13th, 2009

@Trissa - I can fully understand how you feel. I felt the same way before. I think it’s quite like when I think of making macaroons…it just frightens me! I think the best is to start with the simplest recipe like this soup and take on from there. I hope to learn the more elaborate Thai dishes.

impromptu diva  on December 13th, 2009

mary, i want to try this. the only thai recipe I know for a soup is tom yum… i want anything with coconut cream/milk. mary you are awesome!

Blackswan  on December 13th, 2009

This is one of my fave Thai food! I’d always order this & Tom Yam whenever I visit Bangkok :)

penny aka jeroxie  on December 13th, 2009

it must so fragrant with the galangal!

Anna  on December 13th, 2009

I absolutely love thai soups, I never used galangal I should definitely try, it looks delicious.

Shirley  on December 13th, 2009

This would really keep you warm! Is it snowing yet? Waiting to see you do angus beef.

Mary  on December 14th, 2009

@impromptu diva - Thanks very much for your lovely compliment. I hope to try tom yam soup one day. I love it too. I ate a mild tom yam at a Thai restaurant recently & it was absolutely delicious.

@Blackswan - You are very lucky to visit Bangkok & eat all the wonderful Thai food. I hope to go one day. I want to try everything.

@Penny - Yes, the galangal smells so good. I should have put more but that’s all I had.

@Anna - Hope you try out soon. The galangal is such a beautiful spice. I remember my mom used it to cook duck and the flavour was just awesome.

@Shirley - Yes, this is a very delicious, warming soup. We just pour over rice…mmm. No, still waiting for the snow. Hope it will be a white Christmas. It has been freezing cold some days. Beef? I’m not very good in cooking beef. Hope to learn more soon, especially with the angus beef. My gosh…..angus beef is just so good. My friend used that to cook beef noodles soup….just fabulous!

Anshika  on December 14th, 2009

First I must say lovely blog. Learn’t so many new recipes.

Chicken soup is absolutely delicious for winters. I would love to slurp it.

Mary  on December 14th, 2009

@Anshika - Thanks for lovely compliment. Me, too. I can never have enough of hot soups during winter. It’s so warming, especially with herbs or spices added.

Cheah  on December 14th, 2009

I love the smell of Galangal, this must be delicious especially on a cold winter day. Great meal.

kristy  on December 14th, 2009

Galangal is such a nice ingredients for cooking! Another flavourful coconut Thai soup……

Natasha - 5 Star Foodie  on December 14th, 2009

my husband’s favorite! I would love to make this at home!

Mary  on December 14th, 2009

@Cheah - Agree with you that the smell of galangal was so good. As I was slicing it, I was enjoying the beautiful fragrance of it. Really love it in the soup….very warming on a cold day.

@Kristy - It is so nice that I want to learn more dishes with it. Hope to try a duck dish with it. That’s what my mom did….tasted awesome.

@Natasha - Hope you try out soon. The way to a man’s heart is through the stomach :D

Alta  on December 14th, 2009

I don’t usually come across galangal (I tend to sub ginger), but this looks great!

Divina  on December 15th, 2009

I really need this one right now. This is one of ultimate food for the souls.

Mary  on December 15th, 2009

@Alta - If you go to Chinese or Thai shops, you should be able to get it. It looks like ginger but it’s very different. It has its own beautiful, unique flavour.

@Divina - Time to cook :) It’s really easy. I love to throw everything into a pot and then wait for it to cook.

Light Delight with TouTou  on December 15th, 2009

This is really cool. So finally I know that thing is called Galangal :-D always want to try them out!!
I love chicken with coconut and curry. yeah, kinda addicted to this type of Thai food. The creaminess and nice spicy always hit the spot!

Mary  on December 16th, 2009

@Light Delight with Tou Tou - Galangal is a very beautiful spice. I seldom used it. Now this dish makes me want to try more dishes with it. You can start cooking with it now :)

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