Dana Gallagher
Recipe

Thai Chicken Soup

Serves: 6

Directions

  • 1Bring chicken, water, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt to a boil in a large stockpot. Skim foam. Add garlic, ginger slices, shallots, cilantro, 1/2 cup lemongrass, and the lime zest. Reduce heat. Simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes.
  • 2Remove breast, and set aside. Simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes.
  • 3Strain soup through a sieve. Reserve legs and thighs, and discard remaining solids. Return soup to stockpot. Let chicken cool slightly. Remove meat from bones, and slice.
  • 4Stir chiles, ginger matchsticks, and sliced lemongrass into strained soup. Simmer for 10 minutes. Skim fat. Stir in lime juice and fish sauce. Season with salt. Garnish with cilantro, and serve with lime wedges.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken (about 4 pounds), cut into pieces (including back)
  • 8 cups water
  • Coarse salt
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 4 thin slices fresh ginger, plus 1 tablespoon thin matchsticks
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro (2 cups packed)
  • 2 large lemongrass stalks, yellow and pale-green parts only, sliced crosswise (1/2 cup), plus 1 tablespoon very thinly sliced
  • 3 strips (2 inches each) lime zest plus 2 tablespoons juice (from 2 limes)
  • 1 or 2 fresh green Thai chiles, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce
  • Garnish: chopped fresh cilantro and lime wedges

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