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Skip Thai takeout and learn how to make this easy flavorful soup in the comforts of your home. Our Thai red curry noodle soup will satisfy your cravings for Thai food any night of the week. Customize your noodle bowl with garnishes and condiments to provide a truly satisfying experience.
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This Thai noodle soup recipe is so quick and easy, so it's perfect to make for any night of the week.
- Oil: any neutral oil
- Aromatics: onion, garlic, ginger, lemongrass
- Curry paste: red (We used a mild one, made by Thai Kitchen)
- Liquids: chicken broth, coconut milk, tamari (soy sauce), fish sauce
- Noodles: wide brown rice or thin white rice
- Meat: shredded rotisserie chicken
- Heat: chili paste, Sriracha sauce, chili flakes
- Citrus: lime zest and lime juice
- Garnish: cilantro, green onions, lime wedges
How do you eat Thai noodle soup?
The best way to enjoy this recipe is in a bowl over rice noodles and your choice of protein, then ladle the hot, flavorful broth on top and garnish with your toppings of choice. You can eat the long rice noodles twisted around chopsticks or a spoon.
It this recipe healthy?
For 1 cup of broth, ½ cup of shredded chicken, and 1 ½ ounces of noodles, there are 336 calories, 29.3g of carbs, and 17.3g of protein. For more nutritional information, please scroll to the end of the recipe card.
Can I add the noodles directly to the soup?
Yes and no, it depends. If you are planning on eating all or it right away, you can cook the noodles in the soup, but it is better to cook them separately. This way the noodles won't overcook, clump, or absorb the broth if you are planning on having leftovers.
Can this recipe be frozen?
Yes, but it is best to freeze the broth without any noodles in it. Allow it to fully cool, then pour into a freezer-friendly container. This broth and shredded chicken can be stored in the freezer for up to one month.
How to Make
Gather all the ingredients. Shred the cooked chicken, mince the garlic, grate the ginger, chop the onion, and juice the limes.
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium high heat, then saute the onion for a few minutes. Then, add the garlic, ginger, and lemongrass, and stir frequently for a couple of minutes.
Add the red curry paste and stir constantly for a minute.
Pour in the chicken broth.
Pour in the coconut milk.
Add the tamari (soy sauce), fish sauce, and brown sugar. Stir and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
Remove the soup pot from the heat. If desired skim the fat off the top and stir in the lime zest, freshly squeezed lime juice, and the chili paste.
In a separate pot, cook the noodles according to the directions on the package while the soup simmers. Drain, rinse, and divide evenly into 4 soup bowls. Place ½ cup of shredded chicken on top of the noodles in each bowl.
When ready to serve, ladle 1 cup of the hot soup broth over each bowl of noodles and chicken. Garnish with green onion, lime wedges, fresh cilantro leaves, and lime zest.
- Want a different protein? Try meatballs, shrimp, pork, beef, or tofu.
- Don't want coconut milk? Leave it out.
- Don't want rice noodles? Use any kind of noodle.
- Want this Tom Yum style? Garnish with peanuts, lime juice, and chili flakes.
- Looking for different garnishes? Try fried garlic, Thai basil, bean sprouts, or red chilies.
- Looking for more vegetables? Try bok choy, spinach, carrots, bell peppers, and mushrooms.
- If desired, skim the fat off the top.
- Add noodles to the bowl when serving.
- Add the shredded chicken to each bowl when serving.
- Serve with at least three garnishes, one having a crunch factor.
Other Asian Recipes
- Asian Chicken Thighs
- Broccoli and Chicken Stir Fry
- Copycat Chick-fil-A Asian Salad
- Thai Vegetable Stir Fry
- Green Curry Lentils
Other Soup Recipes
- Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
- Wild Rice Soup
- Minestrone Soup
- Detox Moroccan Lentil Stew
- Roasted Cauliflower Soup
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Thai red curry noodle soup is an easy, fast, flavorful soup that has a rich fragrant broth. Forget Thai takeout, make this healthy recipe right in your home and enjoy the tender bites of chicken. It's so cozy, comforting and fragrant.
For the Soup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (15 ml)
- 1 cup onion, chopped (134g)
- 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
- 1 tablespoon lemongrass paste
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- ¼ cup red curry paste (38g)
- 6 cups reduced sodium chicken broth (1.42 liters)
- 13.5 ounce can coconut milk (1 ¾ cups)
- 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce (30 ml)
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce (30 ml)
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar, packed (8g)
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (30 ml)
- 2 teaspoons chili paste (15g)
- 8 ounces brown rice noodles (226g)
- 4 cups shredded cooked chicken (454g)
For the Garnishes
- ½ cup green onion, cut on the bias
- ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- 8 lime wedges
- Sriracha sauce, to taste (optional)
- Heat up 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium high heat, then saute the onion for 3 minutes. Add the ginger, garlic, and lemongrass, and cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently with a bamboo spoon.
- Reduce the heat to medium, then add the red curry paste and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the chicken broth, coconut milk, tamari, fish sauce, brown sugar. Stir and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
- While it is simmering, boil the rice noodles for the lowest end of the cooking time, according to the package instructions. Drain well in a strainer and rinse with cold water.
- Remove the soup from the heat, if the fat rises to the top, skim it if desired, then stir in the lime zest, lime juice and the chili paste.
- When ready to serve, divide the noodles into each bowl and put ½ cup of shredded chicken. Ladle 1 cup of the hot Thai broth. Garnish with fresh cilantro, chopped green onions, lime wedges, and lime zest. If you want it spicy, add some sriracha sauce or chili flakes.
- Skim the fat off the top, if desired.
- When serving, add the cooked noodles to the bowl.
- When serving, add the shredded chicken on top of the noodles in each bowl.
- Have a crunch factor for at least one of the garnishes: green onions, bean sprouts, and peanuts.
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Thai
Keywords: Thai, recipe, noodle soup