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Thai Panang Curry Chicken Soup

I love me some Thai food!  I just wish I could eat at a Thai restaurant and know without a doubt my joints weren’t going to be completely swollen the next day…

This soup is super simple to make and is full of flavor.  It’s easily one of my new favorite recipes.

Thai Panang Curry Chicken Soup
Yields 4 – 6 servings

2 – 4 tablespoons Panang curry paste
2 cans coconut milk, divided
32 oz. carton GF chicken broth
2-3 chicken breasts, cut in thin strips against the grain
3 tablespoons palm sugar
zest of 2 limes
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon fish sauce
2 red bell peppers, sliced in long thin slices
1 cup Thai basil leaves, roughly chopped

  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the curry paste and a splash of coconut milk. This will ensure the curry paste dissolves easily in the soup, instead of clumping together.
  2. In a large Dutch oven, bring the curry mixture, remaining coconut milk, chicken broth and chicken to a boil.  Simmer over medium-low heat until the chicken pieces are cooked through.
  3. Mix in the palm sugar, lime zest, lime juice, fish sauce and bell peppers. Cook until the peppers are soft and then stir in the Thai basil.
  4. Serve with rice or thin Thai style rice noodles.


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Friday 31st of January 2020

Just wondering..... do you find the food you eat is related to joint problems?


Sunday 19th of April 2020

Yes, for sure! You can read more about my journey here.


Tuesday 8th of November 2011

Oh my but this looks good! We had Red Curry Turkey last night with leftover turkey. Love the sound of this soup and will have to look for the Panang Curry!

MAID in Alaska

Wednesday 9th of November 2011

Hi Stephanie! Oh how I love curries! Your red curry turkey sounds wonderful! :) Megan


Tuesday 8th of November 2011

About how much fish sauce do you add? I've never used it before so I don't even know what to start with.


MAID in Alaska

Wednesday 9th of November 2011

Hi Danielle, I would start with a tablespoon, then work up from there if you want to add more. :) Megan

Heather Bain Brandt

Tuesday 8th of November 2011

Can you recommend a gluten-free dairy-free brand of Panang curry paste or a recipe for one (if possible)?

MAID in Alaska

Wednesday 9th of November 2011

Hi Heather, I use the Mae Ploy brand of curry pastes. From what I've been able to find online, it appears they are GF (and I haven't had a problem with them), although there is no GF certification on the packaging. :) Megan


Tuesday 19th of April 2011

Thank you, Terris!! I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling well. Get better soon!