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Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup
This Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup is the last soup that I’m sharing for #SouperJanuary. This is a fabulous soup that is made easily in the slow cooker. If you love Thai flavors (like I do), you’ll love this sweet, sour, and slightly spicy flavor combination!
Cook’s Note for Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup:
*In this recipe you’re asked to use just the bottom 5 inches of two lemongrass stalks, and to bruise them. Use the back of a large chef’s knife to bruise the entire length of the 5-inch stalk (see pictures below in the GIF).
*I used my absolute favorite slow cooker of ALL TIME to make this soup. It’s a real work horse in my kitchen, and I love it for these reasons:
1- It’s HUGE, you won’t have a problem making large recipes in this slow cooker!
2- It has a timer, and even delayed time settings.
3- I love that it automatically goes to warm once it’s done cooking.
- 2 medium yellow onions, minced
- 6 large garlic cloves, minced
- 2 Tablespoons freshly grated ginger
- 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 (14-ounce) cans coconut milk
- 2 stalks lemon grass, bottom 5 inches only, bruised (see pictures above)
- 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced ¼ inch thick
- 3 Tablespoons fish sauce, divided
- 10 cilantro stems, tied together with twine
- 1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed
- 8 ounces white mushrooms; washed, trimmed, and sliced thin
- 3 Tablespoons lime juice
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Thai red curry paste
- fresh cilantro leaves
- green onions, sliced thin
- lime wedges
- In a medium heat-proof bowl, microwave onions, garlic, ginger, and oil. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are softened.
- In the slow cooker add the broth, 1 can of coconut milk, lemon grass, carrots, 1 tablespoon fish sauce, and cilantro stems. Give it a quick stir, then add the chicken to the pot, nestling it into place. Cover and cook on low until the chicken is tender, about 4-6 hours.
- Transfer chicken to cutting board, and let it cool slightly before shredding with 2 forks. Let the soup sit for 5 minutes, then remove the fat from the surface. Remove lemon grass and cilantro and discard.
- Stir in the mushrooms, cover and cook on high until mushrooms are tender, 10-15 minutes. Microwave the remaining can of coconut milk in a small bowl until warm, about 1-2 minutes. Add it to the pot along with the remaining 2 tablespoons of fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, and curry paste.
- Add the shredded chicken and let it heat through, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve with garnishes.
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