Tom Kha Gai (Thai Chicken Lemongrass Soup) Recipe!

I learned how to make this easy and delicious Thai soup from a friend of mine who is from Thailand (Thank you Moo for this amazing recipe!). She came over to my house (pre-Covid) and showed me all of these tricks that I am sharing with you! I have never used lemongrass in a soup or used any of the sauces that are needed for this recipe. All of these ingredients can be found at your local Asian market. 

The Lemongrass truly makes this recipe amazing. It has a wonderful smell that fills the entire house and gives the soup the most amazing taste. 

Tom Kha Gai (Thai Chicken Lemongrass Soup) Recipe

Tom Kha Gai is a Thai chicken lemongrass soup, usually with a coconut base. This authentic recipe is from my Thai friend, Moo. Thank you, Moo!
Course Soup
Cuisine Thai
Servings 5


  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 2 can straw peeled mushrooms
  • 4-5 cups water water
  • 1 8 oz pack of fresh mushrooms
  • 1 chicken breast with bone In
  • 3 chicken thighs
  • 6 stalks lemon grass
  • 1 piece ginger grated
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp mushroom sauce
  • 2 Tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp tuong Gia vi sauce


  • Add water, coconut milk, grated ginger, smashed lemongrass, and chicken into the soup pot.
  • Stir and let everything cook on medium until chicken is done – about 20 minutes.
  • Add in mushrooms and sauces, stir. We also decided to debone the chicken breast, cube the chicken and put it back in. But you can keep it on the bone if you want!
  • Cook on low for another 10 minutes.
  • Remove lemongrass and enjoy!



Magda’s tip: in the video, I didn’t debone the breast before cooking the chicken. I actually recommend that you debone it before cooking it, but still add the bone to the soup when it’s cooking. Remember to remove the bone at the end when you remove the lemongrass.
Another tip: Start with 1 Tbsp of each of the seasonings.  Add more to your liking! You can always add more but you can’t remove it once it’s been added!
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Hi, I'm Magda! I was born in Romania and came to the US when I was 20. Along the way, I've traveled the world and studied cultures and their food. This channel is designed to teach you how easy it is to make delicious food in your own home with simple ingredients.

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