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Summer Spice–Tom Khai Gai

Tom Khai Gai (Thai Coconut Chicken Soup)

Makes 6 servings

Adapted from Coconut Chicken Soup recipe on Epicurious.com

2 14-ounce cans light unsweetened coconut milk
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups thinly sliced crimini mushrooms (or whatever mushrooms you prefer)
6 tablespoons finely chopped lemongrass
1/4 cup fish sauce (nam pla)
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
1 Serrano chili, sliced into rounds (I used 2 chilies for extra spice)
2 to 3 teaspoons chili-garlic sauce (use more for extra heat)
8 skinless boneless chicken thighs, thinly sliced
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/4 cup thinly sliced basil
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

1. Combine the coconut milk, chicken broth, mushrooms, lemongrass, fish sauce, ginger, Serrano chili, and chili-garlic sauce in a large saucepan.

2. Heat the mixture over medium high heat. When it begins to boil, reduce the heat and cover the pot and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes, so that the flavors blend.

3. Add the chicken, and continue to let the soup simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes.

4. Mix in the green onions, basil and lime juice. Serve!