Thai Chicken and Rice Soup - Kao Tom Gai

"A nice warming soup that spices without the use of chilies..of course, if you can't help yourself, go ahead and toss a few in! ;)"
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins




  • In a medium size pot over low heat, simmer rice, water and salt for about an hour or so until rice is soft.
  • Marinate chicken in lime juice/salt for about 5 minutes.
  • In a skillet, heat oil and saute onion and garlic until tender; add white pepper and marinated chicken.
  • Cook, stirring for 10 minutes or so.
  • In small bowls, put 1 cup of heated rice broth and sprinkle with chicken, chopped green onion, celery leaves, and cilantro.
  • Serve.

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  1. ChrisMc
    Very easy to make - the rice just needs to be set up to simmer, then it's a quick stirfry and you're done. The flavor could be more intense - I served this with soy sauce and Tabasco sauce, and my fiancee and I seasoned to taste. Only small amounts of soy sauce and Tabaasco were required to enhance the flavor, but it made a big difference - I'd recommend serving the soup with those condiments or others of your choice - people who like intense flavors may want to add a little kick.
  2. 17rdinan
    super good with nam prik pla :)
  3. Josh C.
    My mother makes a soup like this. She has the chicken, fried garlic in oil, and cilantro with it. Its very good to add some sriracha sauce too.
  4. Chef VIta
    Too bad I didn't have green onions, but the celery leaf and cilantro more than did that part of the job. <br/><br/>I actually boiled the chicken in the water to add extra flavor to the broth before cooking the rice in that water. I also found it to be less of a mess for me, having raw chicken pieces everywhere. I cooled the chicken, shredded it, marinated it in the lime/salt mixture and when the onions were nice and cooked, I added the chicken to the onion just to warm it up a bit. I also mixed the white pepper with the onions prior to cooking to coat it well. <br/><br/>This recipe was excellent as is. White pepper was spicy...and I loved it! Thanks for the awesome recipe!


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