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Thai-Inspired Chicken Meatball Soup

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Serving Size: 3 meatballs plus 2/3 cup broth
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This stellar soup is reviving and cozy. It starts with ginger-scented chicken-cilantro meatballs that are browned, then simmered in a fragrant coconut milk broth that’s inspired by tom kha gai, A heap of spinach is added for color and flavor, and a squeeze of lime adds brightness and punch. The soup is brothy, so serve it over rice or another grain to make it a full meal.
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  • Using the small holes of a box grater, or a Microplane, grate the ginger, garlic and jalapeño (or finely chop them by hand). Transfer half to a large bowl and set the rest aside. To the large bowl, add the chicken, finely chopped cilantro, 2/3 of the fish sauce and salt. Use your hands or a fork to fully combine but do not overmix.
  • Use your hands or an ice cream scoop to form 2-inch meatballs (about 2 ounces each). In a large Dutch oven or pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add the meatballs in a single layer and cook, flipping halfway through, until golden brown on two sides, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate and repeat, adding oil as needed.
  • Once all the meatballs are browned and out of the pot, if the oil is burned, wipe it out and add a bit more to the pot. Reduce the heat to medium, add the reserved ginger mixture and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the chicken broth, coconut milk, sugar and the remaining fish sauce, and bring to a simmer. Add the meatballs and any juices from the plate, and simmer until the flavors come together and the meatballs are cooked through, 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, and stir in the spinach and lime juice. Divide rice among bowls, then top with meatballs, broth and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.


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Thai-Inspired Chicken Meatball Soup

Cook Times

Active Prep20
Hands-On Cook15
Hands-Off Cook10
Total Time45 minutes
Recipe Serving Size10



  • 5 ounce fresh ginger peeled
  • 12 clove garlic peeled
  • 2 jalapeno pepper
  • 4 pound ground chicken
  • 2 bunch fresh cilantro leaves and stems finely chopped, a few whole leaves reserved for serving
  • 6 tablespoon fish sauce Red Boat recommeded
  • 2 teaspoon Kosher salt more or less to taste
  • 4 tablespoon coconut oil plus more as needed
  • 4 cup chicken broth
  • 28 ounce canned full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 10 ounce baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice

Cooking Tools Required

5-quart saucepot, Box grater, Cutting board, Measuring cups and spoons, Sharp Knives, Top Stove
Reheating/Serving Instructions

Heat in the microwave on high power until heated through, or on the cooktop over medium heat.


Calories: 499kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 1857mg | Potassium: 1419mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2822IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 5mg

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