Coconut Lime Chicken Soup

Coconut Lime Chicken Soup from favfamilyrecipes.comAs soon as the temperature starts to cool all I want is soup, this coconut lime chicken soup really hit the spot!  It is so fresh and flavorful, and not a really heavy or thick soup, making it perfect for the autumn months.  I love that it is different from most soups and I am crazy about the combination of coconut and lime.    The chicken in the soup is really easy and tasty, you just need to get a roasted chicken from the deli at your grocery store and shred it up into bite size pieces.  And be sure to double check that you have all the yummy spices, they really give this soup a delicious taste.  The only thing we wished after making this soup was that we had made some naan bread to go with it.

Coconut Lime Chicken Soup

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  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • thai seasoning (see below)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1 15 ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 - 2 1/2 pound deli-roasted chicken from the grocery store, shredded
  • 1 cup previously cooked long grain rice
  • the juice of 1 lime
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • extra cilantro for garnish (optional)
  • lime wedges (optional)
  • Thai Seasoning:
  • 1/2 tsp. curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


  • Place a large pot on the stove over medium-high heat. Add the butter, carrots, and thai seasoning and cook until carrots become soft.
  • In a blender, add chicken broth and cilantro and pulse a few times, then pour contents of blender into the pot.
  • Add the coconut milk, shredded deli roasted chicken, rice, juice from the lime, and soy sauce. Bring to a low boil then remove from heat.
  • If desired, serve topped with extra cilantro and lime wedges.

recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens


  1. Lori @ A Pinch of Glitter says:

    Holy cow, this soup looks INCREDIBLE!!! My mouth is watering right now. I am totally going to make this soup this week. I know that my husband will absolutely approve of it as well 🙂

  2. Jessica says:

    I made this soup this past week and we really loved it. It has a wonderful flavor. Fast and delicious. Thanks for a great recipe!

  3. Jennifer G. says:

    As soon as I saw this I wanted to make it. So quick and easy. I had everything on hand to make it. It was good, but missing a little something. I added some Thai fish sauce I had in my fridge and that gave it a more authentic flavor. It is not “fishy,” so don’t be afraid to try if if you like Thai food. It is more authentic than soy sauce. I would make this again with the addition of about 1 Tbsp. of Thai fish sauce.

  4. Pasta-recipes says:

    I really like soup, but unfortunately my kids do not really like to eat them. I’m looking for interesting recipes to encourage my kids to eat soups. I think this recipe would be perfect, it has all the ingredients what they would like. But I never thought that all these elements can be combined into a whole. I have to try this recipe today.

  5. Gwen says:

    Can this be frozen?

    • Emily says:

      I haven’t tried freezing it so Im not sure!

  6. Janae says:

    Coconut milk tends to do strange things when frozen the fats and the other liquids separate. It might not in a recipe, but just be aware of that. I agree with the fish sauce addition!

  7. Jolene says:

    Would turkey taste okay instead of chicken? I have a lot of turkey right now!

  8. Carrie says:

    This soup is absolutely amazing…and was a great way to use up some chicken and rice leftovers from last night. Thanks so much!

    • Emily says:

      So glad you liked it!

      • DA Smith says:

        How much chicken did you use? It looks like the recipe calls for twelve (12) 2.5lb pieces of chicken. That would be 36lbs of chicken!

        Please advise.

        • Echo says:

          Thank you, D. I will make a correction on the recipe. It is 2 – 2 1/2 pounds of a roasted chicken, not 12. So sorry for the confusion!

  9. Mary K says:

    I came across this recipe when looking for something nourishing to feed my sick family (all five of us have colds). This is easy to tweak (used cut baby carrots instead of shredding a big one, used Garam Masala in a pinch b/c I didn’t have curry powder) and is just delicious!

  10. Cam says:

    Wow – made this in no time. Made some tweaks, used one cooked chicken breast only and no cilantro in the cooking but garnished some bowls with cilantro (my wife doesn’t like cilantro). This is very filling and good. Will make again.

  11. Rebecca says:

    How many does this feed? Serving sizes?

    • Emily says:

      It is about 4 servings.

  12. alison says:

    this was delicious! The best chicken soup recipe yet. I cut up a jalapeño and it added just a slight heat. This is my go to chicken soup from now on.

    • Erica says:

      So glad you liked it! Love the jalapeno idea, thank you for sharing!

  13. Lynne says:

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made this recipe. I wanted to post and thank you for feeding my family so many times. 🙂 I’m wondering if you have nutrition information??

    • Erica says:

      So glad you like this recipe– unfortunately we don’t have nutritional information available on our recipes (it would take FAR too much time to calculate each one) but you can find that information on a recipe calculator like “fitbit” or “livestrong”

  14. Amber Argyle says:

    I’m not seeing where you explain what “Thia spices” are?

    • Emily says:

      It’s in the recipe below the initial ingredients- it says Thai Seasoning- then it lists out the spices.

  15. C. THompson says:

    I never take the time to write a review but since this was such a hit, I thought it deserved some recognition. I made this on New Years Eve to take to a family gathering. I wanted something quick and easy bc I didn’t have much time. Sent my son to the store to get ingredients I didn’t have and boom had this made in no time flat. Liked so well that I made another batch the next day! Kudos!

    • Echo says:

      Thank you so much for the comment! I’m so glad you like the soup!

  16. Deepa Suresh says:

    Wow. looks delicious. Being vegetarian, can this recipe still taste good if I remove Chicken ingredients like Chicken broth?

    • Erica says:

      Yes, you can use vegetable broth instead. It will still taste great 🙂 Hope this helps!

  17. Karen says:

    Perfect, I have a bunch of clilantro that needs used up as well as cauliflower.
    We are Paleo so out goes the rice, but we are subbing with cauliflower. I happen to have all ingredients on hand!

    • Echo says:

      I love your idea of subbing cauliflower for the rice. I’m sure it will be delicious!

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