In the winter, soup is definitely my favorite food. One-because it is so comforting, and two-because it is basically a one pot meal. Luckily my favorite winter time appliance, the slow cooker, and soups go hand-in-hand. So, when I found a recipe for Thai Chicken Soup at JustSlowCooking, I knew that I had to try it.
Thai Chicken Soup
adapted from recipe at WWW.JustSlowCooking.com
6 thighs or legs, or combination of both
2 cans (16 ounces each) chicken broth
8 carrots, diagonally sliced
1 large onion, chopped
1 piece (2 inches) ginger root, grated
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 stalks lemon grass, cut into 1-inch pieces, or 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 can (15 ounces) unsweetened coconut milk
1 medium red or yellow bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 cans (4 ounces each) straw or button mushrooms, drained
1-2 tablespoons Thai yellow curry paste
fresh lime wedges
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/3 cup chopped roasted peanuts
Combine chicken, broth, carrots, onion, ginger root, garlic, lemon grass and crushed red pepper in a slow cooker. Cover; cook on low-heat setting 6-7 hours or high-heat setting 3 to 3 1/2 hours. If necessary, skim off fat.
Remove chicken. When cool enough to handle, shred chicken and return to pot.
Stir in coconut milk, bell pepper, mushrooms, curry paste and cilantro. Cover; let stand 5-10 minutes. Discard lemon grass. Ladle soup into bowls. Sprinkle peanuts over each serving and serve with fresh lime wedges.
This was very good. I changed it a little from the original recipe. I substituted chicken thighs for the boneless breasts called for. I find dark meat more flavorful for soups, and I feel the bones impart a richness to the stock. I also added the curry paste because I felt it needed some heat and little more depth. And for serving, I suggest adding lime wedges. A fresh squeeze of the limes right before serving really brightens the soup. Also, mine cooked for about 10 hours on low, and then was kept warm for 2 hours because that’s how long I’m gone on a school day.