Thai Chicken Vegetable Soup

Thai Chicken Vegetable Soup
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Recipe courtesy of Ian Hulbert & Michael Gallo, 8th Graders at Barre Town School, Barre, Vermont

3 sweet potatoes
48 oz. chicken broth
3 boneless chicken breasts
3 shallots or an onion
1 large clove garlic
1-2 serrano chili peppers
1/2 green pepper
1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes or 3-4 diced fresh tomatoes, slightly mashed and salted
1 15 oz. can coconut milk
1/3-1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

Peel, dice, and microwave sweet potatoes until they are tender but firm, about 10 minutes.

Put the chicken broth in a soup pot.

Dice the chicken and add to the pot.  Simmer the chicken for 10-15 minutes until cooked through.

Chop the onion, garlic, and peppers.  Sauté in a little oil for about 5-7 minutes.

Add the sweet potatoes, sautéed veggies, tomatoes, and coconut milk to broth and chicken.  Simmer and add salt and pepper to taste. 

Add chopped cilantro to taste.

Variation for a thicker soup: puree all the vegetables before you add the coconut milk, and then add that to the chicken broth.