Thai chicken and sweet potato soup

Thai chicken and sweet potato soup

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 2 as a main or 4 as a starter
A smooth and and spicy chicken soup with a vibrant colour that's packed full of Asian aromatics

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving (4)

  • kcal360
  • fat18.1g
  • saturates12.4g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars10.8g
  • fibre3.2g
  • protein19.2g
  • salt2.1g
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  • 1 tsp olive or rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 2 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped
  • 2cm chunk root ginger, chopped
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, bashed
  • 1 x 25g pack coriander, leaves and stalks chopped separately
  • 2 tbsp red Thai curry paste
    Thai curry paste

    Thai curry paste

    Many Thai and Thai-inspired dishes start with a highly flavoured paste. These are made from a…

  • 750ml chicken stock (made with 2 stock cubes)
  • 1 small can (160ml) coconut cream
  • 500g sweet potato, peeled and roughly chopped
    Sweet potatoes

    Sweet potato

    sweet po-tate-toe

    Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…

  • 2 skinless chicken breast, sliced
  • 1 lime, juice only



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 1 tsp sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • ½ tsp fish sauce
    Fish sauce

    Fish sauce

    A seasoning often used in Vietnamese and Thai cooking. In Vietnam it is usually made from shrimp…

  • crusty bread, to serve (optional)


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the garlic, chilli, ginger, lemongrass, coriander stalks and curry paste and cook for 2 - 3 minutes until the aromas are released.

  2. Add the chicken stock, coconut cream and sweet potatoes and cook for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Remove the lemongrass and discard. Carefully transfer to a blender and blitz until smooth. If freezing, for best results freeze at this point, otherwise as an easier option freeze complete recipe.

  3. Return to the saucepan, add the chicken and cook gently for 5 - 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Stir through the lime juice, sugar and fish sauce, scatter with the coriander leaves and serve.

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Comments (46)

VrindaS's picture

Tried it a few days ago and still can't get over it! Absolutely delicious and flavoursome. And very easy to make.

2rachel6's picture

Delicious! As others have said, this recipe makes about 4-5 main meal portions. I put a bit too much sweet potato in, so increased the stock and coconut cream to make it thinner and added a load of veg (carrot, asparagus, peas, spring onion, mushrooms, mange tout) so after these alterations it actually made 8 bowls full. With bread on the side everyone was full and there's still leftovers for tomorrow. Would be lovely left thick and served with rice. You might want to use a curry paste you know or add the chilli in at the end because I used a very spicy curry paste so it didn't need the added chilli

HanVonWolf's picture

This is fab fab fab! Really filling soup but with delicate Thai influences. Would make again without hesitation. Could defiantly feed 4/5 with a big portion for a main course. You'd turn into the soup if you served it for 2 as a starter! 5 stars.

PurpleBee's picture

So yummy! I didn't have any lemongrass or coriander so left them out. Also didn't have any lime so substituted it with lemon and used cocount milk instead of coconut cream. Will definitely be making it again.

InCasinoOut's picture

Delicious. Made this twice now, both times doubled the recipe to have plenty of leftovers. Best soup I've ever had.

justina87's picture

Delicious!!!! I didn't have any sweet potatoes so used normal ones instead but it still tasted absolutely perfect! The texture is absolutely amazing, I made this for 2 and there was enough for a second helping later on!

Sea breeze 11's picture

Absolutely loved this soup! First time I've made it and I'll definitely be making this for a long time to come.

Chantelilly's picture

Great soup, lovely depth of flavour and just the right amount of spicing.
I make this often and after the prep it doesn't take long.
I also find this would serve 3-4 as a main as opposed to 2 as it says in the recipe- and i have big portions!
One tip: don't bash the lemon grass too much as the second time i made this it fell apart and left lemon strings in the soup.

shaz69's picture

Wonderful soup, so flavoursome and liked by all. Have made many variations with squash and even used the base soup with prawns, baby corn and French beans and served with rice.

last edited: 10:51, 11th Oct, 2013
jennat1985's picture

was lovely, left out the lemon grass as didnt have any, also didnt have sweet potato i used butternut squash instead,but i will be making again.

Emma Davidson's picture

The most gorgeous soup - a big family favourite!! I have made this easy soup time and time again :-)

gnixon's picture

Absolutely delicious and so quick and easy to make!

nisselaa's picture

Authentic thai flavours. Even our 2 year old enjoyed this so it was not too spicy. Goes also well with rise.

lizleicester's picture

Basically followed the recipe but used cooked chicken. Also added a tin of coconut milk instead of coconut cream. Didn't have lime juice so also left out the sugar. Really delicious soup.

lizleicester's picture

Basically followed the recipe but used cooked chicken. Also added a tin of coconut milk instead of coconut cream. Didn't have lime juice so also left out the sugar. Really delicious soup.

kidmiffy's picture

Great..i dont eat chicken, so added some spicy sausage instead and it went down really well with the girls.

christinap2's picture

one of the best soups i ever made! so yummy and the flavour was amazing...could have almost also passed as a proper curry as it was so nice!

angeldust100's picture

My favourite by far. Very filling very tasty. I boiled and shredded chicken then added it at the and as I dont care much for chunks.

alib's picture

This soup tastes great. I used less chilli than recommended, chicken thighs instead of breasts, coconut milk powder instead of cream, and Worcester Sauce instead of fish sauce.


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