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When you don't feel good, or even when you do, our Thai Mom's Easy Comforting Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe, will quickly warm you up.
Background content: This is a popular dish in Thailand year-round. It's the theme recipe of bad days when you need comfort or when you are sick.
This was inspired by Mod's chicken and brown rice soup on this site, which was inspired by this recipe lol. It was one of Mod's first recipes on this site, as the thing she missed from home in Thailand.
The ingredients are pretty straightforward and easy to find, even in Western-style, grocery stores.
- Brown, and/or, long-grain rice
- Minced chicken breast
- Crushed garlic
- Ground pepper
- Low-sodium soy sauce
- Canola oil
- Salt or salt substitute
See the recipe card for quantities.
Mix chicken breast with 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, and ½ teaspoon of ground pepper, mix in well and set aside.
Rinse and strain the rice and boil with 4 cups of water.
Stir-fry the garlic and remove about half of it and set aside.
Lastly, add in the chicken, cilantro, and fried garlic topping.
Stir-fry the ground chicken with the rest of the garlic until cooked through.
Serve with cilantro, fried garlic, and chopped green onion as toppings on the side, and enjoy!
Hint: Sangarun said, you really want to make sure the wok is hot before cooking the garlic and chicken. She always likes to use a wok, Here is our choice of Carbon Steel Wok and Stir-fry kit on amazon, if you need stir-fry cooking supplies.
If you know how to make the recipe fit a certain diet, let the reader know here. Don't fake it - only provide guidance on topics you have actual experience with.
- Rice- instead of white rice, always try to find whole or long-grain rice. If you have irritable bowel syndrome, maybe a short grain is easier on your gut.
- Garnish - you can use fresh green onion and scallions if you don't want to do the fried onion she uses to cut down on fats.
- Vegetarian - a meat replacement works fine with this recipe. Just be careful to watch cooking times, depending on the type you use. Ground beyond beef, or something similar, decreases your carbon output and saturated fat a little if that's your style.
You can use your imagination and if you come up with something helpful, I'll add it to the options if you can tell me what you did in the comments.
We like to serve with options on the table, so everyone can adjust to their liking.
- Spicy - add chili pepper flakes while cooking to imbue heat into the dish, or fresh Thai peppers
- Deluxe - add more optional ingredients like Thai basil, sliced cherry tomatoes, and bacon bits.
- Kid friendly - add healthy crushed potato chips, and serve with grilled cheese sandwiches.
Sangarun likes to always use a wok. If you have an electric cooktop as we do, you can also use a skillet, for more contact with the heating element. We use a high-quality 20-inch skillet with a lid, like this one from Amazon.
Good for 2-3 days in the fridge. These ingredients do stand up well to freezing for a couple of months at least.
Let your chicken marinate a little longer in the salt and soy sauce if you are planning ahead. Also, if you like spicy, be sensitive to your peeps, leave the spice on the side and let them decide.
Thai Mom's Comforting Chicken and Rice Soup
- 1 Wok
- 1 Pot
- 2 Cups Brown Rice
- 3 Cups Chicken breasts Ground
- 7 Cloves Garlic Crushed
- 1 teaspoon Black pepper Ground black pepper is what she uses
- 3 tablespoon Low sodium soy sauce
- 3 tablespoon Canola Oil
- 1 Cup Scallions
- 1 Cup Cilantro
- 1 teaspoon Salt Or salt substitute
- Mix chicken breast with 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, ½ teaspoon ground pepper, mix well and set aside.
- Rinse the rice and strain, set aside.
- Put 4 cups of water in a pot when the water boils. Bring the prepared rice to a boil (use low heat), stir until the rice begins to bloom or soften, add salt and the rest of soy sauce.
- Boil the rice and add in the rest of the salt and soy sauce.
- Heat a pan, wok, or skillet, on low heat until hot.
- Add garlic and stir until fragrant, scoop out some, and set aside.
- Add the chicken, garlic, and cilantro into the rice, taste, and season as needed.
- Serve with garnish options
We sometimes take for a granted that we have years (or decades) of cooking experience, that the average visitor may not. Add to, or remove from, the list below with health and safety tips.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove