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Chicken Coconut Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms

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This Asian-inspired soup was one of the best meals we had lately. It is healthy, Plant Paradox compliant, keto-friendly, and warming and refreshing at the same time. Even husband approved. Lately, I’ve been talking a lot about food with a Vietnamese friend, so I guess these discussions inspire me and make me want to explore Asian flavors more. Really proud of how this chicken coconut soup turned out.

Warming and refreshing, nutritious and light chicken coconut soup

This recipe is really simple. Most of the time required to cook it is actually passive time. The soup is just simmering on heat, so it is really worth it even if you make just one or two portions. You can make more though, it will be as delicious the day after.

What you need to start: lemongrass, garlic, coriander seeds, fresh ginger, pasture-raised chicken – I recommend pieces on bones, like drumsticks or thighs or, if you make soup for a bigger family, you can also use the whole chicken. You can use fresh shiitake mushrooms, but the dry ones will give more flavor to the soup. I bought a 1oz pack from a local shop, but you can find them in any Asian market or online. The shiitake mushrooms I bought were similar to these at this link here. You need a can of full fat, coconut milk; for cooking, I always use the 365 brand from Whole Foods that is organic and BPA free. For fish sauce, I use Red Boat.

Use organic lime for the chicken coconut soup

Since you will be adding lime slices with zest to the soup, I recommend getting an organic one. But if you can’t just make sure you wash it well before using.

You probably know that, but just in case, I would like to stress how important the quality of the salt you use is. I have few favorite types, but for cooking, I used Redmond Real Salt, which is the purest you can get and naturally rich in minerals and iodine.

That’s it, I’d love to hear from you if you make it.

If you like this Asian-inspired soup you might also want to try my Thai Style Curry, Low Histamine.

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Chicken Coconut Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms

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By Claudia Curici Serves: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Warming and refreshing, nutritious and light chicken coconut soup


  • 4 chicken thighs or drumsticks with bones (pasture-raised chicken)
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 stick lemongrass, smashed and cut in 1-2 inch pieces
  • 1 thumb size or bigger piece of ginger, cut into smaller pieces
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 2 big garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 oz dry shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 organic lime
  • avocado oil



Start with adding the ginger, lemongrass, garlic and coriander seeds to a mortar and pestle and smash them slightly, just to release more of the flavors. Add them to a heated soup pot with a little avocado oil. Fry and stir slightly until fragrant. Add the pieces of chicken that were seasoned with salt and lightly cover with oil and spices on all sides just to seal the juices, you don't need to actually fry them. Add the coconut milk, the fish sauce and complete with water (to cover all the chicken). Add the dry shiitake mushrooms (which need about 30 minutes to rehydrate, which is about the same time that the chicken will need to be cooked). Add some more salt, juice of 1/2 lime and let it simmer for about 30 minutes.


When the chicken is all cooked through, strain the soup (you want to remove all the hard pieces of lemongrass and ginger), remove chicken from bones, and add the chicken and mushrooms (you can slice them in half if you wish) back to the strained liquid. Put back on the heat, taste, season with salt and pepper if necessary, and let simmer for few more minutes. Add slices of lime and fresh cilantro and serve.


You can use boneless chicken, but the bones add extra flavor to this soup, so I recommend you use chicken that has bones.

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  • Reply
    March 29, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    This was excellent! Made it last week and it was a hit! Thank you for creating and sharing.

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      March 30, 2019 at 4:43 pm

      Thank you Liz, so happy you loved it xx

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    April 7, 2021 at 10:55 am

    I made this one last week and we loved it! I didn’t have enough chicken so I added more (regional) mushrooms instead, and I didn’t have coriander seeds so I replaced with ground cumin. Thank you!

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      April 17, 2021 at 5:43 am

      Sounds delicious. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. xx

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    Mary LynnLaker
    May 17, 2022 at 4:16 pm

    I see you recommended organic lime and then suggested if not organic to wash well. I come a long line of farmers, both organic and not organic. Your comment concerns me. I gather from it that you don’t feel it is important to wash organic products as you do non-organic products. All produce should be washed as thoroughly as possible without damaging them this includes your fruit from trees as well as your fruit and produce that grows close to the ground. The one of the major differences in organic and non organic, is where the fertilizers comes from. Non-organic tend to be Fertilizers that are produced from petroleum products and in some areas the method of distribution of those petroleum products is through the sprinkler systems. that water the crops. While organic products are usually fertilized with such things as organically feed animal manure, that is emulsified with irrigation water, also spread on the crops through sprinkler systems. Another method is spreading it on the ground prior and during the planting. So all produce whether organic or not can be exposed to the fertilizers used to grow those crops. The crops fertilized with petroleum products may not affect your health immediately, but over the long term build up in your system and cause God only knows what diseases.if consumed without proper washing. This is part of the reason people like organic, however organic is exposed to more natural bacteria that can cause such things as E. coli which can have an immediate effect on your body.. When organic products were coming into fashion the major concern in the medical community was people would think that they did not have to wash their produce as well as with the non-organic and their concern was they would see a lot more things such as E. coli and quite frankly that has happened.. when I was a child we rarely Heard of people getting E. coli from food nor huge food recalls.
    Also tree fruit gets pooped on by birds and rodents, which does not exclude organic.
    Washing all fruit and vegetable is extremely important with vinegar, or commercial fruit and vegetable wash.

    Your recipes look great…

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      May 18, 2022 at 4:09 am

      Hi Mary, thanks for sharing this knowledge. I thoroughly wash everything, and I never ever recommend anyone not to wash produce. I was just highlighting that if not organic, to pay even more attention to washing, not because of the pesticides, but because the non-organic citrus can be coated with wax. In Europe is clearly mentioned on non-organic citrus that the peel is not for consumption, for example. E-coli is another story, and to be honest, when you have e-coli on produce, it’s hard not to contaminate everything around it, even when you wash it. The only thing that entirely destroys e-coli is cooking. And while food hygiene is an important aspect of cooking, I can’t really lay down all the rules for food hygiene on every post. I guess there are educators for that and people, in general, know how to handle produce.

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