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Thai-Style Chicken Soup with Basil
  • prep: 45 min
  • cook: 1 hr
  • total: 1 hr 45 min
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  • Summary

    It’s hard to understand why a soup that looks so simple needs to include so many ingredients. Why not just stir in a dollop of store-bought Thai curry paste instead and call it a day? One spoonful will reveal the answer: This soup has many layers in its complexity, but the overall effect is of cleanness and freshness—in short, well worth a trip to an Asian market. Adding a generous amount of chicken and serving the soup over jasmine rice might not be strictly traditional, but it transforms it into a satisfying meal.

    Ingredients

    • 2 fresh lemongrass stalks, root end trimmed and 1 or 2 outer layers discarded
    • 2 large shallots, thinly sliced
    • 2 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 2 quart rich and flavorful chicken stock ; 1 or 2 outer layers discarded
    • 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice, drained, reserving juice
    • 2 ounces tamarind from a pliable block (a 2-inch cube), chopped
    • 3 tablespoon Asian fish sauce
    • 2 (2-inch-long) fresh Thai chiles, thinly sliced
    • 2 fresh or frozen Kaffir lime leaves
    • 1 (2-inch) piece peeled ginger, thinly sliced
    • 1 pound skinless boneless chicken breast
    • 1/4 pound snow peas, sliced 1/4 inch thick
    • 1/3 cup packed basil leaves (preferably Thai)
    • Accompaniment: cooked jasmine rice

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    ESHA
    • Servings Per Recipe: 4
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 272 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 11 g 16.27%
    • Saturated Fat: 2 g 10.1%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 86 mg 28.61%
    • Sodium: 2153 mg 89.71%
    • Calcium: 108 mg 10.78%
    • Potassium: 513 mg 14.66%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 1 mg 7.42%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 11 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 1 g 5.09%
    • Sugar: 9 g
    • Protein: 31 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Vitamin A 4.55%
    • Vitamin C 19.41%
    • Vitamin D 7.6%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat1
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch0
    • Exchange - Vegetables0
    • Exchange - Lean Meat4
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total0 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total0 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total3 oz-eq