Sweet Potato Thai Soup with Chicken


  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil (or sunflower)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger (microplane)
  • Crushed red pepper
  • 2 green chiles, seeded and finely chopped (I use a combo of jalapeno and Serrano- customize as you like for desired spice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, diced to about 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 skinless, boneless, chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 14 ounce can coconut milk (I use heavy coconut milk for the flavor, but you can go light. If I’m doubling the recipe I use one of each)
  • 4 cups chicken stock (you can use low-sodium, but it doesn’t taste as good)
  • Juice of about 1/2 lemon, to taste (I love my citrus. I use more than this. Let your palate be your guide)
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, sliced jalapeno, and hot sauce (Crystal or Louisiana) to serve


  • Stock Pot or enameled cast iron dutch oven
  • Micro Plane
  • Cutting board, Knife


  1. Heat the oil at medium in a large stock pot or dutch oven.
  2. Add the onion and cook gently for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, ginger, couple dashes crushed red pepper, and chilies, and saute for a further 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the turmeric, cumin, and coriander.
  5. Add the sweet potatoes, chicken, coconut milk, and stock. Bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat, cover partially and simmer on low for 45 minutes, until the chicken and potatoes are very tender.
  7. At this point, you can eat, but the longer it sits, the better it gets. I prefer to let it cook for an hour, turn off the heat, salt and pepper, and let all the flavors marry in the cast iron. Ideally I wait about 2 hours before eating.
  8. Add lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste, then sprinkle with chopped cilantro, thinly sliced jalapenos, and serve. Add hot sauce if you like (Louisiana or Crystal).

*courtesy of Andrew Wright, serves 6 or more

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