Perfect Coconut Curry Chicken Noodle Soup

Coconut curry chicken noodle soup is a flavorful and aromatic dish that combines the richness of coconut milk, the warmth of curry spices, and the comforting goodness of chicken and noodles. This recipe brings together the vibrant flavors of Southeast Asian cuisine, offering a delightful balance of sweet, savory, and spicy notes. Whether you're seeking a cozy meal on a chilly day or a satisfying bowl of comfort, this soup is sure to please your taste buds and warm your soul.

Perfect Coconut Curry Chicken Noodle Soup

Tips and Variations:


1. Adjust the spice level: If you prefer a milder soup, reduce the amount of red curry paste. For a spicier kick, add more curry paste or incorporate fresh chili peppers.
2. Chicken options: While boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs are commonly used, you can also use bone-in chicken for added flavor. Simply remove the bones before serving.
3. Enhance the flavor: For an extra burst of flavor, marinate the chicken in a mixture of soy sauce, lime juice, and garlic for about 30 minutes before cooking. This step adds depth to the dish.
4. Noodle choices: Feel free to experiment with different types of noodles based on your preference. Rice noodles, egg noodles, or even udon noodles work well in this soup.
5. Vegetarian or vegan option: Omit the chicken and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth to make this soup vegetarian or vegan-friendly. You can substitute tofu or chickpeas for the protein element.
6. Add more vegetables: Customize the soup by adding your favorite vegetables. Consider adding baby corn, mushrooms, snow peas, or spinach for additional texture and nutrients.


Perfect Coconut Curry Chicken Noodle Soup

1. Thai-inspired: Include traditional Thai ingredients such as lemongrass, lime leaves, or galangal to infuse the soup with authentic Thai flavors. Remove these items before serving.
2. Creamy version: For a creamier texture, stir in a couple of tablespoons of creamy peanut butter or coconut cream into the soup after adding the broth and coconut milk.
3. Seafood twist: Add shrimp, mussels, or chunks of fish to create a seafood coconut curry noodle soup. Adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure the seafood is cooked through.
4. Vegetable curry soup: Skip the chicken altogether and make a vegetable curry noodle soup by using a medley of colorful vegetables like bell peppers, zucchini, carrots, and broccoli. Adjust the cooking time based on the vegetable's tenderness.
5. Garnish options: Experiment with different garnishes to enhance the flavor profile. Try adding chopped scallions, fresh basil or mint leaves, bean sprouts, or crushed peanuts for extra texture and freshness.


  • - 2 tablespoons oil (such as vegetable or coconut oil)
  • - 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • - 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • - 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • - 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • - 1 pound (450g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • - 4 cups chicken broth
  • - 1 can (14 ounces/400ml) coconut milk
  • - 2 tablespoons fish sauce (or soy sauce for a vegetarian option)
  • - 2 tablespoons brown sugar or palm sugar
  • - 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • - 1 medium carrot, julienned
  • - 4 ounces (113g) rice noodles or egg noodles
  • - Fresh cilantro and lime wedges for garnish
Perfect Coconut Curry Chicken Noodle Soup


1. Heat the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes.
2. Add the minced garlic and grated ginger to the pot and cook for an additional minute, stirring constantly to prevent burning.
3. Stir in the red curry paste, coating the onions, garlic, and ginger with the paste. Cook for 1-2 minutes to release the flavors and aromas of the curry paste.
4. Add the chicken pieces to the pot and cook until they are browned on all sides, about 5 minutes.
5. Pour in the chicken broth and coconut milk, stirring to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
6. Stir in the fish sauce (or soy sauce) and brown sugar (or palm sugar), adjusting the amounts to suit your taste preferences.
7. Add the sliced red bell pepper and julienned carrot to the pot and continue simmering for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender-crisp.
8. While the soup is simmering, cook the rice noodles or egg noodles according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
9. To serve, divide the cooked noodles among serving bowls. Ladle the hot coconut curry chicken soup over the noodles, ensuring each bowl has a generous portion of chicken, vegetables, and broth.
10. Garnish each bowl with fresh cilantro leaves and a squeeze of lime juice for a burst of freshness and brightness.