How to Make Chicken Galangal Soup: A Hearty and Healthy Meal

Chicken Galangal Soup is a popular dish in Thai cuisine, and for good reason. It’s a delicious, hearty, and healthy meal that’s perfect for a cozy night in. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to make this flavorful soup from scratch, so you can enjoy all the benefits of galangal and other herbs in the comfort of your own home.


  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast or thigh, sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 stalks of lemongrass, trimmed and sliced into 2-inch pieces
  • 3-4 kaffir lime leaves
  • 3-4 slices galangal root
  • 2-3 Thai chilies, sliced (optional)
  • 4 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 1 can (13.5 oz) coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp palm sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped



In a large pot or Dutch oven, add the chicken stock or broth, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, and Thai chilies (if using). Bring to a boil over high heat.


Add the chicken pieces and reduce the heat to medium. Simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.


Add the coconut milk, fish sauce, and palm sugar. Stir to combine and bring the soup back to a simmer.


Add the lime juice and cilantro leaves. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.


Serve the soup hot with steamed rice or noodles.


  • Galangal root can be found at most Asian grocery stores or specialty stores. If you can’t find it, you can use ginger instead.
  • For a milder soup, you can omit Thai chilies or reduce the amount.
  • If you’re using chicken breast, be careful not to overcook it, as it can become tough and dry.

In conclusion, Chicken Galangal Soup is a flavorful and nutritious dish that’s easy to make at home. With its combination of chicken, herbs, and galangal, it’s a perfect meal for cold weather or when you need a comforting bowl of soup. Give this recipe a try and enjoy the benefits of this traditional Thai soup.

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