Ginger Turmeric Chicken Soup

Author Notes: Spice up the classic chicken soup with turmeric and ginger. Sarah | Wisconsin from Scratch

Serves: 3-4


  • 1 tablespoon Canola oil
  • 3 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Finely grated ginger
  • 1 Finely chopped chile pepper (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Ground turmeric (or 1 Tbsp finely grated fresh turmeric)
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • cups Long grain rice
  • 2 cups Chicken broth
  • 1 Medium chicken breast
  • 1 Can light coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon Fish sauce
  • 4 ounces Fresh spinach
  • Chile flakes for garnish (optional)
In This Recipe


  1. Heat oil in a pot over medium high heat. Add garlic, shallot, ginger, chile, turmeric, and salt and cook, stirring often, until soft and fragrant, about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add the rice and cook, stirring often, until rice is well coated and shiny, about 1 minute. Add the chicken broth and the chicken breast. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook, covered, until rice is tender and chicken is cooked through, about 12-15 min.
  3. Remove chicken from pot, and shred using two forks. Return shredded chicken to the pot, along with the coconut milk, lime juice, and fish sauce. Season to taste with additional salt if needed.
  4. Increase heat and bring soup just to a boil, then reduce heat to low once more and stir in the spinach until just wilted. Ladle into bowls and serve. Top with chile flakes for extra heat if desired.

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Reviews (3) Questions (0)

3 Reviews

b P. April 1, 2017
I just made this--sort of. I used a leek & some kale instead of the shallot & spinach because that's what I had. I also doubled the rice & the broth as I suddenly had extra people for dinner. Still it was amazingly good. I'll definitely do it again!
Connie January 31, 2017
Quick, easy and tastes good. I like spinach but I could do without it in this particular soup and for me a small chicken breast would be good. I will be making again.
Amy C. January 21, 2016
Thank you for sharing this recipe! I love soup but was looking for something different and this is it. It's quick, easy, healthy, and filling. I loved it and will make it again and again.