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Chicken Meatball Thai Soup

Next in our Meatball series is Chicken Meatballs in a Thai Soup. The Chicken Meatballs are light and fragrant, with Asian spices, in a coconut milk broth. Add baby spinach at the end for a hearty meal. This dish can be ready in 30 minutes or less.


  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced (SAVE HALF FOR BROTH)
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced (SAVE HALF FOR BROTH)
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded & minced (SAVE HALF FOR BROTH)
  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more as needed
  • 1 tablespoon Red Curry paste
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • Whole Cilantro leaves for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving
  • white or brown rice for serving

Chicken Meatballs uncooked


  1. Transfer half (ginger, jalapeno, garlic) to a large bowl and set the rest aside for the soup broth.
  2. To the large bowl with the ginger, garlic, jalapeno, add the ground chicken, chopped cilantro, 2 tablespoons fish sauce and salt & pepper.
  3. Use your hands to mix and form 2-inch meatballs
  4. In a large pan, heat the oil over med-high heat. Add meatballs and cook, flipping halfway through, until golden brown on two sides, 6 to 8 minutes.
  5. Once all the meatballs are browned and out of the pot, if the oil is burned, wipe it out and add a bit more to the pot.
  6. Reduce the heat to medium, add the reserved ginger/garlic/jalapeno mixture and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  7. Deglaze pan with about ¼ cup of the chicken broth
  8. Add the rest of the chicken broth, coconut milk, red curry paste, sugar and the other tablespoon of fish sauce, and bring to a simmer.
  9. Add the meatballs and simmer until the flavors come together and the meatballs are cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes.
  10. Remove from heat, and stir in the spinach and lime juice.
  11. Divide rice among bowls, then top with meatballs, soup and cilantro leaves.
  12. Serve with lime wedges.

Chicken Meatballs Soup



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