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30 Minute Vietnamese Chicken and Rice Soup Bowls
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Fresh and vibrant, this 30 Minute Vietnamese Chicken and Rice Soup is super easy to put together; and you'll find yourself craving it again and again!
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Servings: 4
Calories: 547 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh garlic
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh lemongrass
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon mild yellow curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 28 ounces light coconut milk 2 14-ounce cans
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sliced rotisserie chicken breaset
  • 1-½ cups shredded cabbage
  • 1-½ cups shredded carrots
  • 1 English cucumber seedless, julienne cut into 2 inch strips
  • 1 cup thinly sliced mango
  • 1 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped salted peanuts
  • small fresh basil and/or cilantro leaves for garnish
  • For the rice:
  • 3/4 cup jasmine rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  1. Heat coconut oil over medium-low heat in a medium large Dutch oven or soup pot. Add garlic, ginger, lemongrass, red curry paste, curry powder and brown sugar and cook for 2-3 minutes or until very fragrant.
  2. Add coconut milk, increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Lower heat to maintain a nice steady simmer and cook, uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until reduced to about half the original volume.
  3. Add the chicken broth, fish sauce and salt and bring to a simmer again. Cook another 5 minutes then remove from heat, cover and keep warm.
  4. While the coconut milk mixture is simmering, make the rice. Place rice in a medium-size sauce pan. Rinse 3 times by covering the rice with plenty of water and swishing the water with your hand. Drain off as much water as possible in between rinses. After the third rinse, drain well and then add the 1 1/2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a steady, low simmer and cook uncovered, until most of the water has evaporated and wet “craters” form on top of the rice. (Watch the rice carefully and don’t let it get too dry.) Cover tightly and remove from heat. Allow to sit 10 minutes, then uncover and fluff with a fork. At this point you can cover it again to keep warm until ready to serve.
  5. Combine peanuts and the finely chopped cilantro.
  6. To prepare soup bowls, add 1/2 cup rice to each of 4 bowls. Working around the bowls, arrange the sliced chicken next and continue with the other veggies. Top with basil leaves, chopped peanuts and cilantro. Ladle coconut milk broth over or along side of the chicken and rice.
  7. An alternate way to prepare these bowls is to shred the rotisserie chicken and add it to the broth. Combine the veggies in a medium-size bowl. Ladle the broth into 4 individual serving bowls. Top with a scoop of the rice and a pile of the fresh veggies. Garnish with peanuts and fresh herbs.
Nutrition Facts
30 Minute Vietnamese Chicken and Rice Soup Bowls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 547 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 1449mg63%
Potassium 638mg18%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 1230IU25%
Vitamin C 27.3mg33%
Calcium 79mg8%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.