Rice Soup with Chicken (Thai Style)

Rice Soup or Khao Tom in Thai language is a staple in Thailand eaten for breakfast or as a late-night meal. I always wanted to make it but had been waiting for winter season because this soup is packed with flavors I really wanted to enjoy it to the fullest in the cold season. With rice, chicken, peanuts and Thai chilies, this Rice Soup is “Comfort in a bowl”

What I like the most about this rice soup with chicken is that it is prepared with simple ingredients. The flavours from aromatic lemongrass and ginger give this soup a very distinct and refreshing lemony taste, that I love the most. It’s such a perfect bowl in the winter season to keep you warm and helps especially when you’ve got the cold or flu. A bowl of this rice soup is so welcoming and comforting when you’ve had a long day, it refreshes you.

For this recipe I used Reem ka Steam Rice which came true to it’s description. Fragrant, aromatic long grain rice. Each grain was separate when cooked. These came out just perfect as cooked rice should be.


There are different cooking methods when it comes to making this Rice Soup. It’s either made by cooking the rice separately and then adding to soup or by cooking the rice in the Chicken stock. I used the first method and prepared this soup in two steps: (i) Cooking the rice separately (ii) preparing the Soup. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out and absolutely love the flavours. I didn’t get a chance to try the authentic Rice soup in Thailand, when I was there last year. I’m definitely having it whenever I’m there next, to taste the authentic flavor.


Enjoy a bowl of this Rice Soup with chicken (Thai Style) this winter and cozy up!

Rice Soup with Chicken (Thai Style)

Rice soup flavoured with aromatic lemongrass, ginger and shredded chicken, served with Thai red chillies and roasted peanuts. Delicious comfort food to warm you up this winter!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Thai
Servings: 2 people
Author: Hirra Pervaiz


  • 5 Cups Chicken Stock
  • 2 Chicken Breast Fillet
  • 1 Onion (small and thinly sliced)
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Lemon Grass (dried)
  • 1 inch Ginger (peeled and sliced)
  • 1 Cup Reem ka Steam Rice (cooked)
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice (Fresh)
  • 1 Tbsp Fish Sauce
  • Salt according to taste


  • 3 Thai Red Chilies (thinly sliced)
  • 1 inch Ginger (peeled and julienne)
  • 2 Tbsp Peanuts (roasted, skin-on and unsalted)
  • Fresh Coriander
  • Shredded Chicken (reserved)

Serve With

  • Chili Sauce
  • Ginger (Julienne)
  • Lemon Wedges


  • Cook Reem ka Steam Rice according to package instructions. Keep aside until further use
  • In a large sauce pan bring chicken, chicken stock, sliced onion and garlic cloves to a boil. Reduce the heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Transfer the chicken and garlic cloves from the pan to the cutting board and let cool. Discard onion from the stock mixture. Using the side of the Chef’s knife smash the garlic to make a paste and return to sauce pan. Stir to combine. Shred the chicken and set aside (reserve some for garnish)
  • Add lemon grass and sliced ginger to the stock mixture and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Discard lemon grass and ginger from the mixture. Add cooked rice and simmer briefly
  • Stir in lemon juice, fish sauce and shredded chicken. Taste check and add salt if needed or adjust seasoning according to taste.
  • Ladle the hot rice soup in serving bowls. Garnish with red chilies, ginger, reserved chicken, roasted peanuts and fresh coriander

For Your Pinning Pleasure



  • Jessi Joachim

    Oh man this looks so great! I have a serious love of Thai food, so I know I would love this! It would be a perfect soup to make one day since our weather has finally gotten cold!

  • Rebecca Bryant

    YUMMY!! This is perfect fro the cooler days we are having here in FL. plus my son loves a good meal of Thai food.

  • Joanna Brittain

    I really like the Thai spices in this. I am feeling under the weather lately, and a bowl of this would surely help me feel a little better.

  • serena

    I'm such a fan of Thai food! Especially love this Khao Tom soup. All year long for me, don't need to wait for the winter 🙂

  • Taylor Aube

    OMG this looks so good! I could use a bowl right now – I love soup and Thai food is my favorite! So yummy

  • Melissa Chapman

    This is a great dish that I know my son would love because he loves Thai food. I love how you make it and the spices sound so good I will try to make this.

  • Krystal Butherus

    I've tried Thai food only a few times. Wasn't really my thing. I would try this if offered.

  • Amber Florek

    I have already been sick twice since Fall started, and I'm convinced that this soup may be the key to fast recovery for the rest of this season's colds. It looks soooo delish!

  • Cecilia Composto Cannon

    perfect timing. it is cold dark and chilly here and a good home made soup will hit the spot for my family. will pin it for later. thanks

  • Magnolia Mamas

    This looks and sounds AMAZING!! I love soup this time of year, and I love the Thai twist you put on the typical chicken and rice. Totally bookmarked this to make this weekend!

  • Mommy Dearest

    This looks and sounds so good. My Dad is Staying with us for a few days and loves Thai food and soups I'm going to have to make this for him.

  • Melissa Latimer

    It's so cold here today so this soup looks like the perfect way to warm up. Thai food is so delicious!

  • Kayvona Branson

    This sounds so good right now! It's freezing cold where I am lol I've never made soup at all before but this actually looks like something I coud do and doesnt take too much work plus my daughters would probably love it!

  • Reesa Lewandowski

    WOw this would be perfect for right now! It's frigid out! I don't have thai often enough for my liking!

  • Rachel

    This looks pretty good. My husband loves Thai food and I don't even know where to start with it. Thanks for sharing.

  • Andrea Firmani

    This recipe is seriously perfect timing! We just made homemade chicken stock and I have a bunch of shredded chicken waiting to be used. I love the flavours that the spices will add.

  • AnnMarie John

    This looks amazing! It's definitely the kind of soup you want to make during this season. I also happen to enjoy Thai flavors so this is perfect!

  • Cindy Ingalls

    This reminds of one of my favorite Asian soups, Sizzling Rice. I've often wondered how to create something similar to it at home so I'm glad to have this delicious recipe to try.

  • Stephanie Pass

    I don't often think about having asian soups, but this looks so delicious! I cannot wait to make this for my family.

  • Heather Riccobono

    This looks wonderful! My daughters love rice and soup so this would be a win in our home.


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