Thai Chicken Soup

Chicken soup is always handy to have around. This Thai version, teases one's senses with great Oriental aroma, and flavor. - Courtesy of ELANA'S PANTRY

Ingredients- ( approx. 11 cups)
1 tbsp, grapeseed oil
3 shallots, chopped
8 sprigs, cilantro, chopped
4 cups, chicken stock
3½ cups (28 oz.), coconut milk
1 tbsp, agave
½ lb, Crimini mushrooms
1 head, broccoli
1 lb, chicken breasts, skinless-boneless, halved lengthwise, sliced on bias, cut into 1/8
inch thick pieces
, 3 tbsp, fresh lime juice, 2 tsp, Thai red curry paste, 3 tbsp, fish sauce
Garnish: ½ cup, cilantro, minced, 2 Serrano chilies, thinly sliced, ¼ cup scallions, 1 lime, cut into wedges, freshly ground salt & pepper, to taste
Method
(1) Warm oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
(2) Add shallots, and cilantro, stirring frequently until softened --2 to 5 minutes.
(3) Stir in stock, coconut milk and agave, and bring to a simmer.
(4) Pour broth through a fine mesh strainer, and discard solids (shallot, and cilantro).
(5) Return broth to saucepan, reduce heat to medium , add mushrooms, and broccoli, and cook until tender --2 to 3 minutes.
(6) Add chicken, and cook, stirring constantly, until no longer pink --1 to 3 minutes.
(7) Combine lime juice, curry paste, and fish sauce in a small bowl, then stir into soup.
Serving
Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with cilantro, chilies and scallions. Serve with wedges of lime.
Other Notes 1
(1) If you can, add kaffir (lime) leaves, and crushed piece of lemon grass to the stock, for extra aroma, and flavor (remove these, before serving).
Other Notes 2
If you are not familiar with cups, assume an empty, 15 ½ oz. size can to have 2 cups capacity (1 cup =8oz. =227g.),
tsp = teaspoon,
tbsp = tablespoon,
1lb = 453 grams
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References
Special Thanks
Special Thanks to Town & Country Gardens Contributors: blogger, dive-angel (Karin), elana's pantry - see her book Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, flickr, Jasmine&Roses, metric-conversions.org, onlineconversion.com, Rita Crane Photography. Rita Crane, daughter of LIFE magazine photographer Ralph Crane. Her work can be seen on Flickr at Rita Crane Photography or on her website., temperatureconverter, TMR Davies, W.D. Williams, Wikipedia

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