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Coconut Curry Cabbage Chicken Soup

This healthy soup uses shredded cabbage to mimic noodles and green curry paste, coconut milk, and lime juice to add tons of flavor. It's dairy-free, gluten-free, and low-carb.
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 279kcal


  • Soup pot or Dutch oven


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil can sub coconut oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons green curry paste recommend Thai Kitchen brand
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups thinly shredded green cabbage
  • 1 14-ounce can coconut milk
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro for garnish


  • Warm the olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for a few minutes until translucent. Stir in the ginger, garlic, and green curry paste. Cook for 1 to 2 more minutes, stirring frequently, until fragrant.
  • Add the chicken breasts and chicken broth to the pot. Increase heat to bring to a boil then reduce to medium-low to maintain a rapid simmer. Cover and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes until the chicken is cooked through to an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • Remove the chicken from the pot and shred it with two forks on a cutting board. Return the shredded chicken to the soup along with the shredded cabbage, coconut milk, and lime juice. Cook for a few more minutes until the cabbage is softened.
  • Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with chopped cilantro. Enjoy!
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  • Use thinly shredded cabbage (like the kind used in coleslaw) for best results. You can buy it pre-shredded at the store or do it yourself using a mandoline or chef's knife.
  • To cut back on prep time, use pre-cooked shredded chicken. Instead of adding the raw chicken to the pot with the broth, just add the broth, bring to a boil, then simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir in the cooked chicken, shredded cabbage, coconut milk, and lime juice. Cook for a few more minutes until warmed through.
  • To make this vegetarian/vegan, omit the chicken and use 2 to 3 cups of vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. You'll only need to simmer the soup for about 10 minutes before adding the cabbage and rest of ingredients.
  • Store leftovers in the fridge for 3 to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Reheat in a saucepan, stirring frequently, until warmed through.


Serving: 2cups | Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 626mg | Potassium: 739mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 873IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 3mg