Sweet Chicken Thai Stew

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One of our members and a dear friend of mine sent this recipe to me from Ambitious Kitchen and I fell in love with it immidietly. Normally I’ll adjust some or a lot of the ingredients in recipes to make sure they align with our well&tight guidelines but this one already meets all the same standards we hold ourselves accountable to and it’s packed with delicious, mouth watering flavours. Your kitchen will smell glorious when you make it.


  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger

  • 1 bunch green onions, diced

  • 2 stalks lemongrass, tender white inner bulb only, finely minced

  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated turmeric (or 1 teaspoon ground turmeric)

  • ¼ teaspoon red cayenne pepper

  • 1 (15-ounce) can full fat coconut milk

  • 1 (32-ounce) container low sodium chicken broth

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs

  • Optional: 1-2 tablespoons peanut butter or cashew butter, for a delicious umami flavor

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, spiralized

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • ¼ cup finely diced fresh basil

  • To garnish: Cilantro, hot sauce and fresh lime juice


  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, add in garlic, ginger, green onion and lemongrass. Saute for 3-5 minutes. Next add in turmeric and cayenne pepper; stir and cook for 30 more seconds to release flavors.

  • Add in coconut milk, chicken broth and chicken thighs. Stir well to combine. Bring soup to a boil. You’ll want the chicken to be covered by the broth so make sure you stir them down to the bottom. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked.

  • Once chicken is cooked, remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a cutting board to shred with two forks. Add chicken back to pot then stir in sweet potato noodles and diced red bell pepper. Simmer for a few more minutes. Then sprinkle with diced fresh basil. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Serves 4. Garnish with extra basil, cilantro, extra green onion and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.