Spicy Coconut Soup with Chicken

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Sit down on a cool night to a warm creamy soup with a little kick.  Inspired from a curry soup recipe (we aren’t huge curry fans in this house), this dish was adapted to meet our spice preferences,  and to obtain Whole30 approved status.  And the result made for a really great dinner! (plus leftovers to bring to work – love when dinner turns into “meal prepping” right??).  A quick soup you can throw together on a busy night makes this the perfect snow day meal, or any day meal!

spicy coconut soup

Got (Coconut) Milk?

The key to this recipe is the coconut milk.  One of the few “creamy” foods (for lack of a better word) allowed on Whole30, it is what enables you to make this soup more than just a broth of veggies.  We used this brand which also offers a lite version, in case you are concerned about the fat and calorie content of the whole milk option.  We have made a batch using both kinds, and I like them just the same!  So that choice is totally up to you 🙂

In addition to making this soup the perfect amount of creamy, coconut milk also has a wide range of great health benefits!  Here are just a few of them:

  • Improve heart health by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Helps build muscle and lose fat (aids in weight loss)
  • Provides electrolytes to prevent fatigue
  • Improves digestion
  • Can help control diabetes
  • Anti-inflammatory benefits

To learn in more detail what specific nutrients  coconut milk contains that enables it to provide all of these benefits, and how it works, read more here.

Immersion Blender

Having an immersion blender will make preparing this recipe a lot easier (or at least cleaner).  You start your soup by putting the broth, chopped carrots, and diced onion in a large pot and letting it cook until the carrots are soft.  To create the base of your broth you will use an immersion blender to liquefy the veggies.

If you don’t have one already, I highly recommend getting an immersion blender.  I was gifted mine and honestly did not appreciate it enough until the first time I tried it in a recipe.  They are AMAZING.  I use them in a lot of recipes (one of my favorites besides this soup is my crock pot apple sauce).  If you are interested in purchasing one, this is the one I use.  You will love it.  It has been really good to me and comes with great attachments to allow you to use it even more ways.

Don’t have or want to wait to get an immersion blender?  That is okay too!  It will just mean there is more cleaning to do 🙂  You can definitely take your pot, pour the contents into your food processor, blend in there, and put back in the pot!  (I have this food processor and am also quite obsessed with it – this is more of an investment, but it is soooo worth it).  It will get you the same results, you will just have another tool to clean!

Besides that, this recipe is incredibly easy to make. Time to get the soup on!

Spicy Coconut Soup with Chicken


  • 1 or 2 chicken breasts – shredded
  • 4 large carrots – chopped
  • 1/2 onion – diced
  • 1 quart of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of coconut milk (we used this one!)
  • 2 handfuls of spinach leaves
  • 1 cup of sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Combine broth, chopped carrots, and diced onion in a large pot and bring to a boil in a large pot on the stove.
  2. Let simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. While soup simmers, cook your chicken (can cook any preferred way – grilled, boiled, baked, etc) and then shred.  In a separate pan, saute mushrooms with olive oil and black pepper (optional) until soft.  Set both aside.
  4. Using an immersion blender, blend ingredients in pot until carrots are liquefied.
  5. Add coconut milk, spinach, chicken, and mushrooms to your main pot.
  6. Simmer until spinach has cooked down and soup is hot enough to serve.

So whether you are trying to find a fun Whole30 compliant meal, or just looking for a great dish that provides a ton of amazing health benefits that your family will love, this soup will be great for you!

spicy coconut soup

If you love soups as much as I do, when you are done with this be sure to also try my butternut squash soup!  This is a staple at our house, is SO easy, and can also be easily modified to be Whole30 approved.  Enjoy!

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