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This coconut curry soup is like traditional chicken noodle soup that just got a creamy infusion of spices and flavor. 

It’s so good. 

For kids who aren’t sure about trying new flavors like curry, chicken noodle coconut curry soup is a perfect place to start: mild, familiar and sweet. Scroll down for more ideas on getting littles excited about eating new foods like this one.

Plus there’s some evidence that curry is very good for you! That’s great news for family favorites that we also use curry for, like our Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala and 30-Minute Coconut Chicken Curry.

Special Ingredients You’ll Need to Make Chicken Noodle Coconut Curry Soup

All of these things are available in any grocery store, probably in the Asian foods aisle and produce section. They add SO MUCH flavor to what would otherwise just be plain chicken soup.  

  • Coconut milk (full fat, unsweetened)
  • Fish sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Fresh cilantro 
  • Fresh limes
  • Bell peppers
  • Angel hair pasta (instead of ramen)
  • Plus basic soup starters: onions, chicken broth, and so on

How to Save Time & Effort 

When you’re cooking for a family with little kids, shortcuts are sometimes the difference between making a fresh meal or not. Here are a few that I rely on all the time:

  • Frozen onions from the freezer section at the store. They’re already chopped. Just open the bag and pour in. 
  • Skip peeling the carrots. Just scrub and dice. 
  • Shredded coleslaw in the produce section works as a stand-in for whole cabbage.
  • Already minced garlic from the produce section (usually by the tomatoes). 
  • Instead of lugging chicken stock from the store all the time, I keep a jar of Better Than Bouillon in the fridge. Just a bit converts water into chicken stock, cheaper and more handily than cans or boxes.


Chicken Noodle Coconut Curry Soup

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  • Author: Charity Curley Mathews l foodlets.com



3 tablespoons olive oil

1 large onion, diced

1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs, cut into small pieces* (see note)

3 teaspoons curry powder

2 teaspoons turmeric

1 teaspoon ginger

46 carrots, diced

1/2 cabbage, chopped (about 2 cups)

4 garlic cloves, diced

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 tablespoons fish sauce

1 14-ounce can coconut milk (full fat, unsweetened)

4 cups chicken stock

1/2 box angel hair pasta

For garnish: fresh lime wedges and chopped cilantro


  1. In a large pot, warm olive oil on medium heat. Add onions and chicken*. Sprinkle seasoning on top (curry, ginger, turmeric) and stir. Cook until onions get soft and chicken gets firm, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add carrots, cabbage and garlic. Stir until veggies start to get soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Pour soy sauce, fish sauce, coconut milk and chicken stock into pot. Stir and bring to a simmer. Cook uncovered about 10 minutes, until flavors start to melt together.
  4. Break noodles in half and add to the pot. Cook until the noodles get soft, about 5 minutes.
  5. Serve with a wedge of lime and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro.


*Use rotisserie or leftover chicken from another meal instead. Chop it up and add at the end instead of the beginning.

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Get Kids Excited

The whole goal of Foodlets.com is making fresh and wholesome food easy and fun for families. Crowd pleasing recipes are a good start but this helps too. 

Just for laughs

What do you call a sad noodle? Upsetti spaghetti!

Fun Facts

  • Coconuts grow on tall palm trees in warm areas like the Thailand and India.
  • Other trees use wildlife to help them spread their seeds (by eating them, then digesting the seeds). But guess how coconuts are spread to new areas? By floating in the ocean! 


Start kids off with a small amount of soup. Let them eat it, then come back for more. Normally I love to use tiny bowls but since these noodles will be hard to eat in a dipping bowl, etc., something with a wide opening like these adorable bamboo bowls is perfect. Or get super fancy with special ramen kits that come with chop sticks and soup spoons like these. 

Wow! Did you know?

I love showing my kids great info like this, from PBS, about how long humans have been using spices (hint: B.C.!) and how important, how much status (think kings and queens) and how much science (you’ll never guess this one) spices have added to our lives. When I’m making something new, like this Chicken Noodle Coconut Curry Soup, it’s fun to get kids fired up with a little know-how, especially when it comes with a cheeky little trip around the world, and back in time. 



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