turmeric chicken soup

Turmeric Chicken Soup Recipe – A Thai Organic Bone Broth (ไก่ต้มขมิ้น)

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Turmeric Chicken Soup bone broth is a wonderful way to enjoy fresh healing herbs like fresh Turmeric root, Galangal and Lemongrass.

It’s an organic Turmeric soup that can be had for breakfast, lunch or dinner alongside some white rice. This turmeric broth is a perfect dish to start cooking with turmeric more often. It doesn’t get old, and it’s a super easy soup to make.

Probably best for lunch or dinner (although whenever we cook this I end up eating it for breakfast the next morning), this turmeric chicken soup can be made with your choice of meat, poultry or seafood. However, organic chicken on bone works fantastic and it’s how we make this recipe nine times out of ten.

Turmeric Chicken Soup Recipe

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This traditional Thai recipe is named “Gai Tom Khmin” or “Chicken Soup With Turmeric.” In Thai language, khmin means Turmeric (most likely, it translates to Curcumin). And in case you’d like to know, here’s the Thai spelling of it: ไก่ต้มขมิ้น

So if you happen to go out for dinner to a Thai restaurant, now you can show the waitress this: “ไก่ต้มขมิ้น”

And if she comes from Thailand, she’ll know exactly what you’re requesting.

Even if it’s not on the menu, a true Thai restaurant that has any soup on the menu should be able to put this one together for you.

The Turmeric Chicken Soup recipe has all the essential fresh herbs many Thai recipes often contain:

  • Young Galangal freshly dug up
  • Fresh Turmeric root
  • Kaffir Lime leaves
  • Fresh green onion sprigs
  • Fresh Thai Parsley aka “culantro” (cilantro works if you don’t have access to culantro)
  • Thai chili peppers

The photos for this recipe are not the best because I just snapped some quick shots unexpectedly last night when Ling made this for dinner. She asked me to dig up the roots while she grabbed the herbs and by the time we were done cooking, it was nighttime and so the lighting is not natural.

I’ll have to update this main picture with a daytime shot next time we make it because the incandescent lighting doesn’t do it justice.

Turmeric Health Benefits

Not only are you making a gut health promoting organic chicken bone broth, but the soup also has one of the healthiest herbs out there… fresh turmeric root. It’s known as a natural anti inflammatory herb, but it has more health properties than that as well.

This Turmeric soup recipe calls for the root, not a powder.

organic turmeric root

Chop the Turmeric and Galangal both like this

If all you have is powder, you can use that instead. It’s just not the same and would change the flavor if you used too much.

If you use the root, you can chew into it and ingest it because the broth cooking time makes the pieces of fresh turmeric soft and tasty.

Here’s a quick video sharing some wonderful health properties of turmericthen we’ll get on with the Turmeric soup recipe!

If this video doesn’t make you want to eat turmeric every single day, then I don’t know what to tell you. Here are some more turmeric curcumin benefits.

Chances are you already know about the greatness of turmeric root or even turmeric powder in any form. If not via food, turmeric capsules are also great. It’s one of the few nutritional supplements I’ll take.

Now let’s get onto the recipe!

Step 1 of the Turmeric Chicken soup recipe calls for digging the roots and gathering your ingredients.

Step 1. Gather Turmeric Bone Broth Ingredients

  • Organic Turmeric root, chopped 1/2 inch pieces, 50 grams
  • Organic Galangal root, preferably Young Galangal, 30 grams (not fully matured, softer when boiled)
galangal root

Choco posing next to Galangal root

  • Fresh Lemongrass, 3 stalks (chopped into 1 inch pieces)
  • Small white onion, 1 peeled
  • Thai parsley/Culantro, 10 pieces (or cilantro if you don’t have)
culantro or Thai parsley

Culantro/Thai Parsley (cilantro is a good substitute)

  • Sea salt, 2 tsp
  • 3 peeled garlic, whole (will dissolve into pieces during the broth cooking)
  • Green onion sprigs, 9 freshly picked
green onion

I believe these are called green onion, not Spring onion.

  • Oyster sauce, 1 Tbsp (at the end, in bowl you’ll eat from, not in the pot)
  • Kaffir lime leaves, 6 (can be dried if you don’t have access to fresh)
Kaffir lime leaf

Choco posing under the Kaffir lime leaves

  • Fresh lime juice, 1 lime per serving, squeezed into the bowl you’ll eat from (not in the pot)
  • Thai chili peppers, 2 or 3 for a non-spicy Turmeric Chicken Soup (adds a nice flavor and very slight kick)
Thai chili peppers

Red or green both work

  • 200 grams organic chicken on bone, whole chicken cut in small blocks (feet optional)

Step 2. Make Chicken Bone Broth

In a pot with boiling water, start boiling the whole chicken with salt.

The chicken needs to be on the bone. It’s best to use a whole organic chicken, and then you can cut into blocks, and give it a wack with a heavy handle or granite pestle to break the bones before placing it in the boiling pot and adding salt.

This is a key to making a fast and easy Turmeric Chicken Soup.

This draws out the bone marrow, gelatin and other goodness from the chicken faster, and the end result is something similar to a slow cooked bone broth even though you only boil for 50 to 60 minutes total.

Step 3. Place Herbs In With The Chicken

Turmeric bone broth recipe

Soon after you’ve placed the raw chicken in the pot with the salt, put in all the herbs too.

So you will add in the chopped Galangal root, Turmeric root, lemongrass, green onion, garlic, white onion, culantro/Thai parsley here.

Then, keep boiling all together with the roots, herbs and chicken until it becomes a bone broth.

Step 4. The Final Additions Before Serving

Turmeric Chicken Soup Recipe Card #turmericsoup

Once it’s ready, squeeze a lime into your serving bowl, drop in a Thai chili pepper and a teaspoon of oyster sauce, then serve your Turmeric Chicken Soup broth into this bowl.

This combines into what becomes a mouth pleasing turmeric soup dinner. It makes your taste buds happy, your liver happy, your gut happy, your brain happy and basically it’s a soul pleasing rejuvenating dish!

You can serve it with a side of white rice for a more filling meal. This is the traditional way to eat the Turmeric Chicken soup.

And that’s all there is to it!

The pictures I took for this one don’t do it justice.

Cooking with turmeric, especially with fresh turmeric root, Ling and I do as often as possible. This turmeric bone broth has become a mainstay in our home because of its great taste and good nutrition. It doesn’t get any better than this. It has fresh turmeric root, and organic galangal root on top of that… it’s basically a superfood (even though “superfood” is purely a marketing term).

This Turmeric Chicken Soup is a “superdinner” (my new word) and we really hope you enjoy it!

An Easy Chicken Turmeric Soup Recipe!

This Chicken Turmeric Soup recipe is very easy to make, as long as you have all the ingredients. It only takes around 35 minutes with prep.

The best part is, you can clean up during the boiling so by the time it’s done, everything is clean except the bowls you’ll eat out of and the pot you cooked it in.

We hope you enjoy this Turmeric Chicken Soup recipe, and if you happen to cook this yourself, we’d love to know how it went! You can send us a picture or add it in the comments, or tag us on Instagram and let us know how it went!

Printable Recipe Card Below

Turmeric Chicken Soup Recipe Card

Enjoy this quick and easy Turmeric organic bone broth soup!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Thai
Keyword Turmeric Chicken Soup, Turmeric Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 3 people
Author John


  • 50 grams Turmeric root fresh turmeric root chopped in 1 inch pieces
  • 30 grams Galangal baby galangal root chopped in 1 inch pieces
  • 4 stalks Lemon grass chop into 1 inch pieces
  • 200 grams Whole organic chicken chop into thick pieces and smash bones before cooking
  • 3 whole Garlic cloves peel first, then smash once with something heavy
  • 1 whole White onion peeled
  • 1 tsp Sea salt more or less, to taste
  • 9 whole Green onion sprigs, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 10 stalks Thai parsley also called, Culantro (Cilantro is good substitute)
  • 6 whole Kaffir Lime leaves preferably fresh, not dried
  • 3 tbsp Oyster sauce
  • 3 whole Thai chili peppers fresh
  • 3 whole Limes freshly squeezed before serving


  • We first dug up the roots and plucked and picked all the herbs and veggies from the garden (except for garlic and the white onion) and washed them. My dog Choco here poses alongside the freshly dug up Galangal root:)
    galangal root
  • Then we started boiling the water while chopping up the roots and lemon grass. All three lemongrass, turmeric root and galangal root should be chopped into pieces around 1 inch big. (Organic turmeric root pictured)
    organic turmeric root
  • Cooking begins: Boil water and place in the chicken and salt. Before placing in the chicken, smash it to crack the bones. You can use the back of a heavy knife or a pestle from your mortar and pestle. Then, place all the herbs in soon after.
    Turmeric bone broth recipe
  • Boil for 50 minutes to an hour or so. This lets the freshly cracked organic chicken bones to seep out the nutritious goodness into the soup to form a wonderful turmeric bone broth.
    turmeric chicken soup recipe
  • When finished cooking, add in the oyster sauce at the end. In a bowl squeeze a whole lime, and drop in a Thai chili pepper. That’s the last step. Just serve and enjoy!



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We hope you enjoyed this Turmeric Chicken Soup recipe!

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