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Lime And Lemon Chicken Curry Soup Recipe

Lime And Lemon Chicken Curry Soup

The best things in life happens unexpectedly. Like this lime and lemony lemon grass chicken curry that has become very much staple part of our late summer meals. After days of scorching tropical Summer when first drizzle of rains touched the Earth, every life forms come alive, as if they are infused with fresh oxygen.

This is also the time when the season changes. As summer transgressed into rainy days, it also brings dozens of  its own maladies. Our food habits also adapts itself according to the new season.

And one hot favourite apart from samosa and chai is my mom’s peppery chicken soup with fresh root ginger, peppercorns and lime. Sometimes she will drop two lime leaves, harvested from our own lime tree, in the soup also. This was kind of tonic for cold and rainy days.

Unlike in the metro cities, where rains brings more humidity, in hills it is opposite, the temperature drops suddenly. For long, this lime pepper chicken soup has given us much comfort in the needy days and has soothed our soul whenever we felt miserable.

lime lemon chicken soup recipe

The Inspiration For Lime Lemon Chicken Curry Soup

This recipe of my mom’s lime pepper chicken soup got some makeover in the recent past. And from soup it has transformed into a delightful and flavorful chicken curry. The inspiration for the makeover has come from very unexpected quarter and at an unexpected moment.

On one Summer afternoon we were returning from LA to N. Carolina. After spending two long week holidays in the awe inspiring West Coast and Yosemite valleys and Yellowstone national parks. LA airport is quiet big enough but what attracted me were the wide range of global cuisine that caters to cosmopolitan culture of LA. There in one of those food cafe we had this lime lemon lemongrass chicken curry flavour some and was served with scented Jasmine rice.

Needless to say we were completely sold on that.

lime lemon chicken curry recipe

How Different Is this Recipe Of Lime Lemon Chicken Curry Soup?

Nice succulent pieces of chicken curried in broth kind soupy liquid infused with flavor of fresh lemongrass. Nicely scented with lime, two kaffir lime leaves were floating on top. The sourness from limes were not overpowering but just right. And the earthy taste of galangal with citrusy undertones, this was the best light summer style chicken curry that I ever had. The taste, the flavour, the scent of jasmine rice stayed with us for days to come.

This recipe of mine is a way to recreate that magical moment we had that day but it is not possible to recreate it. Instead here is my rendition and am sure you will love this too.

I have used sweet limes in the recipe. You can use Bergamot too. Sweet limes or mausambi is an Indian native citrus variety. The fruit is juicy, sweet with citrusy flavour but not too sour like limes or lemons.

Ingredients To Make This Lime Lemon Chicken Curry Soup

Galangal gives very earthy taste to the dish you can add ginger too. Indian ginger is staple in all our dishes from tea to chicken curry. And its anti-inflammatory properties helps to fight against the cold viruses.

Lemon grass is not regular in Indian kitchen, but is full of anti-oxidants that heals cold, flu, fever and boost metabolism. I suggest use only fresh lemongrass.

Sweet limes are full of wonderful health properties, it boost immunity and very good for hair and skin. Instead of sweet lime you can use bergamot too.

Turmeric, the golden spice that heals everything. You can leave turmeric from this recipe of  chicken curry but I love yellow color curry, it brightens up the mood. Moreover turmeric has numerous health benefits. And as an Indian, turmeric is literally indispensable in an Indian kitchen.

Peppers, specially Sichuan Peppers if you have, use them. They are great flavour enhancers. From my Thailand travel in some distant past, I had bought a small stash of sichuan peppers. They are not hot like black peppercorns, but slightly sweet and gives a tongue-tickling sensation.  I often use them in my soups and sometimes use them as rub on my chicken dishes.

So here we go- my sweet lime lemony chicken curry and this recipe use no ground spices, except turmeric.

Lime And Lemon Chicken Curry Soup

Sweet lime and lemony chicken curry or soup flavoured with fresh lemon grass. Pair it with scented jasmine rice.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Thai
Diet: Low Calorie
Keyword: chicken curry soup, lemon grass chicken
Servings: 3
Author: Sukanya Ghosh


  • 500 gm Chicken curry cut
  • 1 Onion / shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 inch Ginger / galangal : root piece,peel and smash it
  • 5-6 Garlic cloves
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 5-6 Black peppercorn
  • 10 Sichuan Peppercorn
  • Lemongrass , two stalk chopped
  • 1 cup Juice of sweet lime
  • Juice of one lime / lemon
  • Salt and sugar to taste
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2-3 tbsp Butter
  • Lime leaves : few
  • 4 cups Chicken stock


  • Wash and clean the chicken. Rub salt and turmeric over it. Keep aside for 10 minute.
  • In a pan, melt the butter. Add garlic, let it fry till it slightly changes its color. Add onions.
  • Fry the onions till they become soft.
  • Add lemon grass, ginger or galangal smashed nicely.
  • Add the chicken, fry them till the rawness disappear.
  • Add rest of the spices. Stir well.
  • Add sweet lime juice, lime / lemon juice.
  • Adjust salt and sugar to taste.
  • Add the chicken stock. Cover and let it cook till the chicken pieces become succulent.
  • I use pressure cooker to save some time and it really makes the chicken succulent.
  • Check the seasonings before serving.
  • Sprinkle some black pepper powder, some more melted butter and fresh squeeze of lime may be.
  • Serve it warm with jasmine or basmati rice.

Looking for ways to beat the doldrums of rainy days ? Read this –  20 Unique Monsoon Special / Rainy Day Recipes.

Also do check our Tom Kha Kai / Thai Chicken Soup With Coconut.




  • Reply
    Rama Dutta
    July 17, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Nice to meet you Sukanya. Loved reading your post! I also make chicken curry sightly different than your recipe. I use Kaffir lime leaves often in many dishes for its amazing aroma.

    • Reply
      July 18, 2017 at 12:02 am

      Thank you so much Rama for visiting and reading my blogpost. It is indeed pleasure to meet you, specially another Bong blogger from blogosphere. And yes, i love kaffir lime leaves too, but when I don’t get I use regular lime leaves.

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