Recipe: Slow Cooker Thai Coconut Chicken Soup

1 cup diagonally sliced carrots
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
1 medium red bell pepper, cut into strips
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons grated gingerroot
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons red curry paste**
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
2 cups  chicken broth
1 can (14 oz) coconut milk (not cream of coconut)
1 package (8 oz) sliced fresh mushrooms (about 3 cups)
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

 In slow cooker, mix carrots, onion, bell pepper, garlic, gingerroot, fish sauce and curry paste. In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken in oil 6 minutes, turning once, until browned on both sides. Place chicken over vegetables in slow cooker. Pour broth over chicken.

Cover; cook on Low heat setting 5 hours or until chicken is tender. Remove chicken from slow cooker to plate; shred, using 2 forks. Return chicken to slow cooker. Stir in coconut milk, mushrooms and basil. Cover; cook 30 minutes longer or until mushrooms are tender. Stir in lime juice before serving.

**Next time I make this, I’m adding a smidge more curry paste. Tastes great as is, but it could use just a touch more.


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