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When you’re in need of warming comfort food, this vibrant, wholesome Coconut Curry Chicken Meatball Soup with Rice is just the creamy soup to make. Made with chicken, ginger, sweet potatoes, warming spices, and creamy coconut milk. It requires just one pot and can be made in under an hour’s time. It’s cozy, a little spicy, and filled with vegetables. Finish each bowl off with steamed rice and you’ll have the perfect bowl of creamy, curry soup. Fresh naan on the side is highly recommended!

Coconut Curry Chicken Meatball Soup with Rice |

During these late fall days and into November I find myself repeating the same flavors over and over. Lots of cheese pasta, caramelized onions, and slow-cooked chicken. I’m using plenty of sage, apples, and pumpkin – basically all the most delicious fall flavors.

And the truth is, I LOVE every single recipe. These are my favorite recipes to create. But I’ve finally hit that time of the year when I need a little more. I start to look for something bold in flavor with spice and color.

I put on my thinking cap for a minute and I brainstorm. This was me last week. I needed to switch things up!

I’ve been missing cooking for my older brother, Creighton. so I used Creighton and the foods he loves for some inspiration.

There is nothing Creighton loves more than a spicy curry. It can be Indian or Thai-inspired, he loves it all. And he loves meatballs. I put curry and meat together and this is what I got.

Truly the most delicious bowl of warming spicy flavors.

Coconut Curry Chicken Meatball Soup with Rice |

The details

Start with the chicken meatballs. I love to make meatballs because you can really season them up with flavor. I mixed ground chicken with shallots, and ginger, and then added a splash of tamari for saltiness.

Once the meatballs are together, the rest is easy. Sear the meatballs in a pot. I usually just use a medium size soup pot.

Then pull the meatballs out and set them aside. To that same pot, I add red curry paste, curry powder, another shallot, more ginger, and some garlic. Cook everything together until fragrant.

Now pour in the chicken broth and add the sweet potato. Simmer the sweet potato until it becomes soft, then stir in the coconut milk, spinach, and meatballs. Allow everything to cook together until the soup thickens.

Coconut Curry Chicken Meatball Soup with Rice |

The soup should be creamy and almost more like a curry than a soup, just slightly thinner than a curry.

Serve over steamed rice and top with sesame oil. You can add some cilantro if you like too! And of course, I recommend naan for scooping up all the creamy, coconutty broth/sauce.

So flavorful, full of color, and filled with good-for-us ingredients. It’s the creamiest, most flavorful bowl. And lastly, the leftovers – they taste even better the following day. The flavors have time to mend, and the broth is even more delicious.

Coconut Curry Chicken Meatball Soup with Rice |

Looking for other warming fall dinners? Here are a few ideas: 

Better For You Chicken and Spinach Ramen

Creamy Butternut Squash Butter Chicken

30 Minute Spicy Indian Butter Chicken

Coconut Milk Braised Black Pepper Chicken

Coconut Sweet Potato Lentil Soup with Rice

Lastly, if you make this Coconut Curry Chicken Meatball Soup with Rice be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Coconut Curry Chicken Meatballs Soup with Rice

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 1149 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 1. In a bowl, combine the chicken, 1 shallot, 1 tablespoon ginger, tamari, and a pinch of pepper, Coat your hands with a bit of oil, and roll the meat into tablespoon-size balls (will make 15-16 meatballs).
    2. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a medium pot. Add the meatballs and sear until crisp, about 4-5 minutes, turning them 2-3 times. Transfer to a plate.
    3. To the same pot, add the curry paste, curry powder, 1 shallot, 1 tablespoon ginger, and the garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in the chicken broth and sweet potatoes. Cover and cook over medium heat until the potato is tender about 10 minutes. Add the coconut milk and spinach. Simmer, uncovered another 5-10 minutes, until thickened slightly. Slide the meatballs back into the soup. Stir in the cilantro. Season with salt.
    5. Divide the rice among bowls and ladle the soup and meatballs overtop. Drizzle with chili oil. Serve with Naan on the side. Enjoy!
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  1. 4 stars
    This was delicious! Though I changed the proportions significantly… only 2 cups of broth and 2 cans of coconut milk sounded way too rich for my taste (almost seems like it could be a typo?). Instead I used a 4 cup carton of chicken broth and one can of coconut milk. Also increased the sweet potatoes and spinach.

    Recipe ingredient list has a typo – should list 2 tablespoons of ginger in the ingredient list (1 tablespoon for the meatballs, 1 tablespoon for the soup)

    It was spicy! But I enjoy spice. Curry paste and curry powders spice levels can vary widely.
    Next time I’ll also add an egg to help bind the meatballs together. Added the juice from half a lime at the end which was yummy!

    1. Hi Annie,
      Thanks a lot for trying this recipe and your feedback! So glad it was enjoyed:) No typo with the broth and coconut milk, that’s what I used. You are correct on the ginger, sorry about that! Xx

  2. 3 stars
    I had higher hopes for this. Followed the recipe to a T but the flavor just wasn’t as potent as your usual curry flavor. I added more red curry paste and yellow curry powder and it still wasn’t quite right. And I realized chicken meatballs just aren’t for me, the texture is really off. Still on the hunt for a good curry soup.

  3. Very flavourful, yummy soup. It never really thickened up for me but that did not distract from a very delicious soup. I didn’t use the full amount of red curry paste as I enjoy food with a little less heat.

  4. 5 stars
    This was delicious and so easy to make! I added the juice of one lime which made it taste even more amazing. Thank you for this recipe!

    1. Hi Jen,
      Wonderful!! I’m so glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for making it! xT