Chicken Pho Recipe
A quick and easy Vietnamese chicken pho recipe made in less than 30 minutes. All of the flavor, without all of the work!
There will be many of you who are collectively saying…
“What is pho?”
In a nutshell, it’s the Vietnamese version of chicken noodle soup, made with broth, vegetables, and noodles. It is topped with flavorful toppings such as Thai basil, ginger, or spicy chili sauce. And the best part? It uses rice noodles and a heavy dose of broth and herbs, which makes it both gluten and dairy free.
I’ve been on many “pho” dates, trying out many different versions of “pho” at all kinds of restaurants, but finally realized that I just wanted to be lazy and eat it at home…in my pj’s, watching The Bachelor, with a big platter of brownies on my lap. So it was time to figure out how to make it myself and, I have to say, it has become a huge hit in our family. The kids eat this stuff up and I love it because it’s healthy ramen. Goodbye Top Ramen. Hello Phony Pho.
So let’s get down to this name business. It’s called “Phony Pho” for two reasons. First, because real pho takes 6-8 hours to make and who in the world has time for that? Not me….not today, not tomorrow, or two years from now. So I am bringing you the “less than 30-minute version” – not the real thing but still ridiculously good – plus I just handed you 7 hours of free time. You are welcome.
The second reason for the name is a very long story about a young boy, the White House and an infamous bowl of pho. If you know me well, you know what I am talking about. If not, since my Mom always taught me to take the high road, this lady ain’t talking! But it’s become a family joke and hence the name…. “Phony Pho.” If you ever talk to me in real life, ask me about the White House story. It’s a crazy one!
So how do you make chicken pho? Well, it’s quite simple. You start with chicken broth, add a lot of spices – garlic, ginger, star anise, green onions, and carrots (the authentic pho uses fish sauce but my kids rebelled…another reason for the name “phony”) and then let it simmer.
And because we are taking the easy road, you add some shredded rotisserie chicken. Of course, if you want to poach your own chicken to add to this pho recipe, be my guest. It’s been done before in this house and it’s wonderful.
To make homemade pho….cook some rice noodles, place them in individual bowls, ladle in your chicken broth, then customize your pho. The options are endless, but we like to add cilantro (or basil), jalapenos, a squirt of fresh lime juice, bean sprouts (these fall in either the love or hate category but they add a nice crunch), and the highly important, Sriracha sauce.
If you don’t have Sriracha sauce in your refrigerator, it’s a must-have condiment. It’s made with red hot chili peppers, vinegar and garlic and just a touch of it add an incredible amount of flavor to any dish.
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Here's your quick and easy Chicken Pho made in less than 30 minutes.
- 6 cups Chicken Broth
- 1 teaspoon Fresh Ginger grated
- 2 teaspoon Chili Garlic Sauce if you don't like spice, reduce to 1 teaspoon
- 1/2 teaspoon Star Anise
- 2 teaspoon Soy Sauce can use Tamari, a gf soy sauce
- 1/2 cup Shredded Carrot
- 4 Green Onions diced
- Salt + Pepper to taste
- 2 cups Rotisserie Chicken shredded (or poached chicken)
- 8 ounces Rice Noodles
- Fresh Lime
- Fresh Jalapeno Slices
- Fresh Cilantro or Basil
- Sriracha Sauce
- Bean Sprouts
- In a large pot, bring broth, ginger, chili garlic sauce, anise, soy sauce, carrots, green onions, salt and pepper to a simmer over medium-high heat. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook rice noodles according to package instructions. Add salt to boiling water to season the rice noodles throughout while cooking. Set aside.
- Add chicken to pot and cook for 5-10 more minutes or until heated through. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper if needed.
- Place rice noodles in each bowl and ladle chicken broth on top. Garnish with a squeeze of fresh lime juice, jalapeno slices, fresh cilantro or basil, bean sprouts (optional), and a drizzle of Sriracha sauce.
Here is your comforting bowl of nourishing goodness that will warm you up plus keep your resolutions on track. It’s okay if it’s a fake or a fraud from the real thing because when it tastes this good, it sure doesn’t matter.