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Chicken Pho Recipe (Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup)

Chicken Pho is a refreshing and fragrant chicken noodle soup cooked in a delicious broth, topped by an abundance of fresh herbs. It is a hearty, simple and healthy meal that is full of vibrant flavours.

Pho which is pronounced “Fuh” not “Fo” is a Vietnamese Noodle Soup that is a staple in Vietnamese Cuisine and is great for any season. This fragrant soup is nourishing in cooler months but also refreshing to enjoy when the weather is warm. Pho is made with either beef (phở bò) or chicken (phở gà).

We spent two months in Vietnam a couple of years ago and enjoyed a bowl of Pho most days – usually for breakfast but often again in the evening. We were in Vietnam during the height of summer (it was hot – very hot!) so it was a lovely refreshing meal that would leave you feeling very hydrated in the hot and humid weather.

You never need to go far to find a street stall or side walk cafe selling Pho in Vietnam; they are often packed early morning with people sitting at plastic tables and chairs enjoying a Pho before work.

Vertical close up of Chicken Pho

In Vietnam, Pho can vary region by region, particularly between the north and the south. I loved the variety when we were traveling as often no two dish tasted the same! You can add extra seasoning, herbs or chili as you desire making it very adaptable to most taste-buds!

We traveled around Vietnam with our then 18 month old, and to be honest prior to our tip I would not of envisaged him enjoying a noodle soup! However…….he loved it!

We omitted the herbs on top and he would happily eat (and play) with the noodles then would tip the bowl back and enjoy the tasty broth. Maybe not the best table etiquette but not bad for a little one in a foreign environment with different food!

I hope you enjoy this recipe. For other asian inspired dishes you may like to try:

Chicken and Vegetable Miso Soup

Teriyaki Salmon Bowl – Gluten Free

Gado Gado Indonesian Salad

Peanut-Miso Tempeh Salad Bowl with Cashew Nuts

Vietnamese Summer Roll Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

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Have a lovely week!

Hope x

Close up of Chicken Pho Ga

Additional Recipe Notes for making Chicken Pho Ga

  • The longer you can cook the broth the better it will taste (and the more nutrients it will have). In the recipe I have given instructions for the minimum time to make a good broth. A slow cooked broth is the more authentic way of making Chicken Pho.
  • Any leftover cooked chicken can be chilled in the fridge and used in other meals.
  • If the noodles are ready too early by mistake then run them under the cold tap and re-heat in the hot broth for 30 -40 seconds just before serving.
  • Removing the chicken skin prevents the broth from becoming too fatty and the broth can become very cloudy, this does not bother me but if you prefer a clearer broth then remove the skin.

How do you make quick Chicken Pho?

  • If you do not have time to make a homemade broth you can make a quick and easy version of Chicken Pho by purchasing good quality chicken stock and a pre-cooked chicken. You simply saute the onions and ginger, then add the spices to the pre-made chicken stock, simmer for 15-20 minutes and then add in the cooked chicken, noodles and top with garnishes. This can make a great quick and easy weeknight meal but will not have the same flavour or goodness as when making the broth from scratch.

Serves 6

Vietnamese Pho Recipe: Chicken Noodle Soup

Vietnamese Chicken Pho Ga - A tasty and fragrant chicken noodle soup

20 minPrep Time

50 minCook Time

1 hr, 10 Total Time

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5 based on 18 review(s)


  • 1 organic whole chicken (small)
  • 1 Tbspn oil
  • ginger, 1 inch sliced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbspn fish sauce
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 Tbspn coriander seeds
  • 1/4 tspn black pepper corns
  • 1/4 tspn chinese five spice powder
  • 1 tspn coconut sugar
  • 1 Tspn salt
  • Dried flat rice noodles 400g/14oz
  • To garnish
  • 4 spring onions
  • 2 cups mung bean sprouts
  • 1 cup fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • 1 cup fresh mint (Vietnamese mint)
  • 1 cup thai basil (optional)
  • 1 chili freshly chopped (optional)
  • 6 lime wedges


  1. In a small saucepan add the oil and gently saute the onion and ginger for a couple of minutes until golden. Set aside.
  2. Clean and rinse the chicken in cold water, remove excess fat and roughly cut into four pieces.
  3. In a large pot place the chicken and top with enough cold water to cover the chicken. Add the onions, ginger, spices, fish sauce and salt. Bring to a boil and then simmer over a low heat uncovered for 25 minutes. Discard any scum that comes to the surface.
  4. Check the chicken is cooked, remove with tongs and set aside for shredding into bite sized pieces.
  5. Add the bones back into the broth and simmer (don't let boil) for another 25 minutes to 60 minutes if time permits.
  6. Meanwhile prepare any fresh vegetables and cook the rice noodles according to the packet, do not over cook.
  7. Once the broth is cooked discard the bones and strain the broth through a sieve. Taste and season with more fish sauce if needed.
  8. Assemble the cooked noodles into bowls. Top with the shredded chicken. Pour the chicken broth evenly over each bowl. Top with carrot, mung beans, fresh herbs and fresh chili as desired.
  9. Serve with a lime wedge and chili sauce if desired.


Main Course
gluten free
dairy free
egg free
wheat free
seafood free
sesame free
mustard free



495 cal


7 g


62 g


45 g
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  • Reply
    October 25, 2018 at 1:21 pm I love how colorful this dish is! It looks so flavorful :)
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      October 25, 2018 at 1:26 pm Thanks Dana, it is full of flavour :)
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    October 25, 2018 at 1:51 pm Love this take on the classic. So much flavor. I especially like the anise.
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      Hope Pearce
      October 30, 2018 at 7:33 am Thanks Ellen! Yes the anise gives the a soup a great flavour :)
  • Reply
    October 25, 2018 at 3:03 pm I've never tried Pho but this looks amazing!!!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      October 30, 2018 at 7:34 am Thanks Tisha! I hope you give it a go :)
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    October 25, 2018 at 5:07 pm Oh goodness so comforting I love pho this is perfect for any time of the year no matter the weather. Full of flavor and all those garnishes are the best. Mine with extra mint and peppers please =)
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      October 30, 2018 at 7:35 am Hi Adriana, yes Pho is great for any time of year! :)
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    October 26, 2018 at 3:40 am We LOVE to make pho here!! I usually make spicy beef pho - but now I need to make chicken pho. My kids love the DIY aspect of it - they can add whatever fun ingredients they want to their bowl. So yummy and good for you!
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      Hope Pearce
      October 30, 2018 at 7:36 am Hi Erin, aah yes, beef pho is great too isn't it? Yes its great for kids, they can add in what they want and leave out what they don't! :)
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    Megan Stevens
    October 26, 2018 at 11:15 am Mmm, wish I could have this right now, sooo yummy and nourishing!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      October 31, 2018 at 1:20 pm Thanks so much Megan! :)
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    Emily Sunwell-Vidaurri
    October 30, 2018 at 9:24 am This is so beautiful! I love that special spices you use in yours like the five spice blend and the star anise. All of those garnishes (like all that mint!) on the top is the best!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      October 31, 2018 at 1:17 pm Thanks so much Emily! Yes fresh herbs are the best aren't they? :)
  • Reply
    October 31, 2018 at 3:12 am Pho in just 1 hour? This is amazing! I love these asian flavors, so comforting! All of these herbs are so so good!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      October 31, 2018 at 1:19 pm Thanks so much Joni! Yes! 1 hour :) Though if you have time the longer you leave the stock to cook the better it will taste and the more nourishing it will be! :)
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    October 31, 2018 at 6:09 am This sounds so warming and comforting! I love all the spices and herbs. And the chicken chunks... ;)
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      October 31, 2018 at 1:19 pm Thank you Raia!
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    October 31, 2018 at 10:48 am Love a good pho and you have all the ingredients that I love in this one! This is so perfect on a chilly day.
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      October 31, 2018 at 1:20 pm Thanks Jean! Me too, yes so comforting on a cool day :)
  • Reply
    October 31, 2018 at 4:00 pm I love pho! This is so perfect for winter and colder months!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      November 6, 2018 at 2:44 pm Thanks ChihYu! Yes it is lovely and warming! :)
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    November 1, 2018 at 2:01 am I love pho, just rarely make it at home! I definitely need to try this!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      November 6, 2018 at 2:44 pm I hope you like it if you do! Thanks Tessa :)
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    November 3, 2018 at 4:53 am Oh my, Pho is my favorite! I am going to try to make this! :)
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    November 5, 2018 at 3:26 am Pho is such amazing comfort food! I love all the fresh herbs you have in yours! Pinned!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      November 6, 2018 at 2:45 pm It is! Thanks so much Lindsey :)
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    November 5, 2018 at 9:53 am I've never made pho, but have wanted to for a long time. I love all the spices you've included. This recipe looks perfect and I've pinned it so I remember to make it soon. :)
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      November 6, 2018 at 2:46 pm Thanks so much Kathryn, it is an easy meal to make - I hope you enjoy it :)
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    Catherine Baez Sholl
    November 5, 2018 at 5:25 pm I love pho and this one looks delicious. Great ingredients!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      November 6, 2018 at 2:46 pm Thank you Catherine!
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    November 22, 2018 at 3:49 am Yum! I love recipes that use fresh herbs like this! This recipe looks SOOOOO good!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      November 25, 2018 at 5:14 pm Thanks so much Cris! I'm a big fan of recipes with loads of fresh herbs too :)
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    January 17, 2019 at 2:04 pm I made this the other day and it’s amazing! So many flavors in the broth just way too good! Thank you
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      January 17, 2019 at 3:28 pm Hi Amy, I'm so pleased you liked it, I do love the broth! Thanks for stopping by, Hope :)
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    John K
    February 13, 2019 at 5:05 am I like to do rotisserie chickens a lot and save the carcasses for stock. I'll have to try this with the meat and broth from one of those. Sounds great!
    • Reply
      Hope Pearce
      February 13, 2019 at 9:42 am Thanks John, I hope you enjoy it! :)
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    Brian Unruh
    February 13, 2019 at 3:33 pm What do u do with the onion and ginger?
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      Hope Pearce
      February 13, 2019 at 7:59 pm Hi Brian, you gently cook them in the oil in the pan for a couple of minutes until golden then remove them and set aside. Then you add them back in to the pan after you have prepared the chicken as written in the recipe above :)

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