This delicious chicken pho is an easy (and budget-friendly) version of the traditional recipe. It’s made with a flavourful chicken broth, tasty chicken breast bits, delicate rice noodles, and a topping of fresh herbs, green onion, and chillies. This recipe is perfect for keeping you warm when the weather is chilly.
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I’ve recreated the traditional chicken pho (a Vietnamese recipe) to be more budget-friendly, so it’s easy to make at home. The traditional version of pho ga (chicken pho) includes aromatics, like star anise, an entire chicken, MSG, pho noodles, and toppings. It takes over an hour to prepare a traditional pho recipe.
My version of this delicious dish includes a yummy chicken broth, juicy chicken breast pieces, fresh herbs, and fiery chillies. I’ve included easier-to-source ingredients, like fresh ginger and basil, to recreate the flavour of a chicken pho recipe (authentic).
By keeping the broth simple and including filling veg, you can enjoy Vietnamese chicken pho for around £1.93 per serving. This cost per serving is even less than ordering pho chicken soup at a restaurant!
If you’re in the mood for other soup recipes during the week, consider making one of the following:
The chicken breast is the star of the show in this chicken pho since it provides a good amount of protein. You can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs for a juicier recipe in Vietnamese chicken pho soup. Or, make this chicken pho broth recipe even quicker by using rotisserie shredded chicken pieces.
Rice noodles are the traditional option for pho chicken. However, you can use other noodles like ramen or angel hair pasta if you have them on hand. Using different noodles for this pho recipe chicken will change the dish’s consistency slightly.
Feel free to use your favourite type of chilli for this recipe. Use less spicy chillies (like jalapeños) for a less fiery flavour. Alternatively, hotter chillies, like habanero, are great for adding more spice to the soup.
See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.
Many of the ingredients in this chicken pho dish are typically gluten-free already. However, it’s best to check that the rice noodles, chicken broth, and fish sauce are all marked as gluten-free. Some brands that create these items include gluten in their recipe.
It’s easy to turn this chicken pho recipe into a vegan dish with a few swaps. Use vegetable broth instead of chicken stock. You can also swap out the chicken for tofu. Finally, use a vegan fish sauce (or soy sauce) as a replacement for standard fish sauce.
3. Remove the strained chicken from the saucepan and transfer onto a chopping board. Use a fork to shred into bite-sized pieces (Image 3).
4. Slice the spring onions and grate the ginger (Image 4).
5. Add all the ingredients into the saucepan with the chicken and dry noodles. Pour the stock and fish sauce into the pan and cook over a low/ medium heat, for around 4 minutes (Image 5).
6. Once the rice noodles are fully cooked (after around 4 minutes) and the chicken is heated through, garnish with the slices of spring onions (Image 6).
7. For meal prep, divide all of the ingredients into 5 meal prep containers, except the liquids (the stock and fish sauce) and the toppings. Reserve some of the greener end of the spring onion to garnish. Top with a lime wedge to squeeze with serving, spring onion, chillies and pepper (Image 7).
Heat the rice noodles over a lower heat to prevent them from breaking.
Rice noodles are known to break into bits in boiling water since they’re thin, fragile noodles. The best way to avoid bits of rice noodles in pho soup is by heating them over low heat.
Don’t try to break the noodle nest apart until it’s cooked enough. Otherwise, the noodles will snap. As mentioned, rice noodles are quite delicate. If you try to break apart the noodle nest too early, you’ll also end up with bits of noodles. Wait until the noodles have softened; then, you can gently pull the nest apart with a fork.
Remove broth bits to create a clear chicken pho broth.
Chicken pho is known for having a delicious, clear broth. You can recreate a clear broth at home by removing any bits that arise in the first 20 minutes. These bits (like fat from the chicken) are what make the broth cloudy.
Cook the noodles right before serving.
Rice noodles can break apart easily, making them turn into a mushy mess, especially if they’re sitting in hot broth for a while. Avoid this by cooking the noodles right before you serve them.
I can never get enough soup when the weather is cold or gloomy. If you’re like me, you’ll want to alternate this chicken pho dish with other tasty soup options.
Chicken pho has a similar taste to chicken noodle soup. However, the seasoning is quite different. It also has a fresher flavour since it’s topped with fresh herbs, bean sprouts, and lime juice.
Traditionally, chicken noodle soup (pho) is made with bone broth, pho noodles, and thinly sliced meat (typically beef). It’s topped with Thai basil, jalapeño slices, bean sprouts, and lime wedges. This dish is also considered the national dish of Vietnam.
There are quite a few differences between pho and ramen. Pho is a Vietnamese recipe, while ramen is a Japanese dish. Pho has a much lighter, aromatic broth, while ramen is known for featuring a hearty, rich broth. The noodles are also different; pho has soft rice noodles, while ramen noodles are chewy. The traditional toppings for each soup are also quite different.
Finish off this chicken pho with a tasty dessert, like Chocolate Chip Microwave Cookies, Chocolate Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter, or Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats.
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