Warm up with a big bowl of this comforting, classic chicken pho recipe. Our take on the Vietnamese chicken soup (also know as chicken pho ga) starts with a ridiculously flavorful homemade stock.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Recipe Summary

40 mins
2 hrs 15 mins
2 hrs 55 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a 6- to 8-quart Dutch oven place whole chicken and chicken pieces. Add quartered onions, ginger, coriander seeds, sugar, salt, and cloves. Remove leaves and tender stems from cilantro; set aside. Add the remaining stems to pot. Add enough cold water to cover. Bring just to simmering over medium heat. Skim off any foam. Simmer, uncovered, for 35 to 40 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink (180 degrees F in thigh).

  • Remove whole chicken from pot; continue simmering onion mixture. When chicken is cool enough to handle, remove meat from bones. Return skin and bones to pot. Simmer for 1-1/2 hours. Using two forks, pull chicken apart into coarse shreds. Cover and chill shredded chicken until needed. Strain broth through two layers of 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth placed in a colander; discard solids. Skim fat from broth. Return broth to pot; stir in fish sauce.

  • Meanwhile, soak noodles in warm water about 20 minutes or until pliable; drain and set aside.

  • To serve, place noodles in a large saucepan of boiling, lightly salted water to heat. Drain and divide noodles among warmed large bowls. Top with green onions. Add shredded chicken to broth; heat through. Ladle broth and chicken over noodles. Serve with the reserved cilantro, bean sprouts, basil, mint, jalapeño peppers, lime wedges, and chili sauce.

Nutrition Facts

535 calories; fat 34g; cholesterol 141mg; saturated fat 9g; carbohydrates 26g; mono fat 14g; poly fat 7g; insoluble fiber 2g; sugars 4g; protein 30g; vitamin a 534.5IU; vitamin c 18.3mg; thiamin 0.1mg; riboflavin 0.3mg; niacin equivalents 10.1mg; vitamin b6 0.6mg; folate 48.4mcg; vitamin b12 0.5mcg; sodium 1115mg; potassium 484mg; calcium 70.7mg; iron 3.8mg.