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Chicken Pho (Phở Gà)

This homemade Chicken Pho (Phở Gà) recipe is entirely customizable and easy to follow.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Breakfast, Soup
Cuisine vietnamese
Servings 5
Calories 590 kcal



  • 2 medium yellow or white onions that have been roasted
  • 20 g fresh ginger roasted


  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick about 2 inches
  • 2 star anise pods


  • One whole chicken, cut into half
  • 16 c of water
  • 2 1/2 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 TSP MSG or 2 Tbsp vegetarian seasoning Optional


  • 16oz (1 Pack) dried Pho noodles, small noodle thickness


  • bean sprouts , I prefer blanched
  • Thai basil
  • Lemons cut into wedges
  • ngo gai (culantro) optional
  • sliced jalapenos optional
  • hoisin sauce
  • Sriracha



  • A sheet-pan roast the aromatics on the center of the oven set at 375degF or 400degF for 15-30 mins or until the aromas are dark brown, but not completely blackened.
  • Cover the spices with foil and bake at 350 degrees in 5 mins (or roast in a skillet on at medium-low heat until lightly brown and fragrant).


  • Incorporate the spices, the aromatics as well as the soup's ingredients to an enormous stock pot and bring to a simmer at a high temperature. When it reaches a boil reduce the temperature to an extremely low temperature then cook for between 25 and 40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked to perfection. It is possible to use a thermometer to ensure that the temperature inside is 165 degrees (or the juices are clear after cutting into the meatiest part inside the bird).
  • Once the chicken is cooked, remove it and rinse it under cold water for 1 minute to cool. This will keep the chicken from turning dark. After the chicken is cool cut the meat into pieces bite-sized.
  • Rice noodles should be cooked according to the instructions on the package, but only until you're ready to serve them. Cooking the noodles typically takes around 5 minutes after boiling the water.
  • To put it together, begin by portionsing the noodles into a bowl. After that, put the soup, the chicken shredded, and other accoutrements over it. The amount of ingredients in this recipe are purely a personal one, however, you should refer to the pictures for a reference.
Keyword chicken pho, phở gà, Vietnamese chicken soup