Chicken Pho (Phở Gà)


Savor the essence of Vietnamese cuisine with Chicken Pho (Phở Gà), a classic noodle soup known for its delicate yet flavorful broth, tender chicken, and fresh herbs. This dish is a comforting and aromatic staple, perfect for any time of the day. Each bowl of Phở Gà is not just a meal, but a celebration of subtle flavors and textures, bringing a piece of Vietnam to your table.

Chicken Pho (Phở Gà)

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time (for broth): 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 large bowl

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 450 kcal
  • Protein: 30g
  • Carbohydrates: 60g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 900mg


  • Chicken breast, skinless: 500g (1.1 pounds or 17.6 ounces)
  • Rice noodles (pho noodles): 400g (14 ounces)
  • Onion, halved: 1 large
  • Ginger, sliced: 40g (1.4 ounces)
  • Star anise: 3 pieces
  • Cloves: 5
  • Cinnamon stick: 1
  • Chicken broth: 2 liters (about 8 cups)
  • Fish sauce: 30ml (2 tablespoons)
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped: 30g (1 ounce)
  • Fresh basil leaves: 30g (1 ounce)
  • Bean sprouts: 100g (3.5 ounces)
  • Lime wedges, for serving
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare Broth: In a large pot, combine chicken broth, onion, ginger, star anise, cloves, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 1 hour.
  2. Cook Chicken: Add chicken breast to the broth, cook until done, then shred.
  3. Prepare Noodles: Cook rice noodles as per package instructions.
  4. Assemble Pho: In bowls, place cooked noodles, shredded chicken, and ladle hot broth over.
  5. Garnish: Top with cilantro, basil, bean sprouts, and a squeeze of lime.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Char Onions and Ginger: For a deeper flavor, char the onion and ginger before adding to the broth.
  • Skim the Broth: Regularly skim any impurities from the top of the broth for a clear soup.
  • Serve Hot: Serve the broth piping hot for the best experience.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use beef instead? 

Yes, but that would be a different dish called Phở Bò (beef pho).

How to store leftovers? 

Store broth, noodles, and toppings separately in the refrigerator.

Can I make the broth in advance? 

Yes, the broth can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator.