Chicken Pho

Mom's chicken pho recipe... straight from Vietnam. Serve with hoisin and sriracha sauce.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
24 servings


  • 10 quarts water

  • 3 pounds chicken bones

  • 1 whole chicken

  • 1 medium onion

  • 1 (1 inch) piece ginger

  • 1 (32 fluid ounce) container chicken broth

  • ¼ cup rock sugar

  • 3 teaspoons fish sauce

  • 2 cubes pho ga soup seasoning

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 2 (16 ounce) packages rice stick noodles (banh pho)

  • ½ pound bean sprouts

  • 1 bunch green onion, chopped

  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped

  • 6 sprigs Thai basil, or as needed

  • 1 lime, cut in wedges


  1. Bring water to a boil in a stockpot. Meanwhile, rinse chicken bones under hot water to get rid of impurities.

  2. Place bones in the pot of boiling water. Reduce heat and simmer until starting to soften, skimming any fat off the surface of the broth, about 60 minutes. Discard parboiled bones.

  3. Place whole chicken into the pot and simmer until no longer pink in the center, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove chicken from broth and set aside to cool. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  4. Combine onion and ginger in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir until nicely browned and fragrant, about 7 minutes. Smash ginger with the backside of a knife onto a cutting board. Place onion and ginger into the broth. Add chicken broth, rock sugar, fish sauce, pho ga seasoning, and salt.

  5. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add rice noodles and boil until tender yet firm to the bite, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain.

  6. Peel skin off of the cooled chicken; discard skin and bones, reserving the meat.

  7. Serve noodles in bowls topped with chicken meat and broth. Garnish with bean sprouts, green onion, cilantro, and Thai basil. Squeeze a wedge of lime into each bowl.

Cook's Note:

If serving with bean thread instead of rice noodles, boil the noodles for 7 minutes, then rinse under cold water and strain.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

324 Calories
11g Fat
34g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 324
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 520mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 6mg 32%
Calcium 42mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 265mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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