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Traditional Vietnamese soup- pho ga in bowl with chicken and rice noodles, mint and cilantro, red onion, chili, bean sprouts and lime on grey background. Asian food. Top view

Chicken Pho (Pho Ga)

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  • Total Time: 45 minutes


Units Scale
  • 8 cups chicken broth (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 onion, halved and unpeeled
  • 1 3-inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced
  • 34 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 23 star anise
  • 34 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Rice noodles, prepared according to package instructions
  • Fresh herbs (cilantro, mint, Thai basil)
  • Bean sprouts
  • Lime wedges
  • Sliced chili (optional)


  1. Broth Preparation:

    • In a large pot, combine chicken broth, chicken breasts, onion, ginger, garlic, star anise, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and coriander seeds. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  2. Cook Chicken:

    • Simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 20-25 minutes. Remove the chicken and shred it using two forks.
  3. Strain Broth:

    • Strain the broth to remove the solids. Return the clear broth to the pot.
  4. Season the Broth:

    • Add fish sauce, soy sauce, and sugar to the broth. Adjust the seasoning to taste.
  5. Assemble Bowls:

    • In serving bowls, place a portion of rice noodles and shredded chicken.
  6. Pour Broth:

    • Ladle the hot broth over the noodles and chicken in each bowl.
  7. Garnish:

    • Top the bowls with fresh herbs (cilantro, mint, Thai basil), bean sprouts, and lime wedges. Add sliced chili if you like it spicy.
  8. Serve:

    • Serve immediately, allowing each person to customize their bowl with additional lime juice, herbs, and other condiments.