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Quick & Easy Chicken Pho-Inspired Soup

  • Author: Lauren
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese


Warm up with a steaming bowl of homemade chicken pho. With this quick method, you can enjoy the flavors of a slow-simmered soup in just minutes. Plus, with tons of veggies and lean protein, this is a weeknight meal you can feel good about!



For the broth:

  • 8 cups (64 ounces) low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 (3 inch) piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into coins
  • 3 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 3 teaspoons whole peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 2 teaspoons turbinado sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

For the Pho:

  • 1 (16-ounce) package dried rice noodles
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 pound shredded cooked chicken breast (from a rotisserie chicken)


  • ½ cup sliced scallions
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges
  • Thinly sliced serranos, jalapeños, or preferred hot pepper
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • Sriracha (optional)


Combine all broth ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer, partially cover, and cook for 15–20 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook rice noodles according to package directions. Drain and toss with sesame oil.

Divide noodles between bowls and top with desired amount of chicken. Ladle broth over noodles and chicken and top with desired toppings.


  • Calories: 324
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Sodium: 1389mg
  • Fat: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 36g
  • Cholesterol: 73mg

Keywords: quick pho, easy pho, quick chicken pho, easy chicken pho, healthy pho

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