Chicken Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Chicken Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)

Despite the 80 degree whether we have had this past week, with the onset of November and the clock’s changing back, I start to crave comfort food something crazy this time of year. Soups, stews, crock pot meals, all of it! This homemade Chicken Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup) is something I find myself craving very often, this time of year. Even with several authentic vietnamese restaurants in the area, I find my homemade pho has been perfected to where it is the best I can find! (Horn tooted)

Chicken Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)

I make a mean Beef pho, which tends to be a bit more traditional, but I also really love making it with chicken, especially when we get one of the beautiful whole pasture-raised chickens from our farmer. Besides being hot and comforting, like any bowl of chicken noodle soup should be, the incredible warming spices in traditional pho not only warms the body, but I truly believe they have some sort of magical powers to warm the soul. To me, this is as close as you’ll ever be to getting a hug from your food.

Chicken Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)

Though it seems like there are many steps to homemade pho, it really is quite easy and once you’ve done the prep work, you can let the soup simmer all day and by the time dinner rolls around, it is done, ready and waiting for you to enjoy it!

Chicken Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)

The best thing about a traditional dish like pho are the subtle nuances to the recipe, that bring the most incredible unique flavors. Charring the onions and ginger is just one of them. A simple and quick step that provides a depth of flavor so vital to this dish! Plus, it leaves the kitchen has the most beautifully pungent aroma, too!

Chicken Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)

One of the great things about homemade pho are the wonderful add-ins you serve along side it. Besides the incredible spices and flavors in the broth, the fixins’ are what makes this soup so special and so different from most other soups. Traditionally you are served a large bowl of the broth, with all the accoutrements on the side, so you each person customize their bowl of soup to exactly what they’d like. Want it spicier? Add some jalapeños or a little sriracha. Looking for a little tang? A squeeze of fresh lime. Raw onions bring an amazing flavorful crunch as do the fresh sprouts and don’t forget the cilantro and thai basil, if you can get your hands on it. Mark likes his broth with a very small amount of noodles if any at all, I like a bit more in mine. For my paleo and grain-free readers, try zucchini noodles instead of rice noodles. They are a wonderful and simple swap out.

Chicken Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)

Chicken Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)

Notes:

Opt for zucchini noodles rather than rice noodles to make grain-free

Yellow rock sugar (a.k.a. lump sugar) is sold in one-pound boxes at Chinese and Southeast Asian markets. Break up large chunks with hammer.

You can also add additional chicken bones or chicken wings if you have a smaller whole chicken or are using just bone-in chicken parts/pieces rather than the whole chicken

Chicken Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 DessertForTwo November 10, 2014 at 5:58 am

Oh, Beth. You’ve ignited such a craving for this! I’ve got to make it this week! Anytime I char onions for pho or for tortilla soup, I always wonder why I don’t do it more often. They taste phenomenal charred! This soup is beautiful!

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2 Amanda November 10, 2014 at 6:24 am

This looks delicious. I love pho – I am pretty much convinced that it can cure any ailment, as well as the hangovers :)

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3 Kalinda November 10, 2014 at 8:29 am

I am supremely jealous that you have that pho and I do not. The soup looks gorgeous. As usual, your photos are gorgeous. I’ll probably end up in a Vietnamese restaurant by the end of the day because I need to sate my pho craving. 😉

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4 Matt Robinson November 10, 2014 at 8:40 am

Nothing better than pho, especially once it cools down, like today!

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5 Gaby November 10, 2014 at 12:27 pm

I love pho!! A bowl of this sounds great right now!!

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6 Rebecca November 10, 2014 at 12:37 pm

This soup sounds amazing and your photos are gorgeous! Love the extra detail of charring the ginger and onions! We’d be honored if you’d share the recipe on freedible.com, too! Freedible is a brand new social site for anyone following custom diets – from paleo to celiac to food allergies, and we have nearly 200 bloggers sharing recipes and posts. We’d be thrilled if you’d join our gluten free community! :)

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7 Sherrie | With Food + Love November 10, 2014 at 4:14 pm

I am alllllll about the PHO!! Bring it on — this looks awesome Beth :))

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8 Kate @¡Hola! Jalapeño November 16, 2014 at 5:36 am

Okay so I made this the other night and it was sooooooo good. Everyone loved it! I served the noodles, broth, and chicken separate for the kids and the hubs and I ate it as a soup. This is definitely going to be standard at our house. Thanks Beth!

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9 Beth @ Tasty Yummies November 17, 2014 at 1:19 pm

YAY!!! That makes me SOOO happy to hear Kate!! We just adore this soup and I honestly cannot believe how easy it is, given all of those amazing flavors!! I am so happy you like it as much as we do! xo

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10 thefolia November 17, 2014 at 7:13 pm

This definitely looks tasty and yummy…can’t wait to try. Happy Nesting.

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11 Zara Walsh November 18, 2014 at 7:49 am

Hello!

I recently stummbled upon your instagram. I am obsessed with the way you edit your photos. Do you use an app or photoshop? I would love to hear more. Your recipes look amazing as well!

Thanks so much!

Zara

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12 Beth @ Tasty Yummies November 19, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Hi Zara, thanks! I use photoshop. I shoot all of my photos raw, then I edit the raw files to get the white balance and exposure right, next I use filters and layers and other various tools to get my photos to where they are on the blog 😉
Hope that helps.
Thanks so much.

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13 Debbie Metz November 29, 2014 at 8:28 am

I love pho but have never thought about making it for myself – this looks so good though, I just might try!!

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