Chicken Pho Recipe

Simple chicken pho

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Check out our super simple cheat's chicken pho. This wholesome recipe is packed with rich warming flavour, and it's easy to make. Plus, it's low in calories too



  • chicken stock 1.5 litres
  • dried chilli flakes ¼ tsp
  • fennel seeds ½ tsp
  • cloves 8
  • cinnamon stick 1
  • star anise 1
  • ginger 6cm piece, sliced
  • spring onions 6, sliced, greens and whites separated
  • red chilli 1, split in half lengthways
  • chicken thighs and drumsticks 750g
  • flat rice noodles 200g
  • pak choi 2, shredded
  • lime 1, juiced to make 2 tbsp
  • fish sauce 1 tbsp
  • mint a few sprigs
  • sriracha to serve


  • Step 1

    Put the chicken stock, spices, ginger, spring onion greens and half the chilli in a large pot.

  • Step 2

    Take the skin off the chicken pieces and discard. Add the chicken to the pan and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 40 minutes. Scoop the chicken out of the pan and cool enough for you to strip from the bone in chunks. Discard the bones. Strain the stock back into a cleaned pan so you can reheat later.

  • Step 3

    Cook the noodles following pack instructions, adding the pak choi for the final minute of cooking. Drain and divide between warm bowls.

  • Step 4

    Add the lime juice and fish sauce to the stock then drop in the chicken and reheat.

  • Step 5

    Spoon the chicken and stock on top of the noodles and pak choi. Finish with mint, the rest of the chilli chopped and the spring onion whites. Serve with some sriracha sauce, if you like.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 337
  • Fat 9.9g
  • Saturates 2.9g
  • Carbs 18.9g
  • Sugars 3.1g
  • Fibre 5.9g
  • Protein 40.2g
  • Salt 2g