Chicken Pho Soup

Chicken Pho – Vietnamese Soup


Pho is becoming wildly popular here in the Washington, DC area.  We have tons of Pho restaurants popping up all over the place.  They are in ALL the strip malls now, usually somewhere between the pizza place, the chinese take out spot, and the nail salon.  If it isn’t in your neck of the woods yet, it will be soon.

While Pho is traditionally made with beef stock and various cuts of beef, I like to make my own lighter version at home with chicken.  It is so easy to make and tastes even better if you use your own homemade chicken stock.

Ingredients (Makes One Serving. You can easily double this.)

  • Three cups homemade chicken stock (Check out the recipe here!) 
  • Shredded chicken meat
  • 3 ounces rice noodles (I like Trader Joe’s brand, but you can use any you have on hand!)
  • 1-2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • Juice from half a lime
  • Pinch of fresh ginger


  • Sliced white onion
  • Cilantro
  • Thai basil (Don’t use regular basil here… it just wouldn’t work!)
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Bean sprouts
  • Sliced green onion


Throw it all in a pot (minus the toppings). Heat through. Top with whichever toppings you like and enjoy!

The perfect winter meal!

IMG_7018_small I’m Liz – mom, wife, daughter, friend, foodie, and wellness advocate.  After dealing with health issues for ten years, I decided to make a change in my lifestyle.  I lost fifty pounds, and began a journey to seek wellness.  In 2014, I became a certified health coach after completing my education at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.  I am passionate about all things related to health, food, and family.


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7 Responses to Chicken Pho Soup

  1. sara says:

    Question…what is fish sauce and where can I get it?! Thanks

    • Desi says:

      Fish sauce is a salty asian sauce usually made with anchovies. It honestly doesn’t have a fishy taste though. You can find it at almost any food store in the international section now. If you don’t have it on hand, you can leave it out and it will still turn out great.

  2. Sarah says:

    Hi Liz! I am so excited to try this recipe! My husband and I eat pho almost weekly at the local vietnamese restaurant. I will surprise him with this homemade version! 🙂
    I noticed in your bio that you completed the Institute of Integrative Nutrition program. I have been looking into that program, and would love to talk to you about your experience there. Would you let me know if you are willing to chat with me about it? Thanks!

  3. cggphoto says:

    Do you use all the toppings at the same time or just pick and choose a few?

    • Desi says:

      My husband loves to use all of the toppings. You can pick whichever you like. If you don’t have a certain one you can always leave it out. – Liz

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