Chicken Pho

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This easy Chicken Pho recipe uses a whole rotisserie chicken! Use the bones to make a savory, nourishing broth, and use the meat for the soup.

A bowl of Chicken Pho.
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  1. Ingredients in Chicken Pho
  2. Topping Ideas
  3. Assembling Your Bowl
  4. Recipe Tip
  5. Frequently Asked Questions about Chicken Pho
  6. More Recipes Like This
  7. How to Make Chicken Pho
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Make soup that will warm you to the bone! Pho is overflowing with a bewitching blend of spices. This creates a savory soup with a hint of sweetness. Good to the last drop, this is a soup that will have you scraping the bottom of the bowl. Although tender noodles and chicken make up the bulk of this soup, you don’t want to forget the toppings! Essential to the pho experience, load your bowl with fresh toppings to make it even more delicious.

Ingredients in Chicken Pho

  • Rotisserie Chicken
  • Onion
  • Ginger
  • Pho Spice Packet – I got this one on Amazon. It comes with a little pouch that you put the spices in while the broth is cooking. It includes anise seed, fennel seed, coriander seed, cinnamon, clove, and fructus amoni.
  • Fish Sauce
  • Sugar
  • Chicken Bouillon
  • Rice Noodles
  • Toppings
Chicken Pho ingredients on the counter.

Topping Ideas

  • Bean sprouts
  • Onion
  • Green onion
  • Jalapeno slices
  • Sprigs of fresh cilantro
  • Basil leaves
  • Thai basil
  • Mint
  • Lime wedges
  • Sriracha
  • Hoisin
  • Chili crisp
  • Peanuts
A bowl of Chicken Pho topped with sriracha.

Assembling Your Bowl

To create your perfect bowl of pho, start by adding your noodles and shredded chicken to the bowl. Next, ladle the hot broth over top. If you have gathered herbs and garnish toppings, arrange these now.

To eat leftovers, heat up the pho broth, bringing it to a boil. Once you have done this, you can assemble your bowl of pho just like you normally would.

A bowl with rice noodles, bean sprouts, jalapeno slices, lime wedges, and chicken.

Recipe Tip

Spices toasting in a skillet.

Only toast the spices for 1-2 minutes. Any longer and they can release a bitter taste.

Frequently Asked Questions about Chicken Pho

What type of noodles are used in pho?

Pho is traditionally made with thin rice noodles. These won’t overcook in the broth. Look for a fettuccine or linguine shape, but the noodles will be made of rice.

What is the pho broth made of?

The base is either chicken or beef broth, you can choose which depending on what type of pho you are making. As far as flavor, pho usually has a combination of cinnamon, star anise, cloves, coriander, fennel seeds, and ginger which all work together to make a warm and aromatic broth.

How is pho served?

You’ll find thin strips of meat in the broth, and a large handful of different garnishing toppings.
Enjoy your pho with a large spoon and chopsticks if you can!

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Chopsticks lifting noodles and meat out of a bowl.

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How to Make Chicken Pho

A bowl of Chicken Pho

Chicken Pho

5 from 2 votes
This easy Chicken Pho recipe uses a whole rotisserie chicken! Use the bones to make a savory, nourishing broth and use the meat for the soup.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 6



  • large stock pot


  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 4 quarts water
  • 1 onion peeled and cut in half
  • 2 inches fresh ginger sliced in half
  • 1 pho spice packet
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon
  • 16 ounces rice noodles



  • Separate the rotisserie chicken meat from the bones. Save the bones and put the meat in the fridge until ready to serve.
    a plate of shredded chicken
  • Place the onion and ginger in a pan and broil on high for a few minutes, until some charring forms on the outside of the onion.
    Onions and ginger cooked in a roasting dish
  • Heat a skillet to medium-high heat. Add spices and toast for 1-2 minutes. Pour spices into the provided pouch.
    spices toasting in a skillet
  • Add the chicken bones to a large stock pot. Add 4 quarts of water, the broiled onion and ginger, spice pouch, fish sauce, sugar, and chicken bouillon. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer for at least 1 hour.
    A pot with water, rotisserie chicken bones, onions, ginger, and a spice sachet
  • While the broth is simmering, cook rice noodles according to package directions.
    Cooked rice noodles in a bowl
  • Remove bones, spice pouch, onion, and ginger from the broth. Strain the broth until it is clear. Bring it back to a boil.
    A pot of broth
  • To assemble your bowl: add rice noodles, shredded rotisserie chicken, and any desired toppings to the bowl.
    A bowl with rice noodles, bean sprouts, jalapeno slices, lime wedges, and chicken
  • Pour hot broth over the top. Add sriracha, hoisin, and lime as desired.
    A bowl of Chicken Pho topped with sriracha


  • Nutrition Facts do not include toppings.
  • To reheat leftovers, bring broth to a boil and assemble your bowl. Pour hot broth over the bowl. 
  • If your broth needs more flavor, add a little more chicken bouillon or a few dashes of soy sauce. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 478kcalCarbohydrates: 67gProtein: 31gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 1008mgPotassium: 77mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 1mg

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Kelsey Crist

Kelsey lives in Washington with her husband, Alex, and two cats, Diana and Nova. Her happy place is in the kitchen listening to an audiobook and trying new recipes. When she's not in the kitchen you can find her hiking, shopping at Trader Joe's, or playing Animal Crossing. Her favorite food is pasta and Alex loves when she makes Homemade Oreos.

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