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20-minute Vietnamese Chicken Pho

Such depth of flavour, such richness… yet made in just 20 minutes?! This express Vietnamese chicken pho recipe is fast but full-on, getting you your noodle soup fix quicksmart. How? It’s all about the ingredients and what you cook it in.

5 minutes
15 minutes

1 rotisserie roast chicken

1 onion, skin on, halved

4cm (1.5”) piece of ginger, sliced

1 cinnamon stick

3 whole star anise

3 tbsp fish sauce, or to taste

2 tsp salt, or to taste

2 beef stock cubes

400g (14 oz) dried rice stick noodles


To serve:

½ onion, finely sliced

¼ cup spring onion (scallions)

bean shoots

Thai basil leaves

lemon wedges

sliced red chilli

hoisin sauce (optional)

sriracha sauce (optional)

  • Step 1

    Remove the chicken meat from the rotisserie chicken. Shred and set aside until ready to serve.

  • Step 2

    Place the bones of the rotisserie chicken in a large microwave-safe bowl. Add the onion, ginger, cinnamon stick and star anise. Top with 2 litres (2.1 qt) of water. Microwave on high (1000W) for 10 minutes. Crumble in the beef stock cubes and stir to combine. Microwave on high for a further 5 minutes. Remove from the microwave and strain the broth, discarding the solids. Taste and season with the fish sauce and salt to taste.

  • Step 3

    In the meantime, soak the noodles in room temperature water for 10-15 minutes or until softened slightly. Cook in boiling water for 2-3 minutes or until the noodles are just tender. Drain and divide among serving bowls.

  • Step 4

    To serve, top the noodles with onion slices, chicken meat and spring onion. Ladle over hot broth (reheat in the microwave if you need). Serve with the bean shoots, Thai basil, lemon, chilli, hoisin and sriracha.

What is pho?

Pho (pronounced “fuh”)  is a famous Vietnamese dish that is a type of noodle soup. It includes a savoury bone broth, bouncy noodles, an assortment of toppings including herbs, chilli and bean shoots, and meat. Traditionally, Vietnamese pho is made with thinly sliced beef, but you can also enjoy chicken versions too, as this recipe demonstrates.

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Denise O
June 19, 2023

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May 2, 2023


Wow! this is one awesome receipe!!! Definately will make again. I cooked a whole chicken in an air fryer the day before and then used left overs for this… sooo good

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