Pho Ga (Chicken Noodle Soup)

Total Time
3hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs

Adapted from “Vietnamese Home Cooking.” To save on time get the stock cooking and shred the cooked chicken and chop garnishes while you wait.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a soup pot, bring the water, scallions, ginger, and salt to a boil.
  2. Add the chicken breasts and return to a boil. Skim well.
  3. Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Turn the burner off, cover the pan, and let the chicken sit for 15 minutes.
  5. Transfer the chicken to a bowl of ice water. Let it sit for 15 minutes more.
  6. Meanwhile, put the chicken wings, backs, and necks into a large heatproof bowl. Bring a tea kettle of water to a boil and pour it over the chicken pieces. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Drain the chicken and rinse with cold water.
  7. Add the chicken pieces and brown sugar to the pot of stock from the breasts.
  8. Return the liquid to a boil. Skim the surface thoroughly. Cook, skimming often, for 1 1/2 hours.
  9. With a large slotted spoon, remove the chicken pieces, ginger, and scallions.
  10. Drain the chicken breasts, pat them dry, and discard the skin and bones.
  11. Shred the meat with your hands. Add it and the noodles to the pot of chicken stock. Add a small handful of scallions and half the cilantro. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with Thai basil, sprouts, lime, jalapeno, fish sauce, and chili-garlic sauce.


Most Helpful

Excellent recipe that lends itself to variations. Lots of flavor. I used homemade chicken stock I had on hand, so skipped the wings, necks, etc. I just added the ginger and green onion tops to it and simmered for about an hour. I used boneless, skinless chicken breast and poached it in the broth before shredding. From there on in I followed the recipe. Loved the cilantro and basil and also added some Red Rooster chili-garlic sauce. Would be good with tofu instead of chicken, and also with shiitakes. Made for ZWT 9.

Outta Here August 26, 2013

This soup was good. I made a few changes, but made the soup basically as directed. I used Kosher salt instead of sea salt because that's what I had on hand. I used Chicken quarters instead of bone-in breasts and wings because it was more cost effective. I used regular basil instead of Thai basil because I couldn't find the Thai basil anywhere around here. And I added a very generous amount of the Srirracha, simply because we love things spicy. I served this soup with Oyster crackers and Egg rolls for a delicious dinner tonight. Thanks for a great chicken soup JD. Made for the Asian round of ZWT9 for team Tasty Testers.

ElizabethKnicely August 19, 2013

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