Pho Ga (Chicken Noodle Soup)

Recipe by Just_Ducky
READY IN: 3hrs 30mins




  • In a soup pot, bring the water, scallions, ginger, and salt to a boil.
  • Add the chicken breasts and return to a boil. Skim well.
  • Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Turn the burner off, cover the pan, and let the chicken sit for 15 minutes.
  • Transfer the chicken to a bowl of ice water. Let it sit for 15 minutes more.
  • 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.
  • Add the chicken pieces and brown sugar to the pot of stock from the breasts.
  • Return the liquid to a boil. Skim the surface thoroughly. Cook, skimming often, for 1 1/2 hours.
  • With a large slotted spoon, remove the chicken pieces, ginger, and scallions.
  • Drain the chicken breasts, pat them dry, and discard the skin and bones.
  • 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.