Pressure Cooker Chicken Pho

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Rated 5.0 based on 4 customer reviews
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  • 2 tablespoons neutral cooking oil
  • 2 yellow onions, halved
  • 1 large piece fresh ginger, halved lengthwise
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 2 star anise
  • 8 cups water
  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 1½ pounds)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 8 ounces Maifun rice noodles
  • To Serve: 1 cup bean sprouts, 8 sprigs fresh cilantro, 8 sprigs fresh basil, 1 lime quartered, 1 fresh chile pepper sliced into rounds, sliced green onions


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  1. Warm oil in a pressure cooker set to Sauté. Lay onions and ginger into the oil, cut-sides down; cook until browned, about 4 minutes. Add fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, coriander, and star anise to the pot; stir for 1 minute. Add water, chicken, and salt.
  2. Seal lid on pressure cooker, turn steam vent to Sealing, and cook on High Pressure for 1 hour.
  3. While the pho cooks, soak rice noodles in hot water until softened and pliable, about 8 minutes; drain and rinse with cold water to stop cooking process. Divide noodles between four soup bowls.
  4. Relieve pressure naturally for 10 minutes before relieving entirely through the quick-release valve. Remove chicken to a cutting board. Remove and discard chicken skin and bones. Shred chicken meat and divide between the bowls.
  5. Strain solids from the broth. Ladle strained broth over noodles and chicken; season soup with red pepper flakes. Garnish with bean sprouts, cilantro, basil, lime quarters, chile pepper slices, and green onion as desired.
Mealthy tip:

Never tried pho? It’s basically chicken noodle soup with fresh Vietnamese flavor!


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December 03, 2017 at 1:13am

Laura Griffin says:

So yummy! Pho is so good, I never thought I would learn how to make it on my own. The rice sticks are so light! I love this recipe and all the spices and flavors. The basil and cilantro give it a nice, fresh finish.

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December 02, 2017 at 11:47pm

Sam Dalton says:

Really good chicken pho! The broth was really delicious. I added a little sriracha to the broth because I like it spicy. Other than that I did not make any changes. All in all really flavorful.

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November 05, 2017 at 12:13am

Greg Jones says:

Very good pho. I've tried both of the recipes on this site and loved them both. This one required a couple more steps than the beef pho, but both very good and very easy recipes. I liked the basil, chile and lime in this recipe. Very good flavor, especially with Sriracha.

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November 03, 2017 at 6:26pm

Katie Hason says:

I had so much fun making this recipe! It was truly an experience. The pho broth was very authentic-tasting. I also loved all the toppings - the cilantro, basil, red onion, and chile pepper were very flavorful and the perfect addition to this dish.