Chicken Pho

Chicken Pho

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

A classic Vietnamese dish, this Chicken Pho recipe is full of fragrant aromas as well as savory and spicy flavors.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 6 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 (3 inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 pounds bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 (32 fluid ounce) container unsalted chicken stock
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms, rinsed, drained, and broken
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar (see Tip)
  • 5 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces dried rice noodles, soaked (see Tip)
  • Julienned carrots, slivered red onion, thinly sliced fresh jalapeño chile peppers, fresh cilantro, Thai basil, mint leaves, sriracha sauce, and/or lime wedges (optional)


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  1. Remove and reserve stems from shiitake mushrooms. Thinly slice caps and chill until needed. Place shiitake stems, ginger, coriander seeds, and cloves on a double-thick, 8-inch square of 100% cotton cheesecloth. Bring up corners; tie closed with 100% cotton string.
  2. In a 5- to 6-qt. slow cooker combine spice bag, chicken thighs, water, chicken stock, sliced onion, mushrooms, brown sugar, garlic, and salt. Cover and cook on low 7 to 8 hours or high 3½ to 4 hours. Remove and discard spice bag.
  3. Remove chicken from cooker. Remove meat from bones; discard bones. Coarsely shred chicken using two forks; cover and keep warm. Stir the reserved shiitake caps and noodles into broth mixture. Cover and cook 10 minutes more.
  4. Ladle noodle mixture into shallow bowls. Add shredded chicken and desired toppers.
  • Tips: If using a sugar substitute we recommend Splenda® Brown Sugar Blend. Follow package directions to use 1 Tbsp. equivalent. Nutrition Facts Per Serving with Substitute: same as below except 243 ca., 26 g carb. (5 g sugars)
  • To soak rice noodles, in a large bowl combine noodles and enough boiling water to cover. Let stand 3 to 7 minutes or until noodles are tender but still firm (al dente), stirring occasionally.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1¾ cups
  • Per serving: 246 calories; 4 g fat(1 g sat); 2 g fiber; 27 g carbohydrates; 24 g protein; 27 mcg folate; 85 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 1,773 IU vitamin A; 13 mg vitamin C; 54 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 623 mg sodium; 603 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (35% daily value), Vitamin C (22% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 2 lean protein, 1½ vegetable, 1 starch

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