Slow-Cooker Chicken Pho

March/April 2013

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Chicken Pho, a classic Vietnamese soup, is a perfect recipe for a slow cooker. The chicken and seasonings of star anise, cloves and ginger simmer all day in the crock pot, welcoming you home with an alluring aroma. Serve with the essential garnishes for pho soup—fresh herbs, bean sprouts, chiles and lime—and let everyone top their own. Serve chile-garlic sauce for those who want more heat.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Pho

14 Reviews for Slow-Cooker Chicken Pho


I'm really glad I threw in an extra chicken breast and a few more noodles because my family ate every last bite. I've never seen my husband have seconds AND thirds until I made this. My stepsons claimed that it was better than their favorite local pho joint. My chicken wasn't overcooked at all, but my chicken breasts were very large and totaled about 3.5lbs. My grocery store didn't have whole star anise, I'm sure that would've made the broth even better. I'll be making this again. I garnished with what was available to me: fresh jalapeno, mint and lime.

Exellent and time saving

I looked at a lot of pho recipes, and although the more authentic versions probably make fabulous pho, this recipe turned out really well, great flavors. Served it to two friends who loved it as well.

Use ready-made broth, slow cooker means less monitoring
Even thighs were over cooked!

I used boneless thighs and they were dry and over cooked. I agree noodles and bok choy (or whatever veggie you use) should NOT be cooked for 30 minutes. Might try chicken with skin on it.

Broth was very flavorful, but needed salt
Lots of flavor, but needs tweaks

Do these instead, and you'll end up with a terrific soup:
- Use thighs instead of breasts and don't trim the fat. More fat = tastier broth.
- Cook the noodles separately and add them in prior to serving.
- I like my bok choy and bean sprouts al dente, so I added both to the crock pot 5-10 minutes before serving (not 30 and zero, respectively).
- Go easy on the mint, it can really dominate if you use too much.

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Anonymous wrote 20 weeks 3 hours ago

More fat = recipes you can

More fat = recipes you can find anywhere else, and not what I consider "eating well"!


This dish turned out perfectly when I made it!! Chicken was juicy, tender and full of the flavor from the spices! My husband and I will have this again!

Easy to make!

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