Quick Pho Ga (Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup)

  • Prep 15 mins
  • Total 51 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 8


  • Contains Fish

Tip: Allergy Advice

This dish contains the following allergens: Fish

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  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large white onion, peeled, cut in half
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled, cut in half
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds)
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 10 stems fresh cilantro
  • 1 bunch fresh scallions, tops only (white parts reserved for garnish)
  • 3 star anise pods
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 12 cups (3 quarts) chicken stock
  • 1 box (14 ounces) dry rice noodles
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt, or to taste


  • White parts of scallions, thinly sliced
  • Lime wedges
  • Fish sauce, to taste
  • Jalapeños, thinly sliced
  • Fresh basil leaves, torn


  • Fine-Mesh Strainer
  • Step 1

    Select SEAR/SAUTÉ and set to HIGH. Allow to preheat for 3 minutes. 

  • Step 2

    After 3 minutes, add oil to pot. Place onion and ginger into pot, cut sides down. Let cook, untouched, for 5 minutes, or until cut sides are completely charred. 

  • Step 3

    Add chicken, garlic, cilantro, scallion tops, star anise, white pepper, fish sauce, cloves, sugar, and stock to pot. 

  • Step 4

    Assemble pressure lid, making sure the pressure release valve is in the SEAL position. Select PRESSURE and set to HIGH. Set time to 25 minutes. Select START/STOP to begin. 

  • Step 5

    When pressure cooking is complete, quick release the pressure by moving the pressure release valve to the VENT position. Carefully remove lid when unit has finished releasing pressure. 

  • Step 6

    Remove chicken from pot and set aside to cool. 

  • Step 7

    Using a fine mesh strainer or slotted spoon, remove aromatics (herbs, garlic, ginger, cilantro, cloves, and anise) from broth. 

  • Step 8

    Select SEAR/SAUTÉ and set to HIGH. 

  • Step 9

    Slice or shred chicken meat; reserve meat. 

  • Step 10

    Once mixture is boiling, return chicken to broth and add noodles, cooking an additional 5 minutes. Add salt to taste. Garnish with your favorite toppings and serve.