Slow Cooker Pho-Inspired Chicken Soup Recipe

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Chicken broth is slowly steeped with cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and other Asian pantry staples then poured over rice noodles and topped with shredded chicken.

Slow Cooker Chicken Pho in a bowl

This recipe represents everything I love at dinnertime: slow cooker recipes, chicken recipes, and Asian-inspired recipes. Vietnamese Slow Cooker Chicken Pho is the ultimate healthy weeknight dinner recipe that doesn’t taste a thing like health food.

Slow Cooker Chicken Pho - an easy Asian soup recipe

Chicken broth is slowly steeped with cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and other Asian pantry staples then poured over rice noodles and topped with shredded rotisserie chicken before serving. Of course, that’s just the beginning. Anyone who has ever ordered pho in a Vietnamese restaurant knows that this soup is all about the toppings!

slow cooker chicken pho with chopsticks

Frequently asked questions:

What toppings do you add to chicken pho?

On this particular evening, I topped my bowl with cilantro, bean sprouts, lime wedges, thinly sliced onions, and jalapeño slices but the options are limitless. Try hoisin sauce, Sriracha, Thai basil or any other fresh herb you have on hand. This rich and flavorful Slow Cooker Chicken Pho is going to be your new go-to weeknight dinner recipe!

Can it be made in a stockpot?

You can definitely use a large stockpot in lieu of a crockpot. You won’t need to add too much water, but keep an eye on it. I would do it for at least 8 hours for the best flavor.

Recipe Substitutions:

If you don’t have coriander seeds you can use ground coriander. If you don’t have either of those on hand you can use Chinese 5 spice but would go sparingly on it.

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slow cooker chicken pho with chopsticks

Slow Cooker Chicken Pho

4.45 stars average
Chicken broth is slowly steeped with cinnamon, cloves, ginger and other Asian pantry staples then poured over rice noodles and topped with shredded chicken.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 4 hours
TOTAL: 4 hours 10 minutes
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Servings4

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Ingredients
 

  • 8 cups chicken stock (low sodium)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (low sodium)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3 inch piece lemon peel
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or 1 teaspoon ground)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 star of anise
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 8 ounces rice noodles (cooked according to package instructions)
  • 12 ounces shredded cooked chicken breast (such as rotisserie)
  • Optional Toppings: bean sprouts (cilantro, jalapeno slices, hoisin sauce, sriracha, thinly sliced onion, lime wedges)

Instructions
 

  • Place the first 11 ingredients in a slow cooker (chicken broth through pepper) and heat on High for 4 hours or Low for 8 hours.
  • Using a fine mesh strainer, pour cooked chicken broth over a large soup pot to remove the lemon peel, cinnamon stick and other spices from the broth; discard remnants.
  • To serve, divide noodles evenly between four bowls and top with 3 ounces of cooked chicken in each bowl. Ladle two cups warm chicken broth over each bowl and serve with optional toppings.

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Notes

Can I use a large stock pot instead of a slow cooker?

You can definitely use a large stock pot. You won’t need to add too much water, but keep an eye on it. I would do it for at least 8 hours for the best flavor.

Can ground coriander can be used instead of the seeds?

Yes!

Nutrition

Calories: 422kcalCarbohydrates: 56.9gProtein: 31.4gFat: 6.7gSaturated Fat: 1.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5.2gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 1706mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1.4g
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43 responses to “Slow Cooker Pho-Inspired Chicken Soup Recipe”

  1. LesLee Eicher Avatar
    LesLee Eicher

    SO. Good! My first time eating or making pho, and now I think I’m addicted. Such an interesting blend of flavors, and oh so comforting!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so so so happy!!!!

  2. Fern Mulholland Avatar
    Fern Mulholland

    This sounds great – we love pho! I was wondering if ground coriander can be used instead of the seeds, since that is what I have in the house. Or possibly 5-spice? Thanks!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes absolutely! You could also use 5-spice but go sparingly with it.

  3. Alyssa | EverydayMaven Avatar
    Alyssa | EverydayMaven

    Love the idea of making Pho in the slow cooker!

  4. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) Avatar
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

    This pho looks great!!

  5. Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen Avatar
    Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen

    Looks perfect for this time of year!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It really is!

  6. Dee Avatar
    Dee

    Hi Liz,
    Would it work if I added 2-3 raw chicken breasts to the skow cooker at the beginning? Would I need to add more / less broth? Many thanks!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      That would work great – no need to add more broth unless you want to have more!

  7. Leslie Avatar
    Leslie

    Hi Liz, this one is awesome! I’ve featured it in my new post and I hope it’s okay!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Of course!!

  8. Karen Avatar
    Karen

    I’m a little late to the party but just saw this pin. It sounds delicious and I’ve heard that Pho has a lot of health benefits. My question is about the nutrition facts displayed…is that seriously for one serving or is that for the full recipe?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Not late at all!! The 422 calories is for one serving including protein and noodles. It’s very filling and satisfying! If you want the sodium to go down you can use homemade chicken broth, unsalted chicken breasts or reduce the soy sauce/fish sauce.

  9. Kate Avatar
    Kate

    Pho is a family favorite and this one looks much easier to pull off than typical Pho recipes. Thanks Liz!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you try this and love it!

  10. Lavues Avatar
    Lavues

    Excellent! That looks really delicious, love that!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you!

      1. Void Avatar
        Void

        It would help if we knew the serving size?