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Instant Pot Vietnamese Chicken Pho

This Vietnamese Chicken Pho is the definition of a cozy and comforting meal. In less than 1 hour you will have a nourishing bowl of warm noodle soup!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 4 people


For the Pho

  • 3 pounds bone-in chicken either a whole chicken or bone-in parts: breast or thigh
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 teaspoons of whole coriander seeds not ground coriander
  • 2 star anise pods
  • 2" nub of ginger peeled and sliced a few times
  • 1/2 onion
  • 3 whole cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar

Noodles and Toppings

  • 1 package dried rice noodles about 10-12 ounces, prepared according to package instructions, and drained
  • 1/2 onion thinly sliced and soaked in cold water
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro chopped
  • few sprigs of Thai basil or regular basil
  • 1 lime in wedges
  • 1/2 pound fresh bean sprouts
  • 1 jalapeno chile sliced
  • Sriracha and Hoisin Sauce


Make the Broth

  • Turn the pressure cooker to "sauté" and heat the oil until smoking. Add the onion, ginger slices and cook until nicely browned, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic cloves, coriander, and star anise and sauté for another 2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add in the chicken and 2 quarts of water to cover the chicken and seal the pot. Set to pressure and cook 20 minutes on high.
  • Make your rice noodles while your broth is cooking.
  • When the cooking is complete, carefully release the pressure then remove the lid once all pressure is released. Remove the chicken from the pot and transfer to a large bowl and let chicken cool off a bit. Strain all the spices from the broth and discard. Turn the pressure cooker on "boil" or "sauté" to keep the broth very hot.
  • Season broth with the fish sauce and sugar. Taste. If the broth is too bland, adjust with more fish sauce and sugar.
  • Remove the chicken meat from bones, shred with fingers. Set aside.

Make the Pho Bowls

  • Drain the onions, Set your table with the onions, all of the herbs and condiments so that each person can customize their own bowl.
  • Divide the chicken and prepared noodles amongst the bowls.
  • Return the pho broth to a boil. Ladle the hot pho broth into each bowl, and serve.
Keyword instant pot pho, pho recipe, vietnamese pho
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