Pressure Cooker Pho Ga (Chicken Pho)

Pressure Cooker Pho Ga (Chicken Pho)

Here’s a shocker… I’m not Vietnamese. So why in the world am I posting a pressure cooker pho ga (aka chicken pho) recipe? Simple – pho, in all flavors, is my favorite food in the whole world. I’ve been a soup guy for as long as I can remember, and when I tried pho for the first time, it was an instant love affair. Whether it’s beef, pork, or chicken… give it all to me!

It was just last week, when my wife was sick, that we tried making chicken pho for the first time. She asked for something made with chicken broth. So, me being me, saw an opportunity to be creative and serve her the Vietnamese equivalent of chicken noodle soup. It worked.

 

More soups made with chicken broth…

 

Pho ga in white bowl with garnishes in background.

 

The Process

Chopped onions in Instant Pot.

Using sauté setting – add oil and onions to pot.

 

Chopped onions slightly caramelized in Instant Pot.

Cook for about 10 minutes, not stirring too frequently because you want them to caramelize and get some color on them.

 

Caramelized onions topped with spices and sliced ginger.

After about 5 minutes, add the aromatics (ginger, cloves, star anise, coriander seeds, and black peppercorns).

 

Caramelized onions with toasted spices.

Continue cooking for 5 more minutes, so that the onions have cooked about a total of 10 minutes.

 

Uncooked skinless chicken thighs.

Add chicken thighs to pot (skins removed and set aside)…

 

Chicken broth in Instant Pot.

…along with chicken broth, fish sauce, salt, and sugar. Lock lid and cook for 15 minutes at high pressure.

 

Chicken skins on baking sheet.

Meanwhile – spread out chicken skins on a baking sheet, season with salt and pepper…

 

Chicken skins on baking sheet in oven.

…and cook under high broiler for 10-12 minutes, or until desired crispiness and char is achieved. Set aside on paper towels until ready to serve. (This is an optional and also non-traditional step. But it’s delicious and adds some great texture to your bowl.)

 

Herbs and veggies for soup garnish.

You can also prepare all of your garnish toppings at this point.

 

Chicken broth with thighs and aromatics.

Once cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally for at least 15 minutes. Then quick-release remaining pressure.

 

Cooked chicken thighs in brown bowl.

Transfer chicken thighs to a bowl and remove meat from bones in bite-size pieces.

 

Cheesecloth inside strainer.

Using a fine mesh strainer (or a colander lined with cheesecloth…

 

Aromatics on top of cheesecloth.

…pass broth though to strain…

 

Pho broth in pot.

…then return to pot. Keep broth warm until ready to serve, but bring back up to a boil first. You can do this using the sauté setting.

 

Cooked rice noodles in white bowl.

Prepare rice noodles according to directions on package. Place 1 serving of noodles in bowl.

 

Chicken, herbs, and onions on rice noodles in white bowl.

Then add chicken, sliced onions, and herbs to bowl.

 

Bowl of chicken pho.

Finally, pour boiling broth over noodles and chicken. Serve immediately.

 

And this is the AMAZING result…

Pho ga in white bowl with chopsticks.

 

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Pho ga in white bowl with garnishes in background.

Pressure Cooker Pho Ga (Chicken Pho)

This pressure cooker pho ga (chicken pho) has a rich broth with great depth of flavor. Super easy to make and is ready in just about an hour.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: chicken pho, pho ga
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6
Calories: 389kcal
Author: Gary White

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups yellow onions roughly chopped
  • fresh ginger root 2-inch piece, sliced with skin on
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 Tbsp. coriander seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. black peppercorns
  • 6 chicken thighs
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 lb. rice noodles
  • bean sprouts for garnish
  • cilantro for garnish
  • mint leaves for garnish
  • fresh basil for garnish
  • jalapenos for garnish
  • limes for garnish

Instructions

  • Using sauté setting – add oil and onions to pot. Let them begin cooking, not stirring too frequently because you want them to caramelize and get some color on them. After about 5 minutes, add the aromatics (ginger, cloves, star anise, coriander seeds, and black peppercorns). Continue cooking for 5 more minutes, so that the onions have cooked about a total of 10 minutes.
  • Add chicken thighs to pot (skins removed and set aside) along with chicken broth, fish sauce, salt, and sugar. Lock lid and cook for 15 minutes at high pressure.
  • Meanwhile – spread out chicken skins on a baking sheet, season with salt and pepper, and cook under high broiler for 10-12 minutes, or until desired crispiness and char is achieved. Set aside on paper towels until ready to serve. (This is an optional and also non-traditional step. But it’s delicious and adds some great texture to your bowl.)
  • You can also prepare all of your garnish toppings at this point.
  • Once cook time is complete, allow pressure to release naturally for at least 15 minutes. Then quick-release remaining pressure.
  • Transfer chicken thighs to a bowl and remove meat from bones in bite-size pieces.
  • Using a fine mesh strainer (or a colander lined with cheesecloth), pass broth though to strain then return to pot. Keep broth warm until ready to serve, but bring back up to a boil first. You can do this using the sauté setting.
  • Prepare rice noodles according to directions on package.
  • Place 1 serving of noodles in bowl. Then add chicken, sliced onions, and herbs to bowl. Finally, pour boiling broth over noodles and chicken. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 572mg | Potassium: 665mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 2.4mg

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