Make this Comforting homemade Instant Pot Pho Ga Recipe (Pressure Cooker Pho Ga)! This fragrant Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup warms the heart and nourishes the soul. So easy to make!

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After studying (mostly eating 😛 ) bowls & bowls of Chicken Pho in pursuit of the yummiest bowl of Pho Ga, we’re finally ready!

Phở or pho (pronounced “fuh”, rhymes with “duh”), a steaming hot bowl of comfort, is taking North America by storm! 😀

This Vietnamese soothing sweet-savory broth filled with fresh, simple & familiar ingredients (at a cheap price!) is winning lots of hearts.

Make Easy Homemade Instant Pot Pho Ga Recipe (Pressure Cooker Pho Ga): this fragrant Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup warms the heart and nourishes the soul.

Due to a big population of Vietnamese immigrants, we’ve been blessed with countless Vietnamese restaurants right in our community. So, Pho stops is a must for our dates since our teen years. 🙂

What’s awesome is that Vietnamese restaurants often offer a variety of options for you to create your own bowl of pho. You can choose the type of noodles and toppings or ingredients.

Chefs from different regions of Vietnam offer varying styles & flavors of Pho, and that’s the beauty of Pho!

Generally, Phở bò (Beef Pho) is the biggest player, Phở gà (Chicken Pho) is also well-loved. But bún bò Huế (Spicy Beef Noodle Soup) is the one that conquered our hearts. 😀

Instant Pot Pho Ga Recipe (Pressure Cooker Pho Ga): Vietnamese Chicken Pho Ga served by local authentic Vietnamese restaurants.

Our Pho Ga Quest: in pursuit of the yummiest bowl of Pho Ga!

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Many dear readers have been asking for our Instant Pot Pho Ga Recipe, so it’s time for a little adventure.

We had some fun and went on a Pho Ga Quest, tasting various renditions of Pho Ga or Chicken Pho in town – in pursuit of the yummiest bowl of Pho Ga!!

As we study each bowl of Chicken Pho, we found that some restaurants serve it with the same broth as their Beef Pho; others serve Pho with barbecued chicken on the side; some broths are sweeter in flavor, some broths are clearer, while other broths are darker in color.

After all the hard work (eating 😛 ), we’re finally ready to share our Instant Pot Pho Ga Recipe!

Time to make Instant Pot Pho Ga! 😀

Make this Easy Homemade Instant Pot Pho Ga Recipe (Pressure Cooker Pho Ga): comforting, fragrant Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup that warms the heart and nourishes the soul.

What We Look for in Instant Pot Pho Ga:

  • Broth: clear broth with depths of chicken fragrance and flavors; light, delicate flavors
  • Chicken: flavorful chicken with a good mouthfeel
  • Noodles: al dente noodles that is cooked through with a satisfying mouthfeel
  • Garnishments/Herbs: fresh, balance the noodle soup’s flavors, and not overpowering

You’ll Enjoy Instant Pot Pho Ga Because:

  • Easy to make at home!
  • Healthy & nourishing Asian chicken noodle soup
  • Comforting hot bowl of noodles is satisfying & heartwarming to eat, especially during cool seasons
  • Simple, clear broth with lighter flavors, but full of chicken fragrance

Ingredients for Instant Pot Pho Ga Recipe


Make this Easy Homemade Instant Pot Pho Ga Recipe (Pressure Cooker Pho Ga) Ingredients

Broth

  • 1 (roughly 3 ~ 4lbs) good quality whole free range chicken, (or 3.5lbs drumsticks + thighs)
  • 2 medium onions (one yellow 241g, one white 249g), peeled and halved
  • 13 grams ginger, unpeeled & cut into long strips
  • 1 (36g) small bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 15 grams yellow rock sugar
  • cloves
  • ½ (3g) cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon (5g) coriander seeds
  • 8 cups (2L) cold water
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine table salt + more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) vegetable oil

Noodles

  • Medium banh pho (70g – 80g per person)

Garnishes on Noodles

  • 1/2 small white onion, thinly sliced
  • Fresh cilantro, leafy part
  • 1 – 2 stalks green onion, finely chopped
  • A touch of freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional: Hard boiled quail eggs

Pho Herbs Platter on the side

What is Yellow Rock Sugar 黃冰糖?


Yellow Rock Sugar 黃冰糖 are irregular hard lumps of crystallized sugar made from unprocessed sugar cane. They’re not the same as White Rock Sugar.

It’s commonly used in Chinese cuisine for making marinades, sauces, soups, traditional Chinese medicine, dessert soups, and in tea.

Since Yellow Rock Sugar is not as sweet as white sugar, it works well to balance flavors in Chicken Pho’s delicate broth by imparting a mild sweetness.

Where to Buy it? You can find them in Asian supermarkets or Amazon

*Fun Tidbit: When I was a kid, I often sneaked in the kitchen to hunt for hidden chocolate or candies. If I couldn’t find any snacks to satisfy my sweet cravings, my last resort would always be the Yellow Rock Sugar in the yellow paper box wrapped with cellophane. hehe~ 😛 I would make my way through the huge hard lumps to find some tiny ones I can suck on.

What is Free Range Chicken?


Make this Easy Homemade Instant Pot Pho Ga Recipe (Pressure Cooker Pho Ga): High Quality Free Range Whole Chicken

Free Range Chickens have been raised in farms that let them freely roam outdoors (for at least part of the day), rather than being locked in cages.

Why Free Range Chickens? They are more firm, flavorful, and have a better mouthfeel. 😀

*Pro Tip: The chicken is the soul of Chicken Pho. So the chicken’s quality makes a world of difference in making this Pho Ga. If you wish is to make a yummy bowl of Pho Ga, it’s essential to buy a high quality chicken!!

We highly recommend using Free Range Chickens because they have better texture & stronger chicken flavors to impart into the Chicken broth. But if you don’t have access to Free Range Chickens, regular chickens will also work. 🙂

Tools for Instant Pot Pho Ga Recipe


Instructions for Instant Pot Pho Ga Recipe


Step 1
Toast Spices

Ingredients & Tool

1 tablespoon (5g) coriander seeds
½ (3g) cinnamon stick
4 cloves

Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Place 1 tbsp (5g) coriander seeds, half a cinnamon stick, and 4 cloves in the pressure cooker.

Make this Easy Homemade Instant Pot Pho Ga Recipe (Pressure Cooker Pho Ga): toast spices in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Heat up your pressure cooker over medium heat (Instant Pot: press Saute button).

When you smell the fragrance released from the spices (~2mins), remove and set aside the toasted spices.

Step 2
Char Onions and Ginger

Ingredients

2 tablespoons (30ml) vegetable oil
2 medium onions (one yellow 241g, one white 249g), peeled and halved
13 grams ginger, unpeeled & cut into long strips
1 garlic clove, crushed

Make sure your pot is as hot as it can be over medium heat (Instant Pot: wait until the indicator says HOT).

Pour in 2 tbsp (30ml) vegetable oil and ensure to coat the oil over whole bottom of the pot.

Carefully place 2 halved medium onions (flat side down) and the ginger pieces in the pressure cooker. Allow the onions and ginger to char without touching them (~5 mins).

Make this Easy Homemade Instant Pot Pho Ga Recipe (Pressure Cooker Pho Ga): char onions and ginger in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

At the four minutes mark, add in the crushed garlic clove.

*Pro Tip: Don’t skip this step as charring the onions & ginger will bring out their flavors. It will not only deepens the Instant Pot Pho ga’s overall flavor.

Step 3
Pressure Cook Chicken Broth

Ingredients & Tool

8 cups (2L) cold water
Toasted spices from Step 1
15 grams yellow rock sugar
1 (36g) small bunch fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons (30ml) fish sauce
1/2 teaspoon fine table salt

1 (3 ~ 4lbs) whole free range chicken

Kitchen Tongs

Pour in ½ cup (125ml) cold water and fully deglaze the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.

Add in the toasted spices, 15g yellow rock sugar, 1 (36g) small bunch fresh cilantro, 2 tbsp (30ml) fish sauce, ½ tsp fine table salt.

Pour in 3½ cups (875ml) cold water.

Carefully add in the whole chicken (or chicken drumsticks + thighs) with a kitchen tong. If your chicken comes with neck and feet, add them in as well.

Make Easy Homemade Instant Pot Pho Ga Recipe (Pressure Cooker Pho Ga): pressure cook whole chicken in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Pour in 4 cups (1L) of cold water.

*Pro Tip: Try not to pour the water directly at the chicken as it can splatter chicken’s germs outside of the pressure cooker. Make sure the chicken is at least 90% submerged into the liquid.

Make this Easy Homemade Instant Pot Pho Ga Recipe (Pressure Cooker Pho Ga): add in whole chicken in Instant Pot to make Vietnamese Instant Pot Chicken Soup

Close lid and pressure cook at

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 10 minutes, then 20 minutes Natural Release

After 20 minutes, turn the venting knob to venting position to release the remaining pressure.

Open the lid carefully.

Step 4
Prepare Garnish

Ingredients

1/2 small white onion, thinly sliced
Fresh cilantro, leafy part
1 – 2 stalks green onion, finely chopped
Optional: Hard boiled quail eggs

While the pressure cooker is pressure cooking, thinly slice ½ small white onion and place the slices in a bowl of cold water for 15 minutes to reduce the pungency.

Prepare the remaining garnish as described in the ingredients list.

Step 5
Prepare Banh Pho

Ingredients & Tool

Medium banh pho
Lightly salted boiling water

Large mixing bowl

When the pressure cooker starts natural releasing, place dried Banh Pho (70 – 80g per person) in a large mixing bowl.

Pour lightly salted boiling water into the mixing bowl until the dried pho is fully submerged. Stir & loosen them up occasionally.

Once the Banh Pho are cooked through (for 18 – 25 minutes), drain and run them under cold tap water to stop the cooking process.

Step 6
Strain Chicken Broth

Ingredient & Tools

Pressure cooked whole chicken

Large mixing bowl
Fat Separator
Fine Mesh Strainer

Make Easy Homemade Instant Pot Pho Ga Recipe (Pressure Cooker Pho Ga): Vietnamese Chicken Soup

Transfer whole chicken to a large mixing bowl filled with cold water.

*Pro Tip: The whole chicken will most likely fall apart. This step firms up the skin and cools the chicken to touch.

Strain chicken broth through a fine mesh strainer and remove the fat with a fat separator or skim them off with a ladle.

Make this Easy Homemade Instant Pot Pho Ga Recipe (Pressure Cooker Pho Ga): skim fat from Instant Pot Chicken Soup with a fat separator or ladle

Step 7
Season Chicken Broth

Ingredient

Salt

Bring the chicken broth back to a boil over medium heat (Instant Pot: press Saute button).

Taste the chicken broth and adjust the seasoning accordingly by adding more salt. It will need quite a bit.

Once the chicken is cooled to touch, debone and serve in small pieces or serve in large bone-in pieces.

Step 8
Serve Instant Pot Pho Ga

Ingredients

Cooked banh pho
Cooked chicken pieces
White onion slices
Chopped green onions
Fresh cilantro (leafy part)
Optional: Hard boiled quail eggs
Freshly ground black pepper
Hot chicken broth

Place cooked Banh Pho and chicken pieces in a large bowl.

Garnish with white onion slices, chopped green onions, fresh cilantro (leafy part), hard boiled quail eggs (optional) and some freshly ground black pepper.

Pour in boiling chicken broth and serve it piping hot.

Step 9
Eat Pressure Cooker Pho Ga

Ingredients

Pho Herbs Platter
Bean sprouts (40g per person)
1 lime, cut into 6 wedges
Optional: Mint, Thai chili pepper, Thai basilHoisin sauceSriracha

Sip some of the hot soup first, then try adding the garnish one by one to taste how they change the flavor of the soup. When you add some Thai basil leaves, the soup will have more complexity. When you squeeze in some lime juice, the whole bowl will transform into another flavor profile.

Instant Pot Pho Ga Recipe (Pressure Cooker Pho Ga): Vietnamese pho herbs platter on the side

We served our Instant Pot Pho Ga with a side plate of Bean Sprouts, Lime Wedges, Thai Basil, Peppermint Leaves, and Thai Chili Pepper.

*Pro Tip: In our opinion, using Hoisin sauce and Sriracha as a dip on the side is more suitable for beef pho as those two sauces can overpower chicken meat.

Ta da! A steaming hot bowl of Instant Pot Chicken Pho Ga! Enjoy~

Make this Easy Homemade Instant Pot Pho Ga Recipe (Pressure Cooker Pho Ga): comforting, fragrant Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup that warms the heart and nourishes the soul.

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Make Easy Homemade Instant Pot Pho Ga Recipe (Pressure Cooker Pho Ga): this fragrant Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup warms the heart and nourishes the soul.
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Instant Pot Pho Ga (Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup)

Course: Dinner, Easy, Lunch, Main Course, Meat, Soup
Cuisine: vietnamese
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 556 kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Make this Easy Homemade Instant Pot Pho Ga Recipe: comforting & fragrant Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup that warms the heart & nourishes the soul.

Ingredients

Broth

  • 1 roughly 3 ~ 4lbs good quality whole free range chicken (or 3.5lbs drumsticks + thighs)
  • 2 medium onions (one yellow 241g, one white 249g) , peeled and halved
  • 13 grams ginger , unpeeled & cut into long strips
  • 1 (36g) small bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove , crushed
  • 15 grams yellow rock sugar
  • 4 cloves
  • ½ (3g) cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon (5g) coriander seeds
  • 8 cups (2L) cold water
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine table salt + more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) vegetable oil

Noodles:

  • Medium banh pho , soaked in lightly salted hot water for 18 - 25 minutes (70g - 80g per person)

Garnishes on Noodles:

  • 1/2 small white onion , thinly sliced
  • Fresh cilantro , leafy part
  • 1 - 2 stalks green onion , finely chopped
  • A touch of freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional: Hard boiled quail eggs

Herb Platter on the side:

Instructions

  1. Toast Spices: Place 1 tbsp (5g) coriander seeds, half a cinnamon stick, and 4 cloves in the pressure cooker. Heat up your pressure cooker over medium heat (Instant Pot: press Saute button). When you smell the fragrance released from the spices (~2mins), remove and set aside the toasted spices.
  2. Char Onions and Ginger: Make sure your pot is as hot as it can be over medium heat (Instant Pot: wait until the indicator says HOT). Pour in 2 tbsp (30ml) vegetable oil and ensure to coat the oil over whole bottom of the pot. Carefully place 2 halved medium onions (flat side down) and the ginger pieces in the pressure cooker. Allow the onions and ginger to char without touching them (~5 mins). At the four minutes mark, add in the crushed garlic clove.
  3. Pressure Cook Chicken Broth: Pour in ½ cup (125ml) cold water and fully deglaze the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Add in the toasted spices, 15g yellow rock sugar, 1 (36g) small bunch fresh cilantro, 2 tbsp (30ml) fish sauce, ½ tsp fine table salt. Pour in 3½ cups (875ml) cold water. 


    Carefully add in the whole chicken (or chicken drumsticks + thighs) with a tong. If your chicken comes with neck and feet, add them in as well.

    Pour in 4 cups (1L) of cold water. Try not to pour the water directly at the chicken as it can splatter chicken’s germs outside of the pressure cooker. Make sure the chicken is at least 90% submerged into the liquid. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 10 minutes + 20 minutes Natural Release. After 20 minutes, turn the venting knob to venting position to release the remaining pressure. Open the lid carefully.

  4. Prepare Garnish: While the pressure cooker is pressure cooking, thinly slice ½ small white onion and place the slices in a bowl of cold water for 15 minutes to reduce the pungency. Prepare the remaining garnish as described in the ingredients list.
  5. Prepare Banh Pho: When the pressure cooker starts natural releasing, place dried Banh Pho (70 - 80g per person) in a large mixing bowl. Pour lightly salted boiling water into the mixing bowl until the dried pho is fully submerged. Stir & loosen them up occasionally. Once the Banh Pho are cooked through (for 18 - 25 minutes), drain and run them under cold tap water to stop the cooking process.
  6. Strain Chicken Broth: Transfer whole chicken to a large mixing bowl filled with cold water. The whole chicken will most likely fall apart. This step firms up the skin and cools the chicken to touch. Strain chicken broth through a fine mesh strainer and remove the fat with a fat separator or skim them off with a ladle.
  7. Season Chicken Broth: Bring the chicken broth back to a boil over medium heat (Instant Pot: press Saute button). Taste the chicken broth and adjust the seasoning accordingly by adding more salt. It will need quite a bit. Once the chicken is cooled to touch, debone and serve in small pieces or serve in large bone-in pieces.
  8. Serve: Place cooked Banh Pho and chicken pieces in a large bowl. Garnish with white onion slices, chopped green onions, fresh cilantro (leafy part), hard boiled quail eggs (optional) and some freshly ground black pepper. Pour in boiling chicken broth and serve it piping hot.
  9. Eat: Sip some of the hot soup first, then try adding the garnish one by one to taste how they change the flavor of the soup. When you add some Thai basil leaves, the soup will have more complexity. When you squeeze in some lime juice, the whole bowl will transform into another flavor profile. We served our Instant Pot Pho Ga with a side plate of Bean Sprouts, Lime Wedges, Thai Basil, Peppermint Leaves, and Thai Chili Pepper.

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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Pho Ga (Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 556 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 55%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 142mg 47%
Sodium 1144mg 48%
Potassium 737mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 8g
Protein 39g 78%
Vitamin A 17.5%
Vitamin C 31.8%
Calcium 8.9%
Iron 16.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Make this Easy Homemade Instant Pot Pho Ga Recipe (Pressure Cooker Pho Ga): comforting, fragrant Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup that warms the heart and nourishes the soul.

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