Crockpot Chicken Pho

Ah, remember that time I made Pho, posted it on my Facebook page and promised to post the recipe very soon? Well, time got away from me but I’m still making good on that promise.


For those of you who have never had Pho, it is a type of Vietnamese soup, typically made from beef stock (chicken in this case) and spices to which noodles and thinly sliced beef or chicken are added. It’s a kind of soup that cures your sickness and heals your soul. Is that too deep for 9am on a Tuesday?

Crock-pot Chicken Pho


  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth (two 32-ounce boxes)
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 10 whole star anise ( I used 10 — But I would maybe use 9 next time)
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 boneless chicken breasts
  • 6 ounces rice noodles ( I used thin but I believe traditional is wide)
  • 6 cups chopped bok choy
  • Mung bean sprouts (optional)
  • Fresh basil leaves (optional)
  • Fresh mint leaves (optional)
  • Fresh cilantro leaves (optional)
  • Thai chile or serrano, thinly sliced (optional)
  • Lime wedges (optional)


  • Add chicken to bottom of crockpot (You can cook chicken before, but I put it in uncooked)
  • Combine broth, brown sugar, fish sauce, star anise, cloves, ginger and cinnamon stick in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on High for 4 hours (or on Low for 8 hours). (I did low FYI)
  • Transfer the chicken to a cutting board. Remove spices and discard.
  • Add noodles and bok choy to the slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on High for 30 minutes.
  • Shred the chicken with two forks.
  • When the noodles are tender, stir in the shredded chicken.
  • Serve bowls of soup with bean sprouts, basil, mint, cilantro, sliced chile and lime wedges on the side so everyone can add their own toppings.

This is not one of those recipes that you make with items that are “just lying around”, but I promise it’s worth the effort!



  1. When you say “cloves”, is that garlic cloves or those sweet smelling cloves? I am definitely excited to try this recipe! Thanks!

  2. Great recipe! Tasted like restaraunt pho. Next time I’m going to try adding shrimp instead of chicken! Thanks!

  3. FYI in your instructions you don’t say to put the chicken in the crockpot 🙂

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