Basic Phở Gà Instant Pot (Chicken Pho)

  • Servings: 5 or more bowls
  • Difficulty: easy
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Author: Katie Le | Katie’s Test Kitchen


    (For 6-quart IP)
  • 4 chicken leg quarters
  • 1 medium daikon (peeled and halved) – Optional but highly recommended
  • 1 large onion (toasted to slightly charred)
  • 1 large knob of ginger (peeled or unpeeled, halved and toasted to slightly charred)
  • 1 bag of dry Pho Seasoning, Old Man brand is good (toasted for about minute until fragrant, added to white filter bag that came with it)
  • about 5 tbsp of Quoc Viet Chicken Pho Soup Base
  • about 2 tbsp size of rock sugar
  • boiling water (to speed up pressure building time)
  • Pho noodle (can be fresh or dry, cooked according to package instructions) – 1 bag usually makes 4 bowls
  • Garnishes, vegetables and condiments:

  • Bean sprout
  • Basil and/or Cultrano (Ngo Gai)
  • chopped green onion and cilantro
  • white onion (thinly sliced)
  • sliced jalapeno pepper or fresh chili of choice
  • lime wedges
  • hoisin sauce
  • sriracha sauce
  • ground pepper
  • salt


1. In the inner pot, add chicken, daikon, onion, ginger, Pho spices filter bag, Quoc Viet Soup Base, rock sugar along with 7 cups of boiling water (or more to cover all ingredients).  Select Pressure Cook/Manual, High Pressure, 8 minutes.  Allow 5 minutes NPR then slowly release pressure by turning the knob to “Venting”.

2. Once pressure is released, open lid and pull out chicken, place in a colander and immediately flush it with cold sink water for about 2 minutes.  This step stops the chicken from being overcooked and the skin from turning brown.  Drain and set aside to cool.  De-bone and shred chicken.

3. Discard onion and daikon.  Add about 7 more cups of boiling water.  Cancel “Keep Warm” and switch to “Saute” mode to bring the broth to a boil.  Season to your taste salt, mushroom seasoning, soup base and/or rock sugar.

4. To serve, add cooked Pho noodle and chicken to a large bowl.  Ladle the boiling broth over noodle and chicken.  Sprinkle with chopped green onion and cilantro.  Top with white onion and ground pepper.  Serve with fresh bean sprout, basil/cultrano, hoisin and sriracha sauce.  OPTIONAL: Make a quick dipping sauce for the chicken meat with lime juice, salt and pepper!

Happy Cooking!



3 Comments on “Basic Phở Gà Instant Pot (Chicken Pho)

  1. Hi! What would the time and measurements of water be if I were to cook this in an 8qt IP? Thanks in advance!


    • Hi Kathy! Reduce the soup base to about 4 tbsp and in Step 3, add just about 5 cups of water. Adjust the seasoning and cater to your taste afterward!


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