Phở Gà Đi Bộ Instant Pot (Walking Chicken Pho)

  • Servings: 6 or more bowls
  • Difficulty: easy
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Author: Katie Le | Katie’s Test Kitchen


    (For 8-quart IP)
  • 1 free range/cage free chicken, aka “walking chicken” (about 4 lbs, washed and cleaned with salt)
  • 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 7 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 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, 12 minutes.  Quick Release when cook time is up by slowly move 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.  You can de-bone and shred chicken or chop it with a sharp cleaver.

3. Discard onion and daikon.  Add about 10 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!



11 Comments on “Phở Gà Đi Bộ Instant Pot (“Walking Chicken” Pho)

  1. What would be the recipe/proportions for a 6 -quart IP? I’m very new to instant pot cooking so wanted to make sure it comes out perfect 🙂


    • Hi Michelle, you can halve the chicken if need to make it fit in the 6-quart. The difference would be to add less total water, reduce by 3 – 4 cups. Also reduce the soup base to about 4 to 4.5 tbsp. Just cater to your taste after the broth is done cooking.


    • Hi Lora, You can use frozen chicken just add more minutes, I’d add another 5 minutes of cook time.


    • I have no use Rotisserie chicken from Costco to make Pho but I know others have. If you are on the Vietnamese IP Recipe page you can search for it. Certainly no need to cook 12 minutes if it’s cooked chicken.


  2. Why would you need to add the soup base if your already cooking it with an entire chicken which will make your broth flavorful already along with all the other spices? That soup base has MSG. Just curious!


    • Hi, I season with the soup base to add depth/texture to the taste and flavor of the broth. Simply using fish sauce or salt isn’t enough and it’s much harder to achieve unami. You can omit and season to however you wish. This soup base does not contained MSG. You can check their website for more details. Thanks for asking!


  3. Hello! Just wanted to double check the amount of Quoc Viet Chicken Pho Soup Base. Your recipe said 7 tablespoons, but that seems to be the entire jar! Can you please confirm? Thank you for sharing!


    • I confirm 7 tbsp. But that’s not the entire jar. 1 jar usually lasts me over 2 times. But no need to follow the seasoning to the tea. Cater to your taste as mine might be different than yours. Use the recipe as a guide, add less initially and increase as you do each taste test. Thanks.


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