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Healthy Chicken Pho

Healthy Chicken Pho


* Optional Substitution Note

Ingredients for about 3 servings:

  • 6 cups no salt added chicken broth (or you can use 7 cups broth with 2 cups water for added flavor)
  • 3 cups water (or 2 cups water with 7 cups broth for added flavor)
  • ~1 lb skinless chicken breast
  • 4oz brown rice noodles
  • 2 tbsp garlic paste
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • sea salt to taste
  • Seasonings:
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 4-5 green cardamom pods/seeds (for extra flavor, break these open)
    • 4 cloves
    • 1.5 tsp fennel seeds
    • 1/2 tbsp lemongrass
    • 1 star anise (recommended if you can find it)
  • Utensils:
    • cheesecloth
    • string
  • Garnish:
    • jalapeno
    • basil
    • red onion
    • green onions
    • cilantro
    • bean sprouts
    • red pepper
    • lime


Step 1

Cut a cheesecloth into a square. Add seasonings to the cheesecloth and then tie a knot around the cheesecloth to secure the seasonings.

Step 2

Slice yellow onion into thin pieces.

Step 3

Spray a pot with coconut oil and set on medium high heat. Toss in onion and garlic paste. Sauté until the onions brown and become translucent.

Step 4

Pour chicken broth and water into the pot and allow it to boil. Reduce heat so that it simmers and add the cheesecloth pouch with the seasonings. Cover and cook for at least 30 minutes. Add sea salt to taste.

Step 5

Boil water in a separate pot and toss in chicken breast. Cook for about about 6 to 8 minutes until the chicken has completely cooked, be careful not to overcook. Remove from the water and set aside. Once the chicken has somewhat cooled, pull the chicken apart into pieces.

Step 6

In another pot, boil water and cook the brown rice noodles according to the instructions. Careful not to overcook so they do not turn to mush. Drain the noodles and set aside.

Step 7

Add your portion of noodles and chicken to a bowl. Pour in the chicken broth, then add the garnish and don’t forget the lime!

Step 8


Approximate macros for 1 of 3 servings:

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About Kevin - author


Hey, I'm Kevin

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.

By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!