Warm up cold evenings with this slow cooked chicken Pho

Packed with flavour and spice, this Vietnamese inspired chicken soup is the ultimate winter warmer

Cooking time: 2.5 hours (including 2 hours waiting) 

Serves: 4-6 


A typical case of slow cooking, this Vietnamese-inspired pho is a nice reminder that life doesn’t always have to be fast-paced. Letting all the ingredients steep in the liquid for two hours means the broth soaks up all their flavour and this dish really packs a punch. A classic pho usually contains red meat but this recipe uses chicken instead – making it a lighter and healthier option. With ginger and spices, this chicken noodle soup is packed with nutrients that should help to bolster your immune system too.  



- 1 whole good-quality chicken  

- 3 pieces of star anise 

- 1 tsp coriander seeds 

- ½ tsp fennel seeds 

- 1 cinnamon stick 

- 5 cloves 

- ½ tsp black peppercorns 

- 3 cardamom pods, crushed 

- 2 tbsp vegetable oil 

- 1 thick inch of ginger, sliced  

- 3.5 litres of water 

- 600 g thin rice vermicelli 

- 1 red onion, cut into thin half rings 

- 1 red chili, cut into thin rings 

- 1 lime, cut into wedges 

- 4 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped 

- Black pepper 

  1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees. Place the chicken in a baking dish, sprinkle with a pinch of salt and roast in the hot oven for half an hour.  
  2. Toast the spices for a few minutes in a dry skillet over low heat, until they begin to let off a fragrance.  
  3. Add the vegetable oil and ginger and stir well. Let the ginger sauté for two minutes.  
  4. Place the chicken in the pan and add the water. Let it steep for at least 2 hours on a low heat. Remove the foam on the surface.  
  5. Carefully take the chicken out of the soup and pull into pieces. Strain the broth and keep the broth warm.  
  6. Cook the noodles according to package directions and divide among your bowls. Place the chicken pieces on top.   
  7. Place the red onion and chili pepper on top. Spoon the strained broth over the soup and finish with lime, cilantro and black pepper.  
Winnie Verswijvel

Winnie Verswijvel

Trading her psychology books for cookbooks, Winnie Verswijvel now creates recipes and writes culinary articles for various clients. A woman of many talents, she also doubles as a food stylist and steps behind the camera to shoot pictures of the delicious plates she makes.  

This Flemish food lover fell in love with Amsterdam, where she has been turning her kitchen upside down for several years now. Often found strolling local markets carrying a huge pile of vegetables, Winnie does not shy away from a little spice and is always on the lookout for surprising flavours.