Vietnamese Pho is a flavoursome and healthy chicken noodle soup. The difference to an American chicken noodle soup is the amazing herbs and spices that make this dish a flavour bomb! This chicken Pho recipe is not only healthy, but super tasty and healthy too.
In this recipe, we’ve opted for chicken breast instead of thigh to keep the calories and fat content down. And we’ve also gone light on the peanut oil to avoid excess calories from fats. While thigh is a juicier meat, if you don’t overcook the breast, it’s equally as enjoyable and better for your health.
We’ve chosen salt-reduced chicken stock and haven’t added any salt to the soup. There’s no need to add salt because the flavour is amazing without salt. It’s not great for you either.
While it’s great to use fresh ingredients if you want to use garlic powder and ginger powder, swap the ginger for 1 t-spoon of powder, and the garlic for ½ t-spoon of powder.
If you want to reduce the calories more, there are a lot of noodles in the soup. You can always halve the noodles and drop 90 calories from the total.
For those who don’t love chicken, you could substitute the chicken for beef, pork, or tofu. This chicken pho recipe is also really enjoyable as a vegetarian dish. You can replace the chicken with tofu, add some mushrooms or simply leave out the chicken.
We use pad thai noodles, but vermicelli rice noodles are well suited to a Vietnamese Pho as well. It doesn’t overly matter which noodles you choose. You’ll love it no matter what!
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