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Flavorful Homemade Chicken Pho with Basil and Cilantro

45 minutes | Yield: 4-6

This flavorful Vietnamese soup is a classic comfort food that is perfect for any occasion. With its aromatic broth, tender chicken, and fresh herbs, it's no wonder that pho has become a beloved dish around the world. You'll love this recipe that features a delicious blend of herbs and spices, including Basil and Cilantro.


  • 8 oz package of rice vermicelli noodles

  • 4 boneless/skinless chicken thighs or breast cut into very thin strips
  • 1/2 large white onion, chopped into medium pieces

2 (2-inch pieces) fresh ginger, peeled and halved, length-wise

  • 8 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 1 cup water

1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 tablespoon clove (optional)

2 tablespoons fish sauce

1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon red chili paste

  • 1 stick cinnamon

salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a large pot dry cook onion and ginger to gently char (about 4 - 6 minutes, stirring occasionally)

  2. Add the broth, water, coriander, clove, fish sauce, soy sauce, chili garlic paste, cinnamon stick and a pinch of fresh cracked salt and pepper to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer for 30 minutes.

  3. Prepare noodles as directed on package.
  4. Strain soup through a colander to remove onion, ginger, and cinnamon stick and return to pot over medium heat.

  5. Add chicken to broth to cook approximately 4 -5 minutes (depending upon thickness)
  6. Divide the noodles among bowls and ladle in your soup. Add desired toppings. Enjoy!

Pho Toppings
1 bunch fresh Soli Organic Living Cilantro
1 bunch Soli Organic Living Basil leaves (Thai if available)
2 fresh jalapeño peppers or red thai chili peppers sliced
1 cup fresh bean sprouts
1 lime, quartered
Your favorite hot sauce(s)