Rotisserie Chicken Pho in a white bowl topped with fresh herbs and a lime wedge

I’ve only had a few experiences with pho in my life. My mom and I try out a pho restaurant here on the other side of town that was pretty decent, and my sister and I got takeout from a place down the street that was great, had some crazy meatballs that were a bit too exotic for me. For all I know, it could have been the most authentic pho in the world, but we just weren’t expecting what we got. The worst part is, the pho was the best thing we ordered that night.

But, I still found myself intrigued by pho and it’s potential. Since takeout isn’t really an option around here, I decided to try making some myself at home. Of course, I can’t verify how authentic this rotisserie chicken pho recipe actually is – I mean it uses rotisserie chicken – but the flavors ended up very similar to the first pho I tried, and I was really satisfied with the outcome.

More Asian-inspired takeout recipes: easy Thai basil chicken / Asian pork wonton tacos / quick peanut noodles

overhead shot of rotisserie chicken pho in a blue Dutch oven

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What is pho broth made of and what makes this chicken pho recipe unique?

The key to achieving the right flavor lies in 4 simple pho ingredients – anise, cinnamon, clove and fish sauce. They’re also ginger and garlic in there, but I consider them fairly common ingredients, so I wouldn’t say that they contribute to the uniqueness of the soup.

When I’m making something new like this, I try to take some small shortcuts to make it more manageable, and by using rotisserie chicken, we cut the cook time of the soup in half. In fact, you can chop up the chicken while the broth and noodles are cooking. This easy pho recipe is also a great option for using leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

Don’t let the crazy ingredients scare you off. It’s really a simple soup, and the remaining spices you have can be used to make some vin chaud this holiday season. Just make sure you store them properly so they don’t lose their flavor.

closeup shot of Rotisserie Chicken Pho topped with fresh herbs and lime wedge

How to make pho

Season your broth. Start by bringing your broth to a boil with all the ginger, garlic, anise, cinnamon, cloves, Sriracha and fish sauce. This gets all the flavor into your pho. If you want your soup to be spicy, add extra Sriracha.

Cook the rice noodles. Add your rice noodles and cook them for the length of time indicated on the package.

Add the chicken, bean sprouts and green onion. When you have about 2 minutes left in the cooking time, add the chicken and bean sprouts. This will get them to the proper temperature and ready to eat when the noodles are ready.

Customize with garnishes. Pho is traditionally served with all the fixings, and can be customized to each individual’s taste. Try fresh cilantro, basil, lime wedges, and thinly sliced chili peppers (if you can handle it).


Rotisserie Chicken Pho

This easy, rotisserie chicken pho recipe is a quick version of the authentic Vietnamese soup. You can make the homemade broth as spicy as you want, and it can easily be made gluten free.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: soup
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: asian



For the soup:

  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh minced ginger
  • ½1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
  • ½ tablespoon fish sauce
  • 8 ounces rice noodles, small or medium size
  • ½ rotisserie chicken, meat only, chopped or shredded
  • 2 thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 15-ounce can bean sprouts, drained and rinsed

For garnish:

  • Fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • Fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 thinly sliced green onions
  • Lime wedges


  1. In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, heat chicken broth, cinnamon stick, cloves, star anise, garlic, ginger, Sriracha and fish sauce to a boil.
  2. Add noodles and chicken. Cook for time indicated on package.
  3. When noodles are fully cooked, add bean sprouts and green onions. Cook for an additional two minutes.
  4. Before serving, remove star anise, cinnamon stick and cloves. Garnish with toppings of choice.


  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Last Updated on November 3, 2021 by Melissa Belanger

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  1. Love how easy this is! I always pick up a rotisserie chicken at the store and wonder how else I can use it! Perfect for my gluten-free and dairy-free house!

  2. This was super easy to follow and came out tasting delicious, just like my favorite Vietnamese restaurant ! Can you advise, how should you properly store the leftovers to not lose flavor?

    Thanks !

  3. I’ve made this recipe many, many times and I love it! Thank you for sharing! My family loves this super quick meal!

  4. This is not Pho. This is chicken noodle soup, most likely inspired by Pho. You don’t make Pho with chicken broth in a box. Traditional (real) Pho takes hours to make. Know what takes 25 minutes to make? Chicken noodle soup. This is so disrespectful to Vietnamese cuisine

    1. No disrespect at all… the title says it all:
      Rotisserie Chicken Pho Soup.
      (Pho means noodle)
      Exactly what the poster was pouting about.