Slow Cooker Pho Gâ Recipe
An authentic Pho Gâ recipe calls for roasting vegetables, pre-boiling the chicken to remove impurities from the broth and other “(some would say) time consuming cooking steps . Yes, most of these steps help to develop a complex and great tasting broth – but what about super busy people and/or athletes that just need to dump and go?
This is when the slow cooker enters the picture as the savior. Besides quartering the chicken, all you have to do is dump everything into the slow cooker, set on low and go.
Important Cooking Tip: Make sure you quarter the chicken. A whole chicken will sit in the food danger zone for too long before it starts cooking.
Ph gâ is usually served with an assortment of condiments on the side.
Thinly sliced onions
Herbs: basil, mint and cilantro
Sauces: fish sauce, siracha, soy
Really, whatever you like is ok. There aren’t any rules at my dinner table 🙂
Slow Cooker Pho Gâ Recipe
- 1 whole chicken
- 1 large yellow onion, quartered
- 2 carrots, cut in 4's.
- 2-3 tablespoons of fish sauce
- 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
- 3 inch piece of ginger
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 8 star anise
- 2 cloves
- 2 black cardomon pods
- 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
- 2 bay leaves
- kosher salt
- Box of rice noodles. The thick kind, not the vermicelli.
- Oyster or Housin sauce
- Fish sauce
- Cut the chicken into pieces or have your butcher do it for you.
- Place all the ingredients into a large slow cooker, cover with water and set on low heat for 12 hours. EXCEPT for the noodles. Read the directions on the box. Most require steeping in hot water for 20 minutes. Do this at the end and make your own individual bowl of pho.
- Once you see the chicken is completely cooked and it's been several hours, taste the broth. It's not going to be perfect, but it should give you a sense of where it's heading and if you need to add more of anything. I typically add a touch of salt, maybe some sugar and some more fish sauce.
- After 12 hours, the chicken should be beyond tender and the broth super tasty. Remove the chicken and set aside in a large bowl to cool. Then line a colander with some cheese cloth if you have it (not 100% necessary but it makes the broth clearer) and strain the veggies out.
- Now you should have cool chicken that's been taken off the bones, clear broth and some rice noodles that have steeped in hot water. Start combining the ingredients in individual bowls and adding any or all of the accompaniments that you like!
Dairy Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added