A savory and soulful phở, featuring the delicate flavors of chicken and authentic spices.

How to Prepare

Chicken Pho from scratch is quite the process. If you don’t have the time to roast chicken bones, fear not. Using Essence of Lotus Chicken Pho soup base, digging into a delicious, comforting bowl of noodles, chicken, and authentic Vietnamese broth has never been easier.

When shopping for ingredients, your local Asian market should have everything listed below. If you don’t have access to a quality market, you can still prepare the recipe using alternative ingredients from your local grocery store; for example, substituting standard sweet basil for Thai basil will work just fine.

For A Large Bowl


  • Essence of Lotus Chicken Pho soup base — 1 packet
  • Pho-style Rice Noodle, Dry or Fresh Refrigerated — 16oz Package
  • Chicken Breast, Boneless — 5oz
  • Bean Sprouts — ½ cup
  • White or Red Onion — ¼ to ½ cup, sliced thin
  • Green Onion — ¼ to ½ cup, diced
  • Thai Basil — to taste
  • Cilantro — ¼ cup, rough chopped
  • Red or Green Hot Pepper — to taste, sliced thin
  • Jalapeno or Anaheim Peppers work best
  • Lime — wedged and squeezed
  • Sriracha Hot Sauce — to taste
  • Hoisin Sauce — to taste

To Prepare:

Slice, dice, and chop vegetables and toppings. Set aside.

Bring 1 quart of water to a boil. Add chicken breast and boil for 10-12 minutes, lid off. Remove cooked chicken breast, allow to cool, and slice thin.

Bring a fresh quart of water to a boil. If using refrigerated pho noodles, add to boiling water and cook for 30 seconds. Remove noodles and rinse with cold water to prevent over-cooking. If using dry pho noodles, follow instructions on package. Discard cooking water when done.

For a single serving, bring 2-3 cups of water to a boil — 2 cups for a richer, more flavorful broth, 3 cups for a lighter, more delicate broth. Add 1 tablespoon of Essence of Lotus Chicken Pho soup base per cup of water. Stir until the base is fully mixed and then remove from heat.

Build your bowl by adding cooked noodles and chicken slices. Add toppings like sliced onion, bean sprouts, green onion, peppers, cilantro, and basil.

Top with sauces to taste and add some lime.

Enjoy with chopsticks.

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With Essence of Lotus instant dry mix, all you need to do is to add water!

Quality and freshness can be preserved up to 12 months if unopened packets are stored at room temperature.

Each packet makes about 4 – 5 bowls of broth.

Can be purchased by individual packet, in 6 or 24-packet cases.

Essence of Lotus products are manufactured in Washington state in a SQF 2000 level 2* facility.

SQF stands for safe quality food and SQF 2000 level 2 is a globally accepted food safety standard. Facilities with SQF 2000 level 2 certification are inspected annually by numerous agencies including the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and WSDA (Washington State Department of Agriculture).