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Quick and Delicious Chicken and Beef Pho | Vietnamese Noodle Soup

Quick and Delicious Chicken and Beef Pho | Vietnamese Noodle Soup
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Here is our super quick and delicious beef and chicken pho recipe. If you’re strapped for time, this recipe will allow you to have pho all week long without cooking for an entire day.

We use chicken as our base because it takes less time to cook and is just as yummy as 100% beef pho. And if you’re not into beef, you can also leave out the beef ingredients and make a simple chicken pho broth.

We love using these ingredients in our pho recipe.

dry pho seasoning packet gia vy

The BEST Pho seasoning packet!

You can find this pho seasoning at Viet Wah in Seattle, Washington. Alternatively, you can also use this Pho seasoning which is easier to find online and in Asian markets.

pho bo vietnamese beef noodle soup meatballs

Cooked Beef Meatballs

fresh pho noodles banh pho tuoi

Fresh Pho Noodles – This bag is enough for 20 bowls. They sell them in smaller packets.

bean sprouts beef noodle soup pho bo garnish

Fresh bean sprouts

rock candy to sweeten pho bo recipe

Rock Candy – A little goes a long way!

chicken and beef pho broth with meatballs

The pot will look like this when it’s about ready. You can see the chuck roast floating in the broth.

Yield: 10 bowls

Chicken and Beef Pho | Vietnamese Noodle Soup

vietnamese cuisine chicken and beef pho with meatballs

Beef pho can take a long time to cook (approximately 8 hours). If you're looking for something that is quicker yet just as delicious, try out our Chicken and Beef pho recipe!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes


Pho Broth

  • 1 Whole Chicken
  • 2 pound Brisket OR 2-3 pound Chuck Roast
  • 1 pouch Pho Seasoning
  • 2 bags Beef Meatballs
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • Rock Sugar (to taste)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Fish Sauce (to taste)


  • 1/2 Sliced Onion
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • 1/4 sliced Onion in White Vinegar (chilled)
  • Hoisin Sauce
  • Sriracha Hot Sauce
  • Thai Basil
  • Bean Sprouts
  • Sliced Jalapenos
  • Pho Noodles (can be fresh or dry)
  • Lime Wedges


Pho Broth

  1. In a large 20 quart pot, add the chicken, whole onion (peeled), pho seasoning packet, brisket OR chuck roast, and fill with water until the ingredients are covered.
  2. Bring the water to a boil and turn it down to medium heat. Set timer to cook for 2 hours.
  3. At the 2 hour mark, use tongs to remove the chicken and place it aside to cool down. Turn the pot down to low-medium heat to continue cooking the brisket/chuck roast for another hour.
  4. When the chicken has cooled (about 20 minutes), use your hands to shred the chicken meat off the bones. Throw the chicken bones back into the broth to continue cooking.
  5. Slice the beef meatballs in half and add them to the pot.
  6. Turn the heat to low and remove the Brisket/Chuck Roast and let it cool down. Once cooled, slice it thinly and set aside.
  7. Remove and toss the seasoning packet, onion and chicken bones.
  8. Season with salt, rock sugar and fish sauce.

Prepare the Bowls

  1. Cook the pho noodles and add them to the bowl.
  2. Top with beef and chicken meats, cilantro and sliced onions.
  3. Use a ladel to cover with pho broth and serve with garnishes.


The brisket or chuck roast will impart the beef flavor that you'll typically find in traditional beef pho. The only difference is that this recipe takes 3 hours instead of 8.

You can add fish sauce to the stock pot or add it individually into your bowls while serving.

When using fresh pho noodles, use a strainer to dunk the noodles into the broth to cook prior to serving. You can also microwave the noodles for 1 minute, but we prefer to infuse the noodles with the broth by dunking it.

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delicious and easy beef pho recipe

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