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Cheater’s Chicken Pho

You know when you crave a big bowl of steaming chicken pho (Vietnamese chicken noodle soup), but you can’t be bothered to make stock and everything from scratch?  But more than anything, you want that heady fragrant broth filled with cilantro, chewy rice noodles, and chunks of tender chicken?  Yes?  Do you know what I’m talking about?

Enter…Costco rotisserie chicken!

Now YOU, yes YOU, can have your very own steaming bowl of chicken pho ready within minutes, with the help of precooked chicken and chicken broth doctored up with a few special ingredients.

Let’s begin.

Cheater’s Chicken Pho
Serves 2

I don’t put bean sprouts in my pho, because to be honest, I hate bean sprouts. But if you like them, feel free to add a handful of raw, washed bean sprouts to your bowl when it’s ready to serve.

4 oz rice sticks (Asian rice noodles)
4 cups low sodium chicken broth (homemade or store-bought)
1 bay leaf
pinch of five-spice powder
1 tbsp Vietnamese fish sauce
2 cups shredded chicken
1/2 cup edamame or other vegetable
1 lime
Cilantro
Hoisin Sauce
Sriracha
Sliced jalapeno

Put the rice sticks in hot water (hot like tapwater, not boiling) in a large bowl to soak for 10-15 minutes. When they are tender and pliable, but still have a bit of chew, rinse and drain them and set aside.

Heat the chicken broth, bay leaf, five spice powder, and fish sauce together over medium heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the chicken and edamame and simmer for another 5 minutes, until heated through. Add rice sticks and simmer another 30 sec until hot.

Pour into 2 bowls. Top with cilantro, and serve with lime wedges, hoisin sauce, sriracha, and jalapeno.

Enjoy your super fast 15-minute chicken pho!

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