Chicken Pho 
with Pea Shoots


  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 1/4-inch slices fresh ginger

  • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced

  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced

  • 4 tsp fish sauce

  • 2 green cardamom pods

  • 1 star anise pod

  • 1/2 stick cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric

  • 20 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 large)

  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice

  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

  • 4 oz brown rice vermicelli noodles

  • 1 jalapeño chile pepper, seeded and thinly sliced

  • 3 cups pea shoots

  • 1/2 cup each loosely packed chopped fresh cilantro and chopped fresh mint

  • 2 green onions, white and light green parts, thinly sliced


  1. In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, combine broth, ginger, shallot, garlic, fish sauce, cardamom, star anise, cinnamon, turmeric and 3 cups water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

  2. Reduce heat to low and add chicken. Simmer gently, uncovered, until chicken is no longer pink inside and reaches 165˚F when tested with an instant-read thermometer in center, about 15 minutes. (NOTE: Do not boil.) Using tongs, transfer chicken to a cutting board; let cool slightly. Chop or shred into bite-size pieces. Set aside.

  3. Arrange a fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl; strain broth mixture through sieve, discarding solids. Return liquid to Dutch oven and heat on low. Stir in chicken, lime juice and pepper and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, cook noodles according to package directions; divide among bowls. Ladle broth mixture over top, dividing evenly. Sprinkle with jalapeño, pea shoots, cilantro, mint and green onions, dividing evenly.