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Pho Ga Instant Pot (Chicken Pho)

This is the best pho ga instant pot recipe because it is the quickest and the easiest. In under 30 minutes, you can have chicken pho with tender chicken and a very flavorful broth!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: chicken pho instant pot, pho ga instant pot, pressure cooker pho ga, quick chicken pho recipe, simple chicken pho recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 523kcal


Soup Broth

  • 1 white onion quartered
  • 1.5 inches ginger sliced
  • 1.5 - 2 lbs chicken thigh or drumsticks
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp fennel
  • 4 star anise
  • 1/2 stick cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce


  • flat rice noodles bánh phở

Toppings (choose what you like)

  • mung bean sprouts
  • Thai basil
  • mint
  • cilantro
  • lime cut into wedges
  • white onion thinly sliced
  • hoisin sauce
  • sriracha
  • jalapeno sliced


  • Cut off any excess fat from the chicken thighs.
  • Optional: Turn the Instant Pot onto Sauté mode. Heat a tablespoon of oil in the pressure cooker before adding the onion and ginger. Cook the onion and ginger until charred/deeply brown. Add the spices and toast for about one minute until fragrant.
  • Add the remaining broth ingredients to the pot. Close the Instant Pot and set it to High Pressure for 15 minutes. Let the pot natural release for about 10 minutes.
  • While the broth is cooking, prepare the rest of the ingredients. Cook the rice noodles according to its packaging and wash the herbs. For the sliced onions, you can place them in a bowl of water for 15 minutes to lessen their pungency.
  • Strain out the spices. Optionally strain out the cooked onion as well. (I keep the cooked onion in the soup for less effort).
  • Add some noodles, broth, and chicken to a bowl. Add your desired toppings and enjoy.