Y’all, I’m never making regular ole chicken noodle soup again. This crock pot wonder warms you deep into your bones, helps your body fight respiratory threats, and tastes uh-may-zing. It’s filling, satisfying, and – drumroll please – is ridiculously easy to make. I throw this in the crock pot when I put the kiddos down for their nap and it’s ready to finish up when I get home from whatever practice I’ve been coaching at*. It may not authentic (I’m a Central/Eastern European mutt by lineage) but it’s seriously good. But don’t take my word for it; try it for yourself! P.S. Every time I make this my husband says he could eat it everyday…in which case, I either need to get a second crock pot…
Simple Crock Pot Chicken Phó
Cooking time: 5 hours start to finish
2 large chicken breasts
12 cups chicken broth
2 T brown sugar or coconut sugar
2 T fish sauce
1 cinnamon stick
8 star anise
8 whole cloves
1 two inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
6 oz of rice noodles
1 head bok choy, rinsed and chopped
Garnishes: bean sprouts, fresh basil leaves, jalapeños, and a lime
Place chicken, broth, fish sauce, cinnamon stick, anise, cloves, and ginger in the crock pot. Cook on high for 4 hours (or low for 8).
Remove chicken breasts from the crock pot and set aside; add bok choy to crock pot and cook for 20 minutes on high.
Chop or shred chicken. Add chicken and rice noodles to the crock pot and cook for 10 more minutes on high.
Prep desired garnishes. Serve steaming hot loaded with fixin’s or as is.
This is a great kid dish! For our three year old, I use a divided plate and put chicken in one, noodles in another, and broth in the third as “dip.” For our one year old, I put noodles and chicken right on his booster seat tray and he goes to town on it!
3-5 days before, start your own sprouts so you don’t have to buy them from the store. Sprouting is super easy and you can sprout your choice of beans or seeds.
If you buy fresh chicken breasts from Costco, this recipe uses one of the sleeves of the multipacks you purchase in the fridge cases. If you buy organic, you’ll use one of 3 sleeves and one of 6 if you buy conventionally raised chicken. That helps me visualize when I’m meal planning for an entire month (click here to see what’s for dinner this month!).
We (my husband, sister-in-law who lives with us, and myself) prefer a broth-y-er soup which is why there is so much chicken broth. If you like a smaller chicken-to-noodle-to-broth ratio, decrease the amount of broth to 10 or even 8 cups (but no less than that).
On the subject of broth, if you don’t have your own homemade broth, Better Than Bouillon (aff link) is a great alternative. They have an organic, reduced sodium version that sells for less than $7 at Costco (which is nearly half the price at a grocery store).
This soup reheats fabulously so feel free to make a big batch! Again, wish I had a bigger crock pot…
*Having something going in the crock pot that translates to a great meal is very important to me because it means that I can fulfill my desire to feed my family healthy, nutritious food while simultaneously following God’s call on my life to coach public high school athletes. It’s also awesome that my husband can come home from work to a relaxing environment, not one where dinner is hurriedly being thrown together or one in which he doesn’t get a break from the craziness of a workday filled with teenagers (he’s a high school science teacher). I want him to come home, be a dad, and engage at family dinner (to be clear, I want that for him…not something he’s demanded of me!).