Chicken Pho

Chicken Pho

GF | DF | NF | EF | RSF Contains fish
Course 1 meal a day, Baby Led Weaning, BLW, Family Meals, Main Course, Soup
Servings 4 adults 


  • Large pot
  • Strainer or fine-mesh sieve


  • 2 chicken maryland's 
  • 1 chicken frame
  • 2 medium brown onions
  • 45 grams fresh ginger 
  • 2 star anise 
  • 7 cardamon pods 
  • 8 cloves 
  • 1.5 tbsp fennel seeds 
  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick 
  • 10 cups water 
  • 4 tbsp fish sauce 
  • 1.5 tbsp honey omit for babies under 12 months
  • 1.5 tsp salt 


  • Slice the onions in half. Slice the ginger into medium sized slices
  • Char the onions and ginger for roughly 60-90 seconds over an open flame or electric cook top until coloured 
  • Place a large pot over a medium heat and toast the spices – star anise, cardamon, cloves, fennel seeds, the cinnamon stick and the coriander seeds for 3-4 minutes until fragrant 
  • To the pot with the spices, add the chicken maryland's, chicken frame, water, charred onion and ginger
  • Bring up to a boil and skim any impurities that may rise to the top. Then reduce to a gentle simmer over a low heat and allow to cook for the following 2-3 hours 
  • Strain and remove the chicken maryland's and set aside. Here you can also pick off the extra meat from the chicken frame if you wish
  • Pull the meat from the bone of the chicken maryland's and flavour the broth with the fish sauce, salt and honey 
  • * You can serve as is or you can cook some rice noodles and serve with fresh coriander, basil and/or bean sprouts 


Able to be frozen: yes 
Age Appropriate: Can be served with your baby from 6 months. Offer them some of the chicken and broth (once tolerating fish or omit)
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