Low-Carb Quick Chicken Faux Pho Recipe

Low-Carb Quick Chicken Faux Pho Recipe

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Quick Faux Pho tastes like a bowl of freshness, especially in winter during cold-flu season. The optional toppings are partly what elevate this hearty bowl of comfort.

Phở or pho (pronounced fuh) is a Vietnamese soup usually consisting of broth, rice noodles, herbs, and meat – usually beef or chicken. Pho is a popular street food in Vietnam and served in restaurants around the world.

Since those following the low-carb lifestyle do not eat rice noodles, we will use our low-carb favorite noodle substitute – shirataki noodles.


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Toppings (optional)

  • 1/2 cup red onion, slivered
  • 1 cup green onion, chopped
  • 1/8 cup cilantro
  • 1/3 cup mung bean sprouts
  • black pepper, freshly ground


  1. Heat bone broth in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Bring to boil, then reduce to simmer.
  2. Add bone-in chicken breast halves, garlic, ginger, and five-spice powder.
  3. Simmer 30 minutes, straining foam and scum that rises to the surface. These are coagulated proteins leaching from the bones and flesh. Remove chicken and cool. Skim one last time to get a clear broth.
  4. While chicken is poaching in the bone broth, rinse and drain shirataki noodles under cold water.
  5. Add sesame oil, sambal oelek and noodles to bone broth. Shred or chop chicken.
  6. Discard bones and skin or reserve for another stock. Return chicken to soup.
  7. Serve topped with your choice of optional toppings.
  8. Each bowl gets noodles, chicken, broth and chopped fresh cilantro and green onion, slivered red onion and fresh bean sprouts.
  9. Sriracha or sambal oelek sauce on the side is never out of place.


Low-Carb Quick Faux Pho Recipe by Susie T. Gibbs
Recipe: $7.32
Per Serving: $1.83

Per Serving Without Optional Toppings: 205 Calories; 11g Fat (45.6% calories from fat); 25g Protein; 4g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 58mg Cholesterol; 2g Net Carbohydrate

With Optional Toppings: 226 Calories; 11g Fat (41.4% calories from fat); 26g Protein; 8g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 58mg Cholesterol; 4g Net Carbohydrate

NOTES: Use fettuccine or linguine shaped shirataki noodles in this dish and see how authentic it feels! We really love Pasta Zero, noodles made from chick pea flour and glucomannan powder, but they can be difficult to find.


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