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Vietnamese lemongrass chicken soup

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
4 hr 25 min
25 min
4 hr
Known as pho (FUH), this soup is a staple in Vietnam and often eaten as the first meal of the day. Our version with lemongrass and chicken is tasty and satisfying but also wonderfully light.


Uncooked skinless chicken breast with bone

1 pound(s), 2 (1/2-pound) breasts

Reduced sodium canned chicken broth

8 cup(s), 2 (32-ounce) cartons


6 sprig(s), fresh, plus torn leaves

Uncooked scallion(s)

3 medium, trimmed, white and green parts separated and green part thinly sliced


½ Tbsp, (1 stalk) trimmed and finely chopped, or 2 teaspoons regrigerated lemongrass paste

Garlic clove(s)

2 medium clove(s), crushed with side of large knife

Black pepper


Fresh mint leaves

4 sprig(s), torn

Uncooked red onion(s)

½ small, very thinly sliced

Fresh lime(s)

1 item(s), cut into 4 wedges


  1. Combine chicken, broth, cilantro sprigs, white part of scallions, lemongrass, garlic, cinnamon stick, and pepper in 5- or 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook until chicken is fork-tender, 4–5 hours on High or 8–10 hours on Low.
  2. With slotted spoon, transfer chicken to plate. When cool enough to handle, Remove and discard bones from chicken; cut or tear chicken into bite-size pieces.
  3. Pour broth through sieve set over large bowl. Discard vegetables and spices. Return broth and chicken to slow cooker. Cover and cook until chicken is heated through, about 10 minutes on High.
  4. Ladle soup evenly into 6 bowls; sprinkle with mint and onion. Serve with lime wedges.
  5. Per serving: 1 2/3 cups


Add even more flavor and crunch by topping each serving with mung bean sprouts, sliced scallion, and very thinly sliced jalapeño pepper, all 0 SmartPoints.