Chicken pho made with a blended spicy broth! This gluten free almond chicken pho is easy to make in a blender. It’s dairy free, healthy, and delicious. Blended chili pepper almond sauce is mixed in with the broth to make this soup extra flavorful! A homemade pho recipe that warms the body and soul.
This Spicy Almond Chicken pho recipe is sponsored by my Vitamix Friends! Thankful they supply us with such quality products.
Chicken PHO! Oh how I love thee. The spicier the better. The more jammed back in the bowl, the better. The more you can slurp on those gluten free rice noodles, the better. Basically, slurp, sweat, enjoy, repeat. Haha! And now that the weather has turned a whole 5 degrees cooler, I am busting out the soup recipes! All kinds. Gluten free blender soups, vegan soups, paleo chili, and more. I get excited ya’ll!
But PHO is THE BEST! I last made PHO with shrimp and it did not disappoint. This time around my husband suggested I make Chicken PHO (we love spicy chicken) using a meatier broth. His words, not mine. Meatier broth? What does that mean?
Then he went on to reply, it means SPICIER, CREAMY, and all that goodness. Kinda like a Thai Coconut soup (Tom Yum). It’s spicy, creamy, and a little nutty. Two totally different soups, both equally amazing with a high heat sweat factor.
Okay, I get it. But you don’t really want to mess with PHO too much. Especially Chicken Pho. There’s a certain way to really make it and it does not involve coconut. That being said, I put my Cotter Creations thinking cap. How can I make a gluten free Chicken Pho spicy and creamy? Oh ya…. BLEND UP and EPIC SAUCE.
I give you Spicy (and creamy) Almond Sauce. It’s a blended Spicy Almond sauce with just almond butter, chili sauce, spices, garlic, broth, and more. It’s turns up that heat factor and creates one silky smooth chicken PHO broth.
Feel free to add more chili sauce to spice up the chicken pho even more… if you so dare!
After blending it turns into a firey orange red sauce. That’s what you will then stir in with the veggies and broth before adding your noodles. Although, I pretty sure this sauce would be EPIC in other soups too, maybe even a crock pot shrimp recipe. Just sayin…
So, come with me and let’s BUST a move with some spicy almond sauce in this super handy Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender ya’ll! Keep reading cause you’re gonna love this use of the Vitamix.
What I love about the Vitamix is that it can prepare hot soups, pastes, sauces, or broths that are ready to serve in less that 10 minutes. All you have to do is run it for a few minutes to create piping hot soup or sauce. Yep, simply from friction. This is why I didn’t really have to reheat my broth once the spicy almond sauce/pasted was added to the Chicken PHO broth. It was already warm and ready to go. Just a simple mix then serve.
Just gather up your rice noodles, cooked chicken, and pour that hot and spicy almond broth on top. Then garnish with cilantro, veggies (I used mung beans), and extra sliced pepper.
Plus…. IT’S RIDICULOUSLY EASY! Like PHO sure! Haha, see what I did there?
Okay, let’s get to the chicken pho recipe to prove it!Print
- For the Cooking the Broth and PHO bowl:
- 3 to 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth (divided)
- 2/3 cup sliced onion
- 1 cup sliced mushroom or eggplant
- 6 oz thin sliced chicken (cooked)
- 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 2 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 tbsp GF tamari or soy sauce
- 1 tsp fresh grated ginger or 1/2 ground ginger
- dash of black pepper
- 1 star of anise or 1/2 tsp seeds (optional). Can also use 1/4 tsp cardamon if you don’t like anise.
- 4 oz (200grams) gluten free rice noodles
- Spicy almond paste/sauce:
- 1/3 cup creamy almond butter
- 1/2 cup broth
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled
- dash of cayenne
- 1/3 cup chili paste or Sriracha sauce
- 2 peppers – sliced (mild green or hot red)
- mung beans
- red pepper flakes (optional)
- black pepper
For the Broth
- Place 2 1/2 to 3 cups of broth and the rest of your ingredients from the broth ingredient list (minus the chicken and noodles) in stock pot and simmer for 20 minutes. If chicken isn’t cooked, be sure to cook while this is simmering. See notes for cooking.
- Next, make your spicy almond sauce.
- Place 1/3 cup creamy almond butter, 1/2 cup broth ,3 garlic cloves (peeled), dash of cayenne or paprika, and 1/3 cup chili paste or sriracha sauce in a blender (Vitamix). Blend all together until smooth.
- Add spicy almond sauce to your vegetable stock and gently mix together. Then add in your cooked chicken and 1 more cup of broth.
- Simmer low for 5 minutes just to keep warm, stirring occasionally.
- While simmering, in another pot bring Rice noodles (200 grams)- Bring to a boil for 2 minutes, stirring. Strain and rinse quickly before serving. (If making noodles ahead of time, set aside after cooking but don’t let dry out. rinse with cold water then zap in microwave to warm).
- Place handful of rice noodles in each bowl (around 50 gram, 1/3 cup or more). Add spicy stock/veggies mix broth on top of each bowl until each are covered.
- Garnish each bowl with cilantro, mungbeans, and red pepper slices.
Feel free to use different noodles. Mung beans noodles just need to be soaked or even zucchini noodles would work.
Can’t eat almonds? Try using sunflower seed butter or tahini.
The sauce is great with so many things!
for cooking chicken Place 6oz chicken breast or two 3oz skinless chicken breast (thawed) in skillet with 1 tbsp oil, dash of salt or garlic salt, and pepper. Cook on medium to medium high, flipping once, for about 10 -15 minutes or until no longer pink in the middle. Slice once cooled.
Nutrition per Bowl:
Notes -> please use lower sodium broth and tamari/gluten free soy sauce if you want to reduce sodium intake. This nutrition is based on regular broth and GF soy sauce.
Blending the almond paste beforehand then mixing in it gives this Chicken PHO a bit of a “flare,” don’t you think?
Speaking of Flare! Here’s where the fireworks go off. We’re celebrating the start of soup season with this 1 Professional Series 750 . Ain’t she pretty? Pretty sure I use this Vitamix 3x a day. No lie. Anyway, I digress.. where was I? Oh yes, SOUP CREW and GIVEAWAY!
Update: The giveaway has ended.
Yes, I’ve teamed with a SUPER SOUP crew (Taylor from Food Faith Fitness, Gerry from Foodness Gracious, Krista from Joyful Healthy Eats, and Vitamix) for this Chicken PHO recipe and giveaway. We have all made a Vitamix blender soup recipe that will ROCK you socks off. Together, we are giving away the new Pro Series 750 Blender so you can celebrate soup season too. Corny, yes, but oh so true!
Be sure to check out Taylor’s Vegan Coconut Curry Sweet Potato soup, Gerry’s Roasted Eggplant Soup with Feta and Portobello Mushrooms, and Krista’s Corn Chowder with Shrimp and Corn Relish Go enter on 4 blogs to up your chances. Heck, that’s what I would do!
And if you make my spicy almond chicken PHO, I will gladly bring my extra large noodle bowl over to dine with you. That’s do-able, right?
Okay ya’ll, what soup would you blend up first? Are you Chicken PHO fan?
I am .. .PHO SURE! haha.