Cheater's Chicken Pho

 

I’ve always been a big fan of making stock in the slow cooker; it’s an easy way to use kitchen scraps like bones and veggie bits. But it recently occurred to me that I could save a couple of steps (and dirty dishes!) by cooking a whole soup in the slow cooker rather than cooking each component individually. No transferring piping hot broth from the pot to a strainer and then back to the pot! No sullying of a pan and colander just to cook noodles! And the broth that results from cooking the whole chicken with the spices is so, so much better than store-bought.

What you will need

1 3 lb chicken (giblets removed, patted dry with paper towels)

6 whole green onions, halved

1 1 inch piece of ginger, crushed

6 whole cloves

Salt

2 tablespoons fish sauce

16 ounces rice vermicelli or bean thread noodles

1 shallot, thinly sliced and fried

1/2 cup cilantro, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup whole basil leaves

1/2 cup whole mint leaves

1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions

1 cup mung bean sprouts

1-2 jalapeños, sliced into thin rings

Lime wedges

Hoisin, sambal, and fish sauce

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