This Paleo Chicken Pho Soup with tomatoes is a flavor explosion in a bowl! The pho soup is simmered with juicy chicken thighs and lemon and lime zest. Traditionally pho soup takes hours to make but today I’m sharing a quicker version which is my favorite way of making it – it’s faster and even more flavorful. A perfect midweek meal for chicken pho lovers!

Paleo Chicken Pho Soup recipe with tomatoes, simmered with juicy chicken thighs and lemon and lime zest in a clear chicken broth.

Paleo Chicken Pho Soup

I first discovered this Vietnamese-inspired chicken pho soup completely by coincidence. I was planning on making my Vietnamese-inspired beef tomato soup and the market ran out of the beef that day so I used chicken thighs instead. I was so surprised how flavorful the soup turned out.

Paleo Chicken Pho Soup recipe with tomatoes, simmered with juicy chicken thighs and lemon and lime zest in a clear chicken broth.

This Vietnamese-inspired chicken pho soup with tomatoes mimics the chicken pho broth well yet much easier and quicker to make. In my opinion, it tastes even more fragrant than chicken pho. I build the broth from scratch with sautéed garlic and ginger then add the chicken stock with tomato slices to add a light citrus flavor. It’s savory, light, and umami rich. Absolutely delicious!

Paleo Chicken Pho Soup recipe with tomatoes, simmered with juicy chicken thighs and lemon and lime zest in a clear chicken broth.

I highly recommend using chicken thighs for this recipe. Chicken breasts will not yield the flavor we are aiming for here. If you feel that thigh meats are too fatty, you can trim the extra fat away before dice them to bite size chunks.

Paleo Chicken Pho Soup recipe with tomatoes, simmered with juicy chicken thighs and lemon and lime zest in a clear chicken broth.

How to make quick chicken pho soup?

This Vietnamese-inspired Paleo Chicken Pho Soup is perfect for midweek meal or for make-ahead. Here’s how:

  1. Dice and season the chicken in advance.
  2. Store in the fridge for the next day use or freezer for later.
  3. Simmer the broth with aromatics and tomato slices. Let cool and store in the fridge or freezer.
  4. When ready to serve, sauté the chicken and combine with the seasoned broth.

Paleo Chicken Pho Soup recipe with tomatoes, simmered with juicy chicken thighs and lemon and lime zest in a clear chicken broth.

If you are a beef lover, check out my Instant Pot Beef Brisket Pho and Vietnamese tomato beef soup.

So my friends this Paleo Chicken Pho Soup is so fragrant and nourishing. It’s perfectly balanced between savory and citrusy. If you are a chicken tomato soup lover, my Vietnamese-inspired version will bring you a whole new level of deliciousness.

Paleo Chicken Pho Soup recipe with tomatoes, simmered with juicy chicken thighs and lemon and lime zest in a clear chicken broth.

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Paleo Chicken Pho Soup recipe with tomatoes, simmered with juicy chicken thighs and lemon and lime zest in a clear chicken broth.
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Paleo Chicken Pho Soup with Tomatoes (Whole30, Keto, Gluten-Free)

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 6 people
Author: ChihYu
This Paleo Chicken Pho Soup with tomatoes is a flavor explosion in a bowl! The pho soup is simmered with juicy chicken thighs and lemon and lime zest. It's fast to make and even more flavorful than the traditional pho. A perfect midweek meal for chicken pho lovers! 
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Ingredients

Chicken marinade:

Aromatics:

  • 3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 tsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 3 scallion bulbs, chopped and separate white and green parts

Chicken Pho Soup seasonings:

Before serving:

  • Half one whole lime zest and lemon zest
  • Quarter to one whole lime juice to taste
  • Cilantro, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  • Prep: Dice chicken to bite sizes and add marinade from garlic powder to olive oil. Gently mix well and set aside while preparing other ingredients.
  • Saute: In a well-heated wok or heavy bottom soup pot, add 2 tbsp avocado oil. Add aromatics. Season with a pinch of salt and saute over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 10-15 seconds. Add chicken. Season with another pinch of salt and lightly brown and saute the chicken until they are about half way cooked through.
  • Broth: Add chicken pho soup seasonings and tomatoes. Lower the heat to medium. Cover with a lid and bring the broth to a gentle simmer, about 10 minutes.
  • Once the chicken is completely cooked through, off heat. Add lime and lemon zest and lime juice. Taste and make seasoning adjustments (more salt, coconut aminos, fish sauce, or lime juice) to your liking. Serve hot with cilantro, if using, green scallion parts, and extra tomato slices.

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Notes

To make-ahead: 
  1. Dice and season the chicken in advance.
  2. Store in the fridge for the next day use or freezer for later.
  3. Simmer the broth with aromatics and tomato slices. Let cool and store in the fridge or freezer.
  4. When ready to serve, sauté the chicken and combine with the seasoned broth.  

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 675mg | Potassium: 413mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 525IU | Vitamin C: 16.7mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer, Broth
Cuisine: Asian-inspired Paleo, Vietnamese
Keyword: Chicken Pho Soup, Chicken Tomato Soup, Paleo Chicken Pho Soup, Whole30 Chicken Pho
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Paleo Chicken Pho Soup recipe with tomatoes, simmered with juicy chicken thighs and lemon and lime zest in a clear chicken broth.