Chicken Pho + Le Creuset 7 1/4-Qt Dutch Oven Giveaway

In the weeks leading up to my sister’s wedding in Southern California, we were busy wrapping all sorts of loose ends up on this side. Between various projects and drama camp performances, dress alterations and wedding favor packaging, business trips and hair cuts, the end…

Chicken Pho + Le Creuset 7 1/4-Qt Dutch Oven Giveaway

In the weeks leading up to my sister’s wedding in Southern California, we were busy wrapping all sorts of loose ends up on this side. Between various projects and drama camp performances, dress alterations and wedding favor packaging, business trips and hair cuts, the end of July was go go go. So it came as no surprise when one after another, my son, daughter and I became sick. It may have been an amazingly busy and fulfilling summer, but our bodies called for rest.

It was time for soup. Never mind that it was hot outdoors, Chicken Pho seemed like just what we needed. The kids loved twirling the long, flat noodles round their forks, and I certainly appreciated the clear and flavorful chicken broth, laced with ginger to sooth my stomach and spicy heat from the jalapeno to help me breath deeper. Each sip nursed me back to health.

I was ready for wedding celebrations in no time.

It’s time for my final Wedding Registry Kitchen Must-Have Giveaway! I l-o-v-e my Dutch Oven and know you will too. Soups and stews, wintery braises, deep frying, and even no-knead breads – there’s nearly nothing this heirloom quality piece will not do well. I know you will love this Le Creuset 7 1/4-Qt Dutch Oven, and I’m so excited to be able to share one with one of you!

Wedding Registry Kitchen Must-Have Giveaway :: Le Creuset 7 1/4-Qt Dutch Oven Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Sincerest thanks to everyone for entering – I truly enjoyed reading all your responses! Congratulations to Gina M, winner of this Le Creuset Dutch Oven!!!

Ready to enter? Here’s how:

  • Please leave a comment below and feel free to share: What will you stir up in this dutch oven?
  • Bonus entry: Share this page on Facebook and leave another comment saying so.
  • Entries/Comments accepted until 10 pm Pacific, Sunday, 19 August, 2012.
  • One winner will be randomly selected and notified by email.
  • This contest is open to US residents only, my apologies to my international friends!

Disclosure: In celebration of their newly launched Wedding Registry, Wayfair is generously sponsoring this giveaway by giving one winner a Le Creuset Dutch Oven. I am grateful to the for their support and for making this giveaway possible. The author was not compensated for this post/giveaway. All opinions are strictly my own.

Please check out my Top Ten Wedding Registry Must Haves for my personal picks when starting out in the kitchen!

Thanks to all who have been part of these giveaways so far, I have really been enjoying your comments and ideas. And congratulations to our winners thus far! Becca H is now the owner of a shiny new All-Clad Stainless 3Qt Sauté Pan, and Rebecca L, is the winner of the Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor. Happy Cooking!

Chicken Pho

Serves 6 | Prep: 20 minutes | Cook: 3 1/2 hours

In Charles Phan's original recipe, he calls for roasting the vegetables prior to adding it to the soup stock. With summer temperatures as high as they are, I opted to not fire up the oven and simply started the stock on the stove.


1 5-lb chicken, quartered
1 onion, skin intact, quartered
3 1 inch pieces of ginger
4 quarts cold water
1 tablespoon salt or fish sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup fish sauce
freshly ground black pepper
1 lb dried pho noodles (Vietnamese rice noodles)
1 lb mung beans
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup basil, roughly chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
2 limes, sliced in wedges
2 jalapeños, thinly sliced
Asian chili garlic sauce and/or hoisin for serving


In a large stock pot, place the chicken, onion, ginger, water, salt/fish sauce, and sugar. Place the pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to simmer and cook for 30 to 45 minutes. Remove the chicken, allow to cool for a moment, but let the soup stock continue to simmer on the stove. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, debone the chicken and shred. Place the shredded chicken into the refrigerator while the rest of the meal is cooking. Place the bones and the skin back into the soup pot and continue to simmer for about 3 hours. Strain the soup stock into a large pot or dutch oven, add the fish sauce, and cook over high heat until the liquid reduces to roughly 12 cups. Season to taste with additional fish sauce and freshly ground black pepper, if necessary.

Soak the noodles in a bowl of hot water for 30 minutes, or until soft.

Bring a pot of water to boil. Salt it generously, then drop in the softened rice noodles and cook for about 3 minutes. Drain. Do the same for the mung beans, blanching them briefly.

Divide the rice noodles, mung beans, and shredded chicken into bowls, and ladle chicken broth into each bowl. Garnish with scallions, basil, cilantro, jalapeño slices and chili sauce. Serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from Chicken Pho, by Charles Phan on Food & Wine: Vietnam a la Cart, September 2005.


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  1. Laura

    Love Le Creuset! I’d use it to make big batches of sauces, chili, and soups.

  2. Justine

    I’m looking forward to letting meats braise slowly in a low temperature oven, letting the perfume of garlic, onion and red wine fill my kitchen for hours.

  3. Deanna Peoples

    There is a recipe for braised short ribs I’ve been dying to try. Fingers crossed!

  4. cara

    I’d fill it with tender pork, russet potatoes, slices of apples from my father’s orchard, sweet onions, and cubes of carrots and parsnips to make a rich fall stew, warm and comforting. Serve with big chunks of fresh buttered bread and a healthy dose of family love.

  5. Allyn

    I’d make a massive amount of braised short ribs if I had this pot! I’ve been needing a bigger dutch oven for ages. Perfect for big family meals.

  6. Mdivani

    I Love Le Creuset! My preferred cooking choice! I’d make my Vegetarian version of Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon in the gorgeous Le Creuset piece!

  7. Melanie

    Le Creuset!! My favorite :) I would make some of this Pho above!

  8. Kristina

    I would love to make My Mama’s Chilli Recipe! Or maybe a meatloaf- its my fiancee’s favorite!!

  9. Tricia

    It is blazing hot here where I live and I keep thinking about soup…..

  10. Jamie

    I absolutely love Pho – had it last night at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant in fact! But I’ve never made it and yours looks and sounds fabulous! I would definitely try this in my new Le Creuset Dutch oven (I adore Le Creuset and only cook in it!)!

  11. Corisa

    I’d love to find a perfect summer recipe dish using the dutch oven, maybe something with fresh tomatoes !

  12. Sleepyheadedmom

    I would love to make a stew or goulash in that dutch oven.

  13. Mary

    I love both pho and Le Creuset – what a great recipe and a great giveaway. I’d be making the pho, of course, and also some corn chowder with fresh summer corn.

  14. Amy

    So many wonderful things to make in this…top contenders: Guinness braised short ribs and bolognese sauce. But this pho looks fabulous too!

  15. Becca from It's Yummilicious

    I LOVE the color of this gorgeous piece of Le Creuset! I would use for SO many things, but the first order of business would be to caramelize onions for a deep, hearty French onion soup!

  16. Anna @snackingkitchen

    What an incredible giveaway and a beautiful color! Even though it’s sitll summer time, seeing the Le Creuset makes me hungry for a rich, hearty stew, served over a bowl of fluffy mashed potatoes :)

  17. Amanda Thompson

    I would make Coq au Riesling and Chicken & Dumplings and tons of other soups and stews!!

  18. Kirsten

    I would make, chili, spaghetti sauce, and lots of homemade chicken stock.

  19. James

    I’d work on my trials of cooking braised short ribs with hominy in good Acheson-style.

  20. Debb

    I adore pho. With this as inspiration I whipped up a big bowl of noodles for my niece and I using what was on hand. Ramen (which she loves) leftover smoked trout, kale, jalepenos and beautiful chunks of ripe tomato. I feel so good after a great bowl of soup. I’ll collect the ingredients for your pho next time I’m out and give it a try. It looks amazing!

  21. Kathy in Portland

    Unfortunately before you know it, it will be the time of year I make big pots of beef and vegetable stew. That’s what I would make.

  22. Liz Barbo

    If I win this I promise to make everything on your site that fits in the pot. It would be my own version of Julie and Julia. :-). And I would start with the pho! One of my favorite soups to eat and I have never made it!

  23. Shauna Anderson

    If I won, I would start by making a delicious recipe(I fell in love with) for lobster corn chowder.The possibilities are endless…………….yum.

  24. Christina

    I absolutely love dutch ovens! They are such versatile and handy creations. :) Lately I have been canning up a storm with my mother. So far my favorite way to use a dutch oven is to make brown sugar banana butter. It’s perfect on toast, oatmeal, you name it! (And it makes the house smell marvelous as well!)

  25. Holly

    I love Dutch ovens, and this one is the perfect size for my family. I would try your recipe for chicken pho since pho happens to be my husband’s favorite soup. Thank you for teaching us how to make it.

  26. Melissa

    All kinds of fall soups and stews…I’m ready for soup season to roll around again!

  27. jennifer s

    would love to have this dutch oven, saw a recipe for a bread you can make in a dutch oven that looked lovely. but all I have are casserole dishes!! thanks for the giveaway!

  28. kesha

    The very first thing I would make is my Mema’s hand rolled chicken pastry recipe! It is so yummy!

  29. Sarah L

    I love pho and have been planning to make it soon. I’ll make that or carnitas in the Dutch oven!

  30. Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings

    If I gave you my aunt’s US address, do you think I can join your giveaway? I am in dire need of a 7 1/4 Qt Le Creuset! I also just bought Jim Lahey’s No-Knead Bread cookbook, so I am just dying – dying – to try out his recipes in a dutch oven! And of course, Fall is around the corner…time to whip up some stews and soups!

  31. miki

    I know it’s still summer but I would love to make a ton of clam chowder in that !

  32. Lindsie

    I would use my Dutch oven to make some good ole double baked potatoes. Yum!

  33. susitravl

    Chili sounds good today. After 30+ days of over 100 degrees this summer, we finally have a cool day, around 80. I always want chili when it is cold. When did I ever think I would call 80 cold?!?

  34. Ann

    never used a Le Creuset Dutch oven … but I’d love to try making deer chili in it

  35. Gina M

    I would make a big pot of meatballs and sauce! Thanks for the chance to win!
    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

  36. Liz

    Oh, boy, does your pho sound incredible!!! And it’s feeling cool enough to eat a hot dish for dinner for a change…hooray! What a marvelous give away…hmmmm…I think I’d make some no-knead bread. SO good :)

  37. Cristi Martin

    I think I would have to whip up a batch of my mom’s potato soup :)

  38. Isaac Farley

    I would love to make some corn chowder in that dutch oven!

  39. Renee Richardson

    I would love to make chili. Yummy!!! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway :)

    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

  40. Rikki

    I just had soup for lunch today too, even when it’s hot out it’s so soothing. This looks so delicious. I love your styling!

  41. Tracy

    Wow, that is beautiful. What would I not make? Soups, stews, no knead breads :) I think I would first make a nice traditional roast with all the trimmings.

  42. Lucia

    I would use this to make chicken mole. I miss my Nana’s chicken mole and it never comes out quite right in my thinner pots.

  43. Gina

    The poor kids, too much does run everyone down sometimes. This is my daughters favorite soup and she loves to sprinkle on a big dose of 5 spice powder on top. Le Creusets’ pots are gorgeous and the one thing I don’t yet have in my kitchen. What wouldn’t I cook in it! I’m sure the wedding was a blast, but I bet you are still recovering.
    Hope you get some rest.

  44. Stephanie

    A Le Cruset “french” oven has been on my immeasurable kitchen supplies list for quite some time! I’m an aspiring professional chef but also a young newlywed (if 4 years still counts) and of course money is better spent elsewhere. A word to the wise, don’t elope, you don’t get gifts! haha.

    As for what to make… oooo, so many options. I see a few people mentioning braised short ribs, couldn’t agree more! Perhaps also a nice bouillabaisse, osso buco… I’ve had a craving for white chili lately. Really, the options are limitless! I think it’s important for everyone to have a good quality dutch oven. :)

  45. Joanne

    I am not sure what I want to make with the dutch oven, but I am sure it will involve pork belly. Possibly a Burmese pork belly stew that I saw in a Bon Appetit magazine about a year ago…it just feels like it would make for a great comfort food dish.

  46. Amy L

    Pot Roast, Beef Stew, Chicken Soup, Meatballs in tomato sauce, Swiss Steak.

  47. Lindsey Venable

    Oohhhhhh! I would roast veggies all day! I love it! :D

  48. Kristy

    Chili and short ribs and braised chicken and venison stew and 15 bean soup and bread and… and…. and… :)

  49. emily

    would love to make any kind of BBQ. it would be my first le creuset! thanks!

  50. Angelo

    I have been obsessing over ramen and pho lately and will definitely use this dutch oven a lot for braising chashu, slow simmering pho and ramen stocks! Please let me be the winner! :)

  51. Deb

    Small batch jams are an end of summer ritual and a le Creuset Dutch oven would find a perfect spot in my kitchen.

  52. ATN654

    Not flaming you or anything… The pho looks really good and I fully intend to make this recipe. You mention that originally the vegetables get roasted before going into the stock pot and that you omitted this step because it’s heck hot to be roasting anything. But skipping this step would be a mistake. The roasting gives the stock a wonderful richer flavor.

    I have an alternative to roasting because in actuality, you want to char the vegetables (ie. the ginger and the onion) instead of roasting them. You can grill both (no need to peel either) on direct high heat until the skin chars but is not burned. If you have a gas stove, you can do this directly on a burner. My mother does this step whenever she makes pho (beef or chicken) and it makes a big difference in the flavor of the broth. The advantage is obvious it’s quick (~10mins or so) and it doesn’t heat up the house. In our early years in the US, my mother charred the ginger and onion in a small toaster oven because she didn’t have gas burners or a grill.

  53. Tammi

    I would first make one of my favorite soups, Tuscan White Bean, then I would venture into new areas (for me) like breads and cobblers.

  54. Msee

    Oh my! I have been wanting/needing a Le Creuset! I would make so many dishes in this beauty, but one of the things I look forward to making is braised chicken.

  55. Dyanna

    I would use the Dutch Oven to Bake a cake over the campfire. I remember my mom used to do this when we went camping. It was called Campfire cake and it was GREAT FB fbid=419732165421

  56. Dyanna

    Shared on Facebook and Pinterest. Great Site. Thank you for all your hard work and beautiful photography

  57. Jean

    Liren, this is an awesome giveaway. I know I can’t live without my LC pieces, especially one this size. I shared this on FB but since I already have my own piece, I’ll give others a chance to win this one.

    All your giveaways have been great! Love the pho, too. :)

  58. Arrakis

    I would make homemade macaroni and cheese first, but then the possibilities are endless!

    The pho looks fantastic!

  59. Neill Hines

    I would make Hungarian Goulash, a wonderful braised dish!

  60. fabiola@notjustbaked

    I absolutely love Pho no matter what time of year. I totally understand the craving! I like making soups, and my large batch sauce in dutch ovens. It just sees to work perfectly.

  61. Eileen

    Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon would be a wonderful first voyage for this beautiful pot.

  62. wendy farner

    I love this color!! I will cook up beef stew and chicken and dumplings to start…and experiment from there!!

  63. Melinda Bunker

    Omg …I LOVE Pho’ and am trying this tomorrow!!!!!!!!!

  64. Hannah

    Love the color and would surely find amazing things to make in it :)

  65. @yumivore

    Liren, your award-winning photography always makes each dish so tempting! I’ve made your trio of mushroom soup before which was divine. Soups, risottos, Moroccan stews or even this Pho would all be perfect for a dutch oven. Given all the dust my kitchen is going through, I’m looking forward to a home cooked meal soon (and wouldn’t mind if you were making it I might add!). Lovely post.

  66. Beth C.

    There’s not much I *wouldn’t* make in that! It would be brilliant for jam, as well as braising and soups…

  67. Brandy

    Definitely a stew of some sort… but I might have to try my hand at breadmaking inside it first!

  68. Jane

    How funny: I have Jim Lahey’s bread recipe in the oven now, in a borrowed pot from my mom! If I owned one of these, I would make braised short ribs, which I do now in a rigged-up heavy soup pot, and more bread to go with it (of course). Dutch ovens are good for beans, too. And that Chicken Pho looks like it was just the right remedy. Summer colds are the worst!

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