Chicken ramen is a delicious and comforting Japanese noodle soup that’s perfect for any season. It’s a simple yet flavorful dish that’s easy to prepare and customize according to your preferences. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at the chicken ramen recipe, including the ingredients you’ll need, the steps you’ll need to follow, and some tips to help you make the best chicken ramen possible.
Ingredients for 1 serving:
- 1/4 cup chicken thighs (boneless, skinless)
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 teaspoons ginger (minced)
- 1/4 onion (diced)
- 1 pack (or 2 if you’re hungry) of ramen noodles
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon mirin
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon miso paste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Toppings (optional): boiled eggs, green onions, sliced mushrooms, bean sprouts, nori sheets, sesame seeds
- Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the garlic, ginger, and onion and sauté until fragrant and softened.
- Add the chicken thighs to the pot and brown on both sides. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
- Pour in the chicken broth, bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and tender.
- Remove the chicken from the pot and shred it into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
- Add the miso paste, soy sauce, mirin, and sesame oil to the serving bowl and stir all substances mixed properly to create the seasoning.
- Cook the ramen noodles according to package instructions, then drain and set aside.
- To assemble the ramen bowls, put the cooked noodles in the serving bowl with seasoning. Ladle the hot broth over the noodles, then top with the shredded chicken and any desired toppings. Serve hot and enjoy!
- For stronger and more fragrant chicken taste, you can add chicken bone/carcass to the broth, but it will make your broth cloudier. You can also use powdered chicken stock.
- For a more flavorful soup, you can add a splash of sake or rice vinegar to the seasoning.
- If you want to make the dish spicier, add a few drops of chili oil or sriracha sauce to the seasoning.
- For a vegetarian version, you can use vegetable broth and omit the chicken. You can also add tofu or other meat substitutes to the soup.
- Be sure to taste the soup mixed with the seasoning before adding salt and pepper, as the miso paste and soy sauce are already quite salty.
In conclusion, chicken ramen is a delicious and satisfying dish that’s perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner or a cozy weekend meal. With its flavorful broth, tender chicken, and customizable toppings, it’s sure to become a staple in your recipe collection. Give it a try and let us know how it turned out!