Today I have a super fast and easy dinner recipe for you that is also delicious and healthy. That’s the best kind of recipe, right?
But first, a confession. I love ramen noodle packs. You know, the 89-cent packages of ramen noodles paired with the sodium-rich broth that is oh-so-good. But…but. The sodium. Ah, the sodium. I haven’t bought ramen in years and years because of that darn sodium. Happily, today’s recipe will let us have our ramen and eat it, too!
You will need to buy one of those cheap-o packages of ramen for this recipe, but you’re going to throw the flavor packet in the trash where it belongs. Instead, we’ll use healthy, natural ingredients and just a bit of salt to create a yummy meal that’s perfect for kids, adults and college-kids alike!
This recipe is fast to prepare and should be eaten immediately, so plan accordingly!
Easy Asian Chicken Noodle Soup (a.k.a. Homemade Ramen)
Adapted from a recipe in America’s Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook
- 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded*
- 2 green onions, sliced thin with greens separated from whites
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 garlic clove, minced (I use my garlic press)
- 3 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce, plus extra as needed
- 1 3-ounce package ramen noodles, flavor packet discarded
- 1 1/2 cups shredded coleslaw mix (I used a coleslaw mix made only with green cabbage)
- 1 1/2 cups fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped
- 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil, plus extra as needed
- salt and pepper
Heat vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add chopped white green onions (reserving the greens for later), ginger and garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Stir in chicken broth and soy sauce and bring to a simmer (you’ll want to turn the heat up to get it boiling gently, then reduce the heat to medium or so to maintain the simmer). Stir in ramen noodles and coleslaw and cook for 4 minutes. Add chicken and spinach and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the rest of the green onions and sesame oil. Mix together, taste, then add salt, pepper, soy sauce and sesame oil to taste. Serve immediately. Serves ~4.
*Cook the chicken however is easiest for you – grill, sauté, boil, whatever!