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5 Ways to Make Chicken Ramen Even Better

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Whenever we talk about comfort food that’s quick and easy for us to prep, chicken ramen almost always comes up in the conversation. It tastes great, saves a ton of mealtime stress, and we love how we can add more of whichever ingredient we’re craving more, whether it’s the soup, the chicken, or the ramen.

However, despite all that’s good about it, basic chicken ramen can be a bit, well, basic, especially if you eat it regularly. To help you make your ramen more exciting, we’ve come up with five interesting ways to upgrade your chicken ramen.

Chicken Marinated in Char Siu Sauce

char siu chicken ramen

Char Siu is traditional Chinese roast pork that’s been marinated in and glazed with delicious Char Siu sauce.

The sauce is an awesome ingredient because it’s savory, sweet, and spicy in the perfect order. It’s also super versatile. You can dip fried chicken in it, drizzle it over cutlets, use it as a flavor base for ramen, and even as a sauce base for fried rice. 

Nutrition

*All nutritional values are for a single serving*

Total Calories: 103 (chicken thigh)

Protein: 13 g

Carbohydrate: 11 g

Total Fat: 6 g

Ingredients

*These amounts are for one large bowl of ramen*

Boneless Chicken Thighs: 1 (medium-sized)

Honey: ¼ cup

Soy Sauce: ¼ cup

Hoisin Sauce: ⅓ cup

Chinese Five Spice: 1 tablespoon

Shaoxing Wine: 3 tablespoons

Preparation

  1. Mix the Hoisin sauce, honey, and five spice till it forms a thin paste
  2. Slowly mix in the soy sauce and Shaoxing wine till the mix emulsifies
  3. Marinade the chicken in the sauce for a minimum of 5-6 hours 
  4. Grill the chicken for 10-12 minutes or till it gets a light char
  5. Slice the chicken into bite-size pieces and serve on top of a bowl of chicken ramen

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Chicken Braised with Mirin 

mirin chicken ramen

Mirin is a rice wine that’s a common cooking liquor in Japan. It’s sweeter than other cooking wines and creates a great flavor balance in otherwise salty dishes.

The best part about mirin is that you can use it as an ingredient or a complete marinade. In case you’re worried about your chicken turning out sweet, don’t be! The flavor turns neutral once you add aromatics such as garlic and parsley.

Nutrition

*These values are for one chicken breast and one ounce of mirin*

Total Calories: 148

Protein: 37 g

Carbohydrate: 11 g

Total Fat: 4 g

Ingredients

Skinless Chicken Breast: ½ (large)

Ramen noodles: 65-70 grams

Mirin (cooking wine): 1 cup

Garlic: 1 clove (large)

Parsley: 3-4 sprigs 

Preparation

  1. Crush the garlic and mix with mirin in a bowl
  2. Marinate the chicken in the mirin mix for 1-2 hours
  3. Sear the chicken in a pan till both sides are golden brown
  4. Turn the heat down, and add the parsley and mirin mix to the pan
  5. Baste the chicken with the mirin till the chicken cooks completely
  6. Let the chicken rest before slicing and topping on the ramen

Optional: You can make a delicious pan sauce with the leftover mirin in the pan. Simply add a teaspoon of butter, a pinch of MSG and white pepper, and half a teaspoon of miso. 

Garlic Roasted Chicken

garlic chicken ramen

Juicy roasted chicken with a garlicky crust is one of our favorite meats, especially with ramen. 

This method works best with our delicious black garlic chicken-flavored immi ramen. It already has all the seasonings, which makes this a super-easy meal to prep. 

We love garlic because of that rich, nutty flavor it takes on when roasted. If you like your garlic a bit more intense, use fresh garlic instead of garlic powder.

Nutrition

Total Calories: 228

Protein: 22 g

Carbohydrate: 2 g

Total Fat: 15 g

Ingredients

Skin-on Chicken Thigh or Whole Leg: 1 (large)

Ramen noodles: 65-70 grams

Garlic Powder: 1 teaspoon

White Pepper: ½ teaspoon 

MSG: ¼ teaspoon (large pinch)

Chicken Stock: 4 tablespoons

Preparation

  1. Mix the dry ingredients with the chicken stock to make a paste
  2. Apply the garlic paste on the chicken and marinate for 1-2 hours
  3. Grill the chicken for till the skin turns brown and crispy
  4. Slice the chicken against the grain and top the ramen with it

Try to avoid using table salt in this recipe because regular salt will make the dish too salty for already-seasoned ramen. 

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Chicken Katsu

chicken katsu chicken ramen

Chicken Katsu is a deep-fried chicken cutlet that’s crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. However, what makes this dish so amazing is the crunch it adds to ramen noodles.

Depending on your taste and texture preference, you can go with a thin cutlet or a thicker one. We prefer a thinner cutlet since that brings more crunch to the dish, without compromising too much on the flavor.

Nutrition

Total Calories: 332

Protein: 32 g

Carbohydrate: 23 g

Total Fat: 11 g

Ingredients

Chicken Breast: 1 (large)

Ramen noodles: 65-70 grams

Panko Breadcrumbs: 1 cup

Eggs: 1 (beaten)

All-Purpose Flour: 1 cup

Oil: As needed (for frying)

Preparation

  1. Dredge the chicken in the flour
  2. Dip the floured chicken in the egg till it’s fully covered
  3. Coat the egged chicken with the panko breadcrumbs
  4. Fry the cutlet till golden brown, take it out of the oil, and let it rest for 5 minutes
  5. Slice the cutlet into thick strips and serve 

You can serve cutlet topped with katsu sauce with a side of thinly sliced green cabbage for a more traditional taste. 

Stir-Fried Sichuan Chicken

stir fry chicken ramen

Sichuan chicken is a well-known savory dish that we believe makes the perfect addition to chicken ramen because of its spicy flavor profile. 

There are several noodle dishes such as the traditional Dandanmian and Sichuan peanut sauce noodles that use Sichuan peppercorns as a central ingredient. 

This version has a thick, spicy sauce that we grew up with and can recognize anywhere! 

Nutrition

Total Calories: 420

Protein: 32 g

Carbohydrate: 36 g

Total Fat: 17 g

Ingredients

Chicken Breast: 1 (large, diced)

Ramen noodles: 65-70 grams

Chicken Broth: ½ cup

Soy Sauce: 2 tablespoons

Rice Vinegar: 1 tablespoon

Sichuan Pepper Paste: 2 teaspoons

Corn Starch: 1 tablespoon

Dark Sesame Oil: 1 tablespoon

Ginger: 1 tablespoon (grated)

Garlic: 1 tablespoon (minced)

Preparation

  1. Combine the sesame oil, chicken broth, soy sauce, vinegar, and Sichuan paste, and corn starch in a bowl to make a thick sauce
  2. Heat a wok and swirl some oil around it
  3. Stir-fry the sauce with the diced chicken
  4. Halfway through the cooking process, add the ginger and garlic 
  5. Take the chicken off the wok
  6. Toss the chicken in the ramen before serving

You can also drizzle some Sichuan chili sauce on top for an even spicier and tastier kick!