Ramen Noodle Stir-Fry with Chicken — Don’t call for takeout when you can make this EASY ramen stir-fry in 15 minutes!! HEALTHIER and faster than takeout and great for busy weeknights!!
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Chicken Stir-Fry with Ramen Noodles
The next time you’re tempted to call for Asian takeout, put down you phone and make this ramen noodle stir-fry instead. It’s so easy, ready in 15 minutes, and layered with Asian-inspired flavors.
It’s healthier than what you’d get in a restaurant, you’re in charge of the ingredients, and it will make you forget about that takeout.
I cooked the chicken in a mixture of sesame and olive oils before adding broccoli, red peppers, baby carrots, and bamboo shoots. Later, I added cooked ramen noodles, green onions, and sesame seeds.
The beauty is that all the ingredients for this ramen stir-fry are readily available in any grocery store and many of them you probably already have in your produce drawer just waiting to be used!
Ingredients for a Ramen Noodle Stir-Fry
To make the super quick chicken ramen stir-fry, you’ll need:
- Chicken-flavored ramen
- Sesame oil
- Olive oil
- Chicken breasts
- Broccoli florets
- Red bell pepper
- Baby corn
- Bamboo shoots
- Soy sauce
- Rice vinegar
- Chili garlic sauce
- Ground ginger
- Green onions
- Sesame seeds
- Salt and pepper
Note: Scroll down to the recipe card section of the post for the ingredients with amounts included and for more complete directions.
How to Make a Stir-Fry with Ramen Noodles
The chicken and stir-fried ramen noodles couldn’t be simpler to prepare. Here’s a brief rundown of the cooking process:
- Add the oils to a skillet and cook the diced chicken until mostly cooked through.
- Then, add in the veggies and bamboo shoots and cover to steam until crisp-tender.
- After the chicken and veggies are done, add in two packages of cooked ramen noodles.
- Cook the mixture for another few minutes, or until the chicken stir-fry sauce is heated through.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions before serving.
I made sure not to overcook the vegetables so they stayed perfectly crisp-tender. Nobody wants to bite into a piece of mushy broccoli, so less is more when it comes to cooking vegetables in a stir-fry! Those crunchy veggies are the perfect contrast to the tender noodles.
Recipe Video Tutorial
Yes! You MUST cook the ramen noodles before stir-frying them with the chicken and veggies. To do so, simply discard the seasoning packets, aka salt bombs, and cook the noodles in plain water.
Definitely not! You have to cook the noodles before stir-frying them.
Absolutely! I’ve made this noodle stir-fry with thin spaghetti noodles in the past and it tastes just as delicious. Any thin noodle should work.
Yes, chicken thighs or even ground chicken will work with the stir fried ramen noodles. Just keep in mind that ground chicken may have a different cook time than diced chicken breasts or thighs.
Recipe Variations to Try
Add spice: To add authentic Asian flavor as well as a bit of heat, I used both soy sauce, ginger, and chili garlic sauce. I used 3 heaping tablespoons and we thought the dish had slight heat after you’ve eaten a whole serving but if you’re more sensitive to spices than we are, I would start with 1 or 2 tablespoons. You can always add more later.
Mix and match the vegetables: The great thing about stir-fries are that they are very flexible based on what you have on hand and enjoy. Use them as a way to clean out the mishmash of veggies in your produce drawer.
Rather than using the vegetables I used, you can incorporate mushrooms, sugar snap peas, carrots, onions, or your favorites. Add water chestnuts rather than bamboo shoots or baby corn.
Change the stir-fry sauce: Swap teriyaki sauce for soy sauce, or try sweet chili sauce rather than chili garlic sauce.
What to Serve with Ramen Stir-Fry
As far as I’m concerned, this ramen noodle stir-fry is a meal in itself with the veggies, chicken, and noodles.
However, you can pair the stir-fried ramen with one or more of the following sides:
- Fresh Spring Rolls
- Sheet Pan Orange Ginger Veggies
- Teriyaki Salad (omit the chicken)
- Mushroom Vegetable Soup
- Green Edamame Salad
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- two 3-ounce packages chicken-flavored ramen, discard seasoning packets
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, diced into bite-sized pieces
- 3 to 4 cups broccoli florets
- 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and diced small
- one 14.5-ounce can baby corn, drained and halved if necessary
- one 8-ounce can bamboo shoots, drained
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce, plus more if desired
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 to 3 tablespoons chili garlic sauce, or to taste
- 1 to 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 3 to 4 green onions, trimmed and sliced into thin rounds
- sesame seeds, optional for garnishing
- salt and pepper, optional and to taste
- Cook noodles according to package directions, drain, and set aside. While noodles are cooking, move on to the next step.
- To a very large skillet or wok, add the oils, chicken, and cook over medium high-heat for about 4 minutes, or until chicken is nearly cooked through; flip intermittently to ensure even cooking.
- Add the broccoli, bell peppers, baby corn, bamboo shoots, cover, and allow vegetables to steam for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until just becoming crisp-tender.
- Add the noodles to the skillet, and add the soy sauce, rice vinegar, chili garlic sauce, ginger, and stir to combine to incorporate the noodles and vegetables. Cook for about 1 to 2 minutes.
- Evenly sprinkle with the green onions, optional sesame seeds, taste and decide if you need to add salt and pepper or more soy sauce, and serve immediately.
- Stir fry is best fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 605Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 129mgSodium: 1204mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 14gSugar: 8gProtein: 49g
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