PSA: This easy Chicken Ramen Noodle Stir Fry is a saving grace for busy weeknights! 30 minutes only and all the yummy flavors and crunch your heart could hope for, all in one bowl. This noodle dish makes me feel like a superhero who can concur dinner and all the things in life.
Here’s the situation: We are taking ramen noodles and combining them with chicken (feel free to substitute with shrimp, tofu, pork, or another protein), snow peas, and shredded carrots (or other veggies!), and toss everything in a delicious soy-based sauce. The sauce is the secret to the great flavor in this dish. And you know how much I love a good sauce.
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As far as I am concern, once we get passed Memorial Day, summer is here. And in our household, summertime meals for the most part fit one or more of these categories:
- Minimal kitchen time! We love the kitchen but we also love summer
- Light and tasty (reality: tasty part is required all year long)
- All-in-one-bowl goodness
Our Ramen Noodle Stir Fry game is strong in this household, especially in the summer because it fits all of the above.
We would double the recipe and meal prep the rest for a few more lunches and dinners. My husband loves bringing this to work with him because it’s so easy to transport, heat up and eat on busy work days.
What type of noodles to use for Ramen Noodle Stir Fry?
You can use instant packages of ramen noodles, discarding the flavor packages. Those flavor packages contains MSG and a high level of salt content. Instead we will coat the noodles in a super delicious, better-quality sauce that we created!
Alternatively, you can buy large packages that contain multiple ramen noodle squares (without the flavor packages). I typically see this only in Asian grocery stores.
Ingredients for Ramen Noodle Stir Fry sauce
For many stir fry dishes, the secret to great flavors lie within the sauce. A good sauce can make or break a stir fry dish.
The sauce for this Chicken Ramen Noodle Stir Fry contains soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, oyster (flavored) sauce, sesame oil and white pepper. Do not skip any of the sauces! They are all important to bring together the savory, sweet, slightly nutty umami flavor to this dish. We will also add chicken broth to this.
Out of the Asian sauces, the one that might be trickier to find in most mainstream grocery store is sweet soy sauce.Ssweet soy sauce is a thicker, sweeter soy based sauce that is widely use in Southeast Asian cooking. This is a sauce I grew up eating, and we use it in stir frys very often! It is available in most Asian grocery store or online here (affiliate link).
If you haven’t had oyster (flavored) sauce, don’t be intimidated by it. Oysters are not my thing but I love oyster (flavored) sauce. It is a very flavorful sauce use widely in Chinese cooking. It has the ability to enhance the dish and gives it that umami flavor. If you had Chinese food, you most likely had oyster sauce and just didn’t know it!
And of course, just like in many Asian dishes, don’t forget fresh garlic and onions. They give a lot of flavor to the sauce and this dish as a whole, and you don’t want to skip this or substitute it with garlic powder of onion powder. It is just not the same!
I highly encourage you to use this recipe as a guideline and get creative by incorporating the protein and veggie of your choice!
Now if you have a thing for chicken, carrots and snow peas like I do, please by all means, follow this recipe word for word. 😉
For the rest of you who are feeling rebellious, other fun veggie options include bell peppers, broccoli, green onions, leafy Chinese greens etc. Other protein options include pork, shrimp, tofu, beef etc.
When substituting with a different veggie or protein, remember to keep the amount about the same as the amount of veggie + meat I suggested. If you add more veggie or meat, remember to up the sauce slightly.
Grab a chopstick, or a fork, or whatever you have at hand, and dig into this bowl of yumminess! If you try this recipe please let me know what you think in the comment box below, and also take a pic and tag me on Instagram! I wanna see!!
Other Noodle Dishes!
- Simple Thai Noodle Bowl
- Chicken Lo Mein
- Shrimp Stir Fried Noodles
- Pad Thai Noodles (Video included!)
- Pad See Ew Noodles
- Hong Kong Soy Sauce Pan Fried Noodles (by Linda at Simply Healthyish!)
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