Healthier Chicken Ramen is a delicious, healthy spin on a classic noodle dish. Chicken is simmered with stock, vegetables and miso paste to create the perfect broth. It is then spooned over brown rice ramen noodles and topped with roasted vegetables. Each bite is slurp-worthy!
How Do You Make Ramen Healthier?
Now, this may seem like a crazy question! Because, ramen has the bad rap of being high in salt, carbs and just overall not the healthiest option on the shelf. Although, it is always delicious!
Making ramen healthier is fairly simple: make it homemade! That way, you can truly control what goes in it.
For this recipe, you can use either a rotisserie chicken or a raw whole chicken. Simmering the chicken in the stock with onions, carrots, garlic and miso paste creates a deep, flavorful broth without having to add in a whole bunch of salt or gunk! The result is a broth of pure golden goodness. This is the first step in making ramen healthier – control the ingredients!
PS: I find my brown rice miso paste at Whole Foods!
What Type of Ramen Noodles to Use
When it comes to ramen, one of the most important ingredients is well, the noodles of course! I absolutely love these Millet & Brown Rice Ramen Noodles. They have great texture, taste and are perfect for slurping! I’ve been able to find them in smaller packages at Target or Whole Foods, and in a larger pack at Costco. We love them!
This day and age, there are probably several healthier ramen noodles out there. Use your favorite! I have just found that this brand is consistently good.
Let’s Talk Toppings
Let’s dive into the fun stuff – toppings! There are so many different directions you can go with topping this Healthier Chicken Ramen. My favorite is to do either roasted or grilled veggies. Not only does it add another layer of flavor, but helps you get extra veggies into your meal! Here are some other options:
- Roasted veggies – sweet potato, butternut squash, zucchini, broccoli, corn or beets are all great options!
- Soft boiled eggs
- Seaweed or Kale chips
- Sliced green onion
- Pickled red onion
Roasted veggie tip: use frozen to help you save on time if need be! Just toss them all onto a sheet pan with a little seasoned salt and roast at 400 degrees until perfectly done!
This is one of those recipes that has easily found its way into our favorites. It is simple enough that I can whip it up quick for a weeknight meal, and fun enough to serve it as a weekend dinner option. How great would it be to have a build-your-own-ramen-bowl night?? Toppings all around!
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