Fast Weeknights BBQ Chicken and Egg Ramen
Fast, fresh and flexible - that's what we need on a weary weeknight! This is 2 Minute Noodles amped up to delicious family fare. Like a takeaway long soup meets chicken and chips - only without the waiting time, delivery fee, or deep-fried chips!
- 1 litre water add more if this doesn't cover the eggs
- ⅓ cup soy sauce (light or dark)
- 4 eggs more or less depending on your family taste
- 2-4 packets instant ramen noodles any '2 minute' type noodles are fine
- seasoning sachets from the noodle packets or a stock cube or 200ml liquid stock
- 1 cooked BBQ chicken, breast and thigh meat pull into bite sized pieces
- 1 tbsp sesame oil (optional)
- 1 tbsp mirin (optional, enhances flavour)
- 1 handful bean sprouts or finely shredded capsicum, choy sum, bok choy, or green beans raid your vegetable drawer!
- 2 stalks spring onions sliced on diagonal
Set water and soy sauce to boil in med-large saucepan. Add eggs and set timer to hard boil (at least 8 minutes as water is not boiling when added).
Reduce water/soy to a high simmer and remove eggs - place in a small bowl of cold water until needed.
Break each pack of noodles into halves or quarters while still dry. Add to saucepan with the contents of seasoning packets.
When noodles soften after a minute or two, add the cooked chicken pieces and sesame oil and mix well. Taste soup at this point and add more soy or mirin if needed. You can also add other condiments to taste like a dash of fish sauce, squeeze of lime juice or rice wine vinegar.
Allow noodles and chicken to simmer on low for a couple of minutes while you shell and halve the boiled eggs.
Place four serving bowls close to stove (see Notes). Ladle soup, noodles, chicken into bowls. Top each with two boiled egg halves and a share of the bean sprouts and spring onions.
- Save the drumsticks and wings from the BBQ chook and share them out in lunchboxes the next day or make a simple salad with some bread sticks and eat them for dinner the following night.
- Once you’ve got the hang of this approach, you’ll find the variations are endless and you may never eat plain ramen again.
- Variations you can try include store-bought Chinese BBQ pork, or add frozen king prawns or fish balls to the soup ahead of the noodles.
- Make this a meat-free dish with tofu or tempeh cubes - and go vegan by leaving off the egg.
- You can also use plain noodles such as soba or udon, or even spaghetti (the noodle doesn't know what country it's supposed to be from!)