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Easy Five Spice Chicken Ramen Bowl

This Easy Five Spice Chicken and Ramen Bowl is super cozy, aromatic, and filled with wholesome feel-good ingredients like carrots and bok choy. 

Ingredients

Basic Ingredients.

  • 1/2 TBSP Five Spice seasoning; more if desired
  • 1 cup shredded or roughly chopped cooked chicken
  • 6 oz Ramen noodles, You can use fresh or those handy packages from college.
  • 1 TBSP sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated or minced
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 carrot, shredded, chopped, or ribboned.
  • 4 cups of chicken stock, I like to use my Instant Pot Chicken Stock
  • 2 TBSP low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp fish sauce (optional)
  • 2 TBSP sambal oelek, chili garlic sauce, or sriracha
  • Thinly sliced scallions, for garnish
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish

Additional toppings.

  • Soft-boiled eggs, halved , *See notes
  • Seared baby bok choy, *See notes
  • Shiitake mushrooms
  • Shredded cabbage
  • Kimchi
  • Microgreens

Instructions 

  • Place the shredded cooked chicken in a bowl. Sprinkle the Five Spice seasoning over it and, with clean hands, massage the spices throughout the chicken for even coverage; set aside.
  • Heat the sesame oil in a medium-sized pot over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and ginger and simmer for about 30 seconds. Add the carrots (and if you're using shiitake mushrooms or any other vegetables that need to be cooked to tender, add them now), and simmer until tender—about 2 minutes. Decrease the heat if you feel like the garlic is browning or sticking to the pot. Additionally, you can add a splash of stock to the pot if the garlic seems to be sticking.
  • Once the carrots are tender, add the chicken stock to the pot. Bring it to a low simmer. Add the soy sauce, fish sauce, and sambal oelek, and let the soup simmer for about five minutes. Give it a taste and adjust as needed (add soy sauce or more heat if you need to.)
  • While the soup simmers, cook the noodles in a separate pot as per the package's instructions. Drain the noodles, and equally divide them into bowls.
  • Pour the soup over the noodles, then evenly distribute the chicken between the two bowls. Top with sliced scallions and any other toppings you've prepared—and enjoy!

Notes

How to cook soft-boiled eggs. If you enjoy those awesome jammy eggs that come with the Ramen bowls at proper Ramen bars, good news: they're easy to make. Simply place your egg into a small pot and add water—just enough to cover the egg. Bring the water to a simmer, and boil the egg for 5 minutes. When 5 minutes is up, rinse the egg under cool water. Carefully crack the shell, peel the egg, and cut it in half. Top your Ramen bowls with nice jammy eggs!
Seared baby bok choy. If we're feeling a little extra, we add this seared baby bok choy to our Ramen bowls. 
*Cook time will vary depending on additional toppings.