Monday, 23 March 2015

Chicken Ramen


The first time I tried Ramen – was in America.  Well not the type of Ramen that I know and love, but over there ramen noodles generally come in packet like super noodles.  Then along came Wagamama, and I fell in love. Steamy big bowls of fragrant broth soft chicken and enough noodles to fill you up  and feel happy and warm.
But then the days of the recession came, and I couldn’t afford to get my fill of Wagamama’s as much as I wanted to – so decided to try my hand at my very own ramen recipe, and luckily it left me with the same smile on my face as it did when I left the restaurant!
The recipe is versatile – you can change the fillings, add pork instead of chicken, add different veggies but you will still get the flavoursome broth that carries everything else along nicely!
Preparation Time: 5 Minutes
Cooking time: 20- 30 Minutes
Serves 4

You Will Need:

3 Medium Chicken Breasts
2 Pak Choi Leaves Separated
1 Red Onion Sliced
2 Garlic Clove Sliced
Fresh Ginger – I use the pre sliced kind in a jar with water so about 1/4-1/2 Tsp worth
6 Tbsp Light Soy Sauce  - I use Blue Dragon
2 Chicken Stock Cubes – I use OXO Chicken made up with 600ml of Boiling Water
300g Noodles – I use Amoy Straight to Wok Ribbon Noodles
Hot Sauce – I use Franks Red Hot Sauce, but you can use Tabasco or an equivalent - optional
Frylight/Calorie Controlled Oil Substitute
Fresh Coriander - Optional

Method:

Slice the chicken into chunks and put in a sandwich bag with 2tbsp of soy sauce and leave to marinade – you can do this the night before and keep in the fridge if you like

In a heavy bottomed saucepan sprayed with oil, soften the onion, garlic and ginger 3 -4 Minutes

Pour in the stock, remaining soy and  add a few splashes of hot sauce and simmer on a medium for a couple of minutes to let the flavours come together

Remove the chicken from the sandwich bag, and place in the broth to cook

Add the Pak Choi to the broth and simmer – Depending on how thick your chicken is cut – it should only take about 5-7 Minutes for it to cook

Cook the Noodles in a separate pan and cook according to packet guidelines – portion and add to your serving bowls

Start to build your ramen but adding the onions, pak choi and chicken on top of your noodles

Finish by ladling over your hot steamy broth into the bowl

If you like the stuff – you can add some fresh coriander to finish, otherwise get a big spoon and devour!

Weight Watchers Pro Points Value: 6PP Per PortionFilling & Healthy Value:  1PP (if you use wholemeal noodles)

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