Easy Chicken-Ramen Soup

"A quick and easy dinner that's tasty, economical and doesn't leave you with too many dishes to wash! An Asian Style Chicken Noodle Soup. Submitted for "Dining on a Dollar Contest" using contest ingredients - November 2008. Add the red pepper flakes as an option if you like a hotter style soup, or alternately use a small red chilli finely diced and add with the chopped onion."
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  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced (can use bottled minced garlic)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 12 cup frozen cut green beans
  • 1 carrots, finely julienned or 1 carrot, very finely sliced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage (chinese cabbage) or 2 cups wombok cabbage (chinese cabbage)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 (3 ounce) packets ramen noodles, discard seasoning sachets (also referred to as instant noodles)
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 12 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 14 cup chopped cilantro leaf (optional)
  • salt and pepper


  • In a small bowl combine the 2 teaspoons of sesame oil with the minced garlic- set aside.
  • Using a large stockpot or saucepan, heat the vegetable or peanut oil and then add the carrot, onion and cabbage.
  • Gently stir-fry until the vegetables have softened slightly - around 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the chicken stock, soy sauce, shredded chicken and green beans. Bring to the boil.
  • Once the soup is to the boil, add the sesame soaked garlic and the 2 packets of ramen noodles (do not use the seasoning sachets) and boil until the noodles are cooked. Approx 5 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir thru the cilantro (if using). Serve and enjoy!

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  1. Wow, this was great! I made a half recipe (but used a whole garlic clove)for the two of us and made a few changes to the original recipe. I used my own home made turkey stock, 200g turkey breast fillet and as I don't like beans, I subbed them for snow peas. I used the optional fresh coriander and chilli flakes for a delicious dinner.
  2. This sure is quick easy and tasty. Only change I would make is to only use 1 packet of noodles next time as I felt there were too many noodles for the amount of liquid. Made for Aussie / Kiwi Swap 34 Nov 09
  3. So flavorful - the red pepper flakes and fresh cilantro made this so much better than plain old chicken soup, and it was even better after sitting in the fridge a day or two.
  4. I love recipes that start with "Easy" in the title. I used shredded cabbage from the produce section to help cut down on time. I did not use the cilantro, but I did use the pepper flakes. Yummy! Even the leftovers were good the next day for lunch. We enjoyed very much
  5. Great soup! Quick to make and easy on the pocketbook. The soy sauce, sesame oil, and garlic combine to give the broth a very nice flavor. Good luck!


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