Peanut Chicken Ramen: Weekend Eats

easy college recipeLevel of Effort: Easy
Cost of Ingredients: $4.49 or $1.49 a meal
Nutrition Info per serving: 396 calories, 13.5 g fat, 39 g protein, 1.6 g fiber, 31.9 g carbs

I remember the comment. It said:

“Why are you making Ramen so complicated?”

The comment was in response to a Ramen recipe I’d seen on Pinterest where a blogger had ditched the seasoning packet (for good reason) and used other ingredients for flavor.

My first thought was…only a guy would write a comment like that. I wanted to write back and say,

Hey buddy,

Ever think of why we put more than just butter on toast?
Why we add meat or vegetables to canned tomato sauce?
Or why we wait the extra time or spend the extra bucks for a frappa-latta-crappa-chino instead of getting a quick, inexpensive cup of coffee?

Maybe that would have caused this guy to whack himself in the side of the head and realize many of us like this thing called “variety” otherwise known as “the spice of life”.

Sorry for being snarky but thinking of that comment gets my Hane’s in a knot.

What if we always followed this dude’s thinking? What if we never took that extra step to see what “this” or “that” ingredient could do for a package of noodles or even a recipe we regularly make.

Hey, I’m all for making Ramen straight up when required. I’m just saying there’s good reason for stepping out of the zone every so often to explore the edges of what’s possible.

To me those experiences add more spice to cooking (and eating) than you’ll ever find in a seasoning packet.

Peanut Chicken Ramen
Ramen noodles and chicken in an easy to make peanut sauceeasy ramen noodle recipe

Printable Recipe

MAKES: Enough for 3

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts [$3.36]
  • salt and pepper [$0.00]
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat peanut butter [$0.40]
  • 2 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce [$0.10]
  • 1/2 tbsp cooking oil [$0.05]
  • 2 cups water [$0.00]
  • 2 (85 g) packets of instant noodles [$0.42]
  • 1 green onion chopped [$0.16]


  1. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Combine peanut butter and soy sauce in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add chicken. Cook and stir until chicken is cooked through and golden brown. Transfer cooked chicken to a bowl.  
  4. Add water to the skillet. Bring to a boil and place noodles in water. Cook until noodles are softened, about 3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat.
  5. Ladle one scoop of hot cooking water from skillet and add it to peanut butter and soy sauce mixture. Stir together to make sauce. Drain remaining water from skillet in a cup or bowl (you may want to add more water in the step 7)
  6. Add cooked chicken and peanut sauce to noodles in skillet.
  7. Stir to coat noodles. Topped with chopped green onions.

Chicken Peanut Ramen

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