Save your A$$ Chicken Peanut Ramen

Who knew soup season would butt right up to Cinco de Mayo season and Kentucky Derby season? It’s been one of those springs in New Hampshire. The upside is that there is still time to post the recipe from Half Baked Harvest that I made more than any other (including spicy margaritas) this past winter.

It first came to my attention in November, when Pat the Great in Colorado had it ready to serve us upon arrival. Conservatively, I’ve made this 20 times since then. It was an extraordinary winter of feeding people, and without this recipe many of them would have gone hungry. Each time I thought I’d made it for the last time, there would be another chilly day with no meal plan, and out from the cupboard the stained hard copy of this recipe would come.

The recipe is classic Pat, because she only passes things along that are truly great in some way. That could mean interesting, informative, funny or delicious. In this case it means both delicious and easy.

My minor obsession with it was recently reconfirmed by Suzi the Great, who posted it on Instagram after making it an embarrassing number of times in succession. Suzi also gave me the cookbook that first introduced me to Tieghan Gerard’s Half Baked Harvest, not to mention the picture for this post, so, triple points to Suzi.

My goal at Bring It is to only share the recipes you will come back to time and again. They have to be great, not “Just OK,” and in the binary judgement by which many things can be simply appraised, absolutely “Worth It.”  Admittedly, a few times I’ve wavered, passing on a so-so recipe because it had a great story, but I’ve recommitted to the “Worth It” standard so please trust me on this one. If you like these flavors you will make this again and again, and never have to worry about how to feed hungry people in a hurry.  

Save You’re A$$ Thai Ramen

(AKA Half Baked Harvest’s 30 minute Thai Peanut Ramen)

One pot, quick and easy healthy, meal that’s creamy, spicy and delicious.

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (14 ounce) coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup Thai red curry paste
  • 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or protein of choice)
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or grated
  • 2-4 squares ramen noodles
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil or cilantro, roughly chopped, plus more for serving
  • chopped peanuts and toasted sesame oil, for serving

Ingredient notes:

  • You can riff on veggies here, adding more of whatever you like or whatever you have. I typically cook up the mushrooms in a skillet first with some onions because my people are not into mushrooms and that helps disguise them.  
  • I have also on occasion added a ton of thinly shredded cabbage instead of or in addition to the ramen.
  •  For “ramen” I have used fancy organic gluten free rice ramen, clear rice noodles, straight up spaghetti, 25 cent college student ramen, fresh and dried soba and udon noodles, etc. Anything goes so use what you have and what you like.
  • Pat and I both prefer to cook up the chicken before adding it to the pot (use the skillet you used for the mushrooms after you cook them up, if you go that route). It’s also a great use for leftover cooked chicken.

Method

Stove Top

  1. In a large soup pot, combine the chicken broth, coconut milk, soy sauce, fish sauce, honey, peanut butter, and curry paste. Add the chicken, cremini mushrooms, red peppers, ginger, and garlic. Set over medium heat on the stove and bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and shreds easily.
  2. Once done cooking, shred the chicken.
  3. Bring the soup to a boil over high heat. Stir in the noodles, lime juice, spinach, and cilantro. Let sit 5 minutes or until the noodles are soft.
  4. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with peanuts and toasted sesame oil. Enjoy!

 

Instant Pot*

  1. In the bowl of the instant pot, combine the chicken broth, coconut milk, soy sauce, fish sauce, honey, peanut butter, and curry paste. Add the chicken, cremini mushrooms, red peppers, ginger, and garlic. Cover and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
  2. Once done cooking, use the natural or quick release and release the steam. 
  3. Set the Instant pot to sauté. Shred the chicken, it should fall apart. Stir in the noodles, lime juice, spinach, and cilantro. Let sit 5 minutes or until the noodles are soft.
  4. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with peanuts and toasted sesame oil. Enjoy!

*(I know nothing of Instant Pots, so this is taken on faith)

Notes

Half baked harvest recommends storing the soup and noodles separately, then adding the noodles just before serving because otherwise the noodles will soak up all the broth and become very mushy. Here at Bring It Central we hoover down the leftovers that have been stored altogether for days noooooo problem.

 

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