20-Minute Chicken Ramen Stir-Fry


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Chicken Ramen Stir-Fry is tender, springy noodles with chicken and broccoli in a sweet and savory sauce. It tastes better than take-out, has less than 400 calories, and comes together in about 20 minutes. Perfect for dinner tonight!

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The secret to this fast and easy dinner? Quick-cooking ramen noodles. Toss those sodium-packed flavor packets they come with and make a quick sweet and savory sauce. Instant Ramen’s got nothing on this fresh, real food version.

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Ingredients for Chicken Ramen Stir Fry

  • Dry Ramen Noodles– Those inexpensive packets of instant ramen noodles are a secret weapon for fast dinners. Toss out the flavor packets that come with them and what remains is a tender, curly, fast-cooking noodle that just needs to be soaked in hot water to serve.
  • Cooking Oil– Any high heat oil will work here. I use avocado oil or grapeseed oil in most of my cooking. Vegetable, canola, or peanut oil would work too.
  • Chicken Breast– Chicken thighs would work as well. Feel free to use thinly sliced pork or beef which should cook in about the same time as the chicken. Tofu is great for a vegetarian version.
  • Broccoli– Look for those bagged, pre-chopped broccoli florets to save time. Any other vegetable you like would work too. This is great with sliced bell peppers, snow peas, or sliced green beans.
  • Low-Sodium Soy Sauce, Rice Vinegar, Brown Sugar, Chicken Stock, and Cornstarch– These pantry staples are all you need to make a flavorful Asian-inspired sauce. I always test with low-sodium soy sauce, but you can add a bit of extra brown sugar to balance the salt flavor if using regular soy sauce.
  • Green Onions  and White Sesame Seeds– These are just for garnish and a little flavor and crunch. Feel free to skip them if you’re in a rush.
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Chicken Ramen in a white bowl

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4.13 from 529 votes

20-Minute Chicken Ramen Stir-Fry

Chicken Ramen Stir-Fry is tender, springy ramen noodles with chicken and broccoli in a sweet and savory sauce. It tastes better than take-out, has less than 400 calories, and comes together in about 20 minutes. 
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • Small Mixing Bowl
  • Microwave Safe Bowl or Saucepan
  • Wok or Large Skillet



  • 1/4 cup Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup Low-Sodium Chicken Stock (substitute water)
  • 1 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 3 cloves Garlic, chopped


  • 6 ounces Ramen Noodles (Instant Ramen works best, but discard flavor packets)
  • 2 Tablespoons Cooking Oil, divided
  • 1 pound Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast, chopped
  • 8 ounces Broccoli Florets, fresh or frozen
  • 2 Green Onions, chopped (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon White Sesame Seeds (optional)


  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the soy sauce and cornstarch until no lumps remain. Add chicken stock, rice vinegar, brown sugar, and garlic and whisk until evenly combined.
  • Heat a pot or bowl of water in the microwave or on the stove until steaming. Add noodles and set let them soak until just tender. (Check the package instructions for the recommended timing, but reduce by one minute since noodles will continue to cook slightly more when added to the stir-fry.) When the noodles are tender, drain.
  • While noodles soak, toss chicken with some salt and pepper.
  • Heat a wok or non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 Tbsp oil and then chicken. Saute until chicken is cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Set chicken aside.
  • Return wok to medium-high heat. Add 1 Tbsp oil and then broccoli. Saute broccoli until it turns bright green and then continue cooking until broccoli is tender (if using frozen broccoli, just saute it until it's heated through and the excess water cooks off).
  • Add sauce to the pan and toss to coat broccoli. Continue cooking until sauce reduces slightly, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add chicken and noodles to the pan and toss everything to coat in sauce.
  • Remove from heat and add green onions and sesame seeds, if using. Serve immediately!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 788mg | Potassium: 725mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 387IU | Vitamin C: 53mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $10.00
Calories: 396
Keyword: Chicken Recipe, easy dinner, easy noodle recipe, stir fry
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Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at InquiringChef.com. She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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  1. 5 stars
    Made with shrimp and was so delicious. A little too sweet, but an easy adjustment for next time. My 10 year old son said it was the best meal he’s had in a long time.

  2. 5 stars
    So good!! I definitely modified it a bit- used non-instant GF ramen noodles (lotus foods brand, the best), used red bell pepper, mushrooms and carrots as a well as broccoli… And added fish sauce, sesame oil, used maple syrup instead of sugar and added a bit of chili paste for a bit of kick. It was divine. My husband and I devoured. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. 5 stars
    Made this for a quick lunch and it was a hit! The hubby is always hesitant when I make chicken dishes but he loved it and went back for thirds! And my picky five-year-old wasn’t afraid of the broccoli so that’s a big plus. The only thing I changed was instead of two tbsp of brown sugar I used two tablespoons of mirin since that is my go to sweetener for Japanese dishes. Thank you for the recipe!

  4. I plan on making this soon. My store only had flavored or sesame flavored rice vinegar. Is there a certain flavor you call for? Or should I look for a plain rice vinegar? Thanks

    1. I think sesame flavored rice vinegar would be great here! I haven’t tested it that way, but that would be a nice flavor that would go with the dish.

  5. Super easy recipe that uses a lot of pantry staples! Also a great way to make ramen noodles healthier with a homemade sauce. Added a bunch of extra veggies, too. Will definitely make again. Thanks!

  6. 5 stars
    A major hit for me and my husband! (The kids not so much, their taste is pretty basic).
    We’ll definitely make this a regular meal in our house!

  7. 5 stars
    our family of four loved this recipe (found on pinterest) kids ages 9 & 12. rare find for everyone to eat. thank you!

  8. 5 stars
    Thank you for this Delicious and super easy recipe. This is perfect for a quick dinner. Only took about 20minutes and my husband said it tasted just like the restaurant makes it.