Chicken and Japanese Leek Ramen (鶏ねぎそば; tori negi soba)

Learn how to utilize your microwave to make tender steamed chicken - a great topping for any flavor of ramen, whether it be soy sauce, salt, miso or tonkotsu!

Chicken and Japanese Leek Ramen (鶏ねぎそば; tori negi soba)
Photographed by Takeshi Noguchi


Recipe by
Sawako Horie

Average

Chicken

Vegetables

Rice & Noodles

590kcal

20minutes

Calorie count is per serving.

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • [Steamed chicken breast]

    • Note

      You'll only need half of what you make for this recipe. Store and use the rest in salads and sandwiches. Will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.

    • 1 chicken breast (200 g)
    • Less than 1/2 tsp salt
    • A pinch of pepper
    • 2 tbsp sake
  • [A]

    • 2-3 slices ginger (thinly sliced)
    • Japanese leek (green portion), as needed
  • 1/2 Japanese leek
  • 5 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 packs instant ramen noodles
  • [B]

    • Ginger (thinly sliced), as needed
    • Japanese leek (green portion), as needed
  • Sesame oil, as needed
  • Black pepper (coarsely ground), to taste

Directions

1

Skin the chicken breast and rub in the salt and pepper. Fold over the tip (thin part of the chicken) and place in a heat-resistant dish.

Advice

The thickness should be even to allow the chicken to cook evenly.

2

Place [A] on the chicken, sprinkle with sake and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave at 600 W for about 4 minutes. Let cool to body temperature, then with your fist, pound the chicken to allow the juices to seep in. Shred into pieces.

3

Cut the leek lengthwise in half and then diagonally into thin slices. Soak in water for a few minutes to remove the bite, then drain. Cut the cherry tomatoes across in half.

4

Mix half of the [Steamed chicken breast] together with the thinly sliced leeks and 1 tsp of sesame oil.

5

Warm 1 tbsp of sesame oil in a pot and stir-fry [B]. Following the instructions on the instant ramen package, add the appropriate amount of water and instant soup to the pot. When it comes to a boil, remove [B]. Boil the noodles as specified and add the cherry tomatoes.

6

Pour the noodles and soup into individual serving bowls. Top with the chicken and leek mixture, and sprinkle with black pepper to taste.