Easy Chicken Ramen Soup Recipe

Easy Chicken Ramen Soup (Kid Friendly)

This Easy Chicken Ramen Soup recipe is a simple and non-spicy version that is a great introduction to some new flavors for kids! Adults love it too!


Easy Chicken Ramen Soup (Kid Friendly)

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I made this Easy Chicken Ramen Soup recipe after a busy work day a few weeks ago. It comes together in literally a few minutes and takes some shortcuts, but still has great flavor!

After my three year old tried a bite of this chicken ramen soup he said:

“Dada, I like this soup.”

A few minutes later.

“Guess what Dada. I really do like this soup!”

Then Dad gets up and does congratulations laps around the living room and house, pumping his fist in celebration.

This actually happened. My picky eater children (who are pretty good at trying stuff most nights) both absolutely demolished this chicken ramen soup. Theo loved the soup itself and was drinking it from the bowl and eating the chicken by the handful. Darby, meanwhile, focused on the noodles, alternating between slurping them slowly and jamming them into her mouth as fast as possible.

Mom and Dad loved the soup also, but I will admit that I added some chili paste to mine to kick up the spice a bit. Mostly what I love about this chicken ramen soup though is that it’s EASY to make, even on a weeknight if you have the chicken prepped in advance. And it’s a great introduction to some new flavors for kids in an easy format. There’s curry in this soup! There’s coconut! These are both things that my three-year old claims to not like.

But now I guess he really likes them. Of course, it may not stick next week, but as any parent with dinnertime struggles will tell you, you take a win when you can get a win.

Kid Friendly Chicken Ramen Soup

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A simple and non-spicy easy chicken ramen soup recipe that is a great introduction to some new flavors for kids!


1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 red pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 inches fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 tablespoon green curry (not spicy)
1 carrot, shredded
2 (14-oz.) cans coconut milk
1 quart chicken stock
1 pound shredded chicken
1 cup sweet peas
1 package ramen noodles (discard seasoning)
Salt and pepper
Limes, garnish
Fresh cilantro, garnish


  1. For chicken, either use leftover chicken, purchase a rotisserie chicken and shred it, or blanch 1 pound of chicken breasts in lightly salted, barely simmering water, until cooked through (12-15 minutes) and then let cool and shred.
  2. To start soup, add coconut oil to a large sturdy pot over medium heat. Once coconut oil is melted and hot, add onions and peppers and cook for a few minutes until soft.
  3. Add garlic, ginger, and curry paste (green non-spicy is my preferred one for this soup). Cook for one minute.
  4. Add shredded carrot, coconut milk, and chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Simmer for a few minutes to thicken the soup.
  5. Add shredded chicken and peas and turn heat down to low. Cook for a few minutes to combine flavors. Taste soup and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Right before serving, add 1 package of ramen noodles to the soup (discard flavor packet).
  7. When noodles are cooked, serve the soup garnished with limes and fresh cilantro.

Optionally, if your kids or you are really into noodles, you can add a second packet of ramen, but it will really soak up a lot of liquid and you’ll be left with more of a noodle dish than a soup. Both are good though!

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How to Make Ramen Broth

Traditional ramen broth is kind of a special thing. If you are making a bone based stock it can require literally days of simmering, skimming, and reducing. The only kind of ramen broth I’ve tried to make from scratch is this dashi ramen I made many years ago (pre-children).

If you do want to make a weekend out of it and make some delicious homemade ramen broth, the best walkthrough I’ve seen on how to do it (and on my list to try someday) is this ramen broth walkthrough from The Food Lab.

But the perfect is the enemy of the good when it comes to home cooking and this chicken ramen soup has great flavors with some shortcuts! For 30 minutes of work, it’s hard to beat!

How to Make Chicken Ramen Soup

This chicken ramen soup has really basic flavors and is about as easy as soup gets to toss together. I start with coconut oil but you could use any oil or even butter if you wanted.

Cook the onions and red pepper for a few minutes until they soften and then add the ginger and garlic.

Veggie base for Chicken Ramen Soup
A good start.

You might be inclined to leave the curry paste out for kids, but push the boundaries on it! Just make sure you don’t get a spicy one. I like a nice mild green curry paste and I only add about a tablespoon which gives a hint of curry but not enough that kids will be able to pick it out.

Curry for Chicken Ramen Soup
Green curry!

Then add some coconut milk, chicken stock, and shredded carrots. Bring that all to a light simmer.

Coconut Milk for Chicken Ramen Soup
Soups on.

I understand that this isn’t a classic ramen stock by any means, but the soup ends up being delicious and it’s a great short-cut for a busy weeknight.

Then add some shredded chicken and peas. You’re almost there! Around now is also when I’ll start tasting the soup and adjusting for seasoning (salt and pepper).

Chicken and peas for Chicken Ramen Soup
Add ins.

Finally, the noodles! One packet is enough to give some body to the soup. If you have a noodle-crazed family, you could add two, but know that it’ll soak up a lot of liquid and you’ll end up with almost more of a saucy noodle dish than a soup. Either way is good though!

Ramen Noodles cooking in Chicken Ramen Soup
Any ramen works!

When the noodles are cooked (2-3 minutes) it’ll be ready to serve! Fresh cilantro is a good garnish, but optional.

I think everyone in your family will love this easy chicken ramen soup recipe that is definitely kid-friendly and adult approved as well. Enjoy!

Easy Chicken Ramen Soup Recipe

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19 Responses to “Easy Chicken Ramen Soup (Kid Friendly)” Leave a comment

  1. I believe there is an error in the ingredients list requiring your attention, Nick
    ‘ 1 medium onion, diced
    ‘1 red onion, chopped ‘
    This was probably intended to read 1 medium onion and 1 red bell PEPPER.
    The directions read, ‘Cook the onions and red pepper…’ and the pix also show what appears to be pieces of a red bell pepper in the pot with the onion
    Should be easy enough to correct :-)

  2. Just the soup that I’ve been looking for in the winter season. Something with a kick but not spicy.. One question though, when you mean “prepping the chicken in advance”, do you also season the chicken?Sorry, not much of a cook here.LOL

    1. Hey Pierre, if I’m blanching chicken, I usually add a big pinch of salt to the simmering water. Beyond that it doesn’t need much seasoning though since the soup itself is pretty seasoned. Good luck!

  3. Hey Nick;
    I hope that You and your Wife have a relaxing and fun weekend! Happy Birthday!!
    Thank-You so much for all of the Great Recipes.
    Take Care; Sunny

  4. It’s freezing here in East Yorkshire (UK) so this soup is perfect – Maisie LOVES it. It also solves some mealtime issues as my husband loves ramen but finding a recipe that everyone likes has been really difficult until now – he pimps his with chilli sauce too. Thank you, this will definitely become one of our regulars x.

  5. in the ingredients I don’t see ramen noodles posted……its below when you make the soup but not in the list of ingredients.

    1. Ha! Sorry Brian. I fixed it. I wrote it in the directions but forgot to add it to the ingredient list. I just used 1-2 packages of ramen (discard the seasoning mix). Use two if you want it very noodle-y, one if you want more of a soup. Good luck!

  6. This was delicious!! My husband was very skeptical throughout the cooking process but was pleasantly surprised – even suggested we add it to the rotation! I originally wanted to try it as a kid recipe but I only had red curry paste and was worried about the heat which I really loved. Will definitely try it with the green and give it to the kiddos. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. What a delicious recipe. Who doesn’t love ramen! Like how this recipe is so kid-friendly and quick to make. I have a little one who is also a picky eater so I can’t wait to try this. Thanks Nick!

  8. This recipe is so delicious. I made it with a primary school cookery class that I was teaching. Unfortunately, I was unable to get mild green curry, but I was very careful with the amount of green curry I added (when the children weren’t looking). The soup was a huge success and was surprisingly filling. The children in the group eat really well and none of them managed more than one bowlful each. I have made it a few times for myself since then.

  9. Omg this looks so good! I love ramen and I am always curious how to make it at home. Definitely putting this on my things to cook this weekend!

  10. Oh my world. I have been looking for a tasty easy to follow chicken ramen dish. As normal you have come through. I can not wait to try and make this. I hope mine looks as good as yours. What do you recommend to go with it?

  11. OMG my picky eater loves this!!! Only change I made was substituting corn for peas and adding a big spoonful of miso paste. Little man not a fan of peas! Delicious!! Will be adding to our rotation. Thanks for sharing!

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