Kid Friendly Chicken Ramen Soup
“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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Add garlic, ginger, and curry paste (green non-spicy is my preferred one for this soup). Cook for one minute.
- Add shredded carrot, coconut milk, and chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Simmer for a few minutes to thicken the soup.
- 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.
- Right before serving, add 1 package of ramen noodles to the soup (discard flavor packet).
- 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!
Chicken Ramen Soup
This 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.
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.
Then add some coconut milk, chicken stock, and shredded carrots. Bring that all to a light simmer.
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).
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!
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 kid friendly chicken ramen soup. Enjoy!