Clean Ramen Bowls

Somewhere between shio- and shoyu-style ramen, our version features a light broth with a splash of soy sauce and is topped with a colorful combination of chicken, egg, shredded cabbage, bean sprouts and scallions.
Clean Ramen Bowls

Photo: Maya Visnyei

By Jill Silverman Hough

Serves: 4
Hands-on time: 30 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes


  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken, pork or vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce, plus additional to taste
  • 1 10-oz boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 8 oz whole-wheat ramen noodles, soba noodles or whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 2 cups cabbage and carrot slaw mix (TIP: Look for slaw mix in the produce section of your supermarket or substitute with 2 cups finely shredded red and green cabbage and carrots.)
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup bean sprouts (NOTE: CE and the USDA recommend steaming them until tender for safety!)
  • Chile pepper oil, optional


  1. In a medium saucepan, add eggs (shell-on) and enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, then cover and set aside for 7 minutes. (NOTE: Eggs will be softly set, which is typical for ramen bowls.) With a slotted spoon, transfer eggs to a bowl of ice water and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a separate medium saucepan, combine broth, soy sauce and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, add chicken and reduce heat to a gentle simmer. Cook, covered, until chicken is opaque throughout, about 10 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer chicken to a plate and cover to keep warm; cover saucepan to keep broth mixture warm.
  3. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and divide among serving bowls.
  4. Remove eggs from ice water; peel and halve eggs. Shred or slice chicken into bite-size pieces. Divide eggs, chicken and slaw mix among bowls and top with broth mixture. Garnish with scallions, bean sprouts, chile oil (if using) and additional soy sauce, to taste.

Nutrients per serving (one ramen bowl: 2 1/4 oz noodles, 1 egg, 2 oz chicken, 1/2 cup slaw mix, 1 1/4 cup broth, 1/4 cup bean sprouts, 1/2 scallion): Calories: 400, Total Fat: 8 g, Sat. Fat: 2 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g, Carbs: 47 g, Fiber: 4 g, Sugars: 1 g, Protein: 35 g, Sodium: 435 mg, Cholesterol: 253 mg



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