The Best & Healthiest Slow Cooker Ramen Noodle Soup

By  Lesley Baradel

Make ramen noodles healthier with this Slow Cooker Chicken Ramen Noodle Soup

When you think about Ramen Noodles, what comes to mind?

Unhealthy? College food? Easy snack? Only $1.00 per package?

All those are common descriptions of the infamous Ramen Noodle packets but let’s face it, we’ve all had a craving for Ramen noodles at a certain point! Well, at least for some. My wonderful, but not so nutrition-savvy husband was apparently craving Ramen noodles when he went to the grocery store last week and came home with 4 packs. I was appalled. But, I really should know better. Every time he enters the grocery store, some random non-Mom approved item comes out.  I immediately decided that I was going to make a  healthier version!

Make ramen noodles healthier with this Slow Cooker Chicken Ramen Noodle Soup

But first, let me give you a visual of the store-bought version of Ramen Noodle. One Maruchan Ramen Noodle  chicken flavor packet contains 380 calories, 14 grams of fat and 1,660mg of sodium. I am not too worried about the calories or fat. But, what’s giving me a heart attack  is the sodium! According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Americans should aim to stay under 2,300mg of sodium per day to improve blood pressure and heart health.

That means that one packet of Ramen is 70% of your sodium intake for the day…Ouch!

Introducing…

The Best and Healthiest Slow Cooker Chicken Ramen Noodle Soup recipe

Make ramen noodles healthier with this Slow Cooker Chicken Ramen Noodle Soup

We came up  with a delicious and healthier alternative to store-bought Ramen Noodles that has only 837mg of sodium. That’s a 50% decrease in sodium. Yes, it is still high but much more palatable than 1,660mg of sodium. Also, the vitamin content is drastically different. Our recipe contains 41% vitamin A, 14% vitamin C, 9% calcium and 24% iron. Meanwhile store-bought Ramen contains less than 2% vitamin A and calcium, 0% vitamin C and only 10% iron. Here’s a side by side comparison:

 Store Bought RecipeOur Ramen Recipe
Calories380367
Sodium1660 mg837 mg
Fat14 g13 g
Vitamin A>2%41%
Vitamin C0%14%
Calcium>2%9%
Iron10%24%

 

Our recipe is super easy to prepare and will leave your family asking for more. It’s meatier, has more vegetables, and the noodles seemed more tender to me. When making yours, you  can also get creative and try pork or beef instead of chicken.  

Let us know what you think! 

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Slow Cooker Chicken Ramen Noodle Soup
Slow Cooker Chicken Ramen Noodle Soup
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Ramen noodles are a staple and easy to give a big nutrition boost when cooked in the slow cooker with onions, mushrooms, chicken and spinach in an easy and flavorful broth that is much healthier than following package instructions. This recipe is easily adaptable to use a different protein source or veggies you may have on hand.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Slow Cooker Chicken Ramen Noodle Soup
Slow Cooker Chicken Ramen Noodle Soup
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Votes: 16
Rating: 2.88
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Ramen noodles are a staple and easy to give a big nutrition boost when cooked in the slow cooker with onions, mushrooms, chicken and spinach in an easy and flavorful broth that is much healthier than following package instructions. This recipe is easily adaptable to use a different protein source or veggies you may have on hand.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Ingredients
  • 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced or grated
  • 6 oz shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced thin
  • 5 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp white miso
  • 1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp Mirin
  • 3/4 lb chicken thighs, skinless
  • As Needed ground black pepper
  • 2 3-oz package of ramen noodles, discard flavoring packages
  • 3 oz baby spinach, about 3 cups
  • 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 scallion, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 Tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
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Instructions
  1. In a large pan, heat the oil. Add the onions, garlic, and ginger. Sauté until onions are softened, about 5 minutes. Add shiitakes and sauté until the mushrooms begin to soften. Transfer to slow cooker.
  2. Stir broth, miso, soy sauce, and mirin into slow cooker. Add chicken to slow cooker. Season with pepper. Cover and cook until chicken is tender, 6 to 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
  3. Use 2 forks to shred chicken in the slow cooker. Stir in noodles, spinach, and sesame oil. Cover and cook on high until noodles are tender, about 3 to 8 minutes and spinach has wilted.
  4. Serve immediately with scallions and sesame seeds.
Recipe Notes

Chef's Note: Toasting the sesame seeds adds more flavor. To toast the sesame seeds, place them in a dry skillet over medium heat. Shake the skillet occasionally to prevent burning and toast until they are lightly brown, about 5 minutes.

Mix it Up: Use pork instead of chicken. For a vegetarian option, reduce the cooking time in half and use tofu and vegetable stock instead.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chicken Ramen Noodle Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 431 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 568mg 24%
Potassium 896mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 5g
Protein 35g 70%
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 10%
Calcium 8%
Iron 25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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This post was co-written with Luisa Hammett, a dietetic intern from Southern Regional Medical Center and author of Peaches to Pearls Blog. Luisa has a passion for food and is a firm believer in indulging in moderation. She loves being in a kitchen and creating fun recipes to share with her friends and family.

 

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