Don’t Chicken Out

Back in the day, creamy chicken ramen was my jam. I grew up downing bowls of the stuff when I was too picky to accept the mere suggestion of a green vegetable on my plate. Heck, I even lost my first tooth while hastily slurping down those long strands of salty noodles! Now I realize that this style has a lot in common with tori paitan ramen, which has very rich and creamy broth, usually created from long-simmered chicken bones. Lowbrow instant noodles can’t compare to the depth and delicacy of the real thing, but poultry needn’t apply to forge an authentic flavor in a fraction of the time.

Be it mental malaise or a physical flu, this is the kind of soup that will cure what ails you, or at least provide a serious serving of comfort through it all. Such simple flavors are universally appealing; it’s the ramen that could very well unite a nation. The two keys to success are high quality stock options and superlative noodles, since there’s no where to hide these key players with such few ingredients in the mix. In a perfect world, you could make your own vegetable stock and reduce it down to a concentrate to replace the 1/2 cup of water, and go through the full process of making alkaline noodles from scratch… But for a quick fix, you really can’t beat this kind of instant ramen gratification.

Yield: Makes 1 Serving

Tori Paitan (Creamy Chicken) Instant Ramen

Tori Paitan (Creamy Chicken) Instant Ramen

Rich and full of soothing umami flavor, this creamy plant-based chicken ramen is the ideal comfort food.

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes


  • 3 Ounces Dry Ramen Noodles (Straight or Curly)
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Non-Dairy Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 2 Teaspoons Tapioca Starch
  • 1 Teaspoon No-Chicken Broth Powder or Paste
  • 1 Teaspoon Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Vegan Butter
  • Thinly Sliced Scallions (Optional)


  1. Begin by setting a small pot of water on the stove to boil and cook your noodles to al dente, as directed by the instructions on the package. Drain thoroughly when ready.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the non-dairy milk, water, starch, instant broth, and soy sauce, beating the mixture vigorous to ensure that there are no clumps of starch remaining. Pour everything into a small saucepan and place on the stove over medium-low, stirring frequently. Cook until thickened and bubbles break with regularity on the surface; about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat, add in the vegan butter, and stir until melted and smoothly incorporated.
  3. Toss the noodles in the sauce, transfer to a bowl, and top with scallions if desired. Slurp away without delay! This dish does not keep well nor get better with age.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 512Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 1954mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 13g

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5 thoughts on “Don’t Chicken Out

  1. Yum, I feel like I can almost smell this from the photo. My mom used to make the most amazing chicken soup when I was a kid, and I honestly feel like I struck gold when I learned how to make it myself, vegan style. I made it almost every week for months, because I just couldn’t get enough of it! Ramen was another staple, but I’ve never tried to make it myself. This looks like the perfect place to finally start!

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