Reboot Your Ramen!

Ramen is a popular meal of college students and fairly inexpensive. When I found myself in a pinch with some waterlogged rice, I put the rice aside and opted to use Ramen noodles instead. What I happened upon was a party in my mouth and a recipe that I would love to share with you!



1 Large Cucumber

1 package of Ramen noodles

1 tsp. Ginger (optional)

1 to 2 Scallions (optional)

1 Carrot

A Dash Salt

A Dash Pepper

2 tsp. Sugar

A Dash Garlic Powder

4 tsp. Teriyaki Sauce or Soy Sauce

4 tsp. Sesame Oil

2 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Large Chicken Breast (boneless and skinless)


Step 1

Take Chicken Breast and marinate it for 4 hours up to overnight in ginger, salt, pepper, sugar, garlic powder, teriyaki sauce, sesame oil, and apple cider vinegar. Remove breast from refrigerator and cook in sauté pan over medium heat on both sides until fully cooked. Put aside onto a plate when done.

Step 2

Wash and skin off the peel of cucumber. Slice into disks and place into a medium bowl. Add thinly sliced pieces of carrot for color and added nutrients. Toss cucumber and carrot pieces with sugar, salt, pepper, sesame oil, apple cider vinegar, ginger, and teriyaki sauce. Add pieces of diced scallion onto salad once mixed.

Step 3

Cook noodles as instructions described but do not use the flavor packet. Drain noodles once cooked, and follow up with a rinse in cool water to shock noodles. Place cooled noodles into a bowl.

Step 4

Toss cooled noodles with cucumber and carrot salad. Make sure to coat noodles with salad dressing. You can also opt to plate the noodles onto a plate or bowl, and place cucumber and carrot salad on top.

Step 5

Slice chicken into small bite-size pieces, and place on top of noodles and cucumber carrot salad mix.

Step 6



I really enjoyed this simple meal because of the portion size. Using these ingredients you can feed two. If you like larger portions, one person might fill up enough on this. Carrots and cucumber are fairly inexpensive healthy foods and chicken provides a lean protein. I found this to be a creative and flavorful way to spruce up a package of Ramen noodles hanging around the kitchen.


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Grit N Vinegar is the home of emerging writer, Alex Smith. Focusing on short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, Alex has been published in Sick Lit Magazine and often seeks out new places to submit her writing. Find me @gritNvinegar on Twitter!

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