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March 27, 2019

SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN RAMEN NOODLES

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Quick and easy Sweet and Sour Chicken Ramen Noodles is a burst of sweet and tangy in every bite. This budget-friendly dish is a great way to use up rotisserie or leftover chicken too!

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I don't take many action shots in my food photography, because it is a situation that usually requires an extra set of long steady arms. And when holding noodles with chopsticks is involved, it needs to be well orchestrated. Not only am I required to hold the chopsticks as steady as possible with one hand, I also have to lean WAAAAAY over to the back of camera to check if said objects are even in frame. Almost always, I have to reposition, then take a shot. What inevitably happens during this process is half of the cascade of ramen that was previously on the chopsticks would have slipped off, which requires the whole process to start over again. (I don't know what I was thinking when I decided to use slippery chopsticks!) After about 20 shots, I can only hope there would be 1 or 2 decent photos.




SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN RAMEN NOODLES

In the midst of shooting the photo at the top of this post, I noticed that half of the sesame seeds garnish were dislocated from all my dipping and scooping. The ramen could have used an additional sprinkling of sesame seeds, but that would have required the existence of my third arm :( What turned out to be my best noodle draping shot is a little naked on sesame seeds garnishing (hee hee).





This is a quick and easy dish that is perfect when you're looking for a little change. The homemade sweet and sour sauce is a cinch to put together. Basically, all the sauce ingredients are added directly into the skillet and brought to a boil to thicken. The chicken is then added, along with noodles and peppers, which are cooked separately. The sauce provides sweet and tangy goodness throughout.



This dish is versatile and can easily be modified. Not crazy about red peppers? Replace it with snow peas and/or bean sprouts. Pineapple would work, but while it is commonly used in combination with sweet and sour chicken, I think it might elevate the sweetness too much in this noodle dish. Personally, if I were to add pineapple, I would balance it out with a little bit of heat as well. Replacing chicken with shrimp would be delicious too! I would lightly season the shrimp and cook in a little oil prior to making the sauce, using the same skillet the sauce will be cooked in. A simpler option would be to boil the shrimp for a minute or so along with the ramen noodles and peppers.


While this is not a healthy dish, as the sweet and sour sauce has a fair amount of sugar, it is a delicious and welcome occasional departure from the standard weekly roundup. And it comes together in 20 minutes! You've got to love that!!



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SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN RAMEN NOODLES   



INGREDIENTS:


5 cups water for boiling ramen  
2 (3 ounce package) any flavor ramen noodle, discard seasoning packet
1/2 of a medium red bell pepper, cut into 1/8-inch thick slices
6 tablespoons sugar       
1 level tablespoon cornstarch        
1 cup water                        
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar    
1/4 cup ketchup     
1 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce      
2 cups (1/2 pound) cooked chicken, shredded or diced


INSTRUCTIONS:


Bring 5 cups of water to boiling while preparing sauce. 

Place sugar and cornstarch in 12-inch skillet. Whisk to thoroughly combine. Turn heat to medium. Add water, vinegar, ketchup, and soy sauce. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly until sauce begins to thicken, about 4 minutes. Stir in chicken. Turn off heat. 

Add red pepper slices to boiling water. Cook 2 minutes. Add ramen. Boil 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain well. Add to skillet. Turn heat up to medium low. Stir to incorporate into sauce. Cook for 1 minute.

Garnish with chopped scallion and sesame seeds to serve.

Makes 4 servings.






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9 comments:

  1. I know what you mean about the action shots. I suck at them, lol! You know what is great about this recipe? I have a recipe that uses JUST the flavor packet, so now I have a use for the noodles!! This is so my kind of dish. Ramen are so so good!!!

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    1. Haha! I'm glad you now have use for the noodles! Sometimes ramen just hits the spot. One of my favorite go-to's when I want an easy meal is ramen, cooked according to package direction with hard boil eggs seasoned with salt and tons of black pepper. Yum!

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  2. I use my children for action shots, they always have to hold the spoon or fork or whatever. :) :) Usually they both want to do it, so it is one time Bruno, next time Perla to avoid whining. The noodles look absolutely delicious, something I could cook any time. And I also throw away the condiments when buying the ramen noodles, I really can't remember if I have ever used them at all.

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    1. It's great that you have a ready and willing pit crew to help you out!! I'm usually alone when I do photoshoots. On the handful of occasions when I asked my husband or son to hold the prop, they usually get tired of it after 5 minutes.😄
      I know some people don't like the seasoning packet that comes with ramen. I don't mind it. It is pretty salty though.

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  3. It probably took longer to take your photos than it did to prepare your dish. :)

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  4. My youngest would think this was heaven Thao!

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  5. Over cooking the noodles will make them stiff and rubbery. You need only to warm them and let them absorb the flavors of the dish before serving.Japanese Food Toronto

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