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Wines to Drink with Ramen: Easy Chicken Ramen #WinePW

 This month for Wine Pairing Weekend our host Linda from My Full Wine Glass challenged us to think of foods that are hard to pair with wines. As someone who likes wine, this was hard for me to imagine, so I went to my Facebook page and asked my friends for their suggestions.  My friend Don suggested Ramen and now here we are!

Now, knowing Don, he may have meant the ramen that comes with the seasoning packet but I have always wanted to take on a homemade ramen dish, so this seemed to be the perfect time to do that, so here we go!

So let's talk about wine choices. Our top pick was this Magna Terra Pinot Noir.  First, it is a terrific value for a delicious wine at around $8 a bottle. It's seriously good.  It's bright and juicy with a fruit-forward flavor of strawberry and cherry, medium-bodied, and a nice finish with spice. It was delightful with the ramen, especially when you consider this is a dish made with value in mind.  Our second choice would have been a Sauvignon Blanc, but since this one was so good, we didn't actually open a bottle to compare.

Know of other hard-to-pair foods?  Check out these bloggers for some suggestions that will help you get over that hump~

  • Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm asks "Difficult? Yes….Impossible? No."
  • Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla goes for "Over the Top Taco Night: Pork Carnitas + 2012 Sokol Blosser Big Tree Block Pinot Noir."
  • Andrea at TheQuirky Cork is "Pairing Wine and Chocolate, Challenge Accepted!"
  • Terri at Our Good Life has "Wines to Drink with Ramen."
  • Deanna at Asian Test Kitchen advises "Keep Calm and Curry On with Mudgee Red Wines."
  • Nicole at Somm's Table will be "Around the World with Riesling."
  • Gwendolyn at Wine Predator gives us "A+ Pairings for Asparagus, Arugula, and Artichokes with organic wines from Alsace, Australia, Austria, and Argentina"
  • Linda, your host, at My Full Wine Glass offers "Three wines for three ‘difficult’ foods"

First, this isn't complicated, but there are a lot of steps.  You will be busy the whole time in the kitchen, but it only takes about 30 minutes total.  And then, it is totally, unapologetically delicious!

Easy Chicken Ramen
Terri Steffes
Prep time
5 Min
Cook time
20 Min
inactive time
5 Min
Total time
30 Min

Easy Chicken Ramen

This dish is so delicious, we will make it again and again. So will you!


  • 4 packages Ramen Noodles
  • 1 tablespoon oil (we used sesame oil)
  • 1 green onion, sliced on the diagonal
  • handful of green peas, strings removed
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 lb cooked chicken breast, shredded
  • 4 cups homemade chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • a few leaves of cilantro
  • 4 lime wedges
  • sesame seeds


  1. Make an ice bath for the eggs by filling a bowl with ice and water.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil (enough to cover the eggs) and when boiling, drop the eggs gently into the water and cook 7 minutes. Remove from pot and place the eggs into the ice bath. Leave in the ice for 3 minutes.  Remove and peel.  Place eggs in a bowl and sprinkle them with some rice vinegar and soy sauce.  Set aside.
  3. Bring another pot of water to a boil.  Add noodles and cook to package directions.  Strain, rinse in cold water and toss them with some oil to keep from sticking.  
  4. In a Dutch oven, heat on medium heat.  Saute the onion in some oil for about 5 minutes.  Add the garlic.  Stir and cook until the garlic is fragrant, then immediately add the water and chicken broth.  Stir.  Add in the soy sauce, rice vinegar, fish sauce, chili garlic paste and stir.  Bring to a simmer.
  5. Add the chicken and simmer until the chicken is heated through, about 15 minutes.  
  6. In a bowl, add a serving of noodles, pour the soup on top with some chicken, broth and veggies.  Top with an egg cut lengthwise.  Sprinkle on some sesame seeds, cilantro and more of the green onion.  Squeeze the juice of the lime wedge on top. Serve.


This is delicious with added veggies such as carrots and mushrooms.

Add some heat with sriracha sauce to taste.

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  1. Ramen and wine! I can't wait to explore the possibilities for that one.

  2. Oh that sounds so good, thank you for the recipe! I definitely want to try that.

  3. My Teen loves Ramen...anxious to try your recipe for her. Glad the Pinot Noir worked so well.

  4. I have absolutely no idea when it comes to wine so this post is fantastic, now I know just what to serve up when cooking ramen!

  5. Now I want to make some ramen. We LOVE it here. I will keep these wines in mind. With my husband deployed, sometimes I could use a glass ;)

  6. That ramen looks so delicious. I will be making this for dinner

  7. I love Ramen! I had no idea that there was a specific wine to drink with it.

  8. Anonymous5:46 PM

    I’m a huge fan of Ramen, I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  9. Yum! I love Ramen. I have to try drinking wine with ramen now :)

  10. What a useful guide to pairing. I have recently started enjoying more ramen and it is nice to know what wines are good to go along with it.

  11. Chef Dennis1:26 AM

    Magna Terra Pinot Noir sounds really good to paid with this Chicken Ramen! I am so excited to try.

  12. Richelle Escat4:18 AM

    The chicken strips looks so appetizing, yum! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  13. Scarlett Brooklyn4:19 AM

    I love ramen!! Can't wait to try this, it's so mouth watering!

  14. I've never made chicken ramen before but it does sound wonderfully tasty. It's nice to know what wines it goes with. Sauvignon Blanc sounds perfect!

  15. Sounds really good I think I'll have to try it!

  16. I never thought we can drink wine with ramen noodles. Need to try it now. This sounds like great meal for sure.

  17. I love a good ramen. That looks so good. Now I know what I want for dinner. :) -LYNNDEE

  18. Anonymous3:32 PM

    This looks absolutely mouth-watering! I love Ramen❤️ I can't wait to try your recipe! I'll also keep Magna Terra Pinot Noir wine in mind to pair with the ramen 🙂

    Everything Enchanting

  19. This makes me crave at the middle of the night. LOL
    i just love Ramen so much!


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