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MASON JAR CHICKEN AND RAMEN SOUP

PREP TIME: 30 minutes | COOK TIME: 5 minutes | TOTAL TIME: 35 minutes | YIELD: 4 servings

Cup Noodles was a staple in our home. I think it’s a staple in most Korean households. There are just so many varieties and tastes to choose from, and all you do is add boiling water. They are also a staple for many college students, myself included. Unfortunately, they are also laden with sodium and are high in calories. But don’t worry, guys. I found a DIY instant version with fewer calories, less preservatives, and less “instant” ingredients—if you know what I mean.

Instead of all those dehydrated vegetables typically found in the seasoning packets, we’re using real chicken, fresh spinach, carrots, mushrooms, cilantro, green onions, and sesame seeds!

Yet we’re not sacrificing the convenience of Cup Noodles. To serve, simply add hot water and microwave for 2 to 3 minutes. That’s it!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 (5.6-ounce) packages refrigerated yakisoba noodles,* seasoning sauce packets discarded
  • 2 12 tablespoons reduced-sodium vegetable broth base concentrate (we like Better Than Bouillon)
  • 1 12 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons sambal oelek (ground fresh chile paste), or more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 cups leftover shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 2 carrots, peeled and grated
  • 1 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 12 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook the yakisoba until loosened, 1 to 2 minutes; drain well.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the broth base, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, sambal oelek, and sesame oil.
  3. Divide the broth mixture into 4 (24-ounce) widemouth glass jars with lids, or other heatproof containers. Top with yakisoba, chicken, spinach, carrots, mushrooms, cilantro, green onions, and sesame seeds. Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
  4. To serve, uncover a jar and add enough hot water to cover the contents, about 1 14 cups. Microwave, uncovered, until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes, stir to combine, and serve immediately.

NOTE

* Yakisoba are ramen-style noodles that can be found in the refrigerated section of your local grocery store, such as Maruchan Yaki-Soba.

NUTRITION FACTS: CALORIES: 324.0 / TOTAL FAT: 12.0 / TRANS FAT: 0.0 / SATURATED FAT: 3.0 / CHOLESTEROL: 86.0 /

SODIUM: 867.0 / CARBOHYDRATES: 31.0 / FIBER: 2. 0 / SUGAR: 1.0 / PROTEIN: 23.0