A restorative gluten-free and Whole30-friendly steamed chicken and turnip noodle ramen recipe topped with juicy, flavorful steamed chicken breasts.
Steamed Chicken and Turnip Noodle Ramen
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
A restorative, vegetable-forward recipe featuring tender turnip ramen noodles and a host of winter vegetables served in a rich ramen broth topped with juicy, flavorful steamed chicken breasts. See notes for Whole30-compliant variation.
Recipe Type: Dinner
Keyword: turnip noodle ramen
Makes: 3 servings
Author: Elizabeth Stark
Ingredients
Ramen
  • 2 SVO Farmer Focus skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
  • 2- inch section ginger, peeled and minced
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and minced, divided
  • 4 green onions
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce (*for Whole30 modifications, see notes)
  • 1/2 cup mirin* (*for Whole30 modifications, see notes)
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 quart homemade or low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 large turnip, ends trimmed
  • 4 tablespoons heat-tolerant, neutral cooking oil
  • 2 cups shiitake mushroom caps, sliced
  • 1 small bok choy, end trimmed
Optional Toppings
  • 2 carrots, scrubbed and julienned
  • 2 radishes, sliced thin (I used watermelon radishes)
  • 1 red chili, sliced thin
Instructions
  1. The night before, set out a container large enough for 2 chicken breasts or a clean zip-top bag and place chicken inside. Pour in soy sauce and mirin (or coconut aminos), rice wine vinegar, ginger, 4 cloves garlic, minced, and the whites of 4 green onions with roots trimmed (reserve green tops). Cover or seal, and set in the fridge overnight.
  2. The next day, prep the vegetables. First, halve or quarter the turnip, depending on size, and spiralize using the attachment for spaghetti-sized noodles. Prep the other vegetables and optional add-ins. Julienne reserved green onion tops.

  3. Pour broth into a medium stockpot that can accommodate a steamer basket. Carefully tip marinating liquid into the broth. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a lively simmer for 10 minutes. Taste broth – it will be quite richly flavored, add a cup of water if desired. Set chicken in steamer basket, and set above simmering broth. Cover and cook 8 - 12 minutes, or until the internal temperature hits 165 degrees F. Rest until chicken is cool enough to handle, then cut on the bias into 1/2-inch thick slices.

  4. Meanwhile, heat a 12-inch skillet over medium/medium-high heat; the skillet should be hot, but not smoking – adjust heat down as needed. Add 1 tablespoon oil, and when hot and shimmering, add half the turnip noodles and a pinch of sea salt, and sauté 5 minutes or until noodles are just tender. Repeat for second batch. Scrape out noodles, and with heat still on medium/medium-high, add 1 tablespoon oil, 2 minced cloves garlic, mushrooms, and a pinch sea salt. Sauté until mushrooms are charred on the edges and have released their water. Scrape out of pan. Add remaining tablespoon oil to the hot pan and sear bok choy, about 2 minutes a side. Sprinkle with sea salt.

  5. To assemble ramen, arrange noodles in wide bowls. Layer bok choy and mushrooms on the side. Set several slices chicken on top of turnip noodles. Ladle in broth, and garnish with carrots, radishes, and chilis. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

*For Whole30 compliance, before marinating, sprinkle chicken with 1 teaspoon sea salt and sub 1 cup coconut aminos in place of soy sauce and mirin mixture.