Crisp-skinned miso chicken ramen

This miso chicken ramen can be served wet or dry (hold the broth).
This miso chicken ramen can be served wet or dry (hold the broth). Photo: Katrina Meynink
Difficulty
Easy
Dietary
Dairy-free

Alternatively, for a dry version, steam the greens, strain the cooked noodles and assemble the ramen as above, without the broth.

Ingredients

For the broth

1 litre chicken stock

1 x 10cm knob of ginger, peeled and grated

¼ cup white miso

2 tsp sesame oil

kernels from 2 cobs of corn

4 chicken breasts, skin-on

1-2 tsp rice bran oil

Ginger, miso and sesame dressing

3 tbsp white miso

1½ tbsp blackstrap molasses

⅓ cup tahini

1 tbsp soy sauce

2 tsp grated fresh ginger or 1 tsp powdered ginger

Additions

3 radishes, very finely sliced

2 tbsp pickled ginger

2 bunches bok choy, washed and quartered

1 spring onion, green part only, very finely sliced

100g ramen noodles, cooked according to packet instructions

Method

Make the dressing: Blend all the dressing ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add a dash of water if the mixture is too thick. (Note: the dressing will keep for up to 10 days; store in an airtight container in the fridge).

For the broth add all ingredients except the corn kernels to a large saucepan and bring to a simmer for 20 minutes to allow flavours to infuse. Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly then add the corn kernels.

For the chicken, preheat oven to 180C. Place an ovenproof frypan over medium heat. Once hot, add the oil then place the chicken breasts skin-side-down in the pan and cook for 5 minutes or until skin is crisp and has taken on a caramel colour. Turn the chicken over and place the pan in the oven for  a further 5 minutes or until the breast meat has just cooked through. Remove from oven and slice thickly (about 1cm).

Pour broth into serving bowls. Add noodles and bok choy and allow to warm through in the broth. Top with the chicken pieces and drizzle over some miso dressing. Top with chopped spring onion, radishes and pickled ginger and serve immediately.

If you would prefer this ramen cold, allow all ingredients to cool completely in the fridge and  steam the bok choy before serving.

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