Low-Income Cooking: Ramen Noodle Stir-Fry with Chicken

In my piece on low-income cooking as self-care, I shared a picture of a ramen noodle stir fry with chicken, a recipe I received from my good friend and fellow food lover, Lauren.  Like me, Lauren constantly looks out for delicious, inexpensive, and quick recipes. Since she shared it with me, it’s become a regular part of my menu. You can find many variations of this basic recipe, as well as other great examples of eating well on a ramen noodle diet, all over the internet.  This is my variation of this recipe.

Ramen Noodle Stir Fry - Delicious and inexpensive
Ramen Noodle Stir-Fry with Chicken


  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 package chicken ramen noodles
  • 1 16 oz. bag frozen stir-fry vegetables
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup stir-fry sauce


  1. Reserve seasoning packet from noodles.
  2. Cut chicken breast into small strips.
  3. Bring 2 cups of water to boil in a large saucepan.  Add noodles and vegetables.  Cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, drain.
  4. Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat.  Add chicken; cook and stir until browned.
  5. Add vegetables; cook and stir until heated through.
  6. Add noodles; cook and stir until the heated through.
  7. Mix together stir-fry sauce and reserve seasoning packet.  Add mixture to skillet; cook and stir until heated through.

Makes four servings

Cost Breakdown

  • Ramen Noodles: $0.20
  • Stir-Fry Sauce: $1.39
  • Frozen Veggies: $1.29
  • Chicken: $2.99
  • Total Cost of Meal: $5.87
  • Total Cost Per Serving: $1.47


  • This recipe yields four servings for me but may yield more or less depending on your eating habits.
  • The cost breakdown is based on my local Fry’s (Kroger) grocery store in the Phoenix-Metro area of Arizona in the United States.  The price may be higher or lower in your area.
  • To save cash, I grab the 90 cent stir-fry sauce mixes, add some soy sauce and sugar, and toss that in. It’s much cheaper than the jarred sauce.  If you feel particularly enterprising and are able to do so, try making and storing your own stir-fry sauce and/or jarring your own frozen vegetables.  This will save money in the long run.
  • To reduce sodium in the recipe, try using low-sodium ramen (if your store carries it), using half or less of the reserved packet, or using long grain white rice instead of ramen
Pork Fried Rice substituting rice for ramen
Pork Fried Rice substituting rice for ramen

Any ramen recipe tips, readers?

By Marena

Marena recently earned her Master of Arts degree in Social Justice & Human Rights & primarily explores social justice issues in the production & consumption of popular mass media. You may find her creating fanworks, testing her hand-eye coordination with beadweaving, flailing over her fictional faves, reading everything from fanfic to theory texts, or watching low budget sci-fi. You can find her writing on Marena ni yukyats.

4 replies on “Low-Income Cooking: Ramen Noodle Stir-Fry with Chicken”

Oh so that’s how you translate wokken. I’m a big fan of stir frying because it’s quick, and easy a la “throw it all together in a pan”. Last night I had veggie shawarma, sugar snaps and broccoli, sweet/sour sauce and egg noodles. And some raisins, but I don’t think I’m going to repeat adding those.

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