Jump to RecipeJump to VideoLeave a ReviewPin Recipe

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. I may earn a small commission for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial, and/or link to any products or services from this website.

The classic dorm room favorite gets an upgrade in these Barbecue Chicken Ramen Noodles! The easy soup recipe is a healthy dinner option that only requires 10 minutes of prep!

A close up of ramen noodle bowls with a spoon scooping some up

Spring is such an in-between season, isn’t it?! One minute it’s cool, windy, and rainy…and the next day it’s sunny and 70 degrees! Since we seem to flip-flop with the temps at this time of year, I thought that it would only be fitting to share an “in-between” or fusion meal, too!

Part winter (thanks to the warm and cozy broth)…and part summer (thanks to the fresh veggies and barbecue chicken)…these Ramen Noodles are the perfect dinner to help you crossover from one season to the next!

What is Ramen?

For those that aren’t familiar, ramen is a Japanese noodle dish. It consists of noodles served in a broth (usually meat or fish based) and traditionally flavored with soy sauce or miso.

Ramen noodles are then topped with vegetables, meat or even egg.

Two ramen noodle bowls topped with green onions

What You Need:

  • Canola oil: to saute the veggies
  • Sweet onion & garlic: these ingredients are strong and give the most wonderful flavor to the soup
  • Red bell pepper & corn: my veggies of choice they’re fresh, crunchy and delicious
  • Diced tomatoes: make sure to use high-quality for best flavor
  • Diced chicken: this soup is a great way to use up leftover meats
  • Chicken broth: high-quality store-bought or homemade
  • Barbecue sauce: my American twist to the dish which works so well and is super delicious
  • Noodles: use ramen noodles

Making Ramen Noodles

While the recipe calls for those old-school super-cheap cups of ramen noodles that every college kid loves, the noodles are the only ingredient that you’ll actually use from the package. Don’t worry — no sodium-laden flavor packets necessary for this meal!

BUT, similar to the college student staple, this dinner is FAST. Maybe not 1-minute-microwave-fast, but pretty darn close.

You only need about 10 minutes to prep the soup and your supper will be ready to serve (from start to finish) in about 30 minutes. That’s manageable even on a busy weeknight!

An overhead shot of ramen noodle bowls with grated cheese on top

Make it in 4 Easy Steps

  1. Saute onion and bell pepper in oil and cook until softened. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Stir in corn, tomatoes, chicken, broth, and barbecue sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer.
  3. Add ramen noodles and let sit until softened.
  4. Serve in a large bowl topped with green onions and shredded cheese.

Ramen noodle bowls the cheese and green onions on top

Things To Add To Your Ramen Noodles;

  • Bell peppers
  • leftover roast chicken (make sure it’s piping hot if re-heating)
  • Hard/soft boiled eggs
  • Onions
  • Chives
  • Hot sauce

Looking for other delicious and easy dinner recipes? Try these:

Barbecue Chicken Ramen Noodle Bowls

4 from 2 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings 7 (1.5-cup servings)
Calories 176 kcal
The most delicious and easy Barbecue Chicken Ramen Noodle Bowls with only 10 minutes prep time!


  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 small sweet onion finely diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups corn frozen kernels are fine
  • 1 14.5 ounce can petite-diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cups cooked diced chicken
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 packages 3 ounces each ramen noodles, flavor packets discarded
  • Optional garnish for serving: shredded cheddar cheese diced green onions


  • In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, saute onion and bell pepper in oil and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in corn, tomatoes, chicken, broth, and barbecue sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Add ramen noodles and let sit for 3-5 minutes until softened.
  • Serve in a large bowl topped with green onions and shredded cheese.


Things To Add To Your Ramen Noodle Bowls;
  • Bell peppers
  • leftover roast chicken (make sure it's piping hot if re-heating)
  • Hard/soft boiled eggs
  • Onions
  • Chives
  • Hot sauce


Calories: 176kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 3gFat: 5gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 1000mgPotassium: 380mgFiber: 2gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 740IUVitamin C: 35.5mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 1mg
Keyword: noodle bowls, ramen bowls
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Author: The Seasoned Mom




Hey, I’m Blair!

Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

Read More

Square overhead shot of hands serving a chicken pot pie recipe with biscuits
Overhead image of a bowl of chili mac on a dinner table with cornbread
Hands serving a platter of sheet pan sausage and potatoes

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    Spring is definitely such strange weather! It’s been in the upper 50s and sometimes 60s here lately, and this weekend its back down to the 30s and 40s. This noodle bowl sounds like the perfect way to warm up! I love the barbecue flavor, Blair! So creative and sounds so good!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Gayle! I know — it’s so odd! We had 80 degree weather on Wednesday, and snow in the forecast for Sunday. Boo!!!

  2. Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners says:

    5 stars
    Oh how fun is this dish, Blair. If only I had this recipe when I was in school I would have avoided so much of the junk food!
    This is so yummy looking and kids are going to gobble it up and be asking for seconds. Just loving it!!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Robyn!! I know, right?! Cheapest food EVER!! And so filling — there’s a reason the college kids love ramen noodles!

  3. Shirley Sewell says:

    Love this recipe, reminds me of younger times. We lived off ramen noodles in college, we would pool money together to buy them. In those days they were not popular and only cost $.10. Look forward to making this. Where are the kids, hope they are doing well. Receive contest package today. Thanks again for everything.

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Shirley! I do think that ramen noodles are still some of the cheapest food that you can purchase at the store! There’s a reason college kids love them!

      I’m so glad that you received the prize package! Have a wonderful weekend, and thanks again for reading!!