Homemade Chicken Soup Ramen (鶏だしラーメン; tori dashi ramen)

Learn how to make authentic ramen soup from scratch using bone-in chicken thigh. The clear, aromatic soup is packed with umami and guaranteed to satisfy until the very last drop!

Homemade Chicken Soup Ramen (鶏だしラーメン; tori dashi ramen)
Photographed by HIDETOSHI HARA

Recipe by
Masaru Nakagawa




Rice & Noodles



Calorie count is per serving (including soup).

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 2 packs instant ramen
  • 1 bone-in chicken thigh (250 g)
  • 1 Japanese leek (green portion; minced)
  • 1 piece ginger (thinly sliced)
  • 2 heads bok choy
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil



Make an incision in the chicken thigh along the bone. Season with salt and pepper.


Heat 1 tbsp of vegetable oil in a frying pan. Cook both sides of the chicken until golden brown. Remove the chicken, and add the leek and ginger. Stir-fry until aromatic.


Place the chicken, leek, ginger, 1 tsp of salt and 1.6 L of water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 35 minutes.


When the soup reduces to half, remove the chicken. Debone and tear into pieces. Test the flavor of the soup and adjust with salt to taste. Blanch the bok choy and cut into easy-to-eat pieces.


Fill a separate pot with water and bring to a boil. Add the instant ramen, adding water a couple of times to keep it from boiling over. Cook the noodles slightly less than the amount of time specified on the package, then drain thoroughly. Arrange in individual serving bowls, and pour the chicken soup over the noodles. Top with shredded chicken and bok choy.