Taking Ramen to Another Level

20 Feb

So unintentionally, the theme at College Grubbin’ lately has been bowls that not only hold your food but are also edible. Which is perfectly fine because this recipe is all kinds of delicious. Also, if you look at the ingredients, you’ll see something a little strange. Yes, this recipe does call for a package of ramen noodles! I’m not gonna lie, I have a straight up case of ramen in one of our cabinets in the kitchen. Before my parents were done moving me in during the summer last year, we went to the grocery store to get a bunch of food. At first, I grabbed a couple packages of ramen, but my mom looked at me and we both knew that I was going to need a lot more than that. In the beginning of the school year, I relied on ramen, now I use sparingly. In this recipe, it’s only one factor to this amazing meal!

Chicken Teriyaki Lettuce Wraps

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Serves: 2


1 chicken breast

2 stalks of green onion

½ cup of cashews

3 table spoons of teriyaki sauce

1 package of top ramen

1 head of lettuce

Garlic powder


1.   Wash chicken and trim that fat! After you are done, slice and dice the chicken into little cubes.

2.   Rinse the stalks of green onions and chop off the white part at the end. Then, chop into little cylinders.

3.   Grab a frying pan, turn on the heat to medium high and empty 3 tablespoons of teriyaki sauce into it. Then put the chicken and green onions in. Shake a little bit garlic powder on top and stir.

4.   The trick is to soak the chicken and marinate it in the frying pan to get a great flavor. Do this by stirring the mixture every couple minutes and adding chopped up little pieces of cashew to the pan.

5.   While the chicken is cooking, you guys probably know what to do with the ramen noodles. But for those of you who don’t (weird), fill up a bowl of water, put it in the microwave for about 2 minutes. Once it’s done, let the noodles soak in the water. I don’t suggest putting the flavoring in the noodles, it may throw off the taste and it adds a ton of sodium to your  meal.

6.   Grab the lettuce and rinse it, then cut about ½ an inch above the stem. This should make leaves of the lettuce fall off. Each leaf should be a pretty big cup to hold the noodles and chicken.

7.   Once your noodles are soaked and not crunchy, strain the water out and divide the noodles onto 4 big lettuce bowls. Check on the chicken and make sure the center of the meat is not pink. Once it’s ready, divide and scoop the chicken teriyaki in each lettuce bowl.

I made 3 and the serving sizes were way too big!

You are all done & ready to grub! I suggest splitting this meal with a room mate/friend you like, who doesn’t mind watching you attack these lettuce wraps. They do get a little messy so I would avoid making this meal for a date. You can wrap them up like a burrito, fold them in half or try to eat them with a fork and knife. Whatever way you prefer, you still get the best grub on your dinner table. Keep grubbin’!


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