These yakisoba noodles are tender noodles stir fried with chicken and assorted vegetables in a savory sauce. A quick and easy meal option that can be easily customized to suit your tastes!
Yakisoba noodles are one of my favorite things to order at my local Japanese restaurant, and I’ve since learned to make this dish in my own kitchen with great results!
What are yakisoba noodles?
These noodles are a long, thin wheat noodle used in stir fries. You can find these noodles in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores. My stores carry this type of noodle in the produce area near the tofu. Most fresh yakisoba noodles are pre-cooked, and simply need to be heated up before you eat them.
How do you make yakisoba noodles?
Start by cooking thinly sliced chicken in a pan until golden brown. Remove the chicken from the pan, then add in a variety of colorful vegetables. Once the vegetables are tender, return the chicken to the pan and add the noodles. Stir everything together, then pour in the sauce. Sprinkle with green onions, then serve and enjoy.
Tips for the perfect dish
- Place your chicken breasts in the freezer for 20-30 minutes to firm up the meat, which will make it a lot easier to slice.
- I use a mandoline to finely shred my cabbage. You can also skip this step and buy a bag of pre-shredded cabbage to save some time.
- This dish stays fresh in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, which makes it great for meal prep. You can freeze your noodles for up to 2 months. Thaw the frozen food in the refrigerator, then cook in a pan on the stove top to reheat.
While this dish is delicious as-is, you can absolutely change up the ingredients to customize the flavors to your tastes.
- Protein: Swap out the chicken for shrimp, steak, tofu or pork.
- Vegetables: Feel free to add more veggies to the mix such as mushrooms, zucchini, bok choy, broccoli or green beans.
- Noodles: No yakisoba on hand? Feel free to use udon noodles, ramen noodles, or a long type of pasta such as spaghetti.
Are yakisoba noodles the same as ramen noodles?
The ingredient list and flavor of these two types of noodles are quite similar. Ramen noodles are often risen before they are processed. The primary difference between ramen and yakisoba noodles is in the way that they’re served. Ramen noodles are typically served in broth as a soup, and yakisoba noodles are served in stir fry form.
This recipe is a great way to liven up plain old chicken breasts and turn them into a unique and exciting dish. I love to make this stir fry at the end of the week to use up all the odds and ends of vegetables and meat that I have on hand. You simply can’t go wrong with this one!
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For the stir fry
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil divided use
- 3/4 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts thinly sliced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 red bell pepper cored, seeded and thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- 2 cups shredded cabbage
- 2 teaspoons garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon ginger minced
- 2 5.9 ounce packages yakisoba noodles prepared according to package directions
- 1/4 cup green onions sliced
For the sauce
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
- 3 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
For the sauce
- Place all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until well combined.
For the Stir Fry
- Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan over medium high heat. Add the chicken in a single layer and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Cook the chicken for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan and place on a plate. Cover to keep warm.
- Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the pan.
- Place the red bell peppers, carrots and cabbage in the pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
- Add the garlic and ginger and cook for 30 seconds.
- Return the chicken to the pan and add the yakisoba noodles. Stir to combine.
- Pour the sauce into the pan and toss everything together.
- Sprinkle the green onions over the top, then serve immediately.