Whole30 Tantanmen Ramen
Whole30 Tantanmen Ramen with creamy rich bone broth and juicy caramelized chicken. This healthy low carb Whole30 ramen noodles come with loads of fresh vegetables and ramen toppings. It’s a super quick dinner idea for tantanmen ramen lovers!
Whole30 Tantanmen Ramen
Are you a ramen lover? I remember when I was in my 20’s and early 30’s Japanese ramen is one of my favorite go-to winter comfort food. My favorite flavors are Japanese miso ramen and tantanmen ramen (also known as dan dan ramen). Found this recipe in hot summer? Check out my chilled summer version – Chinese dan dan noodles here.
I love the creamy and umami rich bone broth and the toppings that come with the ramen noodles are always great additions to have. Imagine how fabulous it would be for a low-carb tantanmen ramen that tastes just as delicious yet without the carb, plus much easier to make!
How to Make Easy Tantanmen Ramen (short cut version)
You’ll need a really flavorful chicken bone broth in order to make this shortcut version truly delicious. I tried a few store-bought chicken bone broth from WholeFoods’ to Trader Joe’s and the results are not as spectacular. I recommend either using homemade chicken bone broth if you have it at home or my favorite store-bought version from Kettles & Fires for a rich flavorful broth in no time. I want to emphasize that this is not a sponsored post.
Whole30 Tantanmen Ramen Paste (soy-free, easy, low-carb)
To make Japanese tantanmen ramen paste you’ll need tahini paste (or Japanese white sesame paste). The coconut aminos will replace soy sauce and add extra umami flavor. Tantanmen is originated from China so it’s common to see the usage of cumin and five spice powder in the recipe. The cashew butter or macadamia butter adds a smooth and naturally creamy taste to the paste.
Be sure to sip the tantan ramen broth as you enjoy this low carb chicken tantanmen ramen. It is out-of-this world creamy delicious and even I can’t believe this shortcut version would taste so good!
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Whole30 Tantanmen Ramen (Paleo, Keto, Easy)
- 4 pieces chicken thighs, , boneless
- your favorite chicken/poultry seasonings, (see notes)
- 1 tbsp avocado or olive oil
Ramen Toppings of choice:
- 2 large soft boiled eggs
- 3-4 bundles baby bok choy, , quartered (or baby spinach)
- 5 oz. brown beech mushrooms, or enoki mushrooms
- 1 cup bean sprouts, (optional)
- 2 medium size zucchinis, , spiralized
- 2 bulbs scallions, , chopped
Whole30 Tantanmen Ramen paste (divided for 2 ramen bowls):
- 3 tbsp tahini paste
- 1 tbsp coconut aminos
- ⅛ tsp cumin powder
- ⅛ tsp five spice powder
- 1 to 1.5 tbsp cashew butter or macadamia nut butter
- 2 cups or more chicken bone broth, , kettle and fire recommend or homemade
- Toasted sesame seeds, (optional)
- Chicken: Season chicken with poultry seasonings. See notes section for my recommendation. Grill them in a well-heated skillet with 1 tbsp oil until the chicken is completely cooked through, about 8-10 minutes. Set the chicken aside. Deglaze the skillet with 3-4 tbsp chicken stock and scrap off the brown bits. Pour the sauce over chicken. Cover the bowl and keep it warm.
- Toppings: In the meantime, bring a large pot of water to boil. Lower the heat to simmering. Carefully and slowly add the eggs and low simmer for 6-7 minutes. Soak in cold water to stop cooking. Use the same water to blanch bok choy for 30 seconds and mushrooms and sprouts for 5-10 seconds. Soak them in cold water to stop cooking then set aside to drain well.
- Paste and Broth: Prepare two large noodle bowls. Combine and stir-well Whole30 Tantanmen Ramen paste and divide the paste evenly over two bowls. Preheat chicken bone broth in a soup pot until it’s nice warm and hot ready to use.
- Assemble: Add 1 cup chicken bone broth to each noodle bowl. Gently stir with a spoon or whisk to combine the paste and broth well. Add zucchini noodles, chicken, ramen toppings, and scallions. Drizzle the pan juice from the grilled chicken over the noodle bowl. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds, if using. Serve hot and immediately.
Also check out my Paleo Asian Chicken Cabbage Salad, Paleo Chicken Katsu, Keto Bulgogi Beef Sushi Rolls, and Paleo Soy-Free Cashew ‘Tofu’ Salad.
This is amazing. I used roasted pork belly, spinach because the store was out of baby bok, and Cremini mushrooms because I had them, and a mix of chicken and homemade beef broths. I’ll be making lots more of this with different variations. Thanks for the great recipe!
That sounds amazing!
Fantastic and easy! Whole family loved this ramen. Thank you!!
Thank you so much. So happy to hear!
Was delicious, and simple! Really loved it!
Thank you. So happy to hear!
Will this recipe work with beef bone broth? Just made a fresh batch. Looks amazing; can’t wait to try. Thank you.
Hi Monica, thanks for your question. To be honest, I’m not sure. The flavor profile is developed based on chicken bone broth though. 🙂
This was amazing! I replaced baby bok choy with seaweed, added powdered ginger and garlic salt because I enjoy extra heat and couldn’t find the exact same bone broth as in the recipe. I am so thankful for you sharing this recipe! It’s gotten me and my boyfriend through day 14 & 15 of Whole30!
Thank you, Mary! So happy to hear!
I made this last night and it was a hit. Great for me as I have a nightshade allergy and for my sister who has a gluten allergy. The taste is wonderful. Note: as someone with a nightshade allergy, I did skip the chili powder when seasoning the chicken. Thank you for this recipe and I will keep looking through your recipes for more nightshade-free options 🙂
That broth is so rich and creamy that I could almost call it a dish of its own – so yummy!
Your pictures are so beautiful and this recipe looks delicious. I’m adding all of these ingredients to our shopping list and can’t wait to try this one!
Wow, I just love this recipe! It is so good. Brilliant work!
This was delicious and so easy to make! All of your recipes are winners!
What a gorgeous looking bowl of ramen! I want this for dinner tonight!!! Pinning to try next week… so excited, thank you!