Got wings left over from a night out, game day party, or midnight snack? Make luscious, chicken wing ramen with a perfect jammy egg—all in your Instant Pot!
Do you like wings? Do you like ramen? If you said yes twice, we should hang out. Barring that, make chicken wing ramen. It’ll be your happy place.
This easy Instant Pot recipe will be your go-to for using up leftover wings either from eating out or when you make them at home.
Chicken wing ramen is essentially a bonus meal from your initial wing-fest…but psst, I like chicken wing ramen even more than the wings themselves. The bulk of work is making wings in the first place (which is EASY) and picking the meat and skin from the bones. (And if you’re not into that, you’re not into wings in the first place, right?)
Throw everything into the Instant Pot and you have an easy weeknight meal from your party leftovers.
What Wings Can Be Used for Ramen?
This whole idea came from my friend, who regularly goes to the local brewery’s weekly wing night. He intentionally orders more hot wings than he knows he can eat so he can take the leftovers home to make Buffalo Wing ramen.
While Buffalo ramen is indeed amazing and remains my favorite manifestation of chicken wing ramen (there’s the gorgeous bright red slick of grease on top of the broth), we realized it’s possible to make ramen out of any leftover cooked chicken wings.
WAIT! WHAT IS RAMEN, ANYWAY?
Ramen has come into its own in American noodle shops in the past 20 years, but most of us still think of it as super-cheap instant noodle soup with super-salty seasoning packets.
Real ramen is a Japanese noodle soup in a flavorful broth that’s garnished with sliced pork, soft-cooked eggs, and a very light scattering of vegetables. All the components are artfully arranged and in a wonderful harmony of colors, textures, and flavors. The best shops spend years perfecting their broth and their noodles.
You don’t need to, though. A satisfying bowl of steamy noodles and broth on a cold or rainy day is plenty close enough to perfect. Chicken wings have tons of cartilage and give you a silky, rich broth. Your Instant Pot makes quick work of extracting those characteristics because it’s ace for making chicken stock, stat.
HOW TO COOK THE EGGS
Cook your ramen eggs directly in the broth in the pot. A lot of recipes have you do this over a steamer rack before even cooking the broth, but why bother? Cooking eggs in the broth streamlines the process, and the eggs turn out just right.
The shells will be a little greasy, but you’re peeling them soon anyway. You want to undercook the egg so the whites are set but the yolk is a tad gooey. Two minutes at high pressure nails it every time!
WHAT ARE THE BEST NOODLES?
The classic noodles for ramen are Chinese-style fresh wheat flour noodles. You might be able to find such noodles easily at a grocery store or Asian market—or, like me, have limited options.
I use shelf-stable “fresh” Chinese-style Hokkien stir-fry noodles from the Asian section of my big chain grocery store. If you’re in a pinch, use the noodles from two packets of instant ramen (but pitch the seasoning packets).
Classically, you cook the noodles in their own pot of boiling water, and not directly in the broth. This is a streamlined ramen, though, and we’re gonna do it right in the broth like the wing-lovin’ rogues we are.
WHAT DO YOU SERVE WITH THIS?
Good question! Instead of loading up the ramen with vegetables and detracting from the glorious broth, I suggest a modest scattering of scallions on top and a refreshing cucumber salad on the side. Dude, you just ate the wings of, like, a dozen chickens for dinner, don’t get all uppity about green veggies right now.