Thursday, 1 August 2013

Chicken chow mein.

Cooking Chinese food is not in my comfort zone and not one of my specialities, however, I love going to an all you can eat Chinese buffet! I really fancied a chicken chow mein one evening, and I would usually have a takeaway instead of attempting to make a takeaway favourite at home. This time was different as I have enjoyed dusting off some of my less used cook books, I turned to Ching- He Huang's cookbook for a recipe for this dish. I was quite surprised that I had this on the table in 20 minutes, probably quicker than having a takeaway delivered to me. The chow mein was delicious, tasty and importantly, healthy.

Here is how my chicken chow mein turned out:
Chicken chow mein.

Chicken chow mein.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook in: 10 minutes
Serves 2

150g (5oz) egg noodles
2 dashes of sesame oil
300g (11 oz) skinless chicken breasts, sliced into strips
dash of dark soy sauce
1 tsp of Chinese five-spice powder
1 tsp chili sauce
1 tbsp cornflour
1-2 tbsp of groundnut oil
1 red pepper, de-seeded and finely sliced
150g (5 oz) bean sprouts
1 large onion, sliced length ways
2 tbsp of light soy sauce
ground black pepper.

1) Cook the noodles in a saucepan of boiling water foe 2-3 minutes. Drain, then drizzle with a dash of sesame oil and toss together to prevent the noodles from sticking to each other.
2) Place the chicken strips in a bowl and season with the dark soy sauce, five-spice powder and chili sauce. Mix well, then lightly dust the chicken strips with the cornflour.
3) Heat a wok or frying pan over a high heat and add the groundnut oil, then add the chicken pieces and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and golden.
4) Tip the red pepper and stir fry for 1 minute, then add the beansprouts and spring onion and stir fry for 30 seconds. Stir in the cooked noodles and season with the light soy sauce, the remaining dash of toasted sesame oil and some freshly ground black pepper. Divide the noodles between plates and serve immediately.


  1. Ohhh - I'm impressed - I've not attempted much Chinese cooking - this sounds SO flavorful - great recipe !
    Mary x


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