Chicken Chow Mein Recipe
Ingredients (Serves 4)
1. Chow mein noodles – 6 oz packet
2. Vegetable oil / peanut oil – 1 – 1.5 tbsp
3. Chicken breast – 1 cup, cubed or cut into thin strips
Soy sauce – 1 tsp
Baking soda – 1 pinch
White pepper powder – 1 pinch
Salt – 1 – 2 pinches or as required
4. Onion – 1/2 cup, thinly sliced
Ginger and garlic – 1/2 tsp each, finely chopped
Cabbage – 1/4 – 1/2 cup, thinly sliced (You can use thinly sliced carrot and cabbage too)
Mushroom – 3/4 cup, sliced or quartered
Bell pepper, red, green and yellow – 1/4 cup each
Spring onion, white part – 1/4 cup, cut into 1/2inch pieces
5. Bean sprouts – 1/2 cup (optional)
6. Chicken broth / stock – 1/4 cup
Soy sauce – 2 tsp (I used 1 tsp light soy sauce and 1 tsp dark soy sauce)
Oyster sauce – 2 tsp
White vinegar / rice wine vinegar – 1 tsp
Sugar – 1/8 tsp or to taste
Green chilly sauce / red chilly sauce – 1 – 2 tsp or to taste
7. Toasted sesame oil – 1 tsp
Celery leaves, finely chopped – 1 tbsp, optional
Spring onion (green part) – 1/4 cup chopped, to garnish
8. Salt and pepper – As required to taste
1. Combine the chicken pieces with soy sauce, baking soda, salt and pepper powder. Set aside for 10 minutes.
2. Fill a saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add the noodles and cook for 4 – 6 minutes until done. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water. Add a tsp of oil and mix well. Set aside.
3. Combine all the ingredients for sauce (numbered 6) in a small bowl. Keep the vegetables ready.
4. Heat 1.5 tbsp oil in a wok/ non stick pan at medium-high heat. Add the chicken pieces and stir-fry for a few minutes until cooked completely. Remove to a plate and set aside until ready to use later.
5. In the remaining oil ( add more oil, if required), add all the vegetables (ingredients numbered 4). Add a tiny pinch of salt and pepper. Mix well and stir-fry for 1 – 2 minutes. Add cooked noodles, cooked chicken, bean sprouts and the sauce mixture. Toss well. Stir-fry for 1 – 2 minutes until the noodles are well-coated with the sauces. Taste-check for salt and add more sauces, if required. Add a tsp of toasted sesame oil, if using. Garnish with chopped celery leaves and spring onion. Serve as is or with any side-dishes.