Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Chicken Chow Mein Noodles

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Growing up in the '70s I thought that all Chinese Food was Chicken Chow Mein because that was one Chinese dish my mother liked to make weekly.  She usually made a delicious chicken stir fry with a thick Asian inspired sauce and we ate it over rice with crispy chow mein noodles  I loved this dish when I was a kid so I thought it would be fun to recreate it with some different Asian ingredients and make it with noodles instead of rice.  This really was a wonderful one pot dish since I cooked the stir fry in the same pot I boiled the pasta.  It was a great meal because I had only pot to wash and I big bowl of Chicken Chow Mein Noodles to enjoy and take me back to my childhood.


Ingredients:
1lb of chicken breast sliced into thin strips. (Tip: slice chicken when partially frozen so it is easy to slice thin)
1lb of cooked spaghetti or linguine  noodles.  You can also use any thicker Asian noodle (not rice sticks)
1 Tbs of ginger grated
1 Tbs of garlic grated
2 tsp of cornstarch
Salt and Black Pepper
Red Chili Flakes
2 cups of sliced cabbage
1 cup of sliced celery
1-2 cups of bean sprouts
1 bunch of green onions or scallions
handful of cleaned snow peas (optional)
bag of frozen stir fry mix -with, water chestnuts, baby corn, red bell peppers, mushrooms (optional)
chow mein cruchy noodles as a garnish (optional)

 Sauce:
1/4 soy sauce
2 Tbs oyster sauce
1/4 cup Shao Hsing Chinese Rice Wine or substitute dry sherry
2 tsp brown sugar
1 Tbs sesame oil
1/8 tsp Chinese Five Spice
1/4 chicken stock with 1 Tbs of cornstarch made into a slurry

 Directions:

Step 1:  Cook pasta noodles 1-2 minutes shy of package instructions. Drain and set aside until later. You may want to add about a tsp of canola oil to coat the noodles so they don't stick.

Step 2:  add 2tsp of cornstarch to sliced chicken and allow to see for a few minutes.

Heat a wok on high heat and add sliced chicken and stir fry for 2 minutes. Then add the ginger, garlic, red chili flakes and some salt and pepper (not to much salt because you will add soy sauce to salt the dish as well). Stir fry for another 2 minutes.

Next add the sliced cabbage, celery and any other vegetables (accept the bean sprouts). Stir fry for another 2-3 minutes.  Add your sauce ingredients and stir fry until sauce begins to boil and thicken.

Finally add the bean sprouts and cook for a minute then add the cooked pasta and toss well with the sauce and vegetables.  Taste for seasoning and serve hot.   Serve with chow mein style crunchy noodles as a garnish.  Enjoy.



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23 comments:

  1. Looks like perfect chow mein.....crunchy veggies and soft chicken....yum....

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  2. Chow mein was always my favorite. You are such an expert!

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  3. My experience was just the opposite. I didn't have chicken chow mein till just about 2 years ago. My husband loves the stuff and he introduced me. With eating this dish for so long I bet your recipe is marvelous.

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  4. Yum Yum Yum and more YUM! Chow mein is always so delicious. Yours looks amazing with all those veggies and the chicken.

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  5. I've never had chow mein, I have always been more of a Lo Mein sort of girl, but this looks delicious, I may just have to give it a try!

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  6. This looks yummy! Might have to give this a try this week! Thanks for posting!

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  7. This is such a wonderful recipe..Thanks for posting it..Bookmarked..

    Aarthi
    http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

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  8. I remember my mother making chicken chow mein when I was a kid--and despite the fact that my mother is a pretty good cook, it was awful. Love this improved version!

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  9. This looks delicious! I'm constantly craving Asian food these days, and this would be right up my alley. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Your chow mein looks divine - I could use a soy substitution and definitely fall in love with this exqusitie dish :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Rich Sticky Date Pudding w/ Butterscotch Sauce

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  11. I love chow mein noodles,my favorite,sometime I add peanut butter just for slighly change,it was YUmmy Too,and I like all vegetables on this noodles,Btw looks YUM !!
    Ridwan

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  12. Hi Ramona!

    I nominated you for the 7x7 Blog Award! Keep up the comforting curry recipes!

    Here is the post: http://ateaspoonofturmeric.com/2012/03/13/7-x-7/#more-5314

    Cheers,
    Preena

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  13. This looks really good.... my son loves chow mein.

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  14. I used to make chicken chow mein with the chow mein noodles a long time ago...and have forgotten how good it was. Will want to make this soon!
    Thanks for sharing:DDD

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  15. Mmm, looks lovely!
    Haha, love the all Chinese food story, for me that would have been orange chicken, probably. Looks like a beautiful, colorful dish!

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  16. i always love to eat noodles but never tried this before :)
    its look good, thumbs up for this noodles hihi.

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  17. Oh this is one of our favourite dishes..but my husband always orders it, I never tried making :)

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  18. I love those crispy chow mein noodles. Now that I'm thinkin g about it though, I'm not sure I've ever seen them here. Now I'll be on a mission to hunt them down. This looks really tasty!

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  19. I remember munching on chow mein noodles as a snack. I also love homemade versions of popular take out dishes also. This looks better than any take out chicken chow mein I've had. The colors in your dish are fresh and vibrant. Can't imagine that there were any leftovers.

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  20. Looks like a great stir fry! I LOVED those chow mein noodles as a kid, haven't bought them in years!!

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  21. Love to try that noodles. In fact, noodles are complete meal for one dining.

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