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20160429_190811(1)

Chicken Chow Mein

This popular dish is so quick and simple to make yet tastes great, the best bit is it is really healthy and cheap to make. One packet of noodles and a couple of chicken breasts will feed a family of 4. I use 4 chicken breasts in the recipe but use two if money is tight. I would recommend cutting them into smaller pieces to make them go further. Dark Soy Sauce is an essential ingredient in a chow mein, you just won’t get the same results if you leave it out. You can pick it up in most supermarkets or Asian stores.

20160429_190811(1)

Ingredients

Allergens : Contains Gluten, Lactose Free
Medium Noodles - 375g
Chicken Breasts - 3-4
Carrots - 1-2
Mixed Peppers - 1/4 each or 1 whole
Spring Onions - 2
Mange Tout or Green Beans - about 100g or a little less
Fresh Ginger - 1/2 inch sized piece chopped
Garlic Cloves - 3 Chopped Finely
Fresh Chilli (optional) - 1/2 chopped
Salted Peanuts (optional) - 50g chopped
Sesame Oil - 1 tsp
WET INGREDIENTS
Dark Soy Sauce (essential) - 1.5 tsp
Light Soy Sauce (essential) - 2-3 tsp
Water - 2 tbsp
Sugar - 1.5 tsp
Oyster Sauce - 2 tsp

Instructions

1
You will need - 1 Wok, 1 pot, 1 chopping board, 1 sharp knife, 1 cup, 1 wooden spoon or similar.
2
Boil 1 pint of water in a pot then add the noodles, bring back to boil, stir will then allow to cook for 2 - 3 minutes, remove and strain the water off then rinse the noodles under cold water to cool them down. Leave to one side till later.
3
Mix all the wet ingredients (not the sesame oil) in a cup with the sugar and set to one side.
4
Dice the chicken into small cubes, cut it really small if you want it to go further.
5
Slice the peppers, Cut the mange tout in 4 pieces and roughly cut the spring onion.
6
Heat 2 tbsp of oil in the wok then add the chicken, cook for 2 minutes then add the chopped garlic, chilli if using it and ginger, cook for about 2 minutes more until the chicken starts to colour slightly, then add the sesame oil stirring well.
7
Add the veggies and cook out for about 2 minutes.
8
Add the noodles and give them a good stir then add the wet ingredients in the cup. Mix well, cook for 1 - 2 minutes then taste and serve if happy.
9
I like mine with chopped peanuts on top but this is optional.
    • Carol Coleman
    • 24th February 2017
    Reply

    If I leave out the oyster sauce would I have to replace it with anything else? Not a seafood/fish lover! Thanks Liam.

      • Liam Boland - BiaMaith Chef
      • 24th February 2017
      Reply

      There is a vegetarian alternative that is made from mushrooms. Oyster sauce doesn’t taste of fish though, most brands don’t contain any fish at all.

    • Carol Coleman
    • 24th February 2017
    Reply

    Not a seafood/fish eater. Can I leave out the Oyster sauce or is there anything I can replace it with? Thanks Liam

      • Liam Boland - BiaMaith Chef
      • 24th February 2017
      Reply

      There is a vegetarian alternative that is made from mushrooms. Oyster sauce doesn’t taste of fish though, most brands don’t contain any fish at all.

    • Fi
    • 14th March 2017
    Reply

    Not a ginger lover (although my husband is ginger and I love him ?), would it be OK to leave it out?

    1. You don’t taste it in the dish as when combined with the other ingredients it blends in to give the overall flavour. It is really good for you so I would suggest leaving it in. If it is a big issue then leave it out but it will taste a lot better if left in.

    • Anne
    • 18th March 2017
    Reply

    I love quick handy wok cooking so this is a winner. Enjoyed it last night, Great fresh flavours. Take away will never compare.

    • Michelle de Biere
    • 17th July 2018
    Reply

    Liam, how small do you need to chop the carrots for this dish? Thanks a million.

    1. As small as you can Michelle. At least half the size of your small fingernail

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