Chicken Chow Mein
I learned how to make Chow Mein from my cousin’s wife, Wen. She came over to my house loaded with Chinese groceries and cooked an absolute feast. This is fairly close to her creation. I cut down on oil a bit to keep calories lower, but other than that it tastes the same. I honestly think this recipe has spoiled us a bit, as it really is better than takeaway. So much so that if anyone orders chow mein when we eat Chinese they’re generally disappointed.
All of the ingredients can be bought at a supermarket save for maybe the fresh noodles, but you can absolutely use dried noodles here as well. You can use any veg or protein that takes your fancy here.
You will need a large wok or skillet to make this and most Asian recipes. If you have a gas stove, a traditional wok is an amazing investment that will last a lifetime with proper seasoning. If you have an electric stove, you probably won’t get the heat necessary for a traditional wok, so I would recommend a non-stick version. Remember to always use the highest heat possible when using a wok, otherwise your dinner will stew. After the initial chopping and prep, this comes together in minutes.
Chicken Chow Mein
A delicious and authentic chow mein with a great macro profile.
- 300 g chicken fillets sliced thinly
- 2 tsp sesame oil divided
- 146 g carrots thinly sliced
- 145 g cabbage thinly sliced
- 200 g onions thinly sliced
- 191 g fresh egg noodles
- 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- 137 g fresh beansprouts
- 1/4 tsp white pepper
Fry the sliced chicken in half of the sesame oil in a wok. Remove once cooked. Set aside.
Cook noodles as per package directions, wash under cold water. Set aside.
Fry the carrots, onions, cabbage and garlic in remaining sesame oil. Add soy sauce, pepper and oyster sauce. Fry until cooked but still crisp. Add beansprouts and noodles. Toss to combine. Add more soy sauce if too dry.
Note that the measurements here are what I had on hand and what gave me the nutritional information per myfitnesspal. Feel free to vary, but note nutritional information will change.
You can bulk this up with any veg you like and change the meat to beef or prawns or tofu or anything you prefer.