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May 13th, 2013 47 Comments

Chicken Chow Mein

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Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

Serves 2 | Prep Time: 20 Minutes | Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients:

8 oz fresh egg noodles or steamed chow mein/chow mein
4 oz chicken breast, cut into pieces
3 tablespoons oil
3-4 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 oz cabbage, finely sliced
1/2 small carrot, peeled and cut into thin strips
1 heaping tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon dark soy sauce, optional, for coloring purpose
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
3 tablespoons water
3 dashes white pepper powder
Pinch of salt
4 oz bean sprouts, rinsed and drained
2 stalks scallion, cut into 2-inch lengths

Chicken Marinade:

1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon corn starch

Method:

Prep the noodles according to the packaging instructions.

Marinate the chicken breast with the baking soda, for about 10 minutes. Rinse the chicken thoroughly with cold water, for a few times, until the baking soda is completely washed off. Pat dry the chicken with paper towels and add the soy sauce and corn starch to the chicken. Stir to coat well and set aside for 10 minutes.

Heat up a wok or pan over high heat. When it’s heated, add the oil to the wok/pan. Add the garlic and stir-fry until aromatic, follow by the chicken. Stir-fry until the chicken is half cooked or the surface turns opaque, then add in the cabbage and carrot, stir continuously. Add the noodles into the wok/pan, follow by the oyster sauce, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, water, white pepper, and pinch of salt. Stir back and forth and toss the noodles, for about 1 minute. Add the bean sprouts, stir to combine well. As soon as the bean sprouts are cooked, add the scallion, stir a few more times, dish out and serve immediately.

Cook’s Notes:

1. Prepping the noodles involve rinsing the noodles thoroughly with cold water, and then drained before cooking. Some noodles involve soaking the noodles with hot water, drained before cooking. Please follow the packaging instructions to get the best results.  If you use dried egg noodles, please also follow the instructions on the back of the package.

Chow Mein

2. Egg noodles, or Chinese chow mein are labeled differently: chow mein, steamed chow mein, pan-fried chow mein, egg noodles,  Hong Kong egg noodles, etc. Please refer to the picture above when choosing your chow mein. The picture on the left is the noodles out of the package, and the picture on the right is the noodles after prepping (but before cooking).

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47 comments... read them below or add one

  1. Jim Sawchak via Facebook says:

    Chow mein always reminds me of Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon. “Gonna get a big dish of beef chow mein”.

  2. Yummer! I love chicken chow mein and this is making me hunggrryy!

  3. Reem says:

    Love!!!
    That last shot is sinfully delicious. … ;)

  4. Jayne says:

    I like that tip on using baking soda on chicken to make them smooth and springy. Have to test that out. The noodles look so good. I’m a diehard noodle fan and I love this!

  5. umyousef says:

    I tried making this today….but using my scratch made egg noodles for a ladies’ lunch meeting, a hit with everyone! Thanks for posting such an easy but delicious recipe!!

  6. Anon says:

    Is it really Chow Mein or is it Lo Mein? There IS a difference between the two. Lo Mein is tossed noodles…Chow Mein is fried noodles…I ask because I don’t want to serve something and be ‘politely’ corrected that I am in fact serving something else.

  7. Great recipe. However, it was cleaning up the fridge day so had to substitute cabbage with some fresh leftover button mushrooms. Best chow mein recipe i tried so far.

  8. Soya Milk says:

    I’m looking forward to try this one. I love fried noodles! Just a couple of questions: can I substitute cabbage with green leafy veg? Would it be weird if I added chilli powder to spice it up a little?

    Thanks!

  9. Myf says:

    What a winner! Definitely a keeper! Fresh clean flavours and so easy to make. We love Asian food in our family and the kids love taking leftovers for school the next day…. if there is anything left. Can’t wait to try some of your other great dishes!!

  10. Jenny says:

    Love this and all of your recipes that I have tried. However, I have trouble with the marinated chicken sticking to the wok. Any tips?

  11. chrisang says:

    Sinfully delicious. A hit with the family. My daughter commented that it was the best chow mein she ever tasted and had several helpings. Thanks.

  12. Fareeal says:

    Fresh egg noodles are not available where I am. Can I use dry noodles instead and how to prepare?

  13. lolcats says:

    Umm, Can you please tell the recipe

  14. Audrey says:

    I’m looking for a recipe for just the simple take-out chowmein you get to-go or eat there. Mainly celery, some small pieces of meat, sauce of some type

  15. Ally says:

    Can’t wait to try this out. The first decent looking recipe that looks like it’ll come close to the yummy takeaway one I get all of the time.

  16. Derrick says:

    I thank you for such great recipesi cooked this chicken chowmein sooo good my Wife loved it .you’re my favorite cooking website .lol

  17. Derrick says:

    I cooked the Korean sticky wings ahhhhh i could eat 30 of them tast Great.lol

  18. Stuart says:

    Please can you tell me what vegetarian substitute can you use instead of oyster sauce?

  19. Julie Binns says:

    Very tasty and easy to follow recipe! Thank you!

  20. Sam says:

    Is there anything you can use instead of Sesame oil?

  21. Quinn says:

    Is there a recipe for shrimp chow mein on your website?

  22. Joyce says:

    Have made his recipe twice now for my husband and me and we love it! My hubby stuffs himself and gives me great compliments. We are on a budget so we use angel hair pasta, and regular cabbage sliced thinly. But we add tons of fresh bean sprouts along with the other veggies. It is so healthy and tasty, and will be a favorite regular at our house from now on.

  23. lorri says:

    How did you “treat” the chicken with baking soda? Why do you do this? I’ve never heard of it before…

  24. Dani price says:

    i really want to try this recipe but i’m highly allergic to all seafood and things that have it in it like Oyster sauce and fish sauce, can i make this recipe with out using Oyster sauce or is there a good alliterative?

  25. Cindy says:

    My kids and I love this recipe, your other recipes, and your cookbook. Thanks for making Chinese cooking accessible to everyone!

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  28. Amina says:

    Could you please tell me which brand of noodles you use, and if they are available online? I can never find the right noodles for chow mein! It’s really frustrating. Thanks!

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