Chinese Chicken Chow Mein

Chicken Chao meean
Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

This is a classic takeaway dish and a classic Chinese snack – Chow mein in Mandarin Chinese is pronounced ‘Chao meean and it means ‘stir-noodle’, i.e. stir-fried noodle.

Trick to getting a good-quality chow mein is in the quality of the noodle used. I use shi wheat flour noodles – ‘shi’ means ‘thin’ and whether yellow shi or white – they are easy to cook, 3 minutes in boiling water.

Ingredients

  • 225g dried or fresh egg noodles
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil, plus 1 tsp
  • 100g boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into fine shreds
  • 2½ tbsp groundnut oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 50g mangetout, finely shredded
  • 50g Parma ham or cooked ham, finely shredded
  • 2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine or dry Sherry
  • ½ tsp freshly ground white pepper
  • ½ tsp golden caster sugar
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped

For the marinade

  • 2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp Shaoxing rice wine or dry Sherry
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp freshly ground white pepper

Method

  1. Cook the noodles in a large pan of boiling water for 3-5 mins, then drain and put them in cold water. Drain thoroughly, toss them with 1 tbsp of the sesame oil and set aside.
  2. Combine the chicken with all the marinade ingredients and ½ tsp salt, mix well and then leave to marinate for about 10 mins.
  3. Heat a wok over a high heat. Add 1 tbsp of the groundnut oil and, when it is very hot and slightly smoking, add the chicken shreds. Stir-fry for about 2 mins and then transfer to a plate. Wipe the wok clean. Reheat the wok until it is very hot, then add the remaining groundnut oil. When the oil is slightly smoking, add the garlic and stir-fry for 10 secs. Then add the mangetout and ham, and stir-fry for about 1 min.
  4. Add the noodles, soy sauces, rice wine or Sherry, pepper, sugar, spring onions and 1 tsp salt. Stir-fry for 2 mins. Return the chicken and any juices to the noodle mixture. Stir-fry for about 3-4 mins or until the chicken is cooked. Add 1 tsp sesame oil and give the mixture a few final stirs. Put on a warm platter and serve immediately.
Chicken Chao meean
Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

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