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. I love this simple dish with plenty of fresh crunchy vegetables and the usual Chinese condiments of light soy sauce and toasted sesame oil - but the 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. Then all the ingredients go into a wok - couldn't be easier or healthier!
Recipe courtesy of Ching-He Huang
Total:
30 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
10 min
Yield:
2 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
30 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
10 min
Yield:
2 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
30 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
10 min
Yield:
2 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces dried yellow Shi wheat flour noodles* or medium egg noodles
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil, plus more as needed
  • 11 ounces skinless chicken breasts, sliced into strips
  • Dash dark soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon chile sauce, optional
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons groundnut oil (peanut)
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely sliced
  • 5 ounces bean sprouts
  • 1 large spring onion (green), sliced lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper, finely ground

Directions

Watch how to make this recipe.

Cook the noodles for 3 minutes in a pan of boiling water until al dente, or as per the package instructions. Drain, then run them under cold running water, and drain again. Drizzle with a few splashes of sesame oil, and toss through to prevent them from sticking. 

Season the chicken with a splash of dark soy sauce, the five-spice powder, and chile sauce, if using. Mix well. Coat the chicken breasts lightly with the cornstarch. 

Heat a wok over a high heat, add the groundnut or peanut oil, and heat until smoking. Then, add the chicken, and stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes, or until cooked through. 

Add the red bell pepper, and stir-fry for 1 minute, then add the bean sprouts and green onion and stir-fry for less than 1 minute. Add the cooked noodles, and season with the light soy sauce, 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil, and black pepper, to taste. Stir well and serve immediately.

Cook's Note

*Can be found at specialty Asian markets.

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