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Chicken chow mein

Chow mein is a dish of stir fried noodles to which other ingredients can be added.


1 pk noodles (Chinese egg noodles)
1 T sesame oil (dark sesame oil)
3⁄4 c bean sprouts (mungo bean sprouts, soy sprouts or soya sprouts)
3⁄4 c onion (thinly sliced)
3⁄4 c bell pepper (green, thinly sliced)
3⁄4 lb chicken (boneless meat, cut into even strips or small pieces)
1⁄4 c soy sauce
1 T water
1⁄4 c broth (chicken broth, low sodium broth if from the store)
1⁄2 t sugar


  1. Combine chicken broth, oyster sauce, and sugar in a small bowl. Reserve for later.
  2. Mix soy sauce, cornstarch, and water in a medium sized bowl. Add the chicken and stir until well coated in this batter.
  3. Cook noodles in boiling water until they are done but still firm, about 2 minutes, drain the water and toss with the sesame oil. Set aside.
  4. Heat 1 Tbs (15 ml) of peanut oil. Stir-fry the chicken pieces for about 5 minutes until cooked through. Remove from the wok and keep warm.
  5. Again, heat 1 Tbs (15 ml) of peanut oil on medium-high heat in the wok. Add the onion, peppers and mung bean sprouts. Stir fry for 3 minutes, until the onion becomes slightly translucent. Add to the chicken and toss.
  6. For the third time, heat 1 Tbs (15 ml) of peanut oil in the wok. Add the cooked noodles and stir-fry until they are heated.
  7. Now, stir in again the vegetables and chicken. Add the sweetened oyster sauce and broth, cover, and cook for 2 minutes.
  8. Return to the bowl and serve straight away.
Total time
30 minutes
Cooking time
Preparation time
4 servings


To cook the noodles, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Carefully add the noodles to the boiling water. Use a wooden spoon to stir and separate them. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring a few times to prevent the noodles from sticking.

To cook in the wok, use a medium-high or heat.

Substitute the vegetables in this recipe for others of your choice. For instance, pak choi, carrots and mung bean sprouts is a good mix, as well, or just use the vegetables at hand.

You can easily prepare shrimp chow mein or beef chow mein in the same way.


American Chinese fusion.

Stir-frying is a very popular method to cook food in China. Stir-frying is usually done in a wok, a Chinese pan with deep, curved sides. Stir-frying requires cooking food cut into small pieces, over high heat in a small amount of oil while stirring constantly.

The food cooks very fast, usually in about 5 minutes, and moving it constantly around in the pan ensures that it cooks evenly. The rounded sides help to place the food naturally where it is the hottest, the bottom of the wok.

moderate, stir-fry, pasta
poultry, main meal
Chinese food recipes
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See also the recipe for vegetable chow mein.