Proper Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

This is so very tasty you want to eat more.  I dabbled about in my kitchen  and come up with this.  Now it has to be said my Special Chicken Chow Mein is the best - even if I do say so myself!  You can of course use pork instead of chicken, or indeed as well as chicken.

Chow Mein

Stir frying is easy-peasy and it really is up to you what else you fancy putting in it.  You really need a wok for this; you can get a really decent wok for under £20 over at Amazon. 
To serve 2 as a main course you will need:
400g pack of egg noodles
2 skinless chicken fillets - sliced into thin strips
6 king prawns - uncooked - shelled and de-veined
3 fat cloves garlic - finely chopped
a small handful of finely sliced white cabbage
1 large carrots - peeled and sliced into thin matchsticks
a small handful of bean-sprouts
1/2 a red bell pepper - thinly sliced
2 spring onions - sliced into matchsticks

Mix together the following marinade for the chicken (if using) in a small bowl:
1 teaspoon of cornflour
1 teaspoon of light soy sauce
1 teaspoon of Shaoxing (Chinese rice wine)

Mix together in a bowl the following sauce ingredients:
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 teaspoon of dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
3 tablespoons of water

Add the thinly sliced chicken to the bowl with the marinade in and give it a good mix.  Leave it to one side while you get on with the chopping and slicing of the garlic and carrots etc.  
When that's done, set everything to one side  

In a small bowl, mix all the sauce ingredients and set aside.

Heat up your wok and add a glug of oil.  Throw in the chopped garlic and stir-fry until just for a few seconds - don't let it burn.  Why?  Because garlic will taste bitter if it burns.

There will hardly be any liquid to drain from the chicken marinade so you can just add the chicken to the wok along with the prawns and stir-fry until they're only half cooked.
You can now add the cabbage, carrot, beans spouts and red pepper.  Cook for a few minutes keeping it moving about in the wok.

Put the noodles in the wok along with the sauce mixture.  Continue to stir until the noodles are well coated with the sauce and the chicken and prawns are properly cooked through.  Have a taste and add a tiny bit of salt or a little more sugar if you need to.

Throw in the spring onions, stir and serve straight away.

Chow Mein recipe

Chinese Food in Minutes is a great book and well worth buying but please note the recipe in this post was made up by myself and you will not find it in the book.


  1. What a perfect day to celebrate with Chow Mein, Jan.

    I for one never tire of your Chinese Dishes. They always look scrumptious!

    So you're a purveyor of spices, good for you!!! I certainly understand why you can't post to the US. I do wish you a prosperous and fulfilling New Year.

    Thanks for sharing...

  2. Mmm I could eat that right now,even though I have just eaten.

  3. Happy Chinese New Year! Great way to start it!

  4. Isn't it so wonderful that we can now all prepare Chinese food at home? Do you deliver? lol

  5. This looks way better than Chinese take out - nicely done Jan.

  6. I agree, this look significantly better than takeout!

  7. Jan, it is Sunday and I did not cook today. I am having leftovers. What do you torture me so?

  8. you have some delicious food on your blog!! getting me very hungry :)

  9. Cooked this tonight, very yummy indeed.

  10. My whole family enjoyed this recipe which turns out to be fairly low in calories many thanks Jan.
    Kim x

  11. My whole family enjoyed this recipe which turns out to be fairly low in calories many thanks Jan.
    Kim x


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