“Chow mein” literarily means “fried noodles” in Chinese and this dish is very popular all over the world. The noodles are stir fried by adding sautéed vegetables and meat. The crispy crunchy chow mein strands are very yummy and the added vegetables and chicken adds that extra punch of flavors to the dish.
Difficulty level: Easy Servings per recipe: 4 Time required for preparation: 10-15 minutes Time required for cooking: 25-30 minutes
Required Ingredients For Chow Mein
10 ounce of vermicelli ½ cup of shredded cabbage 2 chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch sized pieces 1 cup of shrimps, peeled and deveined 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of soy sauce 1/5th cup of shredded carrots 1 tablespoon of garlic powder Salt, to taste 6 tablespoons of cooking oil 2/3rd cup of chopped mushrooms 2 large cloves of garlic, minced 2 tablespoons of sherry ½ cup of onions, chopped 2 teaspoons of oyster sauce 2/3rd teaspoon of sugar ½ cup of low-sodium chicken stock
1 large pot 1 colander 1 large wok 1 sharp knife 1 bowl 1 spoon 1 skillet
Method of Preparation
1. Take a large pot and fill it with water. Add some salt and 2 tablespoons of cooking oil to the water and then place the pot on the stove. Light the flame and set it on high. Let the water sit over the heat until it comes to boil. In the meantime, take the chicken breasts in a colander and rinse each one of them under running water. Once done, pat them dry and then place them on your chopping board. Chop off any excess fat from the chicken breasts and discard them. Next, cut the chicken breasts into smaller bite sized chunks. Sprinkle the garlic powder over the chicken pieces and mix it thoroughly by rubbing the chicken pieces with your hands. Once done, set them aside.
2. Chop up the vegetables and the mushrooms as stated above and then take a skillet. Place the skillet on the hob and then grease it with 2 tablespoons of cooking oil. Once the oil heats up, add in the chopped onions and the garlic. Sauté those for 2-3 minutes or until the onions are slightly browned and the garlic turns aromatic. Next, add the chopped vegetables to the oil and fry them for a few more minutes, just to cook the vegetables roughly.
3. Next, add the vermicelli to the boiling water and boil it for 6-7 minutes to cook it al dente. While the noodles are boiling, transfer the vegetables from the skillet to a bowl and then add the chicken pieces and the shrimps to the remaining oil. Add more oil if needed. Fry the chicken pieces until they are slightly golden brown in color. If you are ready with the noodles by now, drain them by tipping them into a colander.
Next, set a wok on medium high heat and add the remaining oil to it. Let the oil heat up and then add the noodles to it. Now take a bowl and combine the oyster sauce, soy sauce, sherry, chicken stock and the sugar in it. Stir the mixture with a spoon until the sugar completely dissolves in. Next, add all the sautéed vegetables, mushrooms, chicken pieces and the prepared sauce to the noodles and then fry it until everything is well combined.