Chicken chow mein

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 2
As part of our 'Cooking with Auntie Sara' series, Sara Buenfeld shows the kids how to make the classic takeaway favourite

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    For the sauce

    • thumb-size piece fresh root ginger



      Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

    • 2 garlic cloves
    • 3 tbsp tomato ketchup
    • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
    • 2 tbsp reduced-salt soy sauce
      Soy sauce

      Soy sauce

      soy sor-s

      An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

    For the noodles

    • 1 large red pepper
    • 5 spring onions
      Spring onions

      Spring onion

      sp-ring un-yun

      Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

    • half a 400g bag beansprouts
    • 1 large or 2 small chicken breasts
    • 3 nests medium egg noodles
    • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
      Sunflower oil

      Sunflower oil

      A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…


    1. Use a potato peeler to remove the skin from the ginger. Discard skin, then carefully grate 1 tbsp from the root. Put in a bowl, crush in the garlic, and add the ketchup, oyster sauce, soy sauce and 3 tbsp water. Stir.

    2. Use a sharp knife to cut the pepper into quarters on a board. Remove the seeds and stalk, then slice diagonally into strips. Cut the ends from the spring onions, and cut the green and white of the onion lengthways. Open the bag of beansprouts. Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces.

    3. Boil a large pan of water on the hob. when the water is boiling, drop in the noodles, turn off the heat and set the timer to 4 mins. when the time is up, drain in a colander or a large sieve in the sink. ask an adult to help you.

    4. With everything prepared, you can now start cooking. Heat the wok – it’s hot enough when it starts to smoke. add the oil and chicken. Use a wooden spoon to keep moving the chicken around the wok until it is half white, half pink. add the pepper and stir-fry for a further 1 min.

    5. Pour the sauce into the wok and stir well until bubbling.

    6. Add the noodles, beansprouts and spring onions a handful at a time, then toss into the sauce until it is well coated, stirring constantly until the beansprouts wilt. Serve in bowls – an easy way is to use tongs.

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    Comments (59)

    pceflecfln's picture

    I like this recipe, I put my garlic and ginger and sauces in my nutri bullet and blast it for 3 seconds this gets all the flavour of the ginger and garlic into the sauce.
    Genuinely tastes better than the takeaway.
    Trying it with water chestnuts tonight as I really like them.

    Beware the cook's picture

    Nice recipe, when I made I used double quantities of sauce and substituted oyster sauce for sesame oil and the pepper for Jalapenos, it was delicious with a nice warm kick.

    Squidge180's picture

    Really enjoyed this. Great for a weekday meal. I added a few more veggies and less noodles as just for two. Next time I will make more sauce.

    kategoudy's picture

    I've just made this for the first time tonight and am hooked! The prep and cook times are spot on for a change but it's really very simple to put together and tastes great. I'm not keen on spring onions so threw in a chopped shallot at the same time as the red pepper and substituted fresh beansprouts for tinned - tasted superb!!

    Klarkmin's picture

    Too many noodles and lacked in flavour not a recipe I'd rush to make again

    Beware the cook's picture

    I found that also, so I made double amounts of the sauce, used regular soy sauce (rather than reduced salt) and added a dash of sesame oil with chopped jalapenos, worked a treat :P

    TommyyyS's picture

    A* recipie amazing!!
    Made this for me and my girlfriend and it was better than any take away!
    I'm 20 years old and only ever cooked spagbol
    And manged to pull this off with ease!

    JDS's picture

    We love this recipe, simple yet satisfying for all ages :)

    amyhoare's picture

    Very average recipe - not much better than shop bought sauce

    pab3032's picture

    Excellent sauce recipe!!! Use a wok and cover to steam veg
    Kids Love it, Tomato Sauce brilliant!!
    Have cooked this 6 or more times and have made the following enhancements: Use fresh Rice Noodles and mix in near the end add thin strips of carrot, mangetout,green beans etc, also remove Beansprouts & spring onions (kids don't like them) and add a cup of water with the rice noodles, makes the sauce go further!! Cover the wok for 5 mins to steam the veg.

    oatcakesaj's picture

    I substituted oyster sauce for fish sauce, ana green beans for bean sprouts. Quick, easy and tasty.

    76mazza's picture

    This is such a delicious easy stir fry sauce to cook with!... I've used it several times now but just the other night I totally missed out the ginger and cooked my meat etc. in sesame oil... lush!

    soozle123's picture

    Made this with just veggies for lunch for myself and my 2year old son. Far too many noodles, even if I was feeding my partner too. I would either double up on sauce or ditch one lot of noodles as ended up being dry, but still really tasty! Will definitely make again!!!

    sylvia's picture

    I was really disappointed with this meal. There was far too many noodles and even the kids said that the flavours were too bland. Sorry will not be making this again.

    denisejura's picture

    I made double the amount as we are 5 in our family. The older children (4&5) didn't seem taken with it but the little one (15month) loved it. For me it could have had a little more flavor but will def do t again as it is so much nicer then a take away!

    tarinb's picture

    I done most of the prep and my 9 yrs old put it together. She was delighted at the result. Actually the whole family enjoyed it. Great easy midweek recipe.

    footystar1999's picture

    looks great so i will try and make it asap! xx crossed fingers i will like it x

    chill1's picture

    Totally delicious, whole family loved it. I added mushrooms for more veg. Will def make again.

    kbh4031's picture

    Easy to Make All the family loved it.
    Will be making again

    team-tinkerbell's picture

    Cooked this yesterday evening for family and everyone loved it, even my 2 year old toddler. Used prawns instead of chicken as I had them in the freezer already. Will make that again definetly.


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