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)

    levislevis's picture

    made as directed and one veggie version, both a hit

    zhagan's picture

    simple, quick and tastes great

    jessss's picture

    Loved this recipe! I didn't have any Ginger so left it out, and I don't like bean sprouts so I left them out as well. But I added mushrooms and carrots(they needed to be used up!) and instead of spring onions I used a half a red onion, since I halved the recipe. And it didn't take 35 mins to cook!!!

    shahstar's picture

    yummy i am twisting the recipe for my prawn loving dad instead having of chicken im having prawns

    avhoare's picture

    Lovely recipe although first time I tried it, it tasted a little dry. Next time increased the sauce and water content slightly and was perfect. Would recommend it to my friends.

    vicky1981's picture

    well this going to be fun because i like cooking

    clamic's picture

    Great recipe. After cooking the noodles I drain and add cold water to stop noodles cooking any more. used 4 table spoons of oyster sauce and Japanese Kikkomon soy sauce (less salty than Chinese), a squirt of tomato sause and then equal amount of water. Used sliced onion and added peas. Used three nests for three people, two would have been enough. Enjoyed very much

    domanic190279's picture

    this was great tasting easy dish, i only used 2 nests of noodles which was enough for 2 plus side plate for my 1yr old. i added mushrooms grated courgette and green peppers as i didnt have beansprouts. i also sprinkled 5 spice on the chicken as someone previously suggested, will definately be making this again

    wendy1427's picture

    I was a bit disapointed to be honest, nice enough but was expecting more.

    curryman1955's picture

    made this now so many times for family &friends everyone loves it, it is so good we never go to the take away now this is just as tasty

    donnalovescheese's picture

    Very easy and extremely tasty mid-week meal. However, the number of servings on this recipe has got to be wrong. I used just 2 noodles nests instead of the recommended 3 and this recipe still served 3 people easily.

    mbeckwith84's picture

    Great recipe- Keep them coming

    Many thanks

    jenny3704's picture

    Me and my husband really enjoyed this!! It is really tasty, and any veg can go in it, whatever you have laying in the fridge. I cant have the greasy takeaway any more, so this is just as good!!

    herculite's picture

    Will make this again, I added chinese 5 spice and also extra mange tout and mushrooms, to help top up our 5 a day.

    itrynity's picture

    My whole family enjoyed this, simple and straight forward to make and tasted lovely.

    teamsnafu's picture

    Used powdered ginger, garlic and onions ( 1tsp, 2 tsp, 2 tsp) and a drop of worcester sauce in place of oyster and it was as good as our local Take-away.. definate to cook again.

    crcfle's picture

    Excellent simple recipe. Have used it a couple of times now and the good thing about it is that you can tweak it to the taste you like. I add a chilli and corriander to it. Also good for using left over chicken, pork or beef after a sunday dinner. Definatly a keeper.

    curryman1955's picture

    brilliant i've made this many times with various additions, always put in whatever we have in fridge ,ie mushrooms &any other veg we have. also use a bag of asda stir fry veg ,this is as good as any take away i've ever had.

    leandas2007's picture

    Good light meal, I sprinkled the chicken with 5 spice and the dish was a success :-)

    vix1112's picture

    This was really nice, I wasn't sure if my boyfriend was going to like it but he loved it. Will definately have it again very soon!!!


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