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 (58)

    clujud's picture

    only used 2 nests of noodles and varied the veg but it was very tasty. My husband requested I make it again soon and he wouldn't eat anything he considered oriental 2 months ago. We'll definitely be making it again

    dlockhart's picture

    Made this with quorn and used 3 nests of noodles... Far too many noodles so it seemed dry.

    Wouldn't bother making it again.

    happyapples's picture

    Made this last night with the sticky lemon chicken and some fried rice and loved it all!! Better than any takeaway. It was a hit with my six year old too!!! Will definitely be making again.

    alisoncox's picture

    Tasty, family enjoyed it. Added small chopped chilli. Will do again. Quick, easy and healthy.

    vaj1984's picture

    the kids loved it

    Frantic Flapjack's picture

    Easy and quick to make - very colourful too and tasted good.

    jakethelion's picture

    loved it and easy to vary it with different vegetables. Must admit I used precooked noodles which made it even easier

    gillianlw's picture

    Lovely, simple and quick recipe. I cooked this for 2 people and will definitely tone down the ginger in future.

    fisheyes's picture

    Easy recipe that tastes great. So much healthier then a takeaway and with none of the takeaway grease.

    Nice one.

    mortondebi's picture

    Tried this with the family and they loved it... Thanks

    nuskin's picture

    Made this again last night and sprinkled the chicken with 5 spice following my previous thought and it elevated it to 5 stars!!!!! This will be one of our favourites now, quick and tasty.

    nuskin's picture

    A nice and easy midweek dinner. Next time I will sprinkle the chicken with 5 spice before cooking. Would be nice with pork fillet too.

    bumblesquat's picture

    I thought this was lovely except I went over the top with the ginger. Will definately make again with a little less ginger this time.

    Frantic Flapjack's picture

    Did this for 4 people and used 4 nests of noodles. Plenty for a light dinner. Very quick and tasty. Yum.

    bethocallaghan's picture

    Thought it was nice - quite a lot of noodles though using 3 nests - would use two in future. Like the idea of adding mushrooms.

    hexane's picture

    I enjoyed this. I used two noodle nests and cooked it for two people. It was just about the right amount.

    poliachi's picture

    Usually it is 1 noodle nest per person, this could serve 2 people depending how big a serving u want. You could add some mushrooms to make it go further.

    vivienspiteri's picture

    Doesn't say how many it serves ?


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