Chicken chow mein

Chicken chow mein

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(71 ratings)

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

Nutrition and extra info


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  • fat-
  • saturates-
  • carbs-
  • sugars-
  • fibre-
  • protein-
  • salt-


    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


      been sp-rowts

      The two most common beansprouts are the green-capped mung bean

    • 1 large or 2 small chicken breasts
    • 3 nests medium egg noodles
    • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
      Sunflower oil

      Sunflower oil

      Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…


    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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    16th Nov, 2011
    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.
    18th Sep, 2011
    made as directed and one veggie version, both a hit
    12th Aug, 2011
    simple, quick and tastes great
    18th Mar, 2011
    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!!!
    6th Mar, 2011
    yummy i am twisting the recipe for my prawn loving dad instead having of chicken im having prawns
    11th Feb, 2011
    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.
    5th Feb, 2011
    well this going to be fun because i like cooking
    5th Sep, 2010
    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
    13th Jul, 2010
    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
    22nd Jun, 2010
    I was a bit disapointed to be honest, nice enough but was expecting more.


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