Chow mein in a bowl on a wooden place mat

Chow mein

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(82 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins plus marinating


Serves 4

A classic Chinese dish of stir-fried egg noodles with shredded chicken breast - experiment with different fish, meat, or vegetables

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal399
  • fat18g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs41g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre3g
  • protein18g
  • salt4.2g
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  • 225g dried or fresh egg noodles
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil, plus 1 tsp
  • 100g boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into fine shreds
  • 2½ tbsp groundnut oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 50g mangetout, finely shredded
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  • 50g prosciutto or cooked ham, finely shredded



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  • 2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Shaohsing rice wine or dry sherry
  • ½ tsp freshly ground white pepper
  • ½ tsp golden caster sugar
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
    Spring onions

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For the marinade

  • 2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp Shaoxing rice wine or dry Sherry
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp freshly ground white pepper


  1. Cook 225g egg noodles in a large pan of boiling water for 3-5 mins, then drain and put them in cold water. Drain thoroughly, toss them with 1 tbsp sesame oil and set aside.

  2. Combine 100g chicken breasts, cut into fine shreds, with 2 tsp light soy sauce, 2 tsp Shaohsing rice wine or dry sherry, 1 tsp sesame oil, ½ tsp white pepper and ½ tsp salt for the marinade, mix well and then leave to marinate for about 10 mins.

  3. Heat a wok over a high heat. Add 1 tbsp groundnut oil and, when it is very hot and slightly smoking, add the chicken shreds.

  4. Stir-fry for about 2 mins and then transfer to a plate.

  5. Wipe the wok clean, reheat until it is very hot then add 1 ½ tbsp groundnut oil.

  6. When the oil is slightly smoking, add the 2 finely chopped garlic cloves and stir-fry for 10 seconds.

  7. Add 50g finely shredded mangetout and 50g finely shredded prosciutto, and stir-fry for about 1 min.

  8. Add the noodles, 2 tsp light soy sauce, 2 tsp dark soy sauce,1 tbsp Shaohsing rice wine or dry sherry, ½ tsp white pepper, ½ tsp golden caster sugar, 2 finely chopped spring onions and 1 tsp salt.

  9. Stir-fry for 2 mins. Return the chicken and any juices to the noodle mixture. Stir-fry for about 3-4 mins or until the chicken is cooked.

  10. Add 1 tsp sesame oil and give the mixture a few final stirs. Put on a warm platter and serve immediately.

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sara broadbent's picture
sara broadbent
6th Jun, 2020
This is not the recipe for me. Not nearly enough sauce.
2nd Nov, 2019
Nice, but I found it a little bland...
munrhe's picture
16th Sep, 2019
I loved this recipe but I found the egg noodles dominated a little bit too much, I think more greens and chicken and/or fewer noodles would be better for my personal taste. I also found the portion size small, more for 3 than for 4 people
7th Jul, 2019
This is a fabulous recipe, I've mixed up the bases, using prawns, just veg as well as the suggested chicken. I make much more sauce and marinade than is suggested, and leave the chicken marinading for at least an hour. I tend to add much more veg than suggested and fresh chillis!
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Rafal Pozioma
1st May, 2019
Great dish
4th Feb, 2019
This was good but definitely didn't need the addition of salt and definitely doesn't serve 4 - 2 max! Would add more veggies and chilli next time too.
21st Jan, 2019
This is a great takeaway I love it with chicken but I also love it with just mushrooms. Great meal and very easy to make, I left out the groundnut oil due to allergies and add a bit more sunflower oil i left out the white pepper and it came out fantastic, maybe next time I'll add a few chillies too. A firm favourite in our household
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Chris Day
11th Jan, 2019
prosciutto In chicken chow mien ?
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Chris Day
11th Jan, 2019
This is thinly sliced chicken not shredded ,
18th Nov, 2018
I was put off the idea of this at first until I realised that the various sauces and oils aren't too expensive. I forgot to buy groundnut oil but I don't think it mattered as the dish was very tasty. Maybe I overportion, but we stuffed most of this down between the two of us! Definitely on the list to make again.


25th Jun, 2020
Is the chicken raw or pre-cooked? Not sure how to shred raw chicken
lulu_grimes's picture
28th Jun, 2020
Hi, The recipe is raw and the instruction means cut into shreds with a knife. I hope this helps, Lulu
VanillaSpice81's picture
25th Jul, 2017
I added a two egg omelette and slightly increased the ingredients by another half and got four good portions. Used 300g chicken breast. Added chestnut mushrooms. We really liked the flavours, it reminded me of the fried noodles I eat in Mauritius which is served with a garlicky water based sauce, and some chilli would top it off. Definitely need the spring onion if you like your herbs. Would make again and again, using different veg, and would also shred the chicken even more than I think is needed as it expands when cooked. Tasty!
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