Monday, June 18, 2012

How to make Chicken Chow Mein:

Chicken chow mein
Photo by Broken Spear

Chicken chow mein is a dish that most of us are familiar with, and it is often our introduction to Chinese cooking.  It is a good recipe for learning how to use the stirfry technique of cooking.

The basic ingredients:
  • 1 pound of mung bean sprouts
  • two boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • one tablespoon white wine*

A Chinese marinade:
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • less than 1 teaspoon cornstarch

The stirfry sauce:
  • a quarter cup of water or low-salt chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • one tablespoon cornstarch
  • four tablespoons of water

The base part of the recipe:
  • half pound of dry wonton noodles

The other vegetables:
  • two medium-sized ribs of celery
  • half pound of sliced mushrooms
  • one head of broccoli or one rib of bok choy
  • one red bell pepper
  • one half of a red onion
  • one green onion which can be either a scallion or spring onion
  • vegetable oil that is used for stirfrying, as needed
  • quarter cup of toasted sesame seeds


About two hours before starting the rest of the recipe wash the mung bean sprouts thoroughly and allow them to drain.

Cut the chicken into thin strips and add them to the marinade sauce.  Add the cornstarch to the marinade sauce last.  Marinate the chicken for 15 to 25 minutes.

While the chicken is marinating you can prepare the other three parts of the recipe.

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