Chicken Chow Mein – Restaurant Style

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Fast Food Chow Mein

This Chicken Chow Mein recipe is how it’s done in most Wok kitchens, varying the vegetables, because Chow Mein is usually just the left overs from other stir fry’s or oriental dishes. So basically you can put what ever you want in it if you prefer other ingredients. But, I would highly recommend following the way I show you how to do the sauce to insure you get the restaurant quality taste.

Chicken Chow Mein Ingredients:

2 Chicken thighs, cut into 1/2″ pieces
4 oz Pancit Canton Noodles (Flour Stick)
1/2 Sweet Onion, sliced
1 Celery Stick, chopped
1 Green Onion, chopped into Scallions
1/2 cup Bean Sprout
1/4 Carrot, shoestring slices

1 tsp Dark Soy
1 tsp Light Soy
1 tsp MSG (optional)
1 tsp Sherry Wine
1 tsp Garlic Oil

Watch the short video tutorial and I’ll show you exactly how to make this fast food style Chicken Chow Mein.

Dan Dan Noodle

Dan Dan NoodleHow do you like your Dan Dan Noodle?

The Dan Dan Noodle is originally a Scechwan recipe, which in my opinion translates, “Hot and Spicy”!  But the heat can literally be thrown out all together if you’re not really into that much of a kick.  This recipe is a perfect example of how I “dumb it down” for my girls.  Mostly because the flavor still exists, I just extract the spice so that their little mouths won’t set on fire.  But if you want it in there for your self, feel free to throw in some chili flakes or some chili oil to pep it up a bit and you’ll love it.  Aso, you need to decide if you want to use Ground Pork or Chicken.  In this recipe I’m using Pork but it can very easily be substituted and it won’t change the recipe at all what so ever.  In fact, I personally prefer Ground Chicken.

Now, that we’ve covered the basics, all you have to decide now is whether you want the Dan Dan Noodle on a plate or in a bowl as a soup.  Just like deciding if you want it spicy or not, it’s just a simple additive of chicken stock if you want it to be a soup.  Nothing to it, it’s that simple.  On a side note, you can add some peanuts to this dish as well because it gives it a little crunch.  I only mention it because you’re going to find that ingredient in other versions of this recipe if you’re doing some investigative research on the Dan Dan Noodle.  I think here in America, P.F. Chang’s is ultimately responsible for bringing this dish to light.  Other restaurants in the corporate chain like Typhoon’s and the like have added it to their menu as well because it’s a great gourmet Noodle dish.

Dan Dan Noodle Ingredients:

8 oz Noodle
8 oz ground Pork or Chicken
1 chopped Green Onion
2 tbsp chopped Red Bell Pepper
1/2 tsp minced Ginger
2 tbsp Black Bean Garlic Sauce
1 tsp Hoisin Sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup Chicken Stock
1/2 tsp Chili Flakes or Chili Oil (optional)
1 tsp Corn Starch (deluded with 2 tbsp water)

Garnish with Grated Cold Cucumber and Bean Sprouts
If you’re preparing a Dan Dan Noodle soup, just add 1 cup Chicken stock over the top.

 

Eastern Chicken Chow Mein

Chicken Chow MeinWinner Winner Chicken Chow Mein Dinner!

Cash in on this Chicken Chow Mein dinner Fo’ Show!  It’s got everything you want in this recipe; vegetables, chicken, rice and Crispy noodles.  Yep, that’s what I’m talking about.  Now, if you’re wondering why I’m referencing “Eastern” Chicken Chow Mein for this recipe and you missed my other post about “Western” Chow Mein, you can CLICK RIGHT HERE to read up on the differences between the two and how Lo Mein fits in with all the confusion.  Otherwise, let’s move on shall we.

Traditionally, Chicken Chow Mein is serve with a ton a vegetables over rice, topped with crispy noodles.  If that’s what you are looking for, then you came to the right place.  This recipe has all of that, and I’m happy to say that and more.  But this Chicken Chow Mein recipe doesn’t necessarily have to have chicken in it at all if you prefer a substitutions.  Tofu is an excellent source of protein and it’s used in Chinese cooking constantly.  So if you’re leaning that way, don’t be shy because this recipe is great with Tofu too.  Personally I even prefer using shrimp when I’ve got it.  Nothing like some wild Browns!

Chicken Chow Mein Ingredients:

2 cups of rice
2 cups Crispy Noodles
4 boneless Chicken thighs (chicken breast,shrimp or tofu)

2 Celery Stocks
1 cup Shitake Mushrooms
1 cup Bean Sprouts
1 can Water chestnuts
1 hand full String Peas
1/2 chopped Onion

3 cups Chicken stock
1/3 cup corn starch
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
2 tsp Sesame Oil
1 tsp fresh chopped Ginger
1 tbsp sugar (optional)
peanut oil for cooking

  • Cook the Chicken thoroughly, salt and pepper to taste
  • Mix 2 cups of Chicken stock with soy and sugar on low heat in a seperate pan
  • Mix 1 cup of Chicken stock with corn starch in a seperate bowl
  • Stir fry all the vegetables, add chicken, then stock with soy and bring to a boil
  • Add Chicken stock with Corn starch
  • Add Sesame Oil and Ginger and serve

For an added bonus, I like to top off this recipe with a shake of Tempura Dipping sauce, made by Kikkoman.  I hope you enjoy this Eastern Chicken Chow Mein recipe as much as I do.