Tonight’s dinner is really for my colleague Josh who ‘challenged’ me to make it, largely so he can see what mine looks like and make it himself. So here goes. Josh is allergic to groundnut oil so I’m just going to use olive oil instead. I’ve never made Chicken Chow Mein before, largely, I suspect, ’cause I’m not really that keen on noodles. I don’t hate them (like celery) but I just don’t really think of cooking with them. When I’m thinking of things to cook noodle recipes never occur to me. As a consequence I think I slightly overcooked them this evening. Only by a minute or so but they weren’t as ‘al dente’ as the recipe suggests.
The recipe is from the BBC website – you can easily find it there. It serves 2.
150g/5oz dried medium egg noodles
A dash of toasted sesame oil
300g/11oz skinless chicken breast fillets, sliced into strips
A dash of dark soy sauce
1 tsp five-spice powder
1 tsp chilli sauce (optional) (I didn’t use this. Largely ’cause I didn’t have any.)
1 tbsp cornflour
1-2 tbsp groundnut oil (I used olive oil)
1 red pepper, de-seeded and finely sliced
150g/5oz bean sprouts
1 large spring onion, sliced lengthways
2 tbsp light soy sauce
Freshly ground black pepper
Cook the noodles in a pan of boiling water for 2-3 minutes until al dente, or according to packet instructions. Drain, then rinse under cold running water and drain again. Drizzle with a dash of sesame oil and toss through to prevent the noodles from sticking to each other.
Place the chicken strips in a bowl and season with a dash of dark soy sauce, the five-spice powder and chilli sauce, if using. Mix well, then lightly dust the chicken strips with the cornflour.
Heat a wok until smoking and add the groundnut oil, then add the chicken and stir fry for 3-4 minutes, or until the chicken is golden-brown and cooked through.
Add the red pepper and stir fry for one minute, then add the bean sprouts and spring onion and stir fry for 30 seconds. Stir in the cooked noodles and season with the light soy sauce, a dash of sesame oil and freshly ground black pepper.
Pile the noodles onto a serving plate and serve immediately.