Chicken chow mein

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time20 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
85g dried chuka soba noodles, or other Chinese egg noodles
60ml, plus 2 tbsp groundnut oil
125ml chicken stock, homemade or low-sodium tinned
3 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp dark soy sauce, plus more for the table
2 tsp cornflour
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 170g), cut into thin 5-cm-long strips
1 tsp dark Asian sesame oil
1 heaping tbsp minced peeled fresh ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 spring onion, white and green minced
1/2 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 stalk celery, thinly sliced on the diagonal
10 dried shittake mushrooms, rehydrated, drained, and thinly sliced
50g thinly sliced canned water chestnuts
170g fresh mung bean sprouts
750g cooked white rice, hot
1) Boil the noodles according to package instructions. Drain in a colander in the sink and rinse under cold running water. Shake the colander to drain off excess water and pat the noodles dry with a towel.

2) Heat 60ml of the groundnut oil in a large seasoned or non-stick skillet over high heat. Add the noodles, spreading them out to evenly cover the skillet, and fry, turning once, until golden brown and crispy, about 8 minutes. (Break the noodles up, by stirring, near the end of the cooking). Transfer noodles to a kitchen towel-lined plate and season with salt to taste. Set aside. Discard any excess oil and wipe out the pan.

3) Whisk together the chicken stock, oyster sauce, soy sauce, cornflour, and sugar in a small bowl, and set aside. Season the chicken with the dark sesame oil, salt, and pepper, and set aside.

4) Heat the skillet over high heat. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons groundnut oil until very hot. Add the ginger, garlic, and spring onion and stir-fry, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the chicken and stir-fry, until lightly browned, about 1 1/2 minutes. Add the onion, celery, and mushrooms and stir-fry, until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Add the water chestnuts and spread the ingredients to the outside of the pan to form a well in the center. Pour the chicken stock mixture into the well, bring to a boil, and stir to coat the chow mein mixture. Stir in the bean sprouts and remove from the heat. Season generously to taste with pepper.

5) Transfer chicken chow mein to a warm platter and top with the fried noodles. Serve immediately with rice. Pass more soy sauce at the table.

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