Recipe video above.
A great Chow Mein that truly rivals Chinese restaurants comes down to the sauce! Make this with your protein of choice (Note 1). Directions provided for making this two ways: from scratch, or using my this All Purpose Stir Fry Sauce
. Have all the ingredients ready to go before you start cooking because it's done in 5 minutes!
* Accidentally cut out adding the water in the video! Oops!
- I prefer making this with thigh because it's juicier, but it can be made with breast or tenderloin. If using breast, option to tenderise using the Chinese method so it's super tender and juicy like you get at Chinese restaurants - see How to tenderise chicken the Chinese way (Velveting)
Can also Velvet Beef
: Sub with sliced pork, beef or turkey, whole prawns/shrimp or even ground meat (still marinate, crumble into chunks and cook like that).
2. Chow Mein noodles
are sold at Asian grocery stores and also at Woolworths in Australia (Fantastic noodles
brand, fridge section). See in post for photos and description.
3. Cabbage -
I use any type of green cabbage, Chinese cabbage or savoy etc. I even use purple cabbage! Once cooked, you can barely tell the difference in flavour / texture.
4. Soy Sauce -
This recipe requires ordinary all purpose soy sauce OR light soy sauce. All purpose soy sauces just say "soy sauce" on the label, Light Soy Sauce is labelled as such. I use Kikkoman
. Do not use dark or sweet soy sauce. Tamari is a suitable gluten free substitute.
5. Chinese cooking wine -
aka Shaosing / Shaoxing wine. Essential for Chinese cooking, it's the key to making home cooking truly taste like restaurants. Now sold at supermarkets in Australia - Asian aisle!
Japanese cooking sake, Mirin (reduce the sugar to 1 tsp) or dry sherry. If you really can't use alcohol, use chicken stock/broth in the sauce instead of the Chinese cooking wine AND replace the water with chicken broth.
6. GENERAL TIPS:
- Garlic - don't use mincer/garlic press or jarred garlic, they burn too quickly. Finely chop it.
- Skillet is fine, just use a big one so the noodles don't go flying when you toss.
is for 2 servings which are BIG servings. I actually think this recipe is more like 3 servings - but I say 2 servings just to be safe!
Originally published 2014 when I barely knew how to hold a camera. Updated July 2016 with better photos and an early attempt at making videos. Refreshed August 2018 with more new photos and a brand new video!
Chicken Chow Mein
Amount Per Serving (428 g)
Calories from Fat 281
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31.2g
Saturated Fat 5.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 26g
Total Carbohydrates 46.5g
Dietary Fiber 5.4g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.