Chicken Chow Mein

On 10th April 2015, This was Dinner

What a lovely day it turned out to be. I went of to the market and sorted out some boring bits and bobs then came home and made a soup for next week.

At midday, Charlotte & Tilly came for a bit of pooch socialisation and a walk up to Cusworth Hall. They are the ‘reason’ we have Walter. We looked after Tilly before Christmas which set us off on this road, then it was a friend of a friend of Charlotte that had the pups so we are thankful to them both for that.

When Mr S had finished up some work we made this delicious Chow Mein. I gave the knife an extra special sharpen to cut the chicken breasts so thinly.


  • Finely slice a couple of chicken breasts
  • Finely chop a couple of garlic cloves
  • Finely slice some mangetout
  • Finely slice some good quality cooked ham
  • Finely chop some spring onions
  • Mix together light soy sauce, rice wine (dry sherry will do), sesame oil, salt & white pepper to make a marinade
  • Get fine egg noodles (I used dried), sesame oil, groundnut oil, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, rice wine (again, dry sherry is OK), white pepper & caster sugar ready


Put the chicken in the marinade and leave for around 10 minutes whilst you prep everything else.

Cook the noodles in boiling water according to the instructions then drain and toss in a little of the sesame oil. Set aside.

Heat a wok or large pan over a high heat, add some groundnut oil and let it start to smoke lightly then add the chicken. If you have done as much as me, do it in a couple of batches. Stir-fry for a few minutes then transfer to a plate.

Reheat the pan again and add more groundnut oil. Stir fry the garlic for a few seconds then add the ham and mangetout, stir-frying for a minute.

Add the noodles, soys, rice wine, pepper, sugar, salt and spring onions and stir-fry for a couple more minutes.

Pop the chicken back in along with any juices and cook for about three or four more minutes then pop in just a little more sesame oil, stir and serve.

TWD_1004_Chow_MeinChow Mein – Chow meaning fried and Mein meaning noodles, you could throw anything in here. Peas, prawns, whatever you have in.

This is another BBC Good Food recipe, I know I’m not one for measuring ingredients but I had to weigh my chicken just to get an idea on the weight, where this one calls for 100g mine was nearer 500!


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