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Monday, January 29, 2018

In a Pinch: Chicken Chow Mein

To build off of the series I started last week about quick and easy dinner recipes, here is our super quick and easy recipe for dinner tonight. Full disclosure- this was a brand new cuisine for me to try cooking on my own. I've always been a little apprehensive when it has come to making homemade chow mein. Its cooking process is very much a balancing act between high heat and low heat and knowing when to turn it up, turn it down, and turn if off. However, when I saw the recipe in Gwyneth Paltrow's book, It's All Easy, I reconsidered. 

And boy am I glad I did! Not only was this recipe very easy to follow, but it was also delicious; way better than Chinese takeout in my opinion. I've said this before, but one of the things I love most about learning to cook Asian food is knowing what ingredients are actually going into the food I'm eating. Sometimes takeout restaurants can be a little sketchy on the ingredients (if you catch my drift) so this takes all of those lingering thoughts away. I hope y'all will try this one this week! I promise you will not be disappointed. Check out the recipe below!


2 handfuls of fettuccine noodles broken in half
6 tablespoons of peanut or canola oil
4 chicken breast tenders
1 head of broccoli
1 cup of mushrooms
1 cup of matchstick carrots
1/2 cup of low sodium soy sauce
(you can substitute veggies for your liking; these are my favorites)


1. Cook the fettuccine noodles as you would normally cook any pasta and set aside.
2. Cut chicken tenders into bit size pieces.
3. In your wok, pour 3 tablespoons of oil and combine with chicken to cook for 5-7 minutes on each side. You want to allow the chicken to acquire a glaze look to them so limit the number of times you flips them while cooking.
4. Set chicken aside and add 3 more tablespoons of oil to the wok.
5. Mix and cook the broccoli, mushrooms, and carrots together until soft.
6. Set veggies aside.
7. Pour cooked pasta into wok and sear on high heat for 4-6 minutes. Be sure to turn the pasta often to prevent the noodles from burning.
8. Combine noodles, chicken and veggies and 1/2 cup of soy sauce.
9. Serve and enjoy!

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