Chicken Chow Mein



In need of a quick, healthy evening meal? This chicken chow mein recipe is ready in under 25 minutes and is below 400 calories per serving. It also has just under two of your five-a-day fruit and vegetables, so it’s packed full of goodness.

If you want your dinner ready even faster, you can save time by marinating the chicken earlier in the day, or the night before, and by using ready cooked noodles.

Quick and easy chicken chow mein recipe. With detailed nutritional information. Under 400 calories per serving.

My healthy alternative to Chinese takeaway

Whenever I start thinking about cooking something new, I think about all of my family’s favourite foods and work out which ones I haven’t cooked before. Then I start experimenting.

When we order Chinese takeaway my husband will always, always order a chicken chow mein, so this seemed like an obvious choice to create a recipe for.

I wanted to create something that would be similar in taste to a takeaway chicken chow mein (well actually more yummy as it turns out) but to know what was going in it, keeping it low in calories and packed full of vegetables. This chow mein recipe has red pepper, carrots and spring onions which not only really add to the flavour, but also add colour too. This makes it look, as well as taste, delicious.

Quick and easy chicken chow mein recipe. With detailed nutritional information. Under 400 calories per serving.

Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

Active Time: 24 minutes

Total Time: 24 minutes

SERVES 2

Cost per serving**: £1.80

Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

Ingredients

  • 100g dried medium egg noodles
  • 1 large chicken breast (approx. 200g)
  • 1 inch cube fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 4 spring onions
  • 1 medium carrot (approx. 60g)
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp sunflower oil
  • 2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp dry sherry or shaoxing rice wine
  • salt and pepper
  • For the marinade
  • ½tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp dry sherry or shaoxing rice wine
  • salt and pepper

Method

    Marinate the chicken - this can be done immediately before cooking or several hours in advance
  1. Prepare the marinade by mixing 1tsp sherry/rice wine, 1 tsp light soy sauce, ½ tsp toasted sesame oil, ¼ tsp pepper and salt
  2. Chop the chicken breast into thin strips and mix thoroughly with the marinade - ensure that the chicken is cut to a uniform thickness, otherwise thinner pieces will dry out during cooking.
  3. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Cook the noodles
  5. Bring a pan of water to the boil
  6. Add the noodles and cook according to the packet instructions (approx 5 minutes) - leave the noodles al dente as they will be cooked further later
  7. Once cooked, drain immediately and cool quickly with cold water to prevent them cooking further
  8. While the noodles are cooking, chop the vegetables
  9. Chop the red pepper into thin strips
  10. Peel the carrot and chop into matchsticks
  11. Finely chop the garlic and ginger
  12. Thinly slice the spring onion - set aside the green ends to use as a garnish
  13. Cook the stir fry
  14. Heat 1 tsp sunflower oil in a wok
  15. Once hot, add the marinated chicken and cook for 1-2 minutes until browned on the outside but not cooked through
  16. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside
  17. Add the remaining sunflower oil (1 tsp) and once heated add the garlic and ginger and cook for 30 seconds
  18. Add the cooked noodles, carrots, peppers, spring onions, light soy sauce (2 tsp), dark soy sauce (2 tsp), sherry/rice wine (2 tsp) and cook for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  19. Return the chicken to the wok and cook for a further 3-4 minutes until the chicken is cooked - don't over cook the chicken as it will go dry
  20. Mix through 1 tsp toasted sesame oil.
  21. Serve immediately sprinkled with the green ends of the spring onion
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More heathy dinner inspiration…

If you’re looking for more healthy dinners then take a look at my DELICIOUS DINNERS WITH UNDER 500 CALORIES, including my SALMON CHOW MEIN.

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Nutritional information per serving*


* This is the estimated nutritional information per portion including the nutrition as a percentage of an adult’s reference intake. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated

** The cost per serving is correct at the time of publishing and updated every six months to keep it as accurate as possible. The actual cost per serving may vary according to where you shop and the quality of ingredients you choose.

In need of a quick, healthy evening meal? This chicken chow mein recipe is ready in under 25 minutes and is below 400 calories per serving. It also has just under two of your five-a-day fruit and vegetables, so it’s packed full of goodness.

 

18 Comments:

  1. This really is the kind of food we love. Hubby is always the one making Chow Mein so I’ll show him your recipe! You made me smile with your really precise timings (24 minutes!) x

    • That was one of my first recipes. I had my phone timing me to make sure it was accurate. I’m a bit more relaxed about it now, nearest five minutes is close enough.

  2. Love you for your accuracy! x

  3. Chicken chow mein is one of my favorites, too, but I’ve never tried making it – your recipe looks simple and tasty!

  4. Can’t remember the last time I had a chow mein… I definitely need to make this (or order chow mein for take out) tonight!

  5. Isn’t this lo-mein? Lo mein has noodles where chow mein is a veggie and meat with a white sauce topped with crunchy noodles sometimes. Or are there different varieties?

    • Erm, I’m not really sure, and it turns out the rest of the world isn’t entirely clear either. I googled “what’s the difference between chow and lo mien” and the first few results all seemed to suggest something a little different. The good news (for me) is that my dish definitely seemed to meet some of the descriptions of a chow mein and it resembles what I’m used to having from take-aways (although much nicer obviously 🙂 ).

      I have to say I’ve never had chow mein with a white sauce, perhaps it’s made differently where you are. I expect it’s one of those food that’s been adapted over time to suit local tastes and probably varies quite a lot from place to place.

  6. This looks like the U.S. Version of Lo-mein, in the states, chow mein is with a clear sauce served with crunchy small fried noodles. Still looks yummy, love different countries take on things, can’t wait to try it.

    • Thanks Christine. I knew there were some differences in how we describe foods between the UK and the US but I had no idea there were so many, I seem to be learning a new one every day! As I learn more I’ll hopefully be able to make things clearer for everyone. If you spot any more then let me know.

      I hope you enjoy the chow (lo) mien.

  7. I can’t wait to try! Looks amazing!

  8. Could you please tell me which brand of noodles you use, and if they are available online? I can never find the right noodles for chow mein! It s really frustrating. Thanks!

    • I use Sharwood’s medium egg noodles. I always get them from Tesco (and I think they’re available in all big supermarkets) so I’m not sure if they’re available from any online retailers (I did find them on Amazon but they were out of stock).

  9. You need to velvet your chicken!!

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