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Chicken Lo Mein

Chicken Lo Mein is a perennial takeaway favourite, my fakeaway version is fit for eating well before the delivery guy can get to you!

It has been an age since I did a Friday fakeway stir fry here on Krumpli, no idea why really I guess I have just been distracted by other stuff… So here we are chicken lo mein! One of the most popular Chinese takeaway recipes and just like most Chinese takeaway recipes they vary greatly, my version goes heavy on carrots and onions to really pad out a dish that uses just a little chicken. I’ve always been a little confused about the difference between a chow mein and a lo mein, you see I am aware that a chow mein has ‘crispy’ fried noodles where as a lo mein has soft noodles typically added at the end of the cooking process. So why the confusion I hear you ponder, well I have eaten probably a hundred or so chow mein dishes from Chinese restaurants and takeaways across the UK and indeed Europe and never once has my chow mein come with crispy noodles.

So as I ponder my confusion, I draw the conclusion that I really don’t care, and whether it is this chicken lo mein or my mushroom chow mein the confusion is in the name alone. This dish is definitively not confused in flavours, and so long as you do all the prep work ahead of schedule there is definitely no confusion in the cooking… This thing cooks in 10 minutes flat, so make sure you chop all the veggies before you go anywhere near the stove. Whilst we are on the topic of chopping, I threw away my mandolin last week, a beast I have a ‘complicated’ relationship with, it is a serious times saver but it is also a spitting snarling beast in the kitchen and it scares the snot out of me. It just got a little old in the tooth, the blades on some of the plates had become dull and the safety guard really was not worth having, so these veggies were all chopped by hand for this chicken lo mein and prep work still only took me 15 minutes!

Chicken Lo Mein is a perennial takeaway favourite, my fakeaway version is fit for eating well before the delivery guy can get to you!
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Chicken Lo Mein

Chicken Lo Mein is a perennial takeaway favourite, my fakeaway version is fit for eating well before the delivery guy can get to you!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 478 kcal
Author Brian Jones

Ingredients

  • 200 g Carrot: Cut into 7.5 cm lengths and then shredded into batons as fine as you can get them.
  • 75 g Spring Onion: Cut into 7.5 cm lengths and then shredded into batons as fine as you can get them.
  • 1 Clove Garlic: Finely sliced.
  • 75 g Banana Shallot: Topped, tailed and peeled and then sliced into long strips.
  • 200 g Chicken Breast: Sliced in to thin strips.
  • 100 g Egg Noodles. Cooked as per packet instructions.
  • 1 Tbsp Light Soy Sauce.
  • 2 Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce.
  • 1 Tbsp Shaoxing Wine.
  • 1 Tsp Brown Sugar.
  • 1 Tbsp Cornflour. Corn Starch in the US.
  • 2 Tsp Cooking Oil: Neutral.
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil.

Instructions

  1. Mix together the cornflour with 1 tablespoon of water and add the chicken and allow to steep whilst you chop your vegetables.

  2. In a separate bowl mix together the soy sauces, Shaoxing wine and brown sugar and set aside.

  3. Heat a wok over a fierce heat and when shimmering add in 1 teaspoon of the oil and fry the chicken for 2 minutes before removing and returning to the cornflour water mix.

  4. Return the wok to the heat and add the second teaspoon of oil and fry the shallots and carrots for 2 minutes.

  5. Add in the garlic and spring onions and fry for 60 seconds before returning the chicken and adding the soy sauce mix and noodles.

  6. Cook for 60 seconds before removing from the heat and adding the sesame oil.

Chicken Lo Mein is a perennial takeaway favourite, my fakeaway version is fit for eating well before the delivery guy can get to you!
Chicken Lo Mein is a perennial takeaway favourite, my fakeaway version is fit for eating well before the delivery guy can get to you!
2018-01-12T11:45:47+00:00

14 Comments

  1. Jessica Fasano Formicola December 15, 2017 at 11:56 am - Reply

    Oh man I am wishing this was going to be my dinner tonight! It looks better than any takeout!

  2. Tara December 15, 2017 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    Definitely one of my favorites! Yours looks delicious. I especially love the color from the carrots and green onions.

  3. Danielle December 15, 2017 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    This looks fabulous, and SO EASY! I’m on a mission next year to really slash our delivery budget – this will help πŸ˜€

    • Brian Jones December 18, 2017 at 8:05 am - Reply

      You should definitely take a stroll through my fakeaway section πŸ˜‰

  4. Tracy | Baking Mischief December 15, 2017 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    I love chicken lo mein, but I’ve somehow never made it at home. I think I’m going to have to try it. This looks so good!

  5. Karly December 16, 2017 at 1:35 am - Reply

    Swoon City. This looks INCREDIBLE- one of my all time favorite dishes in a simple at-home recipe!

  6. Byron Thomas December 17, 2017 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    How is it you make me crave lo mein at 8am?

    • Brian Jones December 18, 2017 at 8:07 am - Reply

      lol, cheers Byron… I think that’s a good thing, right πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

  7. Natalie January 9, 2018 at 6:28 am - Reply

    I never heard of chicken lo mein, but this dish looks so good! I also really like your pictures – really making me want to make it ASAP! Such a great idea for lunch πŸ™‚

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