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Video:How to Make Chicken Chow Mein

with Stephanie Gallagher

You don't have to go to a Chinese restaurant to get delicious chicken chow mein; you can make it yourself with relative ease. Here's a great recipe for chicken chow mein.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Chicken Chow Mein

Hi, I'm Stephanie Gallagher for About.com, and today, we're making chicken chow mein from our Chinese Food site.

Beginning the Chicken Chow Mein

For this recipe, you will need:
  • Oil for stir frying
  • 1 lb. mung bean sprouts
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. oyster sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 8 oz. dry wonton noodles or Chinese noodles
About an hour before cooking, rinse the mung bean sprouts in a colander and let them drain thoroughly. Now, place the chicken in a bowl. Add the soy sauce, oyster sauce, salt, pepper and finally, the cornstarch. Mix it all together, making sure the chicken is well coated, and let it marinate for 20 to 25 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the noodles in boiling water according to the package directions. Drain them and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.

Chicken Chow Mein Sauce

Now, for the sauce, you will need:
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 4 Tbsp. water
  • 1 Tbsp. oyster sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth or water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Add the cornstarch and water to a mixing bowl, and whisk until smooth. Now, add the oyster sauce, soy sauce, chicken broth, salt and pepper, and whisk it all together. Set the sauce aside.

Finishing the Chicken Chow Mein

For the rest of the chow mein, you will need:
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 lb. bok choy or broccoli, sliced
  • 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 green onion, chopped
Heat a wok over medium high heat and add 2 Tbsp. of oil. Now, add the chicken and the red onions. Let the chicken brown briefly, then stir fry until it is nearly cooked through. Remove the chicken to a plate. Now, add the noodles to the wok and you may need to add more oil. Stir fry until the noodles are golden. You may need to fry the noodles in batches. And remove from the wok. Now add more oil to the wok, and add the celery. Season with salt, and stir fry until tender. Remove to a plate. Repeat the process with the red peppers, bok choy, mushrooms and bean sprouts, adding more oil as needed, and adding salt to taste as you go along. When the bean sprouts are tender, add the rest of the vegetables, the noodles and the chicken back to the wok. Give everything a good stir, then make a well in the middle. Whisk the sauce, then add to the wok, and stir fry to combine everything. Add the green onions, and serve the chow mien immediately.

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