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Chicken chow mein

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 2
From Chinese Food Made Easy
Cook this authentic Chinese stir-fry in less than ten minutes, adding any crisp seasonal vegetables you fancy.


  1. Cook the noodles in a pan of boiling water for 2-3 minutes until al dente, or according to packet instructions. Drain, then rinse under cold running water and drain again. Drizzle with a dash of sesame oil and toss through to prevent the noodles from sticking to each other.

  2. Put the chicken strips in a bowl and season with a dash of light soy sauce, the five-spice powder and chilli sauce, if using. Mix well, then lightly dust the chicken strips with the cornflour.

  3. Heat a wok until smoking and add the groundnut oil, then add the chicken and stir fry for 3-4 minutes, or until the chicken is golden-brown and cooked through.

  4. Add the red pepper and stir fry for 1 minute, then add the bean sprouts and spring onion and stir fry for 30 seconds. Stir in the cooked noodles and season with the soy sauce, a dash of sesame oil and freshly ground black pepper.

  5. Pile the noodles onto a serving plate and serve immediately.


  • 150g/5oz dried yellow shi wheat flour noodles, or medium egg noodles
  • dash toasted sesame oil
  • 300g/11oz skinless chicken breast fillets, sliced into strips
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp five-spice powder
  • 1 tsp chilli sauce (optional)
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 1-2 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 1 red pepper, seeds removed and finely sliced
  • 150g/5oz bean sprouts
  • 1 spring onion, sliced lengthways
  • freshly ground black pepper

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