I love Chow Mein and like many reciipes, there are so many different versions.
I love the Chinese version with noodles.. sometimes soft noodles and other times the crispy noodles take my preference. There is something wonderful about a dish of noodles accompanied with tender meat and vegetables encased in a thick yet simple sauce.
As the kids were not eating with us tonight I fancied adding some chilli along with the sweet sour taste of hoisin sauce. Adding two bold flavours to a simple dish could be a little overpowering but it was a risk I was willing to take especially after eating Christmas food for the last few days I was yearning a different flavour - and I had all my money on the fact that this dish may just give me the taste that I wanted.
And boy did it work - it was fantastic. Both Noel and my Mam were in agreeance that the flavours complimented the chicken, vegetables and noodles.
Hoisin and Chilli Chicken Chow Mein
ProPoints per Serve: 8
200 gram packet Changs Egg Noodles
1 tablespoon peanut oil
600 grams diced chicken
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
1 teaspoon crushed ginger
1 onion, sliced
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 bunch broccolini, chopped into 3 cm pieces
200 grams button mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
1/2 cup dry sherry
1 teaspoon crushed chilli
Boil water in a kettle. Place noodles in a large bowl and cover with boiling water. Allow to stand for 5 minutes or until tender (not too soft). Drain, return to bowl and mix through 1 teaspoon of peanut oil.
Heat wok over high heat and add 2 teaspoons peanut oil. Cook chicken, garlic and ginger, in batches, until browned and just cooked. Remove from wok.
Heat remaining oil in wok. Cook onion, carrots and broccolini stalks over medium heat for 5 minutes or until softened. Add mushrooms and cook for a further 3 - 5 minutes. Add the broccolini heads and return the chicken to the pan.
Mix together the hoisin sauce, sherry and crushed chilli in a small jug. Add to the chicken and vegetables in the wok. Toss together for 2 minutes.
Add noodles and toss very gently until mixed and noodles heated through.
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