Chow Mein

Ken Hom prepares a classic Chinese dish of stir-fried noodles with thin strips of marinated chicken
By Ken Hom
Chow Mein
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  • Serves: 2
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes plus 20 mins to marinate
  • Effort: medium


  • 225 g egg noodles, dried or fresh
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil

For the marinated chicken

  • 100 g chicken breasts, skinned
  • 2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground white pepper

For the stir-fry

  • 2 1/2 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic, finely chopped
  • 50 g mangetout, trimmed
  • 50 g Parma ham, or cooked ham, finely shredded
  • 2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped spring onions
  • 2 tsp sesame oil


1. Cook the noodles by boiling them for 3-5 minutes in a pan of boiling water. Drain and plunge them into cold water. Drain thoroughly and toss in the sesame oil.

2. Using a cleaver or sharp knife, slice the chicken breasts into fine shreds 5cm long. Combine the chicken shreds with the light soy, rice wine, sesame oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Mix well and leave to marinate for about 20 minutes.

3. Heat a wok or large frying pan until it is very hot. Add 1 tablespoon of the groundnut oil and when it is very hot and slightly smoking, add the chicken shreds. Stir-fry the mixture for about 2 minutes and then transfer to a plate. Wipe the pan clean.

4. Reheat the pan until it is very hot then add the remaining oil. When it is slightly smoking add the garlic and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the mangetout and ham and stir-fry for another minute. Add the noodles, soy sauces, rice wine, salt, pepper, sugar and spring onions and continue to stir-fry for about 2 minutes. Return the chicken and any juices to the noodle mixture.

5. Continue to stir-fry for about 3-4 minutes or until the chicken is cooked. Stir in the sesame oil and give the mixture a few final stirs. Turn it onto a warm serving platter and serve at once.

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