Chicken Chow Mein
- 5 ounces dried yellow Shi wheat flour noodles* or medium egg noodles
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil, plus more as needed
- 11 ounces skinless chicken breasts, sliced into strips
- Dash dark soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon five-spice powder
- 1 teaspoon chilli sauce, optional
- 1 tablespoon cornflour
- 2 tablespoons groundnut oil (peanut)
- 1 red pepper, seeded and finely sliced
- 5 ounces bean sprouts
- 1 large spring onion (green), sliced lengthwise
- 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
- Freshly ground black pepper, finely ground
- *Can be found at specialty Asian markets.
1. Cook the noodles for 3 minutes in a pan of boiling water until al dente, or as per the package instructions. Drain, then run them under cold running water, and drain again. Drizzle with a few splashes of sesame oil, and toss through to prevent them from sticking.
2. Season the chicken with a splash of dark soy sauce, the five-spice powder, and chilli sauce, if using. Mix well.
3. Coat the chicken breasts lightly with the cornstarch. Heat a wok over a high heat, add the groundnut or peanut oil, and heat until smoking. Then, add the chicken, and stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes, or until cooked through.
4. Add the red pepper, and stir-fry for 1 minute, then add the bean sprouts and green onion and stir-fry for less than 1 minute. Add the cooked noodles, and season with the light soy sauce, 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil, and black pepper, to taste.
5. Stir well and serve immediately.