Introduction: Chow Mein With Velveted Chicken
For me nothing satisfies quite like a plate of noodles loaded with veggies and moist tender chicken. This recipe has a lot steps but it is mostly prep work that must be done before you start to stir fry.
Step 1: Slice Chicken
First we need to velvet or chicken, and yes it can be done ahead of time. Slice up an 8oz chicken breast.
Step 2: Marinate
We need to marinate the chicken. To the sliced chicken add 1 Tablespoon egg white, 1 teaspoon rice wine, 1 teaspoon roasted sesame oil, pinch of salt and mix well. Now add 1/2 Tablespoon cornstarch and mix until no white spots are left. Cover and place into the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. This gives time to prep the veggies.
Step 3: Prep Veggies
Juliane about 1/4 cup carrots. I am lazy so I use a julienne cutter.
Slice 1/4 of a large onion
Slice up half of a bell pepper, color is up to you!
Split and cut up 2 green onion. Photo shows three but I only used two.
Roughly chop 1 Tablespoon Ginger and 1 Tablespoon Garlic.
I used 4 baby bok choy but any thing from the cabbage family will work. Just roughly chop it up, it will shrink during cooking.
Chow Mein must have mushrooms, locally I was not able to find shiitakes so 2 crimini mushrooms it was.
Step 4: Make the Sauce
To make the sauce: 1/4 cup stock, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, 1/2 teaspoon roasted sesame oil, 1/4 teaspoon dark soy sauce, 1 Tablespoon oyster sauce mix and set aside until ready to use.
Step 5: Velvet Chicken
Add the chicken to simmering water and cook for 40 seconds. Strain and set aside.
Step 6: Pre Cook Noodles
To the same water add 8oz of fresh egg noodles, stir and cook for 10 to 15 seconds.
Rinse in cold water, drain and add 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil and mix. The sesame oil helps to keep them from sticking together.
Step 7: Start Cooking Veggies
Now that all of the prep is done and everything is within arms reach it is time to stir fry. Heat your wok and add one to two Tablespoons of oil. When the oil starts to get hot add the ginger, garlic and green onion. This will season the oil.
When the oil is hot add your carrots, bell pepper and mushrooms.
About 1 minute later add 1 cup of bean sprouts.
30 seconds later add the bok choy.
Step 8: Continue Cooking
After the bok choy is mixed in add the sauce.
About 1 minute later after the sauce comes to a boil return the chicken.
30 seconds or so later add the noodles. Mix it all up and let the noodles soak up the sauce. This should take about 2 minutes. Plate and serve.