Chicken chow mein

Chicken Chow Mein

Serves 2

  • 1 thumb-sized piece fresh root ginger

  • 2 cloves of garlic

  • ½-1 fresh red chilli, to your taste

  • 1 large skinless higher-welfare chicken breast

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 spring onions

  • 1 small bunch fresh coriander

  • 1 bok choi

  • 4 shiitake mushrooms, optional

  • 100 g medium egg noodles

  • groundnut oil

  • 1 heaped teaspoon cornflour

  • 220 g tinned water chestnuts

  • 2-3 tablespoons low-salt soy sauce

  • 1 small lime

Put a large pan of water on to boil

Peel and finely slice the ginger and garlic and finely slice the chilli. Slice the chicken into finger-sized strips and lightly season with salt and pepper. Cut the ends off your spring onions and finely slice. Pick the coriander leaves and put to one side, and finely chop the coriander stalks. Halve the bok choi lengthways. If using the mushrooms, either tear into pieces or leave whole.



Preheat a wok or large frying pan on a high heat and once it's very, very hot add a good lug of groundnut oil and swirl it around. Stir in the chicken strips and cook for a couple of minutes, until the chicken browns slightly. Add the ginger, garlic, chilli, coriander stalks, mushrooms (if using) and half the spring onions. Stir-fry for 30 seconds, keeping everything moving round the wok quickly. Add your noodles and bok choi to the boiling water and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, no longer.



Meanwhile, add the cornflour, water chestnuts and their water to the wok and give it another good shake to make sure nothing sticks to the bottom. Remove from the heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of soy sauce. Halve the lime, squeeze the juice of one half into the pan and mix well. Drain the noodles and bok choi in a colander over a bowl, reserving a little of the cooking water. Stir in the noodles and bok choi, with a little of the cooking water to loosen if necessary, and mix well. Have a taste and season with more soy sauce if needed.



Use tongs to divide everything between two bowls or plates, or to lift on to one large serving platter. Spoon any juices over the top and sprinkle with the rest of the spring onions and the coriander leaves. Serve with lime wedges.

Nutritional Information

Chicken chow mein

With pak choi, mushrooms and noodles

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Serves 2
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Method

This dish makes use of a tender, juicy Asian cabbage called bok choi, which is simple to cook and really tasty. You should be able to find bok choi (also known as pak choi, Chinese white cabbage or hakusai) in your supermarket but if not, then a nice little gem lettuce or a handful or two of baby spinach would work well instead.

Put a large pan of water on to boil
Peel and finely slice the ginger and garlic and finely slice the chilli. Slice the chicken into finger-sized strips and lightly season with salt and pepper. Cut the ends off your spring onions and finely slice. Pick the coriander leaves and put to one side, and finely chop the coriander stalks. Halve the bok choi lengthways. If using the mushrooms, either tear into pieces or leave whole.

Preheat a wok or large frying pan on a high heat and once it's very, very hot add a good lug of groundnut oil and swirl it around. Stir in the chicken strips and cook for a couple of minutes, until the chicken browns slightly. Add the ginger, garlic, chilli, coriander stalks, mushrooms (if using) and half the spring onions. Stir-fry for 30 seconds, keeping everything moving round the wok quickly. Add your noodles and bok choi to the boiling water and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, no longer.

Meanwhile, add the cornflour, water chestnuts and their water to the wok and give it another good shake to make sure nothing sticks to the bottom. Remove from the heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of soy sauce. Halve the lime, squeeze the juice of one half into the pan and mix well. Drain the noodles and bok choi in a colander over a bowl, reserving a little of the cooking water. Stir in the noodles and bok choi, with a little of the cooking water to loosen if necessary, and mix well. Have a taste and season with more soy sauce if needed.

Use tongs to divide everything between two bowls or plates, or to lift on to one large serving platter. Spoon any juices over the top and sprinkle with the rest of the spring onions and the coriander leaves. Serve with lime wedges.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 458
    23%
  • Carbs 44.9g
    17%
  • Sugar 7.0g 8%
  • Fat 15.8g 23%
  • Saturates 3.5g 18%
  • Protein 31.3g 70%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 1 thumb-sized piece fresh root ginger

  • 2 cloves of garlic

  • ½-1 fresh red chilli, to your taste

  • 1 large skinless higher-welfare chicken breast

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 spring onions

  • 1 small bunch fresh coriander

  • 1 bok choi

  • 4 shiitake mushrooms, optional

  • 100 g medium egg noodles

  • groundnut oil

  • 1 heaped teaspoon cornflour

  • 220 g tinned water chestnuts

  • 2-3 tablespoons low-salt soy sauce

  • 1 small lime