Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Chicken Chow Mein

This has been a family favorite at my mom's for many years. I call it a Mennonite version of Chinese food, because it really does not taste like any kind of Chinese take out, especially when she serves stewed cabbage with raisins and chicken fried steak alongside with it. All I can say is that everybody loves it!

  • 3 chicken breasts (halves)
  • oil for browning
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cups cabbage, finely sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste*
  • 4 - 6 Tbsp light soy sauce (less if using regular)
  • 1 (397g) bag steam fried  or instant noodles
  1. Chop chicken into bite size pieces and cook on medium to high heat, in a small amount of oil, in a large frying pan. Using salt and pepper shakers, sprinkle lightly to season.
  2. When chicken looks white on all sides, this should not take long, add onion, stirring until tender and then add cabbage. Salt cabbage lightly using salt shaker. Add more oil if it begins to stick to pan and keep stirring and cooking until chicken is partly browned and vegetables and juices caramelize to a golden color.
  3. Meanwhile cook noodles according to directions on package, until just done, then drain and rinse.
  4. Add ¾ cup water to meat, top with cooked noodles, do not stir, cover and allow to cook on low heat just to steam noodles.
  5. When noodles have heated through, add soy sauce according to taste and toss. Serves 6 - 8
* if using flash-frozen, pre-salted chicken, it may not be necessary to add any extra salt.

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  1. This sounds yummy and easy for a weeknight meal - love it. I will have to look for the steam fried noodles - I have never seen them before...

  2. Looks so yummy-----are the steamed fried rice noodles gluten free? I have not seen them in the grocery store.

  3. wow,was für ein Foto.Lecker ist das!!!Schöne Woche ihr lieben.Bussi.Lu.

  4. So funny that you would post this today, it's my plan for dinner tonight! Yum!!

  5. Becky Jacobs .. I changed the description on the noodles, they can also be Chinese instant noodles,the kind that come compacted in a rectangular package.
    (here in Canada)They are like the noodles in the individual instant soup packages. My daughter has used those (without the soup spices)Put in boiling water and cook a few minutes.

    Betty Lou, sorry, these are not gluten free, but you could use rice noodles.

    Katie (NK)Oma has taught all of you well! Have a great day!

  6. Wondering if there's a substitute you could use instead of cabbage. Cabbage and any gas producing foods make me sick :( Sounds very yummy though! :)

  7. I think this would be delicious done with lightly fried Chinese white rice fine noodles or 'rice sticks'.
    That would make it gluten-free !

    (I suggest lightly frying the steamed noodles because I don't like the slimy texture of rice noodles)

  8. This sounds like a quick, easy recipe. I have never used steam fried noodles. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Has there always been cabbage in this? I never realized that..

    1. I love that you didn't know there were veggies hidden in there! I bet you've even had seconds! :)

  10. Andrew... has Oma been sneaking something in there? See? It makes for great flavor and you got your vegetable in there! =)

    Martha... you could use bean sprouts or just omit the cabbage, it basically disappears, but adds flavor.

  11. oooh lovely, I could just eat some of that now, please!

  12. We had this for supper today..it was soo good, Anneliese!! I'm happy I have leftovers, I'm looking forward to having this again tomorrow and to send some along for our g'daughter's lunch.

  13. Looks delicious and has inspired me to cook Chinese food this weekend. I will be glad to add this Mennonite version of chow mein.

  14. This looks fantastic to me! I think I will be trying it soon, thanks for sharing. You guys give out the best recipes. (And the best inspirational words too, which I love!) God bless you all.

  15. Anneliese, you cannot mention "chicken fried steak" without giving us the recipe.

  16. Ha!I'll work on it, Lorrie. The funny thing is that chicken fried steak is not what my mom would call it, but it's the closest description that I can think of.. that or schnitzel .. but it's beef... and that's just what she calls it.

  17. Someone gave me a whole box of 20+ Ramem Noodles. Looks like this might be a good way to use some of the noodles up. Thanx for the recipe!

  18. I made this for supper. Everyone loved it. It's a keeper. Thanks

  19. This was fantastic and quick and easy. the kids never new they were eating cabbage at all!

  20. This is the first time I have ever seen a recipe for chow mein that didn't have celery in it. But I'll still try it because I love cabbage. I love your blog, so many good recipes.