cantonese noodles with chicken and vegetables

i admit i’m a chinese food snob. adding to my snobbery, the chinese restaurants in my hood are just AWFUL! so when i want good chinese food (whether it is cantonese, mandarin or taiwanese food) i have to go to chinatown — and then i feast.

anyhoo, i was watching guy fieri one day and he was making this cantonese dish. he got me craving so i thought i’d try it out cuz it’s cold outside and i was feeling lazy! anyhoo, it hit the spot.

Ingredients

For the chicken

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce, divided
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons chili garlic paste (depending on how spicy you like it!)
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
  • 2 cups chicken breast, cut 1/4-inch slices, skinless

For the noodles

  • 16 ounces chow mein noodles ~ if you can’t find them, use spaghetti
  • 7 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided

For the vegetables (any or all of the below)

  • 1 cup 1/8-inch julienne white onion
  • 1/2 cup 1/4-inch strips red bell pepper
  • 1 cup 1/4-inch sticks cut carrot
  • 1 cup 1/2-inch bias cut celery
  • 1/2 cup 1/2-inch strips shiitake mushrooms
  • 3/4 cup 1/2-inch strips snow peas
  • 1 cup mung bean sprouts
  • 1 cup 1/4-inch strips nappa cabbage

For the chicken and vegetable mixture

  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1-1/2 cups low sodium chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup strips green onions

Preparation

In a re-sealable plastic bag add, 3 tablespoons soy sauce, ginger, garlic, chili garlic paste, 2 tablespoons cornstarch and mix thoroughly, then add chicken and marinate for 1 hour.

In a medium stock pot boil water and cook chow mein noodles until al dente, remove and shock in ice bath, shake dry and toss with 2 tablespoons oil to keep from sticking.

In a large saute pan or wok, heat 2 tablespoons oil to almost smoke point and add chicken, separating each peace upon entry. Cook until browned on all sides. Remove and hold warm.

In same wok, add 2 tablespoons oil. Heat until almost the smoke point, then add the onions, bell peppers, carrots and celery. Saute for 2 minutes then add mushrooms, peas, bean sprouts and nappa cabbage. Cook for 1 minute, then add chicken saute for 1 minute, add hoisin, 3 tablespoons soy sauce and sesame oil, toss and remove from heat.

Heat a 12-inch nonstick saute pan, add 3 tablespoons oil, heat to almost smoke point, and add chilled chow mein noodles. Cook on one side until crispy light golden brown. Flip noodles and another 2 tablespoons of oil and cook other side. When done, remove and let drain on paper towels, while holding warm.

Mix 2 tablespoons cornstarch and stock, and deglaze hot wok with mixture. Let reduce by one-third.

Place noodles on a rimmed serving platter, top with chicken and vegetable saute, and pour chicken reduction over top. Garnish with green onions.

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original recipe from Guy’s Big Bite: Hong Kong Style Noodles with Chicken and Vegetables

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