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The Cheapest Noodle Dish Ever (Chicken Chow Mein) | But Cheaper

Noodles should be cheap, they're even cheaper when you make them at home. INGREDIENTS: Sauce: 1.5 tablespoons (22g) rice vinegar 2.5...

Noodles should be cheap, they're even cheaper when you make them at home.


INGREDIENTS:

Sauce:

  • 1.5 tablespoons (22g) rice vinegar

  • 2.5 tablespoons (38g) soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons (40g) hoisin sauce or oyster sauce

  • 1 teaspoon (5g) toasted sesame oil

  • 2 teaspoons (5g) corn starch

Noodles:

  • 12 oz (340g) boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

  • 3 tablespoons (42g) vegetable oil

  • 2 green onions, cut into segments

  • 1 carrot julienne

  • 2 ribs celery, diced

  • 3.5 cups (315g) thinly sliced napa cabbage

  • 7 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 cup (85g) bean sprouts

  • 14 oz (400g) chow mein/stir fry noodles

  • 2 tablespoons (30g) water

  • additional green onion for garnish *optional*

  • chili oil *optional*


INSTRUCTIONS:

Sauce:

  1. In a small bowl combine, soy sauce, rice vinegar, hoisin, sesame oil, whisk in corn starch until combined, and set aside.

Noodles:

  1. To season the wok, add enough vegetable oil to make a little puddle on the bottom of the wok, set the heat to medium-high, swirling the edges often until it begins to smoke, and immediately discard the oil and wipe down the pan with a paper towel.

  2. Get a pot of water boiling over medium-high heat, and add noodles; boil them for about 10 to 20 seconds, drain and rinse with cold water until completely cool.

  3. Add oil to your wok, heat over medium-high, add your chicken thighs (cook in 2 batches to avoid overcrowding), cook them until they cook all the way through, and remove. Next, add green onions, stir fry them for 30 seconds or until the greens get wilted; then add ¾ of your chopped garlic and cook until it turns golden brown.

  4. Add celery, carrots, cabbage, turn up the heat to high, and stir fry for two minutes or until the cabbage is wilted and begins to char; turn the heat down to medium-high and add your chicken.

  5. Stir fry until the chicken is hot again, about 30 seconds, add bean sprouts, stir fry, add your noodles, and stir fry for about 45 seconds. Add all of your chow mein sauce, stir fry, and toss until completely coated; then add water, stir fry, and repeatedly toss for about one minute or until your noodles are entirely glazed.

  6. Cut the heat and add the rest of your garlic, stir until thoroughly combined, add additional soy sauce to taste if needed. Garnish with green onion and chili oil.


18 Comments


Jarl Lillebø
Jarl Lillebø
May 28, 2023

Loved it. Though it bears mentioning you need a sizeable wok to fit it all. I had to cut the portion in 2 before adding noodles to fit it all…

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Nicole Boden
Nicole Boden
Apr 04, 2023

One of our favorites! The wok makes a big difference. I wish the macros were posted with the recipe 😉 lol thanks for another great and easy recipe ❤️

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Matthew Koch
Matthew Koch
Feb 20, 2023

It was okay… def not terrible but didn’t taste amazing. We enjoyed it. Probably wasn’t “amazing” bcuz it wasn’t saturated in salt like Americans are used to with take out lol


it was very easy to whip up and didn’t break the bank so all in all give it like a 7.5-7.8/10.

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michael.egger
Mar 31, 2023
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i made this yesterday and i salted the chicken and also cooked the noodles in saltwater and that way it was fantastic!

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Liz Board
Liz Board
Feb 19, 2023

What galaxy do you live on that these ingredients are $2??? Shame on you! Very deceitful. I'll never watch you again! 🤬

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george tzokas
george tzokas
Jan 14
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Maybe is for people who are already interested in this cuisine or in general have ingredients that are long lasting at home. The portion of each ingredient maybe adds up to 2$. If you want noodles with 2$ you can buy the noodle cups. Of course is impossible to make them with 2$ but this happens because you have to buy a bigger portion than you need.

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Kami Istenes
Kami Istenes
Dec 30, 2022

I love this recipe.... literally can not make enough at once because it is slammin!!

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