I love Chinese Food! Growing up in Hawaii, I was exposed to a lot of Asian food. Delicious noodles were readily available and affordable, but here in Detroit... Not so much.
I have been on a mission to learn to make the noodles I remember so well from my childhood. Let me share with you this easy and cheap recipe for Garlic Chicken Low Mein! (I doubled the recipe to feed a crowd.)
GARLIC CHICKEN LOW MEIN
Cut your chicken breasts into bite size pieces. (This is double the amount of chicken for a normal family size)
Season your chicken with some salt and paper.
Sprinkle cornstarch over the chicken pieces to lightly coat them.
Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a large skillet. When the oil is nice and hot, put in the chicken!
While your chicken is browning, begin mixing together your sauce. It starts with sugar.
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Add Hoisin sauce to the sugar.
Garlic Chile Sauce is next. (Be careful... this stuff is hot! Add a little, then add more when you know you can handle the heat!)
Soy Sauce is a necessity in our home!
It may not sound appetizing, but fish sauce is a key to authentic taste in this dish!
Add cornstarch to your sauce.
Lemon juice kicks the flavors up another notch.
The first several times I experimented making this dish it was always missing something. I have to give credit to my sister for figuring out it was Sesame Seed Oil that I was missing the whole time!
Once your chicken is cooked and turning a nice brown, add in a large amount of Garlic.
Cook the garlic a bit, then pour in your sauce.
Cook the sauce for a few minutes and add in your pasta. (you can use spaghetti noodles or Low Mein noodles from the Asian section. I used spaghetti noodles this time)
Toss every thing together. I find the best way is to attack it with two large spoons.
Pour onto a giant platter. Snip some green onions on top for garnish and color.
Admire your beautiful craftsmanship!
Stick your fork in and eat straight from the platter!
GARLIC CHICKEN LOW MEIN
4 Chicken breasts, cut in bite size pieces
Salt & Pepper
4 Tbsp Cornstarch
3 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tbsp Hoisin Sauce
1/4 Tsp Garlic Chili Sauce
1 Tsp Fish Sauce
3 Tbsp Soy Sauce
2 Tsp Lemon Juice
3/4 C Water
1 Tsp Sesame Seed Oil
2 Tbsp Garlic, diced
1 lb Noodles, Cooked (Spaghetti or Low Mein)
2 Tbsp Oil
Season your chicken with salt and pepper and coat with 2 tbsp of cornstarch. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a large skillet. When oil is very hot, add chicken and cook until nicely browned. While chicken is cooking, whisk together sugar, hoisin sauce, garlic chili sauce, soy sauce, cornstarch, fish sauce, lemon juice, water, and sesame seed oil. Add diced garlic to cooked chicken and allow to cook for a few minutes. Pour in sauce, allow to come to a boil. Add noodles and toss everything together. Pour on a large platter. Snip green onions over the top for garnish.