My one guilty pleasures is Chinese food. When I’m having a bad day or I’m feeling down, I order some Lo Mein, Chop Suey or Chow Mein. I love the sweet and salt flavors, that first whiff I get unfolding the cardboard takeout containers. I’m in a state of happiness. Until my belly fills beyond its threshold and I’m ready to roll of my seat – quite literally. Unfortunately, ordering out hits my health hard and my wallet harder.
Lucky for me, my grandmother had a killer recipe for Chicken Chow Mein. It’s easy to substitute the ingredients for this recipe, especially if you have food allergies or are on a specialty diet. And there’s no funky ingredients where you need to go to a specialty shop.
¼ cup margarine
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup chopped celery
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 cup hot water
1 ½ cups cooked, diced chicken
1 can bean sprouts, rinsed and drained
For thickening sauce:
1/3 cup cold water
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon soy sauce
- Melt margarine in frying pan, then add onions and fry for 5 minutes or until yellow.
- Add celery, salt, pepper, and hot water.
- Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
- In a separate bowl, add cold water, sugar, cornstarch, and soy sauce. Mix well and set aside.
- Add bean sprouts and chicken.
- Mix thoroughly and heat to boil.
- Add the pre-mixed thickening to the vegetables and chicken, mixing together.
- Stir lightly and cook for 30 minutes.
- Toss & serve with Chinese noodles.