The chicken chowmein masala recipe - a fakeaway chicken chow mein is a perfect option for a quick and easy dinner or a party to please the crowd. Serve it as a main course or a side dish to enjoy the exciting combined flavours from India and China.
Best ever recipe for chowmein Indian style!!
About the recipe
The term chow mein arises from the Guangdong province of southern China, where chow means stir-fried or sautéed, while mein refers to noodles. So, the literal translation of chow mein is stir-fried noodles. These noodles need no introduction as they are popular among all ages all across the globe.
Chow mein is prepared with egg noodles that are stir-fried with vegetables, meat or seafood and seasoned with soy sauce and other seasonings to make it a flavourful and satisfying meal.
In this Indo-Chinese chow mein recipe, I have given a twist to the authentic chow mein by marinating the chicken in garam masala, vinegar, and soy sauce to infuse their flavour and aroma into it. The masala-infused chicken chowmein turns out so crispy and fragrant that no one can guess that these are homemade exactly, like street-style noodles. If you try it, you will appreciate the flavours, textures, and effort that go into preparing this super delicious Indian-style chow mein recipe!
This Indian Chinese chow mein recipe is inspired by my other recipes on the blog, where I tried to add some new flavour and excitement to the traditional recipes like Maggi using Schezwan sauce, kids sandwiches with fairy bread, Haydari meze, and bhuna chicken masala in ghee.
Reasons to🧡 Chicken chowmein
There are so many reasons that you should try these Chinese egg noodles with chicken and vegetables:
- If you love street-style chow mein, this chowmein chicken masala will surely win your heart with its flavour and aroma.
- Taste better than the chicken chowmein takeaway.
- It is a great way to use leftover chicken and vegetables to make this desi chowmein recipe.
- Versatile recipe as it can be customized to suit your tastes.
- The aroma, colour, taste, and texture of noodles make it a winner on the party table.
- It is a good option for takeaway lunches, potluck or picnics.
To make these keto chicken chow mein, you need the following:
- Vinegar- It helps in tendering meat and vegetables and also adds flavour.
- Soy Sauce - It adds flavour and colour to the chow mein dishes.
- Tomato sauce - Adds tangy and a little sweetness to the noodles.
- Noodles- Use thin egg noodles to get the best out of this recipe.
- Chicken- Thighs without skin. Use whatever you like.
- Seasoning- Salt, garam masala, and chilli paste.
- Vegetables- I use carrots, cabbage, bell peppers, onion, ginger, garlic, and spring onion.
- Oil- Any oil works well for this recipe.
See the recipe card for quantities.
How to make chicken chowmein masala
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- Wash and cut the chicken into bite sizes.
- Thoroughly wash all the vegetables, and cut them into Julienne (thin and long). (image below)
- Meanwhile, boil the egg noodles as per the packet instructions.
- (Here, I use Wok noodles so as per their instructions, I keep them in boiled water for 5 minutes and then strained them.)
- Marinate chicken by combining salt, chilli paste, vinegar and soy sauce for at least 10 minutes. (image below)
Step-2 Cooking Technique
- Pour oil into a medium-hot wok and spread it with the help of a turner or spatula to coat the sides of the wok.
- Stir-fry ginger and garlic, followed by chicken on high heat for 2-5 minutes or until partially done.
- Once the chicken is partially cooked, stir-fry onions.(image below)
- Add bell peppers, and stir-fry for a minute on high heat.
- Next, stir-fry cabbage and carrot for a minute on high heat. (image below)
- Add soy sauce and vinegar with constant stirring on low heat.
- Stir in boiled noodles. Add salt, tomato sauce and mix well. (image below)
- Stir-fry for a minute on high heat.
- Garnish with freshly cut spring onions.
- Serve hot and enjoy the restaurant-style chicken chow mein recipe.
- If garam masala is unavailable, use Chinese 5-spice powder. It is nearly close to garam masala.
- You can replace chilli paste with green chillies or Schezwan sauce for a more spicy flavour.
- Replace chicken with tofu, paneer or other protein for vegetarian options.
- Feel free to swap the vegetables you like.
- Replace soy sauce with tamari soy sauce and wheat noodles with rice noodles for gluten-free options.
To make chow mein, always use Chinese egg noodles that are prepared with wheat flour and eggs. These are thin noodles, perfect for crispy, stir-fried noodles. You can also use regular noodles, but they will differ slightly in the taste and texture of the noodles.
Lo mein is the fresh noodles that are mixed in the sauce at the end of the preparation, whereas chow mein is stir-fried noodles that tend to be dry and fragrant.
Chicken chowmein is not gluten-free as the base of noodles is wheat flour, and the soy sauce also contains wheat as a primary ingredient. To make chicken chowmein masala gluten-free, substitute these with other gluten-free options.
- To make these fakeaway chicken chow mein, use a wok for the best results.
- Cook veggies partially to retain a crunch in them.
- Avoid overcooking noodles as these are thin noodles and may turn mushy.
- Add salt carefully, as soy sauce is also containing salt.
- Use tomato sauce in a low quantity to make it mildly sweet.
- Add oil in a little high quantity to prevent the sticking of the dish to the vessel.
- This preparation is less spicy, so adjust it accordingly.
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Chicken Chowmein Masala Recipe
- Spatula/ turner
- Cooking pot
- 220 g Egg noodles
- 100 g Chicken
- 2-3 cloves Garlic
- 1 Onion
- ½ inch Ginger
- 1 tablespoon Garam masala or 5-spice Chinese powder
- 1.5 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Chilli paste
- 2 tablespoon Tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoon Soy sauce dark
- 2 tablespoon Vinegar
- 1 Spring onion
- ¼ cup Bell pepper red
- ¼ cup Bell pepper green
- ¼ cup Carrot
- ½ cup Cabbage
- Wash and cut the chicken into bite-size.
- Combine chicken, soy sauce, vinegar, garam masala and salt in a bowl. Allow it to marinate for 10 minutes.
- Cook the egg noodles as per the package instructions.
- Chop all the veggies (julienne cut) after thoroughly washing them.
- Add oil to a wok. Fry ginger and garlic.
- Stir-fry chicken for 2-3 minutes on high heat.
- Stir-fry bell peppers, followed by carrot and cabbage.
- Once veggies are partialy cooked, add soy sauce and vinegar. Mix well.
- Stir-in boiled noodles. Add salt and tomato sauce.
- Stir them for a minute on high heat
- Garnish with freshly chopped spring onions.
- Serve hot Indo-chinese chicken chowmein masala!
- It is low spice chowmein recipe, so add green chilies or chilli paste as per your taste.
- The cooking should be done on high heat to get the cruchiness in the noodles.
- Avoid overcooking of noodles and veggies.
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