In the Kitchen: Easy Chicken Chow Mein
Hello, Kansas City! We are always looking for new ways to feed our kids, and recipes that are QUICK and EASY! Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy, has just the answer — this easy Chicken Chow Mein recipe. Her kids love it and from the pictures, it looks delicious! Check it out…
In the Kitchen: Easy Chicken Chow Mein
Do you have a favorite source for recipes? Some people go crazy finding new meals to try on Pinterest, while others stick with a few tried and true recipes. I really enjoy cooking and trying new things, but I always appreciate a good lead on a good source. I have bought many cookbooks to find that I really only like one or two of the recipes. There’s a few food blogs I follow, but sometimes they seem to make things overly complicated. I do have a favorite cookbook author- and everyone is surprised when I share who it is.
I have two of Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbooks, and they are BY FAR my family’s most-used resource.
I tell this to people all the time, and every single time people have been incredulous. I think it’s because of her second cookbook, It’s All Good, which is dedicated to clean eating. I do not have that book. I have her first cookbook, My Father’s Daughter and her latest book, It’s All Easy. In her first cookbook, Paltrow talks a lot about her love of food which she mainly picked up from her father. The book contains many family favorite recipes and some of the stories behind them.
I picked it up because I had tried a few recipes I’d found on her website and really enjoyed them. The cookbook did not disappoint. She walks through a lot of the basics and prep work for ingredients and sauces used in the recipes and many of them have become staples at our home. Sometimes her recipes call for an item I’ve had trouble tracking down, so I’ve substituted. My favorite thing about the cookbook was it taught me new ways to make some of our favorites and new ways to use ingredients we already loved. Some recipes take all day to make, while others are fairly quick.
If fairly quick recipes are more your style, then It’s All Easy may be for you. I bought it after reading a review. Apparently Paltrow’s claim with this book was that you could create a dish that was better than take out, and do it in less time than it took for take out to arrive. A young writer in New York took that challenge and for several days tried to make one of the recipes while ordering a similar dish and compared the two on taste and speed. The cookbook won, much to the writer’s surprise.
We’ve only had the book a few months, but have made quite a few of the dishes and we have really loved them. I will say- once again Paltrow had me headed to the store, scratching my head for an item so I can’t say it’s all easy when it comes to the grocery shopping; but once you get to the kitchen it is smooth sailing.
My favorite recipe is the Chicken and Zucchini Noodle Pho soup. I am soup obsessed. For me, nothing beats curling up with a hot bowl of soup. This recipe helped us get through the TONS of zucchini we had on hand this summer, but it’s deliciousness has me craving it year-round. It’s a good way to get extra veggies in, but you could also use rice noodles if you prefer. If you have a spiralizer, it makes the process of converting zucchini to noodle easier, but I did not at first and was able to use my cheese grater.
My daughter’s favorite is the Chicken Chow Mein. She claims, “The chicken tastes better than chicken.” I think the secret here is the tamari sauce. I had never bought tamari before, but now we can never go back! Since this one is a crowd pleaser, I will share the recipe below. Because, as I said, I can never seem to get through a recipe without changing something- I used different oil (I have a good collection of random oils that I do not use up and didn’t want to buy another). I also cut the chicken into bite sizes (because I’d have to do that anyway for the kids) and did not salt them. I cut the broccolini bigger (because I wanted to). This is great as is, but some crushed peanuts and water chestnuts would be a good addition.
Chicken Chow Mein From Gwyneth Paltrow’s, It’s All Easy
9 oz. udon noodles or fettuccini
6 tbsp. peanut oil
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into ¾” x 2” strips
1 bunch broccolini, cut into ½” pieces
1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
1/3 cup tamari
Cook the udon noodles according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
Heat a wok or a very large non-stick sauté pan over high heat. Add 3 tbsp. of the peanut oil and arrange the chicken strips in one even layer around the pan; season the chicken with salt.
Sear the chicken for 2 minutes, or until nicely browned on one side; turn and sear on the second side, then transfer to a large bowl.
Add the broccolini to the wok and sauté, stirring frequently, for 3 to 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the broccolini to the bowl with the chicken, leaving as much oil in the wok as possible.
Add the onions to the wok and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until beginning to soften and caramelize, then add the remaining 3 tbsp. peanut oil and the cooked noodles. Stir the noodles and arrange them so that as many as possible are in direct contact with the pan (you want to sear them as much as possible) and cook for one minute. Return the chicken and broccolini to the wok, stir to combine everything, and cook for 3 minutes or so more. Add the tamari, turn off the heat, and serve.
What are some of your family favorites? We’d love to hear in the comments!
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