Let’s get started with some Chicken Lo Mein recipe!
Lo mein is often confused with Chow mein. To be very honest anybody can do that mistake. That is mainly because both the dishes are very similar to each other and belong to the same region of Chinese cuisine. That is the Cantonese cuisine. Cantonese cuisine is very famous all around the globe and is very well known for its famous dish pecking duck. But nevertheless both the dishes are very simple and easy. Also very well adapted by a lot of countries around the world. So let me just tell you in brief what lo mein means and let’s get started with this chicken Lo mein recipe.
What is Lo Mein?
Lo mein basically means stirred noodles. And the only difference between Chow Mein and Lo Mein is that Chow Mein is very crispy in texture. But Lo Mein has basically stirred noodles in some Soya based sauce. Now I know that Chow Mein has a lot of versions around the globe and all of them are not crispy. And to be precise most of them are not Crispy in texture but the authentic Cantonese Chow Mein is very crispy in texture because it is dredged in flour and fried.
So for chicken Lo mein recipe we always use egg noodles. That is probably one of the main differences between other noodle dishes and Chicken Lo mein recipe. Although if you are a vegetarian feel free to use eggless noodles. So there is nothing much I can tell you about the noodles. But there are very few things that you can keep in mind while boiling them. Always make sure you take thrice the amount of water and add a generous amount of salt in the water. So that your noodles end up absorbing a little.
Also, there is one small thing we do in restaurants. We do add a little Ajinomoto in the boiling water so that noodles have that extra umami flavour. Please always boil the noodles till 90% done and never cook them completely. Because they also cook in the sauce later.
Chicken Lo Mein recipes have an endless number of vegetables in them. That is why it is so popular and very healthy and quick to make. I have personally added my favourite vegetables in this recipe I am pretty sure you will do the same. Always make sure you add vegetables which are normally eaten raw. Because you never cook the vegetables completely in this recipe and you do not want to eat vegetables like raw brinjal or raw potato.
So that is why vegetables like zucchini, yellow squash, bell pepper, capsicum, cabbage, onion, beans, broccoli, cauliflower, are perfect for this kind of recipes.
Also, I have personally added only three vegetables. Like some onion, capsicum, and cabbage in this Chicken Lo mein recipe. But if you are not planning to add any meat later on which I did in this recipe. Please add more vegetable to make it more healthy. But if you are planning to add chicken or any other kind of seafood in this recipe you can limit the number of vegetables.
I have used some chicken breast as the protein source in this chicken lo mein recipe. But you can always feel free to add more protein-rich ingredients like eggs, beef, prawns and so on. Whatever it is that you are planning to add in this recipe make sure you do the preparation for it in advance. That is to basically cook it completely before you are adding it to the final recipe. The reason we cook it in advance is mainly that we don’t cook the meat or the protein source later on for long enough. So we want it to be cooked before itself.
For this chicken, lo mein recipe marinates the chicken breast in some lemon juice, salt, pepper, and ginger garlic paste. I kept it for marination for about 2 hours. Later on, I Pan-fried the Chicken until it was completely cooked and that should take about 3 minutes on each side on medium flame.
- Always make sure that you do all the preparation like cutting of vegetable, cooking of the chicken, and boiling noodles in advance. This is mainly because we will be cooking everything very quickly and you don’t want to waste your time while your cooking on the range.
- Lo Mein has to be prepared with a soya sauce based thin sauce. Soya sauce is the base ingredient in this recipe and from there you can add sauces according to your taste and preferences.
- Always make sure that you always cook your noodles today 90% done because if you cook them 100% I bet you would end up making a mess in the pan later on.
I have already mentioned that the main source is a soy-based sauce. Always remember that soya sauce is very very important for this recipe. It might be disheartening for some people who are allergic to soya beans. If you are allergic to soya sauce by any chance, you can feel free to skip it because at the end of the day it’s about your health. But if you are not allergic to soya sauce please add a lot of soya sauce in this recipe and also add other sauces like tomato ketchup, chilli sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, and so on according to your preferences. Let us get started with this chicken lo mein recipe now!