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Les petits chefs – Food Revolution Week 2

Posted By Mardi Michels On April 7, 2010 @ 05:04 In eat,food revolution,Jamie Oliver,les petits chefs,recipes | 51 Comments

Jamie Oliver’s Chicken Chow Mein

Ingredients

• a thumb-sized piece of fresh root ginger
• 2 cloves of garlic
• ½–1 fresh red chilli, to your taste (we used a whole banana pepper and half a small jalapeno pepper)
• 1 large skinless chicken breast, preferably free-range or organic
• sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 2 spring onions
• a small bunch of fresh coriander
• 1 bok choi (I used 2 baby bok choi)
optional: 4 shiitake mushrooms (I used a small packet enoki mushrooms)
• 100g (2 bundles) medium egg noodles
• groundnut oil (I used sesame oil)
• 1 heaped teaspoon cornflour (Actually did not end up using this)
• 1 x 220g tin of water chestnuts
• 2–3 tablespoons soy sauce
• 1 small lime (whoops – forgot this!)

Jamie says: This dish makes use of a tender, juicy Asian cabbage called bok choi, which is simple to cook and really tasty. You should be able to find bok choi (also known as pak choi, Chinese white cabbage or hakusai) in your supermarket but if not, then a nice little gem lettuce or a handful or two of baby spinach would work well instead

To prepare your stir-fry
• Put a large pan of water on to boil
• Peel and finely slice the ginger and garlic
• Finely slice the chilli
• Slice the chicken into finger-sized strips and lightly season with salt and pepper
• Cut the ends off your spring onions and finely slice
• Pick the coriander leaves and put to one side, and finely chop the coriander stalks
• Halve the bok choi lengthways
• If using the mushrooms, either tear into pieces or leave whole

To cook your stir-fry
• Preheat a wok or large frying pan on a high heat and once it’s very, very hot add a good lug of groundnut oil and swirl it around
• Stir in the chicken strips and cook for a couple of minutes, until the chicken browns slightly
• Add the ginger, garlic, chilli, coriander stalks, (I added the coriander to the cooked noodles as mentioned above) mushrooms (if using) and half the spring onions
• Stir-fry for 30 seconds, keeping everything moving round the wok quickly
• Add your noodles and bok choi to the boiling water (since I was using baby bok choi, I added this to the stir fry pan instead – it was cut small enough that I knew it would cook fast) and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, no longer
• Meanwhile, add the cornflour (didn’t need the cornflour), water chestnuts and their water to the wok and give it another good shake to make sure nothing sticks to the bottom
• Remove from the heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
• Halve the lime, squeeze the juice of one half into the pan and mix well (as I said, I forgot this step!)
• Drain the noodles and bok choi in a colander over a bowl, reserving a little of the cooking water
• Stir in the noodles and bok choi, with a little of the cooking water to loosen if necessary, and mix well
• Have a taste and season with more soy sauce if needed

To serve your stir-fry
• Use tongs to divide everything between two bowls or plates, or to lift on to one large serving platter
• Spoon any juices over the top and sprinkle with the rest of the spring onions and the coriander leaves
• Serve with lime wedges


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