Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Chicken Lo Mein

I think it is becoming very apparent that I love food with an Asian flare to it. My sweet husband, he could eat Mexican food everyday of the week, but I crave things a little more Eastern. 

This ended up being a meal pulled straight from the freezer. You don't have to make it that way, if you have fresh or uncooked chicken a stir-fry is a great quick way to get dinner on the table. I also had a bag of frozen stir-fry variety veggies. (My kids were baffled by the baby corn!), but I tossed in some fresh carrots and onions because I happened to have them. 

As crazy as it sounds, you can get as wild as you want with Creating a Stir-Fry. 

This was really a simple "toss it all in" dinner. I cooked the noodles while my husband chopped the fresh vegetables. 

Once the noodles were done and draining in a colander, we put some garlic and the chopped red onion back into the same pot to heat. Since the chicken was already "cooked" it wasn't an important step, but if you are using uncooked chicken, this is where you want to add it and cook it thoroughly. 

Then we tossed in the fresh and frozen veggies. ( We put the bag of frozen veggies in the microwave for a minute or two just to take the bulk of the frost off them). I still like my veggies to be crispy and crunchy. This means being sure you don't over cook them. 

I made a basic stir-fry sauce while I was cooking my pasta. Here is a really comprehensive list of sauces that you can use. But feel free to add your own little twist or just use them as an idea to get yourself started making your own.  The only rule is that you have to like it - and I guess that doesn't have to be a rule, but you kinda should like it because you are going to eat it. 

Once your veggies are just shy of being done, throw your sauce in and stir it around. If you added some cornstarch, cook it until it begins to thicken. If you didn't add cornstarch to your sauce, you just need to heat it through and make sure it all gets covered and delicious.

 I like to serve my chicken and veggies over the pasta, but you can add your noodles back to the chicken and veggies mixture and stir it all in together. This is purely personal preference. I usually do it because somebody in my house is wanting to eat "plain noodles".  You could just as easily serve it over rice (but them it wouldn't be Lo Mein).