Guyanese-style chicken chowmein
Sometimes you just crave chowmein. Using chowmein noodles, marinaded chicken, and veggies like beans, carrots, and green onion, you can make your own version at home.
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Cynthia Nelson was born and raised in the only English-speaking country in South America – Guyana. She has been a media professional for over 18 years. Cynthia is based in Barbados and teaches Mass Communication. Her photography and musings on food and life appear regularly in publications in the Caribbean and North America. She is the author of the memoir-cookbook: Tastes Like Home: My Caribbean Cookbook and the award-winning blog, Tastes Like Home.
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2 teaspoons grated garlic
If you have some on hand, add some oyster sauce
1-lb of your favorite brand of dried chowmein noodles
Salt and pepper to taste
5 tablespoons oil, divided (2 and 3 tablespoons)
2 tablespoon chopped root ginger
Minced hot pepper to taste
2 cups of bora (snake beans)
2 cups julienned carrots
1 heaped teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder
3 to 4 whole green onions, cut into 2-inch length pieces
Mix all the ingredients together and let marinate for 1/2 an hour.
1. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok or large karahi or any deep wide-mouthed frying pan.
2. Add seasoned chicken, toss and let brown. Add 1 cup water and bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and let cook until the chicken is cooked through and the liquid has significantly reduced and thickened. The cooking time will vary depending on the cut of meat (breasts will cook faster than thighs) and if the meat is bone-in. For the wings, I added 1 1/2 cups water. If you are using breast meat, no need to add water.
3. While the chicken is cooking, bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt the water to taste, add chowmein and cook according to package instructions. Drain and rinse thoroughly with cool tap water. Drain well.
4. Remove the chicken and whatever thickened sauce is there from the pan and set aside.
5. Wipe pan clean and heat remaining 3 tablespoons of oil on high heat.
6. Add ginger and pepper and fry for 1 minute.
7. Add bora & carrots along with salt and pepper to taste. Stir fry for 3-4 minutes.
8. Add chicken and drippings and toss to mix.
9. Add noodles, 5-spice powder, and green onions and toss everything to mix. Let cook together for 3-4 minutes, toss again then serve hot.
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