One Pot Chicken Chow Mein
One dish meals are perfect for feeding the entire family. They make for easy homemade meals with fewer dishes to do in the end which everyone can get on board with. This is an easy, one dish meal version of Chicken Chow Mein with tons of great vegetables included in it for extra nutrition. So forget the takeout menu and make your own healthy chicken chow mein at home. This recipe includes cabbage, peas, peppers and carrots with yummy noodles and perfectly cooked chicken breast. If your family is more in favour of dark meat you can also substitute the chicken breast for chicken thighs, just make sure that they are boneless and skinless chicken thighs, so they cook up quickly. When you're buying any chicken or meat, in general, it's also a good idea to make sure that the meat is organic and pasture-raised. This will cut out a lot of the fat and the antibiotics that factory farmed chickens are given. It's actually been shown that since factory farmed chickens are given a diet based in soy to keep them gaining weight, this also means that there will be more fat in the chicken meat when it's cooked which isn't healthy for us.
This recipe is one of the very popular recipes from Ashley of The Recipe Rebel, and she recently did an updated version of the recipe with new photos and even a detailed step-by-step recipe video. She also improved the recipe as well by adding hoisin sauce which is sweet and flavourful. Even though traditional Chow Mein is not made using Spaghettini noodles that's what Ashley recommends using in this recipe. This is because they are easy to find and the recipe turns out great every time. You could also find a gluten-free noodle option if you are gluten intolerant or sensitive to gluten. There are also the traditional chow mein noodles that you can buy at your grocery store or at an Asian market if you have one in your area. The other wonderful thing about this recipe is that it will be ready in no time at all. It only takes 10 minutes to prepare everything and then 20 minutes to cook it all up, so a total of 30 minutes is all you need until you can eat this delicious homemade meal. Then, as is the case with all one dish meals, you only have to clean up one pot or dish after you're done cooking instead of two or three.
Besides the chicken, you will need oil too. If you're looking for a healthy oil to use for cooking, try some coconut oil. It has a high heat tolerance so it won't turn toxic like other oils when it's heated. You will also need some red pepper diced up into small pieces, as well as some snap peas, shredded cabbage or some coleslaw mix for an easier option, shredded carrots, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, chicken broth, soy sauce and hoisin sauce. If you would like to try a healthier option or a gluten-free option in place of soy sauce try using some Braggs Liquid Aminos. To begin making this one dish meal add your oil to a large pot and cook the chicken until it's browned. Add all of the vegetables and cook them for 2 to 3 minutes, until they are tender. Next up, add in the garlic, ginger, and pepper flakes to cook for a minute or so and then add the broth, soy sauce and hoisin and boil over medium heat. Last, add in the pasta and turn the heat down and cook until the pasta is cooked. Enjoy this and other homemade meals from The Recipe Rebel.***
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