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    Central American Chop Suey

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    35 mins

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    Chef Sarita in Austin Texas's Note:

    This is a traditional christmas side dish in Honduras (usually served along side Nacatamales). You can also add shrimp to the dish but I usually will not do this if I am planning to serve for a large party as shrimp can go bad in 1-2 hrs and it will spoil the entire dish. I also use gloves when peeling the ayote because it has a sticky residue that leaves your hand peeling and very dry. I do not recommend buying the cabbage pre-shredded because when it comes time to stir fry, the cabbage is cut so thin that it burns very quickly. I rather shred with a knife. You can also completly omit the meat and make it vegiterian!

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    • 2 large chicken breasts (cooked and shredded)
    • 1 cup chopped ham
    • 1 chayote (washed, peeled, cut in half and then julienned cut into matchstick size)
    • 1 cup carrot, julienned cut
    • 1/2 head green cabbage (julienned cut or shredded into thick pieces)
    • 1/2 green bell pepper (julienned)
    • 1/2 white onion (julienned)
    • 6 ounces uncooked chow mein stir-fry noodles (usually comes in 6 oz package)
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons chicken bouillon
    • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
    • salt
    • 2 -3 tablespoons cooking oil


    1. 1
      In a medium pot, add water and bring to a boil.
    2. 2
      Meanwhile, In a large wok or saute pan add cooking oil and stir fry all the veggies (put the cabbage at the very top) and saute until tender. This takes about 10-15 minute Remove the veggies from pan and set aside in a bowl. Keep warm.
    3. 3
      Add the noodles to the boiling water and cook for about 3 mins or until al dente. Remove from water, drain in cold water. Set aside.
    4. 4
      Add a little more cooking oil to the wok and add the ham. Cook for about 2 minutes Add noodles and lightly stir fry about 2 minutes Add chicken and veggies to pan, mix together, and season with the chicken bullion and cumin powder. Add salt if needed. Heat thru for another 3 minutes or until flavors have blended together. Serve warm.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 22, 2011


      This was my favorite meal when I was a little girl in Honduras :) so many memories, Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Nutritional Facts for Central American Chop Suey

    Serving Size: 1 (221 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 5

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 369.7
    Calories from Fat 128
    Total Fat 14.2 g
    Saturated Fat 3.2 g
    Cholesterol 80.4 mg
    Sodium 522.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 35.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.2 g
    Sugars 6.2 g
    Protein 25.2 g

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