Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins
This is my recipe for Chow Mein. I can usually make this at a drop of the hat. If you have leftover meat from another meal, you can use it in place of the ground beef - about 2 cups of cooked meat. Also, if you use chicken, use chicken bouillon instead of beef. Most chow mein recipes have mushrooms, but I don't use them because of an allergy. This can be served with rice or chow mein noodles.
- 1 lb 96% lean ground beef
- 1 1⁄2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce (I use Braggs Liquid Aminos)
- 1 beef bouillon cube
- 1 1⁄2 cups celery, chopped
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- 1 (16 ounce) can bean sprouts, drained
- 1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons water
- Brown meat in a large skillet and drain.
- Add 1 1/2 cups water, soy sauce, bouillon cube, celery, onion, bean sprouts, and water chestnuts.
- Mix well, bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat: simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- In a small bowl, blend cornstarch and 2 T water until smooth.
- Stir into meat mixture; cook until mixture thickens and boils.
I chose this recipe because it most closely matched the ingredients I needed to use up. I had "lots" of fresh bean sprouts and celery and I didn't have a can of water chestnuts. I stir-fried the veggies until they were tender-crisp and removed them from the pan. I then browned the meat, added the veggies, water and seasonings and just let it thicken up. I did have to use an extra tablespoon of cornstarch, I think due to the moisture content from the bean sprouts. I also added a sprinkle of caramel color powder (available from The Great American Spice Company) for a nice dark color. It turned out delicious!! My mom used to make a similar dish, (I don't have the recipe) only I think she would use a can of bean sprouts and a can of Chinese vegetables. Thanks for the walk down memory lane. I will be making this again!!
My family and I enjoyed this recipe. I used lean ground chicken and chicken bouillon. Served over rice and topped with chow mien noodles for crunch. Thanks!
*Reviewed for AussieNZ Forum Recipe Swap November 08* Very quick and easy to cook. Very tasty for dinner. I used ground chicken thighs as my meat and used a chicken stock cube. I also added a crushed garlic clove and a little crushed ginger as aromatics before browning the chicken. We served with fresh wide rice noodles for a delicious dinner. Thanks for another great recipe Lori :)