Hey ya'll! Do you love Chinese food as much as I do? My husband and I have a few favorite places in our area that we frequent (probably a little too often). My favorite thing to order is any kind of "mein": lo mein, chow mein; you name it. So when Influenster sent me these Nasoya Pasta Zero noodles, I jumped on the chance to try making chow mein at home! And I'm so glad I did.
First off, a little about the Nasoya Pasta Zero noodles:
These "noodles" are not noodles, in the traditional sense. They're actually made from a Japanese plant called konjac yam. Now, I'm a super picky eater and thought these were going to be really weird and taste really bad, but...they didn't! They actually absorb all the flavors of whatever you add to them, in this case, soy sauce. They come precooked in the package; you simply rinse them off and saute them up in whatever you like. You can use them in spaghetti, casseroles, ethnic dishes, anything! And they are only 15 calories per serving! That's like nothing! The only thing I found weird about them was their gelatinous texture...they were sort of Jell-o ish and super chewy. But nothing so bad that they were inedible. In fact, I will probably purchase these again!
Now for the recipe:
What you'll need:
- Noodles: Yakisoba, Shirataki, Ramen, or even regular pasta will do. I used Nasoya Pasta Zero Shirataki Spaghetti noodles (c/o Influenster) but found I needed another package, so I just used a packet of ramen noodles and tossed the seasoning.
- Chicken: I used 2 boneless, skinless tenderloins. You could also use beef or shrimp.
- Veggies: I used frozen broccoli and fresh mushrooms. I had planned to add carrots but mine went bad before I got to use them! :( I think peppers and cabbage would go well with this, too. I just didn't have any on hand.
- Soy Sauce
- Garlic: I just used garlic salt, but obviously fresh garlic cloves would be fine as well.
- Dry Ground Ginger
- Light Brown Sugar
Dice up your chicken and throw it in a lightly oiled skillet.
Slice and toss in some mushrooms. Now would be the time to add any peppers or cabbage, and to saute your garlic if you've chosen to use fresh.
Cook your broccoli until fork tender. I'm still so sad that I didn't have any carrots to add to this! :(
Drain the broccoli and add it to your skillet. Toss those noodles in there, too.
Time to season!
You'll need garlic salt (if you didn't use fresh garlic), dry ground ginger, light brown sugar, and pepper.
Add your soy sauce and whisk away!
Pour the soy sauce into the skillet and toss everything until well coated.
All done! Easy-peasy.
Easy Chicken Chow Mein
*Adapted from Damn Delicious*
Cook noodles and broccoli according to package directions. Lightly oil a skillet and heat to medium heat. Dice chicken and mushrooms and saute in skillet until all cooked through. Reduce heat to a low simmer. Drain noodles and broccoli and add to skillet. Let simmer while mixing the sauce: add garlic salt, ginger, pepper and brown sugar to a small bowl. Whisk in soy sauce and whisk until well combined. Pour over contents of skillet and increase heat to medium. Saute until heated through. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
I hope you guys enjoy this as much as we did! I was always so scared to try Chinese food at home, but this was super easy and delicious! Let me know if you try it and what variations you make! The possibilities are endless!
*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.*