Usually things work out. This time, the success of my Chinese Chicken Lo Mein is debatable.
It depends if you enjoy fire-hot spicyness. I do. The other people in my family apparently don't. Surprising, I know.
I was planning on making different delicious Chinese dishes for this month's Kosher Connection Link Up. However, I realized really quickly that Chinese food takes planning since it requires quite a few specialty ingredients. So I decided to wing it a little and keep the spirit of Chinese cooking with everyday pantry staples. (Yes, dried mini chile peppers are a staple).
I smothered chicken pieces in sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger, salt, pepper, and chile powder. I cooked them with green onions, multi-colored peppers, and snap peas. Added in dried chile and one jalapeno (optional if you're sensitive), and let it cook until it just looked done. I served it over a bed of noodles and declared it Chicken Lo Mein. Simple enough.
Overall, it was a nice experiment that yielded tasty results, notwithstanding the leftovers in my fridge.
Be sure to check out all the other Bloggers who made Chinese food that is most definitely more authentic than mine.
Spicy Chinese Chicken Lo Mein
1.5lb boneless, skinless, chicken breast, cut in pieces
4-5 green onions, sliced
4 cloves garlic
3 frozen cubes of crushed ginger
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 yellow pepper, sliced
1 orange pepper, sliced
1 cup of snap peas
1 jalapeno, thinly chopped (optional)
4-5 dried chile peppers, sliced (optional)
salt and pepper
In a bowl, combine the chicken pieces, 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, sesame seeds, salt, pepper, and a pinch of chile powder. Let it marinate if possible. In a wok or a wide skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of sesame oil on medium heat and saute the green onions and garlic. Add the chicken pieces and cook each side until almost fully cooked. Throw in the vegetables, jalapenos, chile peppers, and ginger. With two wooden spoons, mix everything continuously. Add more soy sauce, salt and pepper. Let it cook for 15-20 minutes, or until it looks "done" to you.
Boil some Asian noodles according to package insructions.
Serve the chicken mixture over a bed of noodles and call it Chicken Lo Mein-ish.