So, the general consensus is – I eat out and order takeaways far too much. After a long day at work there’s nothing worse than having to slave away in the kitchen, sometimes it’s so much easier to just order something over the phone or online. However, I need to cut back and start saving money somewhere. Therefore, I am on a mission to find easy, affordable, yet delicious recipes to cook at home.
Over the bank holiday weekend, I REALLY fancied a Chinese takeaway but decided to drag my arse to the supermarket to buy ingredients to make something at home. I decided to go for something basic – chicken chow mein and chilli tiger prawns as my side. It was surprisingly delicious and better than some takeaways that I’ve had in the past.
Before cooking the chicken chow mein and chilli tiger prawns, I prepared all the ingredients before hand as it keeps me more organised in the kitchen!
Chicken Chow Mein Ingredients
• A packet of medium egg noodles
• Sesame oil & Sunflower oil
• Skinless chicken thighs, cut into strips
• 1 tsp five-spice powder
• 1 tsp chilli sauce
• 1 tbsp cornflour
• 1 chopped up spring onion
• Mixed stir fry vegetables
• French Beans
• freshly ground black pepper
Chilli Tiger Prawns Ingredients
• 2 tbsp vegetable oil
• 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
• 1 red chilli, finely chopped
• 4 raw tiger prawns, shelled and de-veined
• 1 tbsp of dry sherry
• 1 lime, juice only
• French beans
• Pinch sea salt
• 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
As you can see with the ingredients, I took a short cut with buying pre-packaged veg & ingredients – saves me a bit of time!
Method for Chicken Chow Mein
1. Cook the noodles according to the packet instructions then rinse under cold water and add a dash of sesame oil to stop the noodles sticking together.
2. Put the chicken strips into a bowl and season with the five-spice powder, dark soy sauce and chilli sauce. Mix well, then dust with cornflour to seal in the marinade.
3. Heat a wok and add the sunflower oil, then add the chicken and stir fry for 3-4 minutes, or until the chicken is golden-brown and cooked through.
4. Add the rest of your vegetables, cook for 2 minutes, add in the noodles and season with a dash of sesame oil, ground black pepper and soy sauce.
5. Chicken chow mein is ready to eat!
After cooking the chicken chow mein, I went on to cooking the chilli tiger prawns.
Chilli Tiger Prawns Method
1. Heat a wok and add the sunflower oil, then add the chilli and garlic and stir fry for a few seconds. Add the prawns, lime juice and dry sherry and stir fry for 2-3 minutes, or until the prawns start to turn pink.
2. Add the French beans and stir fry for another 2-3 minutes, or until the prawns are cooked through. Add the salt and chilli flakes to taste.
3. Chilli tiger prawns are ready to be served!
I also had some ready-to-cook-in-the-oven vegetable spring rolls with the meal. Cheating? Yes, but I will make my own one day.
Tip – Don’t rub your eye after chopping up the chilli, it hurts.