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Recipe: Guyanese Chicken Chow Mein



Guyanese Chicken Chow Mein
Recipe by Malika Parker


For noodles

  • 12oz package dried chow mein noodles
  • water for boiling
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil + 1 tsp salt for water
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • For chicken (season overnight)
  • 2-3lbs cut up chicken breasts or other desired protein
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, for the marinade
  • 3 tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cassareep or browning sauce
  • 2 tbsp green seasoning
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, to cook chicken

For vegetables

  • 2 stalks bok choy cut into strips
  • 1 cup pre-shredded or julienned carrots
  • 10 Chinese long beans (bora bean)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 3 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 2 stems scallion, sliced
  • wiri wiri or scotch bonnet pepper, optional


  1. Wash chicken with water and allow to soak in lemon and vinegar for 10 minutes. After the soak, wash thoroughly with water.
  2. Season chicken with olive oil, soy sauce, cassareep, green seasoning, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Prep vegetables, grated ginger, and set aside.
  4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil with salt and oil. Add chow mein noodles, cook according to package directions.
  5. Drain noodles in a colander, rinse immediately with cold water. Spread noodles out in an aluminum pan or long shallow pan.
  6. Season noodles with sesame oil, black pepper, Chinese five-spice, garlic powder, and salt. Set aside.
  7. Saute chicken 8-10 minutes until most liquid has evaporated, set aside when done.
  8. Cook vegetables in a heavy-bottom pot or wok, add soy sauce, sesame oil, water, oyster sauce, grated ginger, and pepper let simmer for 30 seconds. Add vegetables and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  9. Turn heat off, add seasoned chow mein noodles to pot with vegetables, and toss in chicken. Add scallions and mix thoroughly. Adjust salt to taste.



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