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Shanghai Noodles with Chicken

If you love noodles, you’re going to love my Shanghai noodles recipe. When you are in need of quick and delicious Asian food, look no further!

My kids absolutely love Shanghai noodles. The first time we visited Hong Kong, and they tasted them there, they were in love. Ever since whenever we go to a Cantonese restaurant for Chinese food, they ask for them. It is such a simple, but delicious recipe that can be ready and on the table in under 30 minutes. And only requires a few simple ingredients. Try it and fall in love too.

The Ingredients

Some vegetables, some sauces, some oil, and we have ourselves some amazing Asian food.

Ingredients for Shanghai noodles

The Ingredients List:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce – use dark or light. Either works.
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch – it helps absorb excess liquid.
  • 2 tablespoons oil – I use canola, but you can use any oil of choice.
  • 1 onion – use red or yellow. I like red onions way better, but you can use any type you like.
  • 3 garlic cloves – fresh garlic adds so much flavour to the meal.
  • 1 cup mushrooms – use crimini, button, or my favourite Shataki.
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce – this gives it a nice richness.
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine – this brings that slight sourness that’s so needed to balance this meal.
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper – Chinese food always uses white pepper in place of black pepper and it has such a deliciously unique flavour.
  • 1 teaspoon sugar – this brings balance to the meal.
  • 1 package of fresh Shanghai noodles 
  • 2 green onions – this adds freshness to the cooked meal.

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The Chicken

Let’s start with the protein:

  • Chop the chicken into bite size pieces. Add it to a bowl.
  • To the bowl, add soy sauce, corn starch, and 1 tablespoon of oil. Allow the meat to sit and marinate for about 20 mins.
  • Add one tablespoon of oil to a large pan or wok and heat it so it’s really hot.
  • Add the chopped pieces and cook it for about 5 mins or so or until it’s almost fully cooked.
  • Remove it from the pan and set it aside
Marinated chicken

While the meat is cooking, boil the noodles as per the package directions.

The Sauce

I like to make the sauce and set it aside so that when we’re ready, we can add it to the pan and enjoy our meal. In a small bowl, add the oyster sauce, the Shaoxing wine, the white pepper, and sugar. Mix well and set aside.

Shanghai noodles

Putting Together our Asian Food

Let’s put our Chinese meal together:

  • Put the rest of the oil in the same pan in which you cooked the protein.
  • Chop the onions and garlic into small chunks and add them to the pan. Cook them for about 2-3 minutes or until they are softened.
  • Chop or slice the mushrooms and add them to the pan. Cook them for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the cooked chicken back to the pan and mix it into the vegetables.
  • Add the sauce into the pan and mix well.
  • Add the noodles and toss so that they are all coated with the sauce and the vegetables are evenly distributed into them.
  • Serve immediately. Sprinkle with sliced green onions, and chopped red chili.
Shanghai noodles

Variations:

There are so many variations possible for this meal:

  • Make it into a vegetarian version – replace the meat with more vegetables, such as carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, butternut squash, or whatever hearty vegetable you like.
  • Make it into a seafood version – replace the meat with more seafood, such as crab, squid, muscles, or any other seafood of choice.
  • Replace the chicken with Pork or even Beef.
  • Don’t have Shaoxing wine, replace it with Mirin, or Red Wine Vinegar.
  • Can’t find Shanghai noodles use Udon. They are almost the same type.

Storing Suggestions

Store any leftovers in an air tight container in the fridge. To reheat, remove from the fridge and allow to come to room temperature. Add the leftovers to a pan and add a couple of tablespoons of water. Toss well and heat on high heat for a couple of minutes and enjoy.

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Shanghai Noodles with Chicken

Course: EntreeCuisine: AsianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Calories

888

kcal
Total time

25

minutes

If you love noodles, you’re going to love my Shanghai noodles recipe. When you are in need of quick and delicious Asian food, look no further!

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce 

  • 1 teaspoon corn starch

  • 3 tablespoons oil

  • 1 onion

  • 3 garlic cloves 

  • 1 cup mushrooms 

  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce 

  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine

  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper 

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 package of fresh Shanghai noodles 

  • 2 green onions

Directions

  • The Sauce
  • In a small bowl, add the oyster sauce, the Shaoxing wine, the white pepper, and sugar. Mix well and set aside.
  • Chop the chicken into bite size pieces. Add it to a bowl. 
  • To the bowl, add soy sauce, corn starch, and 1 tablespoon of oil. Allow the meat to sit and marinate for about 20 mins.
  • Add one tablespoon of oil to a large pan or wok and heat it so it’s really hot.
    Add the chopped pieces and cook it for about 5 mins or so or until it’s almost fully cooked.
  • Remove it from the pan and set it aside.
  • Put the rest of the oil in the same pan in which you cooked the protein.
    Chop the onions and garlic into small chunks and add them to the pan. Cook them for about 2-3 minutes or until they are softened.
  • Chop or slice the mushrooms and add them to the pan. Cook them for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the cooked chicken back to the pan and mix it into the vegetables.
  • Add the sauce into the pan and mix well.
  • Add the noodles and toss so that they are all coated with the sauce and the vegetables are evenly distributed into them.
  • Serve immediately. Sprinkle with sliced green onions, and chopped red chili.
Ingredients for Shanghai noodles


Can I use another type of noodle in place of Shanghai noodles?

Shanghai noodles

Can’t find Shanghai use Udon noodles. They are almost the same type of noodle. They are both chewy and made from flour and water.




How do you cook Shanghai noodles?

Shanghai noodles

To cook them:
- marinate the protein and cook it.
- chop and cook the onion, garlic, and mushrooms for about 3 minutes.
- make the sauce and add it to the vegetables.
- add the cooked meat.
- boil the noodles and add them to the vegetables and meat. Toss to coat and enjoy!


What is the sauce for Shanghai noodles made of?

Shanghai noodles

In a small bowl, add the oyster sauce, the Shaoxing wine, the white pepper, and sugar. Mix well and add to the meat and vegetables.





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