There are some days when you can enjoy the luxury of having a couple of spare hours to make dinner, and then there are days when it feels like you have no time at all. It’s tempting to opt for a takeaway or beans on toast when you’re as time-starved as you are starving, but if you keep the ingredients for this chicken chow mein recipe from HelloFresh to hand you’ll always have a the option of making a proper meal in double-quick time.
The recipe takes a mere 20 minutes to make, involves little washing-up and counts as two of your five-a-day. It’s also loaded with protein – a chunky 49g per serving – so it makes for an ideal post-workout dinner.
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Ingredients (makes two servings)
- 1 red pepper, sliced
- 3 spring onions, sliced
- 2 nests egg noodles
- 280g chicken, diced
- 1 pack mange tout
- 1½tbsp soy sauce
- 45g chow mein paste
- Add the noodles to a saucepan, cover with boiling water and place on medium-high heat. Simmer for four minutes, then drain in a colander, drizzle with oil and set aside.
- Meanwhile, heat a splash of oil in a large frying pan on a high heat. Add the chicken and stir-fry for four minutes until golden. Then add the pepper, mange tout and half the spring onion. Stir-fry for five minutes, until the chicken is no longer pink in the middle.
- Stir in the soy sauce and 2tbsp water. Lower the heat to medium, stir in the chow mein paste (you can get this ready-made or make your own if you have a bit more time), and stir-fry for one minute to dissolve. Then add the noodles to the pan and stir through until piping hot.
- Serve the chicken chow mein in bowls sprinkled with the remaining spring onion.
Nutritional Information (Per Serving)
-of which saturates 3g
-of which sugars 17g
This recipe is available in HelloFresh’s new Rapid Box. Order from hellofresh.co.uk
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Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.