This Spicy Chicken Chow Mein is perfect for a quick weeknight meal! It’s even easier when you pair it with Tai Pei® frozen appetizers!
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Spicy Chicken Chow Mein
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Are you familiar with the Chinese New Year? Even though I have heard of it, I never really knew what that was until recently. The Chinese New Year celebrates the wish of “good fortune” to all in the year ahead. Many Chinese families gather for an annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red color paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity.” Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes.
Learning new things
Since we’re a homeschool family, I think it’s important to introduce my children to different cultures and customs. The Chinese New Year starts on February 19th this year, and runs for two weeks! We have learned a little bit about Chinese customs and I thought it would be fun to include an Asian-inspired dinner. We learned a little bit about the festivities, including doing a paper lantern craft. My kiddos learned that 2015 is the year of the Sheep – and we all learned what animal year we were born under! I was born in the year of the Dragon!
One of my family’s favorite Asian meals is Chow Mein. I decided to kick it up a notch and make a spicy chicken version and it was an instant hit! We’ve made it twice in the past two weeks!
I stopped at Walmart to pick up the ingredients for the Spicy Chicken Chow Mein and decided to see if I could find something to go with it. I opted for Chinese Buffet Green Beans (recipe link below) and I found Tai Pei® Egg Rolls and Tai Pei® Spring Rolls near the “Easy Skillet Meals” section in the freezer department. Because some people like Egg Rolls, and some people like Spring Rolls, I grabbed a box of each!
Making Spicy Chicken Chow Mein
In the time it took me to prep and cook the Spicy Chicken Chow Mein, the egg rolls and spring rolls baked in the oven. Talk about an easy weeknight meal! You can make this in less than 30 minutes! Tai Pei® helped make it easy to share an authentic restaurant inspired Asian meal celebrating the Chinese New Year!
With Tai Pei® Egg Rolls and Spring Rolls, I didn’t have to worry about the time-consuming task of making, rolling and frying appetizers to accompany our meal. The best part? Tai Pei® Egg Rolls and Spring Rolls are loaded with traditional style and flavor! You can choose from hearty and mouth-watering chicken, pork or shrimp flavors. Since the Tai Pei® appetizers are easy, and ready in minutes, you will have plenty of time to complete the rest of your meal! The egg rolls and spring rolls even come with their own dipping sauce!
What dish would you make to celebrate the Chinese New Year?
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- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. freshly grated ginger
- 1-2 tsp. Sriracha sauce (depending on how spicy you like it)
- 1/4 tsp. white pepper
- 2 pkg. (6 oz. each) chow mein stir-fry noodles
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into thin strips
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 3 stalks celery, sliced
- 3 cups shredded cabbage
- In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, ginger, Sriracha sauce and white pepper. Set aside.
- Cook chow mein noodles according to package directions and drain.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken pieces until no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Add the onion and celery, stirring often, until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Add the cabbage and stir-fry for one minute. Add the drained noodles and the soy sauce mixture. Use tongs to toss and combine until the ingredients are mixed. Serve immediately.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 391Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 880mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 27g