- Written by jane groseclose
My boyfriend and I LOVE to order Chinese food, but it is too expensive for us to do often on our student budgets, at the same time, homemade is just not the same, and we don’t order the same thing. This is a recipe we made to compromise; He likes Gen Tso’s Chicken and I Prefer Lo Mein or Yakisoba. this combines both favors and ends up costing around $4 per person. This is one of my favorite recipies, and I hope you enjoy it too!
What you’ll need:
- Spaghetti Noodles
- Soy sauce and water
- Thawed boneless skinless chicken breasts, 1 per person.
- Complimentary veggies, such as carrots, cabbage, broccoli
- Olive oil
- Gen Tso Sauce (we use a pre-made bottled one, my favorite is House of Tsang General Tsao Sauce, availible at most grocery stores, but you can make your own if you feel up for it)
- A wok is highly recommended
1.) Bring a large pot of water and soy sauce to boil. The mixture should be about 4 parts water to 1 part soy sauce. Once it begins to boil, add enough spaghetti noodles for the number of people you are serving.
2.) Dice the chicken into ¾’’ cubes, and cover in sauce in the wok, cook until chicken meat turns white all the way through, then reduce heat to allow the sauce to thicken.
3.) Slice the veggies into bite-sized pieces. Sauté in the wok with some olive oil.
4.) Once the noodles are fully cooked, strain them, then add them to the veggies in the wok.
5.) Add a bit more sauce and a bit more olive oil to the noodles, not enough to saturate, but enough to flavor the noodles and prevent them from burning right away.
6.) Stir-fry the noodles and veggies, this can be a tricky step, but it is based on the technique used to make teriyaki yakisoba, the main trick is to keep the noodles moving all the time, by flipping and stirring them constantly. The texture you want is to sear the noodles, but try not to allow them to burn.
7.) Divide the noodles and veggies into desired servings, then top with chicken, and sprinkle with extra sauce if you feel it needs more. ENJOY!
Jane Groseclose is a life-long Fairbanks resident, and student at UAF. She believes in recipes that taste good and are filling, and that cooking with family builds bonds. Most of the recipes she loves are either collaborative experiments with her boyfriend, or based on family recipes that have been modified to suit our tastes.