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Feed the Fam: Date Night Chicken Pan Fried Noodles

This entry is part 22 of 26 in the series Feed the Fam

Chinese food is one of our favorite go-to dinners as a family. Instead of going out to eat, how about staying in? I made this for the family for our “date night in” and not only saved money making it, I was able to control what was in it. This recipe is versatile enough that you could add whatever protein, veggies and sauces you like or have on hand. This beats any date night out!



Crispy Noodles

  • 5 oz  chow mein noodles ( you can purchase this in the Asian food section at your local grocery store)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoon oil

Stir Fry

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 onion , chopped
  • 2 scallions, cut
  • 2 cups oriental mix medley

Chicken and Marinade

  • 2  chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces ( I also added in pork)
  • 1½ teaspoon light soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper


  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • ¾ cup chicken stock
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar



  1. Marinade protein by combing protein and all marinade ingredients in a small bowl and set aside for at least 15 -30 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.
  2. To create your Crispy Noodles start by loosening the chow mein noodles with your fingers.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in wok over medium high heat.
  4. Place noodles into wok and gently pat into a round pancake.IMG_0955
  5. Add water, waiting until the water evaporates, then let cook for a further 1 to 2 minute until the bottom of the noodles are golden brown.
  6. Slide noodles onto a plate.
  7.  Return wok to heat and add last 1 tablespoon of oil into wok.
  8. Flip noodles upside down back into the wok to crisp the other side.
  9. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes until the bottom is golden brown.
  10. Slide noodles onto serving plate and keep warm in the low oven, uncovered.
  11. Creating the sauce; Mix together cornstarch and 3 tablespoons water in a medium size bowl until there are no lumps.
  12. Add remaining sauce ingredients and mix to combine.
  13. To create your stir-fry: Heat 1tbsp oil in wok over high heat.
  14. Add garlic until fragrant.
  15. Add in chicken and marinade, stir fry until it turns a very light golden brown.
  16.  Add in sauce to mixture bringing it to the simmer until sauce thickens.
  17. Turn off heat. Add the oriental veggie mix and coat with sauce.
  18. Pour stir fry over crispy noodles and serve immediately.

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About Jannine Wells

Jannine Wells is a Navy brat traveling the world and moving every 4 years until finally settling in Nevada. She was raised in Fernley Nevada and moved to Reno in 2010 to finish her degree at TMCC. She has a background in childhood education and is an advocate for children’s education and development. Jannine is married to her high school sweetheart and is raising a beautiful one year old daughter, Haidyn, and kitty daughter, Sassafras. She is a paper pusher by day, blogger and amateur chef by night passionate about learning how to become a better mother.  Jannine started her blog Sunny In Reno to write about her pregnancy and journey through motherhood.   View all posts by Jannine.

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