Guyana Chicken Chow mein is a staple food in this most interesting country. The Chinese came to Guyana as laborers after the British abolished slavery. Although most of the Chinese have left, their mark on the cuisine is permanent. This dish is made for special occasions or available as take-out, and it is delicious. Of course you can use whatever vegetables or meat the you like, this was made with chicken. We absolutely loved it, you will too!
Guyana Chicken Chow Mein
- 1 pk dried Chow mein noodles
- 1 1/2 lbs. boneless chicken thighs
- 1 small onion thinly sliced
- 3 tbsp. oil
- 1 1/2 mixed red, green, yellow bell peppers (thinly sliced)
- 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables or
- 1 carrot julienne
- 1 cup petite green beans cut into 2 inch pieces
- 1 cup fresh or canned sweet corn
- 1/2 head of broccoli speared
- 1/2 head of cauliflower speared
- 1/3 green cabbage thinly shredded
- 5 scallions finely chopped
- Of course you can use whatever vegetables you like!
- 1 wiri-wiri pepper and remove after cooking for a little heat.
- To Season the chicken:
- 1 tbsp. dried thyme
- 1 tbsp. cassareep or soy sauce
- 3 cloves of garlic chopped
- 1 tsp. brown sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. mustard
- 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
- Follow the instructions on the packet to cook the noodles. Chop chicken into 1 inch chunks. Then season with thyme, cassareep or soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, salt, mustard, black pepper. Set aside and let marinade for about 5 minutes. Prepare the vegetables. Then in a skillet or wok large to hold everything, warm oil on medium heat. Add onions and cook until onions are brown and soft. Then increase heat to high. Add seasoned chicken and cook until chicken is fully cooked. Add vegetables including chili pepper and cook for another 5 minutes or so, constantly turning for even cooking. Add the peppers and cook for 3 minutes. Peppers should be crunchy after cooking. Then add the cabbage and the noodles. Toss together then add chopped scallions. Remove from heat, remove the hot chili pepper and serve hot.
- FYI: Cassareep, is a Guyanese dark sauce made from cassava. It’s traditionally made by the indigenous peoples (Amerindians) of Guyana and makes stews and almost any dish you would add soy sauce too, taste amazing.
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