I grew up on this, mom made it, it was awesome. So it only stands to reason as an adult I make it too. I have given the recipe to many. Chowmein is easily adaptable to most meats. My personal favorite is to make it with pork. I usually use more mushrooms in this however, my supply today is limited. Todays pictures will be with Chicken, so it will be a Chicken Chowmein! You can also use leftover meats. Sometimes I will cut up a pork roast and a beef roast and combine them into the chowmein. I hope you love it as much as we do!
I make this in an electric frypan. So get out your pan and heat up the oil and turn it to warm. Start chopping your veggies. I start with the onions, celery and carrots, carrots are the hardest and require a little more cooktime. With the celery I also cut up parts of the leaves and add them as well. As you start adding the veggies, turn your heat up. Then continue with the rest of your veggies, which I alternate with the meat cutting, so I can have them all cooking at once. (for meat. . . like pork I use thin cut porkchops, boneless skinless chicken breasts, tenders and or thighs. If you have left over roasts to use, just cut them up whatever size you prefer and add after all the veggies have cooked a bit. If you are doing fresh mushrooms. . . add with the onion and garlic and carrots as they need to cook down in size. In this I did canned (drained) as that is what I had. Save the rest of the canned veggies for last!
Add the meat as you cut it up as I said alternate cutting the meat with the veggies, once you have finished the veggies that need to cook the longest. As you add each batch of meat you cut up, stir it in good. Now might be a good time to add your salt pepper and celery salt. Also add a dash or two of soy sauce.
Add a little water, when the meat is thoroughly cooked. Now we are going to open up the canned veggies and drain them. I like more bean sprouts, than the chowmein vegetables, because I do alot of my own fresh veggies. If you had fresh bean sprouts, you would also add them now.
Now that your cans are all drained. . . add the two cans of chowmein veggies first. Stir them in well so the meat and other veggies are visible.
Now add your bean sprouts, if they are fresh. . . you may have to put the lid on them after adding and stirring them in well.
Now that are canned veggies have been added and are thoroughly cooked. We will add the soup. If you are making chicken chowmein, you may want to do it 1 can cream of chicken soup and 1 can of cream of mushroom soup. With any other chowmein I do 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup. As I stated in description, you can play with this recipe. If you don't like mushrooms, choose another soup you do like. This is mainly for thickening, you can also add some Kitchen Bouquet at this point as well if you like it a little darker looking.
Let your soup cook in stirring occasionally. At this point is also where I would add the gravy packets if I were doing pork. Once it is all thoroughly heated and the thickness you want the broth, it is ready. You can also thicken by blending together some flour, cornstarch (one the other or both) with water in the blender and adding it a little at a time for thickening.
Last but not least. . . this freezes really well. So you can put some in the freezer and keep some in the fridge for reheating as this is wonderful even reheated for another meal. ENJOY!