Mr. Food: Chicken Chow Mein

Are you ready to bring the taste of China right into your own kitchen? If so, Mr. Food's recipe of the day will have you "chow"-ing down on a Chinese favorite.

If we took a trip to China, we probably wouldn't find chow mein on the menu! But here in the U.S. it's sure one of our favorite American-style Chinese favorites and it's so easy for us, why spend for take-out?

In a skillet, over medium heat, we sauté 1 small finely chopped onion, 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms, and 3 thinly sliced ribs of celery until they're tender.

Add 1 jar chicken gravy, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 drained and flaked can of chunk chicken, one drained can of bean sprouts, and one drained jar of chopped pimientos.
Let it all simmer on low until it heats through.

It’s that simple, and it's ready to dish up to join the celebration of next week's Chinese New Year! And we get lots of options and no rules.

Use any brands.

Got any leftover chicken in the fridge? Okay! Want to use canned mushrooms instead of fresh? Fine! You can't go wrong! Serve it over rice, topped off with some crunchy noodles, and maybe a fortune cookie for dessert, and wow! You did it just like the Chinese restaurants do!

If you’d like the recipe, just send a self-addressed, stamped envelope, marked “Chicken Chow Mein,” to me, Mr. Food, here at the station, or it's online for proving that we don't have to be Chinese to celebrate the great Asian flavor of our American melting pot, and for proving that we can make a restaurant favorite easily, so we pocket the change and our gang dishes out the "OOH IT'S SO GOOD!!®"