Low carb diets are difficult for me because I can't have the pasta. Recently I made chicken pad thai using Daikon Radish instead of noodles and it was fantastic! It greatly inspired me to try out lo mein. This dish is ordinarily made using spaghetti noodles, so instead I decided to use cabbage. This isn't a zero calories meal, but it's a great deal healthier than authentic Chinese food. I can't wait to try it with shrimp or beef next time!
Chicken Lo Mein
makes 1 large serving
- ~200 grams cabbage, shredded (54 calories)
- 85 grams sliced mushrooms (20 calories)
- 100 grams lean chopped chicken breast (98 calories)
- chopped cilantro and scallions for garnish (maybe 2 calories?)
- 3 tsp. rice vinegar (0 calories)
- 2 tsp. hoisin sauce (8.3 calories)
- 1 tsp. fish sauce (6.6 calories)
- 1 tsp. low sodium soy sauce (3.3 calories)
- 1/2 tsp. sriracha chili sauce (5 calories)
- 1/4 tsp. minced garlic (2.5 calories)
- 1/4 tsp. minced ginger (2.5 calories)
Measure out the chicken and cut into small bite size pieces. Set a large non-stick skillet over medium low heat, add the chicken and season. I used Mrs. Dash table blend seasoning. Shred the cabbage, you can use a knife or food processor to do this step. Thinly slice the mushrooms, unless you're lazy like me and buy them pre-sliced in a bag! About half way through prepping the veggies, the chicken is usually ready to flip. I cook it on lower heat so I don't have to keep an eye on it. Flip the chicken and prepare your sauce. When the chicken is cooked through (only takes about 5-7 minutes) remove from pan and set aside. Over medium-high heat saute the cabbage and mushrooms until they have picked up the browned chicken bits from the pan and start to develop a nice color and aroma. Add the sauce and the chicken, stir fry until everything is well coated and very fragrant. Plate and garnish with chopped cilantro, scallions, and red chili flakes. Enjoy!
This dish is around 200 calories for a very large, and very filling serving ^_^ To save on calories skip the hoisin sauce, use less cabbage, or simply make it vegetarian!