Chinese Chilli Chicken Noodle Stir-fry

This is one of my weeknight staples that is really called Chilli-Chilli-Chilli Chicken Noodle Stir-fry. It’s super spicy and so easy to make.

It may sound a bit mental adding dry chilli, fresh chilli and a chilli sauce. However they each add a distinct flavour – the dry chilli smoky, the fresh fruity and the chilli sauce slightly sweet.  Together they combine, rather like the Avengers, into a kick ass force that gives this stir-fry a load of attitude.

Do let me know what you think of it @mightyspice

Serves 2

150g egg noodles
2 tbsp. groundnut oil
250g skinless chicken thighs, very finely sliced
1 dry red chilli, broken up into small pieces
½ a red chilli, finely chopped
4 spring onions, finely sliced
175g spinach
2 tbsp. chilli sauce (I use Lee Kum Kee brand fine chilli sauce)
1 tbsp. oyster sauce
2 tsp. soy sauce

1. Cook the noodles according to the packet instructions. Drain, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the oil to prevent the noodles from sticking and set aside.

2. Heat a wok over a high heat until smoking and pour in the remaining oil. Add the chicken and stir-fry for 4-5 minutes until golden at the edges. Add the dry chillies and stir-fry for 10 seconds until fragrant. Chuck in the red chilli and spring onions and continue to stir-fry for another minute. Add the spinach and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes until wilted and the chicken cooked through.

3. Transfer the cooked noodles to the stir-fry and remove from the heat. Pour in the chilli sauce, oyster sauce and soy sauce and toss everything together so all the noodles get completely coated in the amazing Chinese condiments. Serve immediately.

– all thoughts and spelling mistakes are my own –


What Liberty Ate

I wanted to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to Gabriela Iancu who has done a wicked feature on me and my book Mighty Spice Cookbook in the FALL/WINTER of her lovely magazine What Liberty Ate – Check it out. The magazine is beautiful, packed full of her delicious recipes and superb photography. 

Flour + Water in Sunny California

I have just returned from beautiful California where I was shooting holiday recipes for Hungry TV in LA and holidaying with my wonderful mate Vic in San Francisco. I loved every minute of it and I’m suffering from a serious California-come-down right now!

The weather was amazing, the people ever enthusiastic to my crazy ideas, drinks flowed, Treasure Island Festival rocked, telling Lindsay Lohan I respected her as an artist hilarious and eating was off the scale good! My favourites were breakfast at Joan’s on Third in Beverley Hills, Ink in Los Angeles for blowing my mind in the same way Dabbous did and Flour + Water in San Fran for reminding me why Italian food is sublime!

The whole of San Francisco told me to eat at Flour + water. I did as I was told, took up residency in the corner of the bar and ordered the pasta tasting menu – 5 kick ass pasta dishes, a starter and dessert.  The first pasta to arrive was tallegio ravioli with a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar, which was a marvel to eat. The soft salty cheese filling was the perfect vehicle to carry the sweet-sour flavour of the balsamic vinegar. I loved it.

Next came an artichoke and potato caramelle, delicate ravioli that was shaped like little pieces of candy. The pillowy soft, melt in the mouth caramelle was livened up with a coating of burnt butter and spicy chilli. The chilli kick was much needed and complemented the otherwise mild flavours. This was followed by a bowl of chestnut tagliatelle with cabbage, chanterelle mushrooms and sage in delicious boozy sauce.

The finale was two awesome bowls of meat pasta. First, rabbit tortellini with green spigarelle and fresh chilli, which was rich, chewy and utterly divine. Finally came an awesome bowl of rigatoni with braised lamb and eggplant that was showered in herbs and cracked black pepper. The little ridges of the firm pasta filled up with sauce and took on the flavours of the lamb and spices. This was my favourite dish!

The pasta tasting menu at Flour + Water was $60, with an additional $40 for wine pairing. It was a feast and one I highly recommend.

Check out my other favourites as well, they were dead good!

Joan’s on Third  (Thanks Betsy)

Ink on Melrose Avenue

– All thoughts and spelling mistakes are my own –