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Gluten Free Lo Mein

Gluten Free Lo Mein

How to make naturally gluten free lo mein with the perfect quick and easy sauce and your favorite long noodles. Add vegetables, chicken or nothing at all!

This recipe is straight out of the brand new second edition of Gluten-Free on a Shoestring: 125 Easy Recipes for Eating Well on the Cheap, my very first cookbook.

How to make naturally gluten free lo mein with the perfect quick and easy sauce and your favorite long noodles. Add vegetables, chicken or nothing at all!

Chinese take-out is just one of those things when you’re gluten free, isn’t it? It’s hard to come by in a restaurant, and it’s something most people tend to miss terribly once it’s out of reach.

I remember reading reviews of my very first gluten free cookbook from readers who said that they were so happy I loved Chinese food as much as they did, since the book is packed with recipes like lemon chicken, sweet and sour chicken and (you guessed it) gluten free lo mein. After reading those reviews, I thought: doesn’t everyone love Chinese take-out?!

How to make naturally gluten free lo mein with the perfect quick and easy sauce and your favorite long noodles. Add vegetables, chicken or nothing at all!

Like most recipes for restaurant-style food, there’s more of the “good stuff” (or the bad stuff, depending upon how you look at it) than you might think. That’s why it tastes so good! The sauce in this recipe has a few different kinds of sugar (molasses, brown sugar and honey).

How to make naturally gluten free lo mein with the perfect quick and easy sauce and your favorite long noodles. Add vegetables, chicken or nothing at all!

A word about the noodles

I usually make lo mein using Barilla brand dried gluten free spaghetti (my favorite brand of dried pasta—and that’s my totally unsponsored opinion!). My kids and I actually really love spaghetti. Even though all the pasta shapes are made using the same ingredients, somehow spaghetti always gets a “yes!” at dinnertime.  My husband is just happy he’s being fed. Smart man!

But this time around, I used Thai Kitchen’s “straight cut wide rice noodles.” I would link to them, but Amazon.com seems to have stopped carrying the product.

I love that you can soak or boil the noodles before serving, which makes them perfect for any stir-fry, and they’re great for alfredo sauce. Plus, I’ve never found a dried gluten free linguine pasta that doesn’t taste terrible—including Barilla.

How to make naturally gluten free lo mein with the perfect quick and easy sauce and your favorite long noodles. Add vegetables, chicken or nothing at all!

Additions, Subtractions, and Substitutions

Add chicken: If you’d like to add cooked chicken to your dish, just use the method for cooked, shredded chicken in my recipe for gluten free chicken taquitos.  Or, you can cook 1 pound of ground chicken meat in a skillet with about 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame oil.

Add vegetables: My favorite vegetable to add to this dish is baby bok choy. Just separate the leaves of the bok choy and blanch it by cooking it in boiling water for about 3 minutes before draining it and putting it in ice water to stop the cooking immediately. For a super quick and easy vegetable addition, try defrosting frozen mixed vegetables.

Make vegetarian: Use vegetable stock in place of chicken stock. Done.

Make corn-free: In place of cornstarch, try using my gum-free gluten free flour blend or tapioca starch/flour.

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Then, it’s your turn to make this quick and easy meal, and make it your own!

How to make naturally gluten free lo mein with the perfect quick and easy sauce and your favorite long noodles. Add vegetables, chicken or nothing at all!
Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 4 to 5 servings

Ingredients

2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced

2 tablespoons (28 g) toasted sesame oil

3 1/2 cups (28 fluid ounces) chicken stock

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons (42 g) honey

2 tablespoons (27 g) packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoons (42 g) unsulphured molasses

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

1/2 cup gluten free soy sauce or tamari

2 tablespoons (18 g) cornstarch

1 pound (16 ounces) dried gluten free spaghetti or wide, flat noodles

Optional garnishes
Chopped fresh scallions

Sliced canned water chestnuts

Directions

  • In a medium saucepan, sauté the garlic in the sesame oil until fragrant (about 2 to 3 minutes), stirring occasionally. Add the chicken stock, pepper, honey, brown sugar, molasses, vinegar, soy sauce and cornstarch to the saucepan. Whisk until the ingredients are well combined. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to medium high and simmer gently for 8 to 10 minutes or until the mixture is reduced by nearly half and is thickened.

  • While the sauce is reducing, boil a large pot of water. To the boiling water, add the spaghetti or wide, flat noodles and cook to an al dente texture. Drain the noodles, rinse with cold water, drain again, and place in a large serving bowl. Pour most of the thickened sauce over the noodles and toss with tongs to coat. Serve immediately, with or without optional garnishes and with the remaining sauce, to taste.

  • From the book Gluten-Free on a Shoestring: 125 Easy Recipes for Eating Well on the Cheap Second Edition, by Nicole Hunn. Excerpted by arrangement with Da Capo Lifelong, a member of the Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc. Copyright © 2017.

Love,
Nicole

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  • Robin Burgess
    October 9, 2017 at 3:14 PM

    Sounds amazing, Nicole! I cook Asian foods frequently but this is one dish I’ve never yet been able to copy cat in gluten free form. Have you ever tried using the flat Thai or Vietnamese rice noodles for your dishes? I use them for most everything and they hold up especially well in stir fry. A fifteen to twenty minute soak in hot water, drain, then toss in a bit of oil and they’re good to go.

    • Nicole Hunn
      October 10, 2017 at 8:28 AM

      Yes, Robin! In fact, that’s what you see in the video and the photos in this post. My family and I adore those noodles. The Taste of Thai brand is what I use, and sometimes I can find it easily, and other times I can’t! When I find it for a good price, I buy it by the case. :)

  • Margie scott
    October 8, 2017 at 12:39 PM

    Hi Nicole
    I tried to buy from Amozon But they keep telling me my post code is not right
    But it is my post code I clicked on from Australia I have tried 4 times As I was changing my address
    I have a pass word everything went well till I put in my post code
    Because I would love to get your book
    Great recipes great book don’t mind if I miss out on the special deal Just would like your book

    • Nicole Hunn
      October 9, 2017 at 11:59 AM

      That sounds really frustrating, Margie. Instead of Amazon, try Book Depository. They have free worldwide shipping, and they still discount the book.

  • Jennifer S.
    October 5, 2017 at 5:14 PM

    I love asian food (maybe your next cook book can be strictly “take out” foods??? ). I’m going to make this tonight if I can get it together… ALAS no Sasse meal plan today!! HAHAHAHA!

    • Nicole Hunn
      October 5, 2017 at 7:45 PM

      No way, Jennifer, that can’t be! The Sasse Meal Plan is to be respected!

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