Recreate your favourite Wagamama noodle dish with my 20-minute copycat recipe!
This Chicken Yakisoba is a quick stir fry, made with soba noodles, chicken, prawns and egg. The dish is all finished off with a sprinkling of crispy onions and slices of pickled ginger for a bit of fresh heat.
A quick and easy make-at-home copycat version of Chicken Yakisoba. On the table in twenty minutes, it's perfect for a week night supper or Saturday night in.
The pickled ginger and crispy onions really give it that finishing touch and add an extra layer of texture to this delicious dish. I always start off with good intentions of using the chopsticks too, but greed always wins and I have to finish eating, using a fork!!
Do you do that too? 😁
📋 What do we need?
- Soba Noodles you can usually find these in bigger supermarkets, but any ramen noodle or your favourite noodles will work.
- Crispy Onions (<--affiliate link) You can buy these in the supermarket or on Amazon (my affiliate link will take you to Amazon), alternatively deep fry finely sliced shallots until crispy.
- Pickled Ginger strips - these are usually vibrant reddish-pink thin strips of pickled ginger. They're often available from Asian supermarkets and on Amazon. If you can't find any, you could use or pink sushi ginger (Gari). I used sushi ginger as I already had some in.
🔪 How to make it
Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.
- Make a simple yakisoba sauce by boiling light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, salt and sugar together. Set aside.
- Cook and drain the soba noodles, then run through cold water to stop them sticking together.
- Scramble the eggs in a wok, over a high heat, with salt and pepper, then set aside.
- Sauté the seasoned chicken for 2-3 minutes, then add the garlic, ginger, peppers and onions for a further 2-3 minutes, stirring often.
- Add the prawns, beansprouts, spring onions, noodles, hoisin sauce, ketchup, chilli flakes and the yakisoba sauce you made earlier, until hot and cooked through, then add the egg.
- Finally serve, garnished with pickled ginger, crispy onions and sesame seeds.
👩🍳PRO TIP If you like your noodles spicy, add in a chopped fresh chilli or two at the same time as you add the bell peppers.
Just perfect for a cosy night in for two with a good movie
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Yaki soba sauce:
- 80 ml (⅓ cup) light soy sauce
- 1 tsp dark soy sauce
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp sugar
Chicken yaki soba:
- 200 g (7 oz) soba noodles
- 3 tbsp sunflower oil
- 2 large eggs - lightly whisked
- 2 chicken breasts (approx 175g/6 oz each) - sliced into thin strips
- ⅛ tsp salt
- ⅛ tsp black pepper
- ⅛ tsp white pepper
- 2 cloves garlic - peeled and minced
- 1 tsp minced ginger
- 1 red pepper - deseeded and thinly sliced
- 1 green pepper - deseeded and thinly sliced
- 1 onion - peeled and thickly sliced
- 150 g (5.5oz) cooked prawns
- 250 g (2.5 cups) fresh beansprouts - (mung bean sprouts)
- 4 spring onions - sliced
- 4 tbsp hoisin sauce
- 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
- ⅛ tsp chilli flakes
- 2 tbsp pickled ginger - sliced into thin strips
- 3 tbsp crispy onions/shallots - you can buy these ready-cooked in the supermarket
- ½ tsp white sesame seeds
- ½ tsp black sesame seeds
- Start by making the yaki soba sauce. Place the yaki soba sauce ingredients into a small pan and bring to the boil.
- Turn the heat down to very low and simmer very gently for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat.
- Cook the noodles in a large pan of boiling water according to the pack instructions (usually 3-4 minutes). Turn off the heat, drain and run under cold water to prevent them sticking together. Put to one side.
- Heat 1 tbsp of the sunflower oil in a wok over a high heat.
- Add the eggs plus a pinch of salt and pepper, and cook, tossing with a spatula, until the eggs are scrambled (about 1 minute).
- Remove the eggs from the pan and place in a bowl.
- Heat the remaining 2 tbsp of sunflower oil in the wok over a high heat.
- Sprinkle the chicken with the salt, black pepper and white pepper.
- Add the chicken to the work and cook for 2-3 minutes until sealed.
- Add the garlic, ginger, peppers and onion and cook for a further 2-3 minutes, stirring often until slightly softened.
- Add the prawns, beansprouts, spring onions, noodles, hoisin sauce, ketchup, chilli flakes and the yaki soba sauce you made earlier. Stir fry together, stirring often for 2-3 minutes until hot.
- Add the cooked eggs and toss everything together.
- Divide between four plates and serve topped with pickled ginger, crispy onions and sesame seeds.
- Use strips of steak instead of chicken
- Swap out the chicken for tofu or oyster mushrooms
- Add sweet chilli sauce or chopped chillies for a spicy kick
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