Despite craving for Yellow Cab’s extremely popular Charlie Chan Chicken Pasta, my “motley crew” and I didn’t dash to the nearest YC branch. We opted to whip up our version instead as a wonderful way to bond while saving our precious pesos in the process.
What We Used:
- 250 grams of angel’s hair pasta, cooked according to package directions
- olive oil
- 150 grams of diced chicken meat
- ground cashews and roasted peanuts
- 2 packs of Clara Ole Kung Pao Pasta Sauce
- Lee Kum Kee Oyster Sauce to taste
- salt and white pepper to taste
- brown sugar to taste
- chili pepper flakes to taste
- scallions or spring onions
- lemon juice
What I Did with the Pasta:
I love cooking pasta so without going through the preliminaries, I assigned and authorized myself to do the job!
- After putting in just enough water in the pan, I added in a handful of salt to make the pasta distinctly more flavorful. I got that tip from constantly watching Giada De Laurentiis’s show on the Asian Food Channel.
- A minute after the water boiled, I added in the pasta and allowed it to cook for a few minutes.
- Since Angel’s hair cooks much faster than any other pasta types, it just took a little under 4 minutes before it turned out al dente. A minute before this happened however, I was already scooping the pasta out of the pan to preserve the chewy texture that I dearly love.
- Coating Angel’s Hair with some olive oil is my favorite step because, by this time, I can freely devour my pasta sans the sauce!
What We Did with the Sauce:
- After mixing in some salt, pepper and lemon juice to our chicken, we let it marinate inside the fridge for about two hours.
- Afterward, we sauteed the meat in oil, added in some nuts and cooked both for a few more minutes.
- We then poured in the Clara Ole Kung Pao Pasta Sauce and cooked until everything’s been heated through.
- A tablespoon or two of oyster sauce tossed in with some lemon juice, sugar, salt, and pepper flakes did make a difference in the overall texture of the sauce.
- As a fitting finale, we added in the pasta as well as some scallions for freshness.
Need I say more?
|Our Version of Yellow Cab’s Charlie Chan Chicken Pasta!|
|Yay! Angel’s Hair Pasta was so easy to make; it even turned out al dente in no time!|
|Hmmm…I can most definitely devour all the garnishings in one sitting!|