Schezwan Noodles has got to be the most delicious and popular Indo-Chinese noodle dish ever!
Used making some homemade Schezwan Sauce, this stir fry dish is incredibly easy to make and versatile! You can add a bunch of your favorite veggies to it to make it your own!
It’s the perfect recipe for a quick weeknight dinner or something to whip up quickly when you’ve got unexpected guests over; trust me, they will be really impressed by these delicious noodles.
With minimal ingredients and simple steps, this dish can be made in no time! Read along to know exactly how to make the best Schezwan Noodles you’ve ever had!
What is Schezwan Noodles?
Schezwan Noodles are an Indo-Chinese stir fry noodle dish that’s made using schezwan sauce, stir-fried with vegetables and some protein, usually chicken.
This dish is, by far, one of the most popular Indo-Chinese dishes out there, with most fast food joints selling their own Schezwan Noodles in India.
If you’re looking for that authentic flavor, then you’ve come to the right place! My recipe will make you feel like you’re having this straight out of a kitchen from an Indian restaurant.
What’s best is that it’s incredibly quick and easy to make! This dish is also really versatile, and you can add a bunch of your favorite veggies to it to make this recipe your own! I’ve included tips at the end of this post to help you do that.
What You Need to Make Schezwan Noodles
All you need is some simple ingredients to make this delicious stir fry dish! Let’s take a look at what these are:
Schezwan sauce: Schezwan Noodles wouldn’t be what they are without some delicious Schezwan sauce! A homemade version is a way to go because this is where all the flavors will come from. My recipe for Schezwan Sauce is all you need to make the best batch you’ve ever had! You can also freeze it for up to 3 months, so it’s truly worth making a batch trust me!
Noodles: We’re going to use boiled Hakka Noodles in this recipe, but you can also use Egg Noodles if those are more readily available to you. To know the difference between the two, read the next section in this post!
Chicken: The protein we’ll be using in chicken! I’ve used skinless, boneless chicken thighs for my recipe since they’re juicy and incredibly flavorful. You can also go for boneless beef strips if you prefer beef more. For more variations, check out the section at the end of this page!
Vegetables: We’ll be using some simple veggies to make this delicious dish! My recipe calls for carrots, onions, bell pepper (capsicum), and spring onions. But you can add whichever vegetables you love. I’ve included a bunch of ideas at the end of this post.
Soy sauce: Soy sauce adds a little extra umami flavor to this dish and really brings it all together. I suggest you go for low sodium soy sauce as it’ll give you more control over the amount of salt you use in the dish.
Black pepper: The only spice we’ll be adding to this dish is black pepper since all the flavor is already jampacked in the homemade schezwan sauce!
What’s the Difference Between Hakka Noodles and Egg Noodles?
You can use either Hakka Noodles or Egg Noodles for this recipe, whichever is more convenient for you. Traditionally, Hakka noodles are used to make this dish so see if it’s easy for you to get your hands on that one first!
Both these types of noodles are very similar, yet different. Hakka noodles are made from unleavened refined wheat flour, while Egg noodles are made using eggs and some flour, usually also wheat flour.
So, the main difference between the two is the addition of eggs. Hakka noodles are usually vegetarian and are thus more widely used to make this dish in India.
Although eggs can be considered vegetarian by most people around the world, that is usually not the case for many Hindu Indians practicing vegetarianism. They consider eggs as non-vegetarian and so don’t consume eggs. Therefore, Hakka noodles are more widely accepted in the country.
Whichever noodles you pick, you’ll have some incredibly delicious stir fry noodles by the end!
How to Make Schezwan Noodles at Home – Step by Step
Making these delicious Schezwan Noodles at home is easier than you think! Here’s how to make these noodles at home step by step:
First, boil your noodles, drain them, and then set them aside.
Take a wok or frying pan and add oil to it. Add chicken to the pan and cook until light brown patches appear.
On a high flame, add your chopped carrots and onions to the pan. Sauté them for one minute. Now add the rest of the veggies, schezwan sauce, soy sauce, and pepper, and sauté for another two minutes.
Time to add the noodles! Add them and stir until everything is well combined.
Your Schezwan Noodles are ready to be served! Serve them hot and garnish them with some chopped green onions.
Schezwan Noodle Variation Ideas
This recipe is truly versatile. Here is how to make it your own with some variation ideas:
Vegetable options: You can add whichever vegetables you prefer to this delicious noodle dish! Some other great options include chopped garlic, ginger, cabbage, beans, baby corn, and broccoli.
Veg Schezwan Noodles: To make vegetarian Schezwan noodles, make sure to pick Hakka Noodles and don’t add chicken to the dish. Tofu goes really well in this recipe if you’re looking for a protein to add instead. This is also the vegan way to make this dish!
Spicier option: To make this recipe even spicier, you can add a little extra schezwan sauce or chopped red chilies to take it up a notch in terms of spice level. Make sure to taste as you go so you don’t overdo it!
Other protein options: If you don’t prefer chicken or want to change things up, you can also use boneless beef strips in this recipe. Tofu is a great vegetarian/vegan option as well.
Other Recipes You’ll Love
Homemade Schezwan Sauce: A homemade schezwan sauce is absolutely necessary to make the best-tasting Schezwan Noodles ever. My recipe is the perfect way to make Schezwan sauce with minimal effort and without using any exotic ingredients. The best part is that it stores for up to three months in the freezer!
Chicken Manchurian: This is another classic Indo-Chinese recipe that I’m sure you’ll love! This recipe combines the goodness of this cuisine into one, and you have got to try it!
Easy Vegetable Chow Mein: Looking for another great stir fry noodle recipe? Here’s a great-tasting Vegetable Chow Mein that’s better than what you order from your favorite restaurant! And what’s great is that it’ll be ready in less than 20 minutes!
Perfect Schezwan Noodles Recipe
- 3 chicken thighs skinless boneless, and thinly sliced
- 1 medium carrot cut in thin strips
- 1 medium onion cut in thin slices
- ½ red bell pepper cut in thin slices
- 1 whole spring onion chopped
- 1 ½ tablespoon schezwan sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce use low sodium
- 3 tablespoon oil
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder
- 2 cups cooked noodles of your choice
- Heat a frying pan, add the oil and when hot add the chicken. Cook the chicken until light brown patches appear.
- Keep the heat high, add the onion and carrot and sauté for one minute. And the rest of the ingredients and sauté for two minutes.
- Add the noodles and stir until well combined.
- Serve hot and sprinkle some chopped green onion for garnish.
- You can use chicken breast instead of thighs.
- Use tofu to make it vegetarian, or just use vegetables.
- Although Hakka noodles are preferred, you can go for the noodles you have on hand.
- Add more vegetables but stay away from vegetables that turn mushy quickly like zucchini.
- This post was originally posted in 2018.