I’m gonna say it now: stir fry must be the most versatile meal there is. Get a pan really hot (even though mine can’t get as hot as my mom’s cast iron wok), throw in whatever meat and vegetables you want, and then work out some sort of spicy, sweet, salty sauce.
I’m not trying to say this to dissuade you from ever following a stir fry recipe (especially this one!), but I think it’s the perfect way to use up vegetable odds and ends in a cohesive dish.
And adding pineapple and lo mein noodles to it? Serious win.
I almost always add pineapple into my stir fry, but this was the first time I’d ever used noodles instead of rice. I might never go back! And the noodles cook in 4 minutes… much easier than 20+ minutes for rice!
Over the weekend, I participated in my third and final Dance Marathon at Northwestern. Dance Marathon is a year-long fundraising effort that culminates in a 30-hour, non-stop dance party with over 1,000 dancers. We raised over $1.2 million dollars this year, with over $700,000 going to the primary beneficiary, The Danny Did Foundation.
Why am I mentioning this? Well, I was on the food committee (obviously), and at the end of the event, we are allowed to take home whatever random assortment of food is left over. The rest gets donated to charity.
What did I bring home? A pineapple! And the red pepper, too!
So in the end, Dance Marathon, one of my favorite things about Northwestern, was the inspiration for this recipe. And the song? They play it after revealing the final total at the end of the event, bringing everyone to tears. The best, most fulfilling tears anyone can cry.
Boil water in a medium pot for the lo mein noodles. Cook the noodles according to package directions. The brand I use only takes 5 minutes to cook, so I started them right before adding the pineapple to the stir fry.
In a wok or large pot over high heat, heat the canola oil. Add the chicken and brown on all sides. Remove the chicken and set aside.
Add the onion, carrots, celery, and bell pepper to the large pot over high heat. Cook, stirring a few times, until onions and peppers are browned and beginning to soften. Add the pineapple and green onion and cook until everything is browned and tender. Add the chicken, noodles, and sauce and stir well to coat everything. Cook until the chicken is heated through and the sauce is thickened. Top with extra green onions and enjoy!