Charlie Chan Chicken Pasta – at home!

Posted by Cat Ramos

I started teaching a new class today and boy, was I tired! I took a nap as soon as I got home, and when I woke up at 7-ish, I was famished. I realized I haven’t eaten anything substantial the entire day. Let’s see…I had a can of Nescafe espresso roast (I am addicted to this stuff), 1 bar of Hello wafer, 1 scoop of gelato and water. 

I was craving for pasta and I read somewhere that it was easy to make Charlie Chan Chicken Pasta at home. 

Here is a simple recipe for Yellow Cab’s beloved pasta dish.

You will need: 

  • Cooked spaghetti, 2 servings
  • 1/4 chicken fillet, sliced into strips
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1/4 tablespoon chili-garlic sauce
  • 3/4 tablespoon sesame oil
  • Splash of rayu oil (optional)
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Peanuts
  • Cooking oil

Let’s cook!

  1. In a pan, heat oil and saute garlic and onion. 
  2. Brown chicken pieces. 
  3. In a bowl, mix together the oyster sauce, chili-garlic sauce, sesame oil, rayu oil and sugar. 
  4. Pour on chicken and simmer for about 2-3 minutes. 
  5. Add the peanuts. 
  6. Toss in cooked pasta.


  1. For a more authentic taste, add strips of shiitake. 
  2. Make sure you used ordinary peanuts, not those with adobo flavor etc. 
  3. Dry roast peanuts for better taste.
  4. Japanese rayu oil is a spicy sesame oil that I always have at home to use with instant ramen. It is perfect for this dish because I like it with a little spicy kick. 
  5. Adjust rayu oil and chili-garlice sauce according to your tolerance.


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