The Most Delicious Chicken Yok Recipe

Last Updated on May 3, 2022

If you’ve come for our Chicken Yok Recipe, you’ve come to the right place! 

A yok Soul food recipe, Chicken Yok is an innovative combination of Soul food and Chinese ties, also known as “yak” or “yock”. African-American terminology will often refer to Chicken Yok as “low-rent lo mein” or “Seventh Ward mein”. The soup-based dish is popular in areas like Virginia and New Orleans, its ethnic and flavorful profile is a featured selection on many menus in these areas. 

Learn what all the hype is about by trying out our very own Chicken Yok Recipe that highlights flavorful broth, Creole-seasoned chicken, slurpable Lo Mein noodles, and soulful flavor!

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Side Options To Serve With Chicken Yok

Cornbread

Cornbread can go with just about everything, Chicken Yok included. The savory sweetness of this warm, soft homemade cornbread is one that empowers the Soul powered flavor of Chicken Yok. 

A Southern-made recipe, cornbread is a traditional pairing that is always recommended to be made homemade and fresh rather than from a box. But no worries, if you don’t have the time to make homemade cornbread, buy that box and get to mixing!

Southern Cabbage

The power of veggies is a boisterous one! It’s no wonder cabbage can be made and added to such a wide variety of dishes with its palpable diversity and enhancement to recipes of all sorts.

To make Southern cabbage simply boil one head of cabbage in 2 cups of chicken broth along with salt, pepper, and if desired some Creole, Old Bay, or Cajun seasoning. Once done, you have yourself some delicious Southern Cabbage to be paired with our favorite Chicken Yok recipe! 

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Other Options For Yok Recipes

Meat

Traditionally there are a few popular meat options other than chicken, as a way to switch it up with yok. These include pork and beef, though other options can include shrimp and oxtail as an innovative twist!

Additives

Soy sauce is a common additive in yok recipes, used as a topping or garnish for added flavor. The same as garlic, which is often used to help flavor the dish.

Another additive to consider is sesame oil. This ingredient has a powerful taste and can greatly enhance the flavor of Yok dishes. 

What You Will Need To Make Chicken Yok Recipe

This Chicken Yok Recipe is one for the books! Its powerful warm and flavorful broth combined with high-protein chicken, yummy seasoning onions and bell peppers, carb-filled Lo Mein noodles, and appetizing garnishes like boiled eggs, makes for a delightful treat. 

 What are Yok noodles made of?

Ingredients: 

  • 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 Teaspoon Creole Seasoning (Or Chicken Seasoning)
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 2 Bags Lo Mein Noodles
  • 4 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 Teaspoons Chicken Bouillon
  • 1 Pound Chicken Thighs
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Whole Onion (Medium)
  • ¼ Cup Green Onions (To Garnish)
  • 2-3 Boiled Eggs (To Garnish)
  • Soy Sauce (Topping)
  • Ketchup (Topping
  • Hot Sauce (Topping)

Equipment:

  • Measuring Utensils
  • Measuring Cup
  • Small Pot + Lid
  • Cutting Board
  • Chef’s Knife
  • Wok 
  • Small Bowl

 What is Chinese YOCK?

Step By Step Instructions To Make Chicken Yok Recipe

Step 1: Prepare The Vegetables

Using the cutting board, julienne the vegetables, including the onion and bell peppers. Set aside.

Step 2: Prepare The Chicken

Next, prepare the chicken. Trim the fat off of the chicken before cutting it into long even strips. 

Step 3: Heat The Wok

Drizzle olive oil into the wok, setting the burner to medium-high heat. Once the olive oil starts to sizzle, add in the chicken thighs. Season the chicken with salt and Creole seasoning. If not able to find Creole seasoning, Chicken seasoning is applicable as well. 

Step 4: Boil The Eggs

While the chicken is cooking, it’s time to boil the eggs. Place the uncooked eggs in the small pot, adding cold water. The water should cover the eggs by at least one inch. 

Set the small pot on a burner, setting the burner on high to bring the pot’s contents to a boil. Once the contents are brought to a boil, cover the pot and turn the burner off. After 9 minutes remove the eggs from the pot and place them in a bowl of ice water. Allow the eggs to sit in the cold water for 10-15 minutes before removing the shells. 

Step 5: Add In The Vegetables

The chicken should be cooking on both sides, starting to brown. It’s now time to add in the julienned onion and bell peppers along with the minced garlic.

Step 6: Boil The Lo Mein Noodles

If the eggs are done, use the same pot to cook the Lo Mein noodles. Follow the cooking instructions on the box. Cook the noodles al dente.

Step 7: Make The Soup Base

The chicken should be done cooking now, reaching an internal temperature of 165 F. In the wok containing the chicken and vegetables, add the chicken broth, Creole seasoning, salt, pepper, water, and chicken bouillon. Stir. Allow the soup base to simmer for 5-10 minutes. So as not to overcook, add in the cooked Lo Mein noodles once done simmering. Turn off the heat. 

Step 8: Plate And Enjoy!

Plate the Chicken Yok, adding the boiled egg and chopped green onion to garnish. The ketchup, soy sauce, and hot sauce are all topping used to garnish. The amount added to each depends on the individual’s tastes. Enjoy! 

Tips and Tricks

Other noodle variations for Chicken Yok include spaghetti and ramen. Neither contains egg so if you’re looking for an egg-free variation, then substitute one of these selections for the Lo Mein noodles and remove the boiled egg garnish! 

Servings And Preparation Time

Preparation Time  Cook Time Servings
5-10 Minutes 20-30 Minutes  2-4

Conclusion

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FAQs

What is Yok made of?

Yok concists of chicken (usually), noodles, ketshup, soy sauce, and other flavorful additives for one powerfully tasty dish!

How to make chicken yok?

For along with our delectable recipe for Chicken Yok!

What are Yok noodles made of?

There are a variety of noodle selections used in Yok recipes. Ramen, Lo Mein, and spaghetti noodles being the most common. Lo Mein noodles contain eggs, while ramen and spaghetti noodles do not.

What is Chinese YOCK?

It is a soup-based dish with broth, chicken, noodles, and other garnishes.

What is Yok Virginia?

In Tidewater, Virginia, yock or "yok" is a popular soul-based dish that combines soy sauce, ketchup, noodles, and usually chicken in one flavorful dish!

Chicken Yok Recipe

Chicken Yok Recipe

Ania's Vibrant Kitchen
This Chicken Yok Recipe is one for the books! Its powerful warm and flavorful broth combined with high-protein chicken, yummy seasoning onions and bell peppers, carb-filled Lo Mein noodles, and appetizing garnishes like boiled eggs, makes for a delightful treat. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Measuring Utensils
  • Measuring Cup
  • Small Pot + Lid
  • Cutting Board
  • Chef’s Knife
  • Wok
  • Small Bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 Teaspoon Creole Seasoning Or Chicken Seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 2 Bags Lo Mein Noodles
  • 4 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 Teaspoons Chicken Bouillon
  • 1 Pound Chicken Thighs
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Whole Onion Medium
  • ¼ Cup Green Onions To Garnish
  • 2-3 Boiled Eggs To Garnish
  • Soy Sauce Topping
  • Ketchup (Topping
  • Hot Sauce Topping

Instructions
 

  • Using the cutting board, julienne the vegetables, including the onion and bell peppers. Set aside.
  • Next, prepare the chicken. Trim the fat off of the chicken before cutting it into long even strips.
  • Drizzle olive oil into the wok, setting the burner to medium-high heat. Once the olive oil starts to sizzle, add in the chicken thighs. Season the chicken with salt and Creole seasoning. If not able to find Creole seasoning, Chicken seasoning is applicable as well.
  • While the chicken is cooking, it’s time to boil the eggs. Place the uncooked eggs in the small pot, adding cold water. The water should cover the eggs by at least one inch.
  • Set the small pot on a burner, setting the burner on high to bring the pot’s contents to a boil. Once the contents are brought to a boil, cover the pot and turn the burner off. After 9 minutes remove the eggs from the pot and place them in a bowl of ice water. Allow the eggs to sit in the cold water for 10-15 minutes before removing the shells.
  • The chicken should be cooking on both sides, starting to brown. It’s now time to add in the julienned onion and bell peppers along with the minced garlic.
  • If the eggs are done, use the same pot to cook the Lo Mein noodles. Follow the cooking instructions on the box. Cook the noodles al dente.
  • The chicken should be done cooking now, reaching an internal temperature of 165 F. In the wok containing the chicken and vegetables, add the chicken broth, Creole seasoning, salt, pepper, water, and chicken bouillon. Stir. Allow the soup base to simmer for 5-10 minutes. So as not to overcook, add in the cooked Lo Mein noodles once done simmering. Turn off the heat.
  • Plate the Chicken Yok, adding the boiled egg and chopped green onion to garnish. The ketchup, soy sauce, and hot sauce are all topping used to garnish. The amount added to each depends on the individual’s tastes. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Other noodle variations for Chicken Yok include spaghetti and ramen. Neither contains egg so if you’re looking for an egg-free variation, then substitute one of these selections for the Lo Mein noodles and remove the boiled egg garnish!