Easy Chicken Chow Mein

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Chow Mein is a delicious and hearty meal, made with noodles, vegetables, and some protein! Here is our take on this classic Chinese favorite takeout dish!

Enjoy this delightful dish with our other Chinese takeout favorites like the Instant Pot General Tso Chicken, Szechuan Chicken, and Moo Goo Gai Pan!

Chicken Chow Mein

Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

Chow Mein is a hearty noodle dish with a flavorful sauce, assorted vegetables, and meat, usually chicken or shrimp. It is a favorite Chinese takeout, but you do not need to order this anymore. You need not guess what goes into your noodles anymore, too, because we are sharing with you this easy recipe!

This is fairly a quick recipe with no extreme preparations required. So, you can make it anytime you want! It is especially good for weeknight dinners when you do not have much time on hand.

You can easily buy the ingredients in most grocery stores. Some of the ingredients are pantry staples even. You can prepare this dish in 30 minutes, too! It is that easy!

It is savory and the Chinese flavor profile is enhanced by the sesame oil, soy sauce, and oyster sauce. No doubt that everyone loves it — adults and kids alike.

What is chow mein?

It literally translates to “stir-fried noodles” and takes after the dishes of traditional Taishan cuisine. What remains original is the use of egg noodles for the dish.

Chicken Chow Mein

What veggies to use in chow mein?

This dish is extremely versatile as you can choose what goes into it. However, the following are the most common:

  • green onions
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • carrots
  • napa cabbage
  • bell peppers
  • snow pea
  • broccoli
  • celery
  • bean sprouts

In this recipe, we use the first 5 vegetables in the list.

How to make chicken chow mein

  • Cook the noodles:  Prepare according to package instructions.
  • Make the sauce: Combine the sauce ingredients in a separate bowl.
  • Cook the chicken strips: In a wok or deep skillet, heat up a small amount of oil and then, fry the chicken until golden brown. Remove the meat.
  • Sauté the vegetables: In the same wok, lower the heat and sauté the carrots, cabbage, bell pepper, green onions, garlic, and ginger in this order until tender. Be careful not to overcook.
  • Combine: Stir in the noodles, the chicken, and the sauce for a few minutes, then, serve.

What is the difference between chow mein and lo mein?

Both are egg noodle based dishes that have vegetables. The only difference is that lo mein is made with fresh noodles that are steamed, which in turn is softer than the chow mein’s fried noodles.

In some places and restaurants, though, these terms are loosely used interchangeably.

What is the difference between chop suey and chow mein?

Both dishes have stir-fried vegetables and meat in a sauce which are served stirred in noodles in chow mein but served over rice in chop suey.

Chop suey does not have authentic Chinese roots, too, unlike the chow mein.

Chicken Chow Mein

Is chicken chow mein healthy?

It is fairly healthy than most Chinese dishes considering that it has balance: protein from the chicken, fiber from the vegetables, and carbohydrates from the egg noodles. 

It has 275-325 calories per cup. But since it is stir-fried, it is best to keep intake in moderation.

How to store:

  • It will stay good for 3 to 4 days, just remember to refrigerate any leftover within two hours of cooking.
  • In the freezer, it can stay good for 2 to 3 months.

How to reheat:

Simply put the leftovers on a heated pan for a couple of minutes.

Chicken Chow Mein

Recipe Tips:

  • For a vegetarian version, simply swap the chicken with mushrooms and add more vegetables.
  • You can crisp up the noodles by pressing them on a heated pan.
  • You can substitute the chicken with other protein sources like tofu, tenderloin, turkey, beef, and shrimp.
  • Instead of breasts, you can also use thighs.
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5 from 7 reviews
Chicken Chow Mein
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 lb  chow mein noodles  (or yakisoba noodles)
  • 1 lb  boneless skinless chicken breasts  (sliced into 1/2-inch thick strips)
  • 2 tablespoons  vegetable oil 
  • 1 cup  red bell pepper  (thinly sliced)
  • 3 cups  napa cabbage  (thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup  matchstick carrots 
  • 1/2 cup  green onions  (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon  ginger  (minced)
  • 4  garlic cloves  (minced)

Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon  cornstarch 
  • 1/2 cup  chicken broth 
  • 1/4 cup  soy sauce  (low-sodium)
  • 3 tablespoons  oyster sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon  white granulated sugar 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  red pepper flakes 
  • 1 tablespoon  sesame oil 

Garnish:

  •  Sesame seeds 
  •  Green onions 

Instructions

  1. Prepare noodles per package directions and set aside.
  2. In the meantime, in a medium bowl whisk together all SAUCE ingredients, set aside.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok or large deep non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Once hot, add chicken (working in batches if needed) and cook 3 - 4 minutes on each side to brown. Transfer chicken strips to a plate.
  5. Reduce heat slightly add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil, add carrots and saute for 5 minutes.
  6. Add napa cabbage and bell pepper and saute 3-5 minutes, then add green onions, garlic, and ginger and saute 1 - 2 minutes longer, until veggies are all crisp-tender.
  7. Toss in noodles and chicken, then pour SAUCE mixture on top and toss to coat.
  8. Serve warm.
Calories: 470 Carbohydrates: 63 Protein: 29 Fat: 10 Saturated Fat: 4 Cholesterol: 48 Sodium: 1440 Potassium: 557 Fiber: 5 Sugar: 6 Vitamin A: 4595 Vitamin C: 47.7 Calcium: 56 Iron: 3.4
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Kristine Nicole Alessandra

Chow mein is a family favorite. I make this as often as I can because my kids always ask for it. I will try your version next time. It looks delicious too!

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Kim Seghers

This chicken chow mein looks delicious. I need to fix it for my family soon. I bet they would love this recipe!

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Lisa Favre

Chicken chow mein reminds me of my childhood. My parents have been ordering it from the same restaurant for over 25 years. Now, I just gotta try your recipe because it looks like the real deal!

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Terri Steffes

I have always wanted to make chicken chow mein, but I thought it would be more complicated than that. I will be trying this one soon!

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Rena

I love Chicken Chow Mein but I never knew how to make it for myself. This is going to be amazing!

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Sara Welch

Why order take out when I can make this from home?! This looks delicious!

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Stephanie

It turned out perfectly! Such a great recipe, thanks!

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Chrissie Baker

This sounds SO GOOD! I cannot wait to make this! Thanks for your recipe. The photos just about have me drooling.

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Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

This looks like an amazing dinner!

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Sara Welch

Served this for dinner last night and had nothing but smiling faces all around the table! Easy and delicious to boot!

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