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Chicken Chow Mein

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This easy Chicken Chow Mein recipe is way better than takeout! Learn how to make this quick and delicious meal at home using strips of chicken, snow peas, carrots, bean sprouts, lo mein noodles, and a quick sauce.

Looking down on chicken, noodles, snow peas, and shredded carrots in a large black bowl.

Chicken Chow Mein is perfect for any night of the week. It is really simple to prepare and you can vary the vegetables to suit your family’s tastes. I have added snow peas per Princess Cassi’s request. You can add shiitake mushrooms, red bell pepper, cabbage, or whatever vegetables that you have on hand.

Chicken Chow Mein ingredients

Chow Mein Sauce

  • Soy Sauce or Tamari mixed with cornstarch, oyster sauce, mirin or Chinese cooking wine, sugar (brown or granulated), white pepper, and sesame oil.

Chicken Chow Mein

  • Minced garlic and fresh ginger cooked in light peanut, canola, or safflower oil.
  • Snow peas, shredded carrots, green onions, and bean sprouts.
  • Lo Mein Noodles or Chow Mein Noodles. They are uncooked and separated into bundles with paper bands. They are not the crunchy chow mein noodles used in Asian salads!
  • Chicken thighs or breasts cut into thin strips.
  • Water to thin the sauce if needed.
  • Optional toppings – toasted sesame seeds, diced green onions, crushed red pepper flakes.

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👩🏻‍🍳 How to make Chicken Chow Mein

Sauce:

Whisk the cornstarch and soy sauce together in a small bowl, then mix in the oyster sauce, Mirin/Chinese cooking wine, sugar, sesame oil, and white pepper. Set aside.

Chow mein sauce in a small bowl.

Chicken:

Place the strips of chicken in a bowl. Add one tablespoon of sauce and toss to coat. Set aside to marinate for 10 minutes.

Strips of chicken in a small bowl mixed with sauce. cookingwithcurls.com

Noodles:

Cook noodles in boiling water according to package directions (mine said 5 to 6 minutes). Rinse with cold water, drain, and set aside.

Directions:

Heat wok or large skillet over HIGH heat. Add the garlic and ginger and stir fry for 10 to 15 seconds until fragrant – do not let them burn.

Oil, ginger, and garlic in a wok.

Add the chicken and stir-fry until lightly browned not not fully cooked, about 2 to 3 minutes.

Chicken strips, oil, ginger, and garlic in a wok.

Next, add the snow peas, shredded carrots, and white parts of the green onions. (and mushrooms if using). Cook until crisp tender, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Snow peas, green onion, and shredded carrots added to the wok.

Add the noodles, bean sprouts, tops of the green onions, sauce, (and water if needed). Toss to coat and stir fry for one minute, until the bean sprouts start to wilt.

Bean sprouts, green onion tops, and noodles added to the wok.

Remove from heat and serve immediately.

Close-up image of noodles, chicken strips, snow peas, and shredded carrots in a large bowl.

🔷 Recipes Notes & Tips

  • If you like your food spicy, add some chili pepper flakes or sriracha sauce to give it a kick. Our Sagittarius friends are fire signs, so they like things hot and spicy!

🍜 Chicken Chow Mein vs Lo Mein

These two terms seem to be interchangeable with the most notable difference being that Lo Mein is a saucy dish and Chow Mein is drier without a lot of sauce.

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Chicken Chow Mein

This easy Chicken Chow Mein recipe is way better than takeout! Make this quick and delicious meal at home using strips of chicken, snow peas, carrots, bean sprouts, noodles, and a quick sauce.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: chicken noodle recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 404kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Equipment

  • Wok

Ingredients

Chow Mein Sauce

  • 1.5 tablespoons soy sauce or gluten-free Tamari
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1.5 tablespoons Mirin or Chinese cooking wine if you can find it
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoon sugar brown or granulated
  • white pepper to taste – can substitute black pepper

Chicken Stir Fry

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil or canola oil
  • 3 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger minced
  • .75 pounds chicken breasts or thighs boneless, skinless, cut into thin strips
  • 3 green onions – green and white parts cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup snow peas ends cut off
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1.5 cups bean sprouts
  • 6 ounce package lo mein noodles cooked, rinsed, and drained
  • .25 cup water if needed to thin sauce
  • toasted sesame seeds to garnish

Instructions

Sauce

  • Whisk the cornstarch and soy sauce together in a small bowl, then mix in the oyster sauce, Mirin/Chinese cooking wine, sugar, sesame oil, and white pepper. Set aside.

Chicken

  • Place the strips of chicken in a bowl. Add one tablespoon of sauce and toss to coat. Set aside to marinate for 10 minutes.

Noodles

  • Cook noodles in boiling water according to package directions (mine said 5 to 6 minutes). Rinse with cold water, drain, and set aside.

Directions

  • Heat wok or large skillet over HIGH heat. Add the garlic and ginger and stir fry for 10 to 15 seconds until fragrant – do not let them burn.
  • Add the chicken and stir-fry until lightly browned not not fully cooked, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Next, add the snow peas, shredded carrots, and white parts of the green onions. (and mushrooms if using). Cook until crisp tender, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add the noodles, bean sprouts, tops of the green onions, sauce, (and water if needed). Toss to coat and stir fry for one minute, until the bean sprouts start to wilt.
  • Remove from heat and serve immediately. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and additional green onions if desired.

Notes

  • If you like your food spicy, add crushed chili pepper flakes or sriracha sauce to give it a kick. 
  • You can also add sliced shiitake mushrooms and/or half of a red bell pepper cut into thin strips. Use whatever vegetables you have on hand.
  • Lo Mein Noodles are uncooked and wrapped with paper bands. They are not the crunchy chow mein noodles used in Asian salads.

Nutrition

Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 872mg | Potassium: 420mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 5767IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg

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8 Comments

  1. I’m loving this meal, Lisa!! I love the photo of the meal out in the snow. 😉 Totally can’t wait for the almond cookie finish!! Thanks for sharing and pinning! Hope you have a great Wednesday!

  2. Mmmm, my family loves chicken chow mein and I can’t wait for your almond cookie recipe! Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. I look forward to seeing you next week.

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