Easy Chicken Chow Mein is the take out classic you can make at home in minutes! Tender chicken, fresh veggies and chow mein noodles are tossed in a savory sauce that tastes better than your local Chinese restaurant.
One of my family’s favorite dinners is a buffet of Chinese take out…..nothing is more fun than the anticipation of waiting for dinner to arrive. Doesn’t my life sound so exciting? The one thing I found that my family just can’t get enough of is the Chicken Chow Mein, we never order enough!
The best way to conquer that issue is to make my easy Chicken Chow Mein recipe at home. I can make as little or as much as we need to feed the hungry souls that live in my house.
What is Chow Mein?
The name “chow mein” means stir-fried noodles, chow being “stir fry” and mein meaning noodles. This recipe is a soft noodle dish that contains stir-fried chicken and vegetables which are then tossed with thin rice noodles.
You can easily modify this chow mein recipe by replacing the chicken with pork, beef or tofu and mixing up the vegetables however you like!
How Do You Make Chicken Chow Mein?
This easy Chicken Chow Mein recipe takes less than 30 minutes to make and most of the time is spent cutting up the chow mein ingredients. Be sure to have everything chopped and ready to go before you begin cooking because everything cooks super fast once you get going.
- Cook and drain noodles and set aside.
- Whisk together the soy sauce, honey, rice wine, oyster sauce, and sesame oil and set aside.
- Cook chicken until cooked through. Add veggies and cook until cooked crisp tender. Stir all the ingredients with noodles and sauce, cooking until the sauce has thickened.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped green onions. Serve immediately.
Chow Mein vs Lo Mein
The difference between chicken chow mein and chicken lo mein, without getting all technical here, is primarily based on the noodle. Chow Mein as it’s known in most western Chinese restaurants is made with the wavy, thin chow mein egg noodles similar to ramen noodles. Lo Mein noodles are usually flat and much more slippery than chow mein noodles (which are most commonly coated in flour).
Both noodles are egg noodles, but you can use whatever is easy to find to make this dish and it’s still going to be the best Chicken Chow Mein you’ll ever dig your chopsticks into.
More Easy Take Out Recipes You’ll Love!
- Super Easy Szechuan Chicken – easy peasy!
- Teriyaki Chicken – kids love teriyaki!
- Chicken Pad Thai
- Singapore Chow Mei Fun with Shrimp
- Stir Fry Veggies – a fantastic side
Chicken Chow Mein
- 2 Tablespoons canola oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into bite sized pieces
- 1/2 cup matchstick cut carrots
- 1/2 cup chopped snowpeas
- 1 cup thinly sliced cabbage
- 6 ounces chow mein noodles or other thin egg noodles like ramen, cooked according to package directions.
- 1 cup chopped green onions
- 2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
Chow Mein Sauce
- 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- 2 Tablespoons oyster sauce
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons rice wine chinese cooking wine (can substitute chicken stock for the wine)
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
Heat the oil in a stir fry pan or deep skillet over high heat.
- Add the garlic to the oil and cook for 1 minute being sure not to burn the garlic.
Stir in the chicken and cook, stirring frequently, until almost cooked through. (approx. 4-5 minutes)
Push the chicken to the sides of the pan and add the vegetables to the center of the pan. Cook the vegetables until crisp, tender. (approx. 2-3 minutes).
Stir all the ingredients together in the pan to combine. Add the noodles and the Chow Mein Sauce. Toss to combine.
Top with green onions and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.
Chow Mein Sauce
In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, honey, oyster sauce, rice wine and sesame oil.
Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)