Chicken Lo Mein is a favorite around here, and this easy homemade version is one we love! Fresh egg noodles, delicious hoisin grilled chicken and tons of tender, crisp veggies tossed in a delicious homemade lo mein sauce!

chicken lo mein in a bowl with pea shoots

What is Chicken Lo Mein?

We love Lo Mein because I love the combination of tender egg noodles, bean sprouts and lots of mixed fresh vegetables. I love to cook at home because I do love being able to add in my favorite vegetables and customize a dish to my liking! This easy Lo Mein recipe is full of flavor.

What is the Sauce Used in Lo Mein?

The Lo Mein sauce in this recipe is quick and easy to make with a few staples I keep in my fridge.  I love the flavor of hoisin, and use it to marinate the chicken so I also add it into the sauce.

If you’re not familiar with Hoisin Sauce, it’s a sweet Chinese sauce often used to glaze meats or add flavor to stir-fries or dips. It’s one of my personal favorites to drizzle on lettuce wraps, add to Stir Fries or to marinate meat before grilling (it’s an excellent chicken marinade).  You can find it in the international aisle of most grocery stores or online. If you don’t have hoisin, teriyaki sauce is a good substitute.

The ingredients are simply mixed together and simmered until thickened.

What is the difference between Lo Mein and Chow Mein?

People often confuse Chicken Lo Mein with Chow Mein.  While the dishes are very similar, one major difference is the noodles.

Lo Mein uses a soft noodle while Chow Mein uses a crispy fried noodle. Both dishes are delicious and it just boils down to personal preference. The noodles I use in this easy Lo Mein recipe are fresh egg noodles and they are often found in the produce area of your grocery store (or where the wonton wrappers are).  You can also sometimes find them in the freezer section.

chicken lo mein in a bowl


How to Make Lo Mein Your Way

The best part is that Chicken Lo Mein is very versatile!  While I use red peppers, you can add in whatever veggies are in your fridge…  broccoli, mushrooms, peppers…  pretty much anything can go into this!  Have leftover chicken?  Chop it up and use that instead of the grilled chicken for an extra quick dish!

Looking for something different? You can replace the chicken with shrimp for an amazing Shrimp Lo Mein (you’ll need to adjust the grilling time just until the shrimp is cooked through) or even use beef or lean pork in place of chicken.  The possibilities with this Lo Mein are endless!

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Chicken Lo Mein

Easy Chicken Lo Mein is a favorite fresh egg noodles, delicious hoisin grilled chicken, veggies all tossed in a delicious sauce!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
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  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ red pepper finely sliced
  • 8 oz bean sprouts
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 4 scallions chopped & divided
  • 1 package fresh egg noodles (8-10 oz. Asian style)
  • ½ cup Hoisin sauce
  • Pea Shoots (optional)



  • Pound chicken breasts to ½ inch thick. Marinate in Hoisin sauce 30 minutes (or up to 4 hours).
  • Chop scallions and set the green part aside.
  • Combine all sauce ingredients and mix well. Grill chicken over medium heat about 5 minutes each side or until cooked through. Slice diagonally.
  • Cook noodles according to package directions (mine were "boil 1 minute").
  • Heat oil in a large pan or wok over medium heat. Add scallions, ginger and garlic. Cook until fragrant (about 1 minute). Add red pepper slices and cook 1 minute.
  • Add cooked noodles, bean sprouts, sliced chicken and sauce. Stir over medium heat until sauce is thickened (about 2 minutes). Top with scallion greens and pea shoots.


Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
4.85 from 32 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 424 | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 2184mg | Potassium: 718mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 635IU | Vitamin C: 33.1mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2.6mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
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  1. I couldn’t find refrigerated lo mein noodles. So, a note to others who may need to use the dry boxed variety, my 14 oz. box, cooked 6 minutes according to the directions on the box made at least 8 CUPS of COOKED NOODLES! That’s a lot of noodles! Had I realized, I would have cooked half the box or less, since this recipe doesn’t give any conversion for dry.4 stars

  2. Hi Holly, I love your recipes! I would like to adapt this Chicken Lo Mein to vegetarian, if possible. I can get a frozen veggie chicken substitute that comes in strips and I’m wondering if I can use them? My other question is can I substitute something for oyster sauce, since I’m allergic to oysters?
    Thanks!5 stars

    1. Hi Essie, I have only made this as written. That being said, oyster sauce adds flavor and a bit of sweetness so you could try a little bit of hoisin sauce (about ⅓ of the amount called for in the recipe). I also am not very familiar with the veggie chicken substitute but I think it should work just fine. Hope that helps.

  3. Absolutely delicious recipe. I added bamboo shoots, mushrooms and crunchy chow mein noodles over top. I also used udon noodles. It was hard to tell that we didn’t order out!5 stars

  4. i made your chicken chop suey was so good and fried rice was the best i want to try making sweet and sour chicken, thanks for the best easy way to cook Chinese food we love it :) stay well be safe
    Sherry5 stars

    1. I have only made this as written. That being said, oyster sauce adds flavor and a bit of sweetness so you could try a little bit of hoisin sauce (about ⅓ of the amount called for in the recipe). Hope that helps.

  5. This recipe was perfect! I used a bit more oil to sauté the carrots I added. I also used a whole red pepper! The meal was a big hit! The Chinese restaurant I usually go to has been closed and I haven’t been able to get my fix! Lol this fit the bill!