Chicken Lo Mein

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

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What is Chicken Lo Mein?

I love Chinese takeout, it’s one of my all time favorites.  I always load up on Sweet and Sour Chicken and my favorite fried rice.  In my opinion, no takeout meal would be complete without a delicious Chinese noodle dish like Lo Mein.

We always opt for Lo Mein because I love the combination of tender egg noodles, bean sprouts and lots of mixed fresh vegetables. As much as I love takeout, I prefer to make Lo Mein at home because, not only does it taste better, I love being able to add in my favorite vegetables! And 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 Asian aisle of most grocery stores or online at Amazon. 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 Asian style 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.

lo mein tossed with chicken and veggies


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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Review Recipe

Chicken Lo Mein

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Easy Chicken Lo Mein is a favorite around here and this easy homemade version is even better than takeout! A simple dish loaded with fresh egg noodles, delicious hoisin grilled chicken, veggies all tossed in a delicious Asian sauce!


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 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)
  • 1/2 cup Hoisin sauce
  • Pea Shoots (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth (we use low sodium)
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Hoisin Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Oyster Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 4 teaspoons corn starch

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  1. Pound chicken breasts to 1/2 inch thick. Marinate in Hoisin sauce 30 minutes (or up to 4 hours).
  2. Chop scallions and set the green part aside.
  3. Combine all sauce ingredients and mix well. Grill chicken over medium heat about 5 minutes each side or until cooked through. Slice diagonally.
  4. Cook noodles according to package directions (mine were "boil 1 minute").
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 424, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 94mg, Sodium: 2184mg, Potassium: 718mg, Carbohydrates: 46g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 15g, Protein: 33g, Vitamin A: 12.7%, Vitamin C: 40.1%, Calcium: 5.6%, Iron: 14.3%

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

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If you love take out you are definitely going to love this easy Chicken Lo Mein recipe! It's easy to make and tastes so much better than restaurant Lo Mein!

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  1. I have made this several times and it’s always a hit with my family. I omit the bean sprouts and use a whole red pepper. Yum!!

    1. You can leave them out if you prefer. I like them for a little bit of freshness and the bean sprouts add a bit of crunch.

  2. This was amazing! Made it with broccoli, orange peppers, chicken thighs, and angel hair pasta because that is what I had. So much flavor. Will be making this again and again!

  3. This is a great recipe. I’ve made it twice now when craving takeout. It’s better than takeout! My husband and kids love it. I put less sesame oil and extra ginger because that’s what we like and it’s delicious.

  4. This is a phenomenal recipe! I used boneless thighs, which I prefer and I added some sauteed mushrooms (on my hubby’s cuz he loves them) Otherwise I followed this recipe to a “T”. I’ll be making this regularly! It was so-o easy and quick! I cooked my chicken out on my gas grill so, no pan there! I did my mushrooms first and removed them from the pan and completed the rest of the recipe in the same pan. I highly recommend this recipe, even for beginner cooks, it’s that easy!

  5. Very good. I substituted green cabbage, that I stir fried with the garlic, pepper and scallion, for the bean sprouts.

    1. Hoisin really adds a lot of flavor to this recipe so leaving it out would definitely change the flavor profile. You could try substituting black bean sauce or brown bean sauce.

    1. As the noodles are precooked I do think any type of noodle would work in this dish. I would suggest a thinner noodle and be sure not to rinse the noodles so the starch will pick up the sauce.

  6. Can you omit the oyster sauce or use something different? Would love to make this but I have a seafood allergy.

    1. As the noodles are precooked I do think any type of noodle would work in this dish. I would suggest a thinner noodle and be sure not to rinse the noodles so the starch will pick up the sauce.

    1. They are refrigerated but not with the pasta. I find them near the produce area where the won ton wrappers and the tofu are. They’re called fresh Chow Mein noodles. I hope that helps!

    1. In this recipe sesame oil is included for flavor. While most light oils will work in place of sesame oil in most recipes, they won’t duplicate the flavor so in this case I would just leave the oil out.

  7. I made this recipe for dinner tonight, and oh my goodness, was it ever good! I only used three cloves of garlic instead of four and I added snow peas. This recipe is a definite keeper !!!

  8. I have a food saver and wondered can you make this sauce ahead and freeze then prep the main ingredients and freeze for ready made meals??

  9. Thank you so much for sharing your post with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. It does add a great flavor. If you dont have oyster sauce on hand, you can substitute it with extra soy sauce! Enjoy!

  10. Oh wow! I had to pin to try this weekend! These photos are amazing and I am drooling because I want to taste this!

  11. That looks great! I’m always intimidated by Chinese dishes. This looks really easy and delicious. Thanks for sharing. ;-D

  12. I made this tonight for my husband (who is Korean) and 3 kids. Raves all around! Very easy and restaurant quality – we will be making this again, next time for company!