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Chicken Chow Mein with Best Chow Mein Sauce!

Chicken chow mein is probably already one of your favorite Chinese takeout dishes. This one-pan dinner is so satisfying with chicken, vegetables, classic chow mein noodles, and the best homemade chow mein sauce. Also, it’s way healthier than ordering takeout.

A dish with Chicken Chow Mein

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Hi there! My name is Natalya and I run the blog Momsdish. If you already follow me, you know I can’t get enough of easy meals that require simple ingredients and minimal clean-up. I can’t wait to share this recipe for chicken chow mein with you because it hits all the marks!

Chicken Chow Mein

Chow mein is a traditional Chinese dish made with egg noodles and stir-fried veggies. We love adding a protein and our favorite is chicken, but you can try different meat or tofu. This dish is pan-fried so the noodles get a nice crisp to them and then tossed in a yummy sauce. Chow mein is perfect for those nights when you don’t want to dirty too many pans or make a big mess of the kitchen. 

Chow mein gets its signature flavor from the thick, dark homemade sauce the noodles are tossed with. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and salty and makes putting down your chopsticks absolutely impossible. 

Chow mein with chicken and vegetables close up in pan

Ingredients for Chow Mein:

  • Chow Mein Noodles: Chow mein noodles are made with wheat and egg. They are very similar to Italian pasta noodles and have a wonderful bite to them. Most grocery stores carry dry chow mein noodles in the Asian aisle. But, if you are lucky, you will find pre-cooked chow mein noodles in the refrigerated section that can be thrown straight into your pan.
  • Vegetables: Carrots, cabbage, green onions, and bean sprouts are the perfect combination of veggies to use for chow mein. However, they can easily be replaced with other veggies like bok choy, celery, broccoli, spinach, kale or baby corn. Feel free to get creative and use what you like or whatever you have hanging around in your fridge! 
  • Meats: Great quality chicken breasts are your best bet for slicing into chow mein-ready strips. If you like, feel free to swap chicken out for beef, shrimp or pork. 
    • Hot tip: Hosting vegetarians also? Use vegetable broth and set some of your noodles aside to toss them with cubes of baked tofu. 

Ingredients for the chicken chow mein.

The BEST Chow Mein Sauce:

The homemade chow mein sauce is amazing in this recipe! Combine soy sauce, sesame oil, oyster sauce, granulated sugar, cornstarch, and chicken broth to make the signature sweet and savory sauce that makes chow mein taste authentic.

Chow mein sauce process, two bowls next to each other.

How to Make Chow Mein:

  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine ingredients for chow mein sauce: oyster sauce, sesame oil, soy sauce, chicken broth, and cornstarch. Set aside. 
  2. Cook noodles according to package instructions, set aside. 
  3. Heat a large wok or pan. Add a bit of oil to the pan and cook chicken until it’s golden brown. Remove chicken and set aside.
  4. Add carrots, cabbage and pressed garlic and saute for a few minutes until veggies are slightly softened. 
  5. Add chicken back to the pan, followed by cooked noodles and pour the sauce right on top. Cook for about 2 minutes, distributing all that saucy goodness around evenly.
  6. Add chopped green onions and remove from the heat. Serve hot!

Step by step photos of making chicken chow mein.

We love recreating popular takeout recipes. Noodles are king in Chinese cooking! This Homemade Chow Mein Recipe is simple to make and oh-so-satisfying, these stir-fried noodles are sure to become a part of your weeknight dinner rotation. 

Chicken chow mein in a pan.

More Quick Asian Recipes

Chicken Chow Mein with the Best Chow Mein Sauce

4.93 from 13 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Chicken Chow Mein recipe in skillet with noodles, vegetables and homemade chow mein sauce

Chicken chow mein is so much better than takeout! It is filled with chicken, veggies, classic chow mein noodles and the best homemade chow mein sauce. You will love this one pan dinner!

Author: Natalya Drozhzhin
Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost to Make: $12-$18
Keyword: chicken chow mein, chow mein
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Course: Main Course
Calories: 341 kcal
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken breast boneless, skinless
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 12 oz chow mein noodles (uncooked noodles)
  • 2 cups cabbage
  • 1 large carrot shredded
  • 1/2 batch green onions
  • 2 garlic cloves

Chow Mein Sauce

Instructions

  1. In a small mixing bowl, use a whisk to combine oyster sauce, granulated sugar, sesame oil, soy sauce, chicken broth and cornstarch. Set aside.

  2. Cook your noodles according to package instructions then drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.

  3. Heat a large wok or pan with olive oil over medium-heat. Cut your chicken breasts into bite-sized strips and cook them in the oil until golden brown. Remove strips and set aside.

  4. Add carrots, cabbage and pressed garlic and saute for a few minutes until veggies are slightly softened and the cabbage is a bit translucent.

  5. Add chicken and noodles back into the pan. Pour sauce over the top and continue cooking all the ingredients together for another 2 minutes.

  6. Garnish your chow mein with chopped green onions and serve the noodles straight from the pan and piping hot!

Recipe Notes

Note: When using cooked Chow Mein Noodles, it should measure to about 1lb.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Chow Mein with the Best Chow Mein Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 341 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 1091mg47%
Potassium 298mg9%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 1315IU26%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya is a food blogger who founded Momsdish.com to make cooking easier. Growing up on a farm in Ukraine, Natalya was inspired by the amazing dishes that were prepared using simple ingredients. Natalya is most notably known for making cooking approachable for any person.

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  • Helen
    April 2, 2020

    Love your recipes.do you have a
    Book. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 2, 2020

      You’re so nice! I do not have a book at this time but we have one in the works. Stay tuned! Reply

  • Vel
    March 30, 2020

    This was amazingly easy to make and so good! Will definitely make this again, and again. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 30, 2020

      That’s so great! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe! Reply

  • Joann Fedderly
    March 27, 2020

    Hi Natasha, my husband is allergic to sesame. What could I use instead of sesame oil? Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 27, 2020

      Hi Joann, I haven’t personally tried a different oil but the usual substitutes are Olive oil, Perilla oil or avocado oil. Please share with us how it goes if you do an experiment. Reply

  • Maria
    March 25, 2020

    Excellent! Followed the recipe, and very easy to make! Delicious. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 25, 2020

      Thanks for your wonderful review! Reply

  • Lana
    March 25, 2020

    EXCELLENT recipe! The teenager in our house ate HALF of it herself in one sitting. And that’s a picky teen who claimed she didn’t like vegetables. Ha! Our toddlers couldn’t get enough of it either. Thank you for sharing! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 25, 2020

      Sounds like you found a new favorite Lana! Thank you for that awesome feedback. Reply

  • Varvara
    March 25, 2020

    Amazing dish! My husband and I really enjoyed it. Will definitely make more in the future Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 25, 2020

      That’s so great, Varvara! Thank you for that awesome review! Reply

  • Luda Khomich
    March 25, 2020

    I’m in love with this dish. I had broccoli that I wanted to use up that I had in the refrigerator and it turned out delicious. Every one in the family loved it so much that they keep asking it again for it.
    Thank u very much for sharing. Keep them coming!👌❤ Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 25, 2020

      Sounds like they found their favorite dish! Thanks for sharing that with me and for giving a an awesome review! Reply

  • FRANCISCA RIVERA
    March 24, 2020

    Natashas: I love your recipe and following you on Face Book you are so sweet and funny I really enjoy watching you. Thank you so much I love to cook,but sometime I just don’t know what to make I really like your desserts to thanks again Frances. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 24, 2020

      You’re so nice! Thank you! I’m so glad to hear you’re enjoying our recipes! Reply

  • Debbie
    March 22, 2020

    Hi Natasha and Natalya.
    Thank you for another great recipe ! I only had purple cabbage on hand and knowing that its a really bad time to go shopping i used it. The chow mein came out really pretty with the purple cabbage, orange carrots and green onion. Will definitely be making this again. Thanks again and stay safe ! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 22, 2020

      Hello Debbie! I’m happy to hear that even with limited stocks you were able to make this work. Thanks for the great feedback! Reply

  • Colleen V
    March 22, 2020

    I fed a family of 5 adults foodies with this recipes and IT’S A KEEPER! We all have very happy tummies! I added frozen peas and used spaghetti noodles/ pasta because I did not have rec. chow mein noodles. It worked out beautifully! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 23, 2020

      That is awesome! So glad that your alternative ingredients worked great! Reply

  • Olga
    March 20, 2020

    I just made this and it was a hit! Thank you for such an easy and delicious recipe! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 21, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Olga! Reply

  • Yuliya
    March 20, 2020

    This looks delish. Can you substitute oyster sauce with anything else? Definitely will be making this! Reply

    • Natasha
      March 21, 2020

      Hi Yuliya, the oyster sauce will give you the most authentic flavor but most people would substitute oyster sauce with soy sauce, so I would suggest adding soy sauce to taste. It will taste better if you mix equal parts of soy sauce and hoisin sauce to get that sweet and salty flavor you are looking for here. Reply

  • Olga
    March 19, 2020

    Looks,delicious! I made this recipe from valentine’s corner, except she doesn’t have cabbage in it, my little family loved it. Sure is easy to make & fast meal prep. Definitely on my meal plane. My kids love helping me chop things or peel things,6 yrs old,4 yrs special now we had a baby boy,they sure help me alot with everything around the house aswell. Thanks ,so much for sharing recipes with us!! God bless,u & your family in this hard struggle times. We have complete peace in our hearts,God will never forget or leave His children. ☺👍💖🙏 by the way,u should try her chicken wings, boy they were good! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 20, 2020

      Thank you for your touching and nice feedback, Olga. I’m so happy to know that you’re spending quality time with your kids. Everything will be okay soon! Reply

  • Marsha Roberts
    March 19, 2020

    Delicious!! A new family favourite!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 19, 2020

      That’s just awesome, Marsha! Isn’t the flavor amazing? We love this recipe also. Reply

  • Doris Poehler
    March 19, 2020

    My son who is a chef always would add about a Tbsp. of molasses to any stir-dish. Always wonderful. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 19, 2020

      Good to know that, Doris. Thanks for the tip! Reply

  • Ida Meyer
    March 19, 2020

    The Chow Mein recipe calls for the garlic in the sauce AND in the veggie mixture. Which is it? And no mention of the sugar being added to sauce ingredients in one of the instructions. When does the sugar go in? Also, no mention of how the veggies should be chopped . Reply

    • Natasha
      March 19, 2020

      Hi Ida, I apologize we missed that. We have updated the chow mein recipe to clarify your questions. Thank you for bringing that to our attention. Reply

  • Sean
    March 19, 2020

    Made it last night. Turned out great, even the kids complimented. One thing in the process that came up was the chicken. Quite a bit of water came out while cooking. I had to strain and return to the pan to brown. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 19, 2020

      That is the best when kids love what we parents make. That’s so great! Reply

  • Carolyn Seidl
    March 19, 2020

    Chow Mein is my FAVE! this is such a perfectly simple recipe with just right flavors and veggies. Thank you so much! I might go hog wild and add a little red sweet pepper for color—or maybe I’ll just keep it perfectly simple and easy. I have read so many Chow Mein recipes, but this one is the bomb! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 19, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Carolyn! Reply

  • DebW
    March 18, 2020

    Very tasty! I subbed shrimp for the chicken and added sliced onion instead of green onions. I like the cabbage and carrot combination and there is lots of leftovers for lunch tomorrow! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 19, 2020

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me. Reply

  • Jon Paquette
    March 18, 2020

    Absolutely delicious! We had this tonight and there were no leftovers. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 18, 2020

      I’m glad you enjoyed dinner! Reply

  • Katie
    March 18, 2020

    Looks super good! Can’t wait to try it. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 18, 2020

      The flavor is AMAZING! I hope you love it! Reply

  • Kimberly
    March 18, 2020

    This looks sooooo yummy, I’m adding it to my meal plan for later this week! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 18, 2020

      I hope you love this recipe, Kimberly! We look forward to your feedback. Reply

  • Katie
    March 18, 2020

    Okay, this looks seriously incredible! We love chow mein, so I am SO excited to try this recipe! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 18, 2020

      I can’t wait for you to try this one, Katie! I’m sure you’ll love it. Reply

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