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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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, light 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.

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Chicken Chow Mein with the Best Chow Mein Sauce

4.97 from 1078 votes
Author: Natalya Drozhzhin
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!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 8 servings
  • 1 lb chicken breast, boneless, skinless
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 12 oz chow mein noodles, (uncooked noodles)
  • 2 cups cabbage
  • 1 large carrot, julienned
  • 1/2 batch green onions
  • 2 garlic cloves

Chow Mein Sauce

  • 6 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp light sesame oil, (not toasted)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar

Instructions

  • In a small mixing bowl, use a whisk to combine oyster sauce, granulated sugar, sesame oil, soy sauce, chicken broth and cornstarch. Set aside.
  • Cook your noodles according to package instructions then drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.
  • 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.
  • Add carrots, cabbage and pressed garlic and saute for a few minutes until veggies are slightly softened and the cabbage is a bit translucent.
  • Add chicken and noodles back into the pan. Pour sauce over the top and continue cooking all the ingredients together for another 2 minutes.
  • Garnish your chow mein with chopped green onions and serve the noodles straight from the pan and piping hot!

Notes

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

Nutrition Per Serving

340kcal Calories36g Carbs19g Protein13g Fat1g Saturated Fat36mg Cholesterol914mg Sodium295mg Potassium3g Fiber3g Sugar1315IU Vitamin A8mg Vitamin C18mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Chow Mein with the Best Chow Mein Sauce
Amount per Serving
Calories
340
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
13
g
20
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Cholesterol
 
36
mg
12
%
Sodium
 
914
mg
40
%
Potassium
 
295
mg
8
%
Carbohydrates
 
36
g
12
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
19
g
38
%
Vitamin A
 
1315
IU
26
%
Vitamin C
 
8
mg
10
%
Calcium
 
18
mg
2
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: chicken chow mein, chow mein
Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 340
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  • Lisa
    June 17, 2024

    This is absolutely delicious! When we make a recipe for the first time we follow the directions as they are written. The only thing I would change is to cut the noodles in half, use 6oz. instead of 12oz. and if you like a lot of sauce, double it.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      June 17, 2024

      Thank you for the feedback, Lisa!

      Reply

  • Shawn
    June 12, 2024

    Very good. Easy to make. Kids and husband loved it. Even my one picky kid! Topped with Asian chili crisp.

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  • Cher
    June 10, 2024

    This was a great recipe! Our Monday night potluck/Bible study group chose “bring a favorite dish from your childhood -so my first thought was Chicken Chow Mein -which as a youngster meant La Choy out of the can. So I knew I could fix something better-and this was the first recipe I found! It was easy to make and I even made it gluten free! Everyone loved it! It’s now a regular dish for us!

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  • Maria Cequeira
    June 10, 2024

    On the ingredients list you have garlic but you don’t use it on the recipe

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      June 10, 2024

      Hi Maria! See step 4 in the recipe card.

      Reply

  • Angela Parekh
    June 4, 2024

    Great recipe!Super easy to make. Saved the recipe for my “easy weekday meals”.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 4, 2024

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Angela!

      Reply

  • Line G.
    May 26, 2024

    First time making this and boy it was perfectly delicious. Will only making this as per my husband’s request

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  • Betty
    May 23, 2024

    I look forward to trying this recipe.

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  • Lianne
    May 23, 2024

    Pretty good but too sweet. I would reduce sugar to 1 teaspoon vs 1 tablespoon. Also my noodles were a little slimy but maybe the brand. Otherwise very good.

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  • Ujjal Chakraborty
    May 19, 2024

    Chicken Chow Mein is like a harmonious symphony in a wok—each ingredient playing its part to create a delectable melody of flavors and textures. From the tender chicken to the crisp vegetables and perfectly sauced noodles, it’s a dish that brings comfort and satisfaction with every bite.

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  • Jacquelin
    May 17, 2024

    Amazing recipe. I wonder if you can use beef broth instead of chicken?

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    • Natasha
      May 18, 2024

      Hi Jacquelin, yes that would work fine. I hope you love the recipe!

      Reply

  • Mary Rose
    May 14, 2024

    This was so good and my children loved it so much they wanted to take left overs for school lunch that next day. Super easy to make. Saved the recipe for my “easy weekday meals”.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 15, 2024

      That’s lovely to hear! I’m happy to hear that your kids love love this recipe a lot!

      Reply

  • Norm
    May 11, 2024

    I love this recipe. I have now made it a half dozen times and even cooked it last night for my fiancee and family while visiting here in the Philippines. They had never tried Chicken Chow Mein before and loved it.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 11, 2024

      I’m so happy you loved it, Norm! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Marie Maffeo
    May 10, 2024

    I am on a restricted diet can’t wait to make but I need the cup measurement of one serving. Thanks so much I love and save all your recipes thank you Marie

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    • Natasha
      May 11, 2024

      Hi Marie, I didn’t measure this recipe in cups but I would estimate maybe 1 cup in a serving? Sorry I can’t give you a more exact measurement.

      Reply

  • Jeremy
    May 7, 2024

    It is definitely a good sauce, just a little too sweet for my taste, but that’s ME. I prefer my meals savory and my deserts sweet. All in all, this is a great recipe with plenty of room to improvise.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 7, 2024

      Thanks for your feedback, Jeremy!

      Reply

  • Adriana Gibson
    May 6, 2024

    Check the chicken broth ingredient….. Might consider removing it so that people are not making a soup

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 6, 2024

      The ingredients list is correct. The chicken broth is needed to make the sauce so that you don’t end up with very dry chow Mein and it’s only 1/2 a cup. The cornstarch will thicken the sauce to create the correct consistency.

      Reply

  • Sarah L Rigby
    May 1, 2024

    The very best Chicken chow mein I have EVER had!!! Exceptional. I have probably made it over 20 times and everyone asks for the recipe. I always nearly double the sauce as I tend to make a little more noodles and chicken than in the recipe just so we can have some the next day!!!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 1, 2024

      That’s wonderful, Sarah! Thank you for the feedback.

      Reply

  • Erich
    May 1, 2024

    This was outstanding. The sauce was incredibly good. I thought 6 tbsp of oyster sauce would be too much, but it was not. Only negative comment was cooking the chicken. It was never going to brown in all that oil. So I transferred it from the wok to a skillet without the oil. It browned nicely in just a couple of minutes.

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  • Sara
    May 1, 2024

    Can i make this without oyster sauce? Ir what can i use instead of that?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 1, 2024

      Hi Sara! I haven’t tried this, but I’m reading that by mixing soy sauce and hoisin sauce at a 1:1 ratio, the result will be close enough to oyster sauce to get you by. I hope this helps.

      Reply

  • Darlene
    April 30, 2024

    Made the recipe for my family before I rushed out to attend a meeting. I got home and it was practically all gone. I doubled the recipe and it was perfect. Will definitely make again and this recipe was super easy . Thenak you

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 30, 2024

      Thanks for sharing, Darlene! Great to hear that it was a huge hit!

      Reply

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