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This Chinese noodle recipe is a favorite when we order takeout. But Chinese takeout often uses more oil than necessary, which is why I make it myself with wholesome ingredients. My family loves when I surprise them with this homemade chicken chow mein recipe. It takes no time to prepare and I know they’re eating something delicious and nutritious.

Best Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

Want to know the secret to making the best chow mein recipe? It’s beyond easy! Don’t let a different cuisine intimidate you. I’ll show you how to make authentic and tasty chow mein with ease.

Easy Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

Believe it or not, chow mein is very easy to make. It takes just 15 minutes to prep and then only 10 to cook it. That’s because your chicken will be thinly-sliced so it cooks up in  no time. Faster than you can place an order and have it delivered, you’ll have chicken chow mein on your table.

Chicken Chow Mein Ingredients

  • Thinly-sliced chicken breast – It creates the best texture when adding in a protein.
  • Green cabbage – For a crispier texture.
  • Chow mein noodles – The focus of the recipe. Look in your international food section at the supermarket for Chinese noodles!
  • Garlic – The essential aromatic.
  • Carrot – Julienne your carrot to add color and texture to your chow mein.
  • Sesame oil – You’ll use this to cook your chow mein.
  • Chow mein sauce – Make it yourself from soy sauce, oyster sauce, mirin, sugar, sesame oil, a pinch of pepper, and cornstarch.
  • Green onions – Tie the whole thing together and add pretty presentation!

I love me some chow mein!

How do you Make Chow Mein from Scratch

You’ll make the sauce first, then put the sliced chicken in a bowl with a little sauce on top to marinate it. Then make the chow mein noodles as the package specifies. Drain the noodles and set them to the side while you heat up sesame oil in your wok or deep skillet. Then add garlic until golden followed by the chicken. The carrot and cabbage go in next, followed by the noodles, sauce, and water. Toss it together to coat and then add green onions before serving. That’s it!

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Chow Mein Every Time

  • Take time to drain the noodles. You want to avoid getting too much water in the pan which will change the texture of your chow mein. Shrimp chow mein is one of my favorites!
  • Sub in any protein you wish. If you don’t eat chicken or don’t have any on-hand, you can use beef, pork, shrimp, or tofu.
  • Spice it up. Add some spice if you like it hot by using sriracha or red pepper flakes.

What is traditional chow mein?

Traditional chow mein consists of stir-fried noodles with vegetables and some kind of protein. Chicken, pork, beef, shrimp, and tofu are common protein choices for chow mein.

How to Cook Chow Mein

This chicken chow mein recipe is cooked on your stovetop. You’ll need to prepare the noodles as directed on the package and then use a wok or deep skillet to make the chow mein all together.

What is chicken chow mein made of?

Chicken chow mein is made with thinly-sliced chicken breast, shredded green cabbage, sesame oil, garlic, chow mein noodles, julienned carrot, chopped green onions, and chow mein sauce.

What is chow mein sauce made of?

To make the chow mein sauce, you need to combine soy sauce, oyster sauce, mirin, sugar, sesame oil, a pinch of pepper, and cornstarch.

How do you make chicken chow mein from scratch?

Simply follow this recipe to make chicken chow mein from scratch. You’ll make the sauce yourself while you prepare the noodles as the package directs, then cook the meat, vegetables, and add the noodles and sauce.

What kind of noodles are used in chow mein?

The noodles are called chow mein noodles. You can find them in the international section of your supermarket or an Asian specialty supermarket.

What are the best noodles to use for chow mein?

Look for the chow mein noodles in your store’s international or Asian section. You can also go to an Asian supermarket. If you have regular or thin spaghetti, that will also work in a pinch.

What are crispy chow mein noodles made of?

You can make them yourself with wonton or eggroll wrappers cut into strips and then fry them up in vegetable oil. It will make a great side dish or snack with your chow mein!

What is the difference between lo mein and chow mein?

There are three main differences when it comes to chow mein vs lo mein. With lo mein, the noodles are fatter and denser. Also, lo mein soaks up more sauce and tends to be fattier than chow mein.

What is the difference between chow mein and stir fry?

Stir-fry doesn’t always use noodles but chow mein is a noodle dish. You can have stir-fry without using noodles in the preparation.

What goes well with Chow Mein

You can make egg drop soup to start with, eggrolls, stir-fried bok choy, Asian slaw, or even make my stir-fry recipe to go with it to have a Chinese-themed dinner that will fill everyone up on healthier versions of these beloved takeout classics.

How to Store Chow Mein

Chow mein needs to be put in an airtight container in your fridge to prevent spoilage.

How Long Does Chow Mein Last?

When kept in the fridge, you can enjoy your homemade chow mein for 3 to 4 days. You can also put it in the freezer if you don’t feel like eating it before then.

Can You Freeze Chow Mein?

Absolutely! Put it in an airtight container and it will keep for 2 to 3 months.

How to Reheat Chow Mein?

From frozen, put it in the fridge the night before you want to cook it. Then heat it on the stove until warmed through. You can moisten things up with a little broth or water.

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Classic Chow Mein Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 207
This delicious classic chow mein recipe is just like the Chinese restaurants make including the chow mein sauce made from scratch! This recipe is super easy and includes lean chicken breast, tender chow mein noodles, fresh veggies, and a savory sauce.


  • 2 chicken breast (thinly sliced)
  • 3 cups green cabbage (shredded)
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic (minced)
  • 6 oz chow mein noodles
  • 1 carrot (julienned)
  • 3 green onions (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup water

Chow Mein Sauce

  • 1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp Mirin
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • pepper (pinch)


  • First, make your sauce. Whisk together the cornstarch and soy sauce, then add in the remaining sauce ingredients. Place your thinly sliced chicken breast in a large mixing bowl and pour about 1 tablespoon over the chicken, coating evenly and set aside to marinate for 10 minutes.
  • Prepare the chow mein noodles per package instructions, then drain and set aside.
  • In a large wok, heat your sesame oil on high heat. Once heated, add in the garlic and stir fry until golden brown. Once golden, add in the chicken breast and cook for about a minute. Next, add the cabbage and carrot, stir frying until the cabbage has mostly wilted. Once wilted, add in the noodles, sauce and water. Toss constantly until evenly coated. Add in your green onions, toss for an additional 30 seconds, then serve immediately.
Calories: 207kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese


Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 617mg | Potassium: 307mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1361IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

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Author Megan Miller

I’m a mom of two, food and wine lover, and recipe creation enthusiast. Good food brings families together. Which is why I’m devoted to sharing my best recipes that are simple enough for even the beginner cook that your family will love!

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