Lately, I’ve been exploring Chinese cuisine in my kitchen. Did you know it’s easier and healthier too to make your own Chinese takeout? And you can do it in less time than it takes to wait for your takeout order. Healthy ingredients abound in this healthy Chinese dish made from scratch in your kitchen. My family loves when I make chicken lo mein and yours will too!
Best Lo Mein Recipe
The best lo mein recipe takes kitchen staples and pairs them with fresh ingredients for a wholesome and delicious meal. Even if you’ve never attempted making Chinese cuisine at home before, this dish is so easy you’ll be doing it weekly!
Lo Mein Ingredients
- Chicken – Use boneless skinless and slice it up as the perfect protein for your chicken lo mein recipe.
- Onion – Slice it finely.
- Garlic – Get out that garlic press and mince it.
- Carrots – Cut them matchstick style.
- Bell pepper – Use green or any color you like.
- Scallions – These should be cut to 2-inch pieces
- Lo mein egg noodles – How can you have lo mein without the noodles?!?
- Lo mein sauce recipe – You’ll make the lo mein sauce yourself using soy sauce, dark soy sauce, cornstarch, Shaoxing wine, sugar, mirin, sesame oil, and white pepper.
Easy Lo Mein Recipe
Most of these ingredients should be in your pantry and fridge already, making lo mein an easy recipe to create. It takes 20 minutes from start to finish too so even on a busy night, you can make it without breaking a sweat!
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How do you Make Lo Mein from Scratch?
You’ll take the ingredients for the sauce and put them together first. When finished, you can toss a tablespoon of it with your slices of chicken. Heat vegetable oil over high heat in a wok (or skillet) and then add the garlic and onions for about 45 seconds before adding the chicken. After a minute, add the other vegetables and cook until the chicken is cooked through. Then add your noodles, sauce, and water. Toss it together and then garnish with scallions.
Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Chicken Lo Mein
- Slice the chicken with the grain. This ensures each piece of your chicken lo mein recipe is tender and juicy.
- Replace protein the way you like! You don’t have to use chicken. You can use pork, beef, shrimp, tofu, or even just leave out the protein if you’d prefer.
- Make sure your veggies are thinly-sliced. You want them to all get soft quickly since you won’t spend much time cooking them.
What is usually in lo mein?
Lo mein noodles, garlic, onions, bell peppers, carrots, scallions and some type of protein (in this case, chicken) are used in lo mein.
Are spaghetti noodles and lo mein noodles the same?
No, although they are both long and thin. They use different ingredients.
What kind of noodles are used in lo mein?
You’ll want to use lo mein noodles which are a type of egg noodles. Look in the international section at your supermarket to find them!
What kind of noodles do Chinese restaurants use for lo mein?
Chinese restaurants use lo mein noodles which are wheat flour noodles that have egg.
How do you make lo mein noodles?
Just follow this recipe! You’ll see how easy it is to make lo mein from scratch. The lo mein noodles are easy to find in any grocery store.
What is the difference between lo mein and chow mein?
Lo mein uses the noodles tossed in the sauce while chow mein is distinctive in that the noodles are fried.
What is lo mein sauce made of?
Lo mein sauce is made with soy sauce, dark soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, cornstarch, sugar, mirin, sesame oil, and white pepper.
How do you Cook Lo Mein?
Lo mein is cooked on the stovetop. It’s super easy to achieve authentic flavor with this dish using a wok or you can use a deep skillet.
What goes well with Lo Mein?
We love having soup to start like egg drop soup or hot and sour. Eggrolls are also great, though a nice sauteed bok choy will add more greens to your meal. You can also pickle cucumbers in garlic for a quick side.
How to Store Lo Mein?
Lo mein needs to be stored in airtight containers in your fridge, should you have any leftover.
How Long Does Lo Mein Last?
After putting in your fridge, you should use any remaining lo mein up within 3 days.
Can You Freeze Lo Mein?
You bet! Put it in freezer bags and save it for another time. It makes a great quick meal!
How to Reheat Lo Mein?
Anything with noodles like lo mein is best heated slowly on the stovetop. You can use any skillet for this. Adding a little liquid can help prevent it from drying out too.
Watch How To Make Lo Mein Noodles (Video)
Homemade Lo Mein Recipe
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 tbsp garlic (minced)
- 1 onion ( finely sliced)
- 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts (sliced 1/2 inch thick)
- 3 medium carrots (cut matchstick style)
- 1 large bell pepper
- 8 scallions (cut into 2" pieces)
- 1 lb lo mein egg noodles
- 1/4 cup water
Lo Mein Sauce
- 5 tsp cornstarch
- 2 1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 2 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 1/2 tbsp shaoxing wine
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp white pepper
- First, make the lo mein sauce. Whisk together the cornstarch and dark soy sauce until smooth and then add in the remaining sauce ingredients. Take about a tablespoon of the sauce and toss with the chicken to coat evenly.
- Then, heat 2 tbsp of vegetable oil, in a wok on high heat. Once heated, stir in the garlic and onion for about 30-45 seconds. Add in the chicken, cooking for about a minute before adding in the vegetables. Cook the vegetables until the chicken has been fully cooked. Once the chicken is fully cooked, add the lo mein noodles, lo mein sauce, and water. Toss everything together thoroughly. After everything is evenly coated with the lo mein sauce, add the scallions. Serve hot, garnishing with additional scallions is optional.
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