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Chicken Chow Mein (Saucy like the takeaway!)

This easy Chicken Chow Mein recipe is like the takeaway that you order in your favorite Chinese restaurant. Saucy and so flavorful with lots of vegetables. It’s perfect for lunch or a weeknight dinner. Chicken Chow Mein like takeout

Chow Mein vs Lo Mein

So before we make chicken chow mien, let’s talk about the difference between chow mien and lo mein. In Chinese language, “chow” means fried, “lo” means mixed, and “mein” means noodles. The difference is the preparation of the noodles and they are cooked differently. The Chow Mein noodles are fried then the meat and vegetables with the sauce are added to the noodles. Lo Mein noodles are added and tossed to the stir-fried vegetables along with the cooked meat and sauce. chicken chow mein with stir fry sauce

Both dishes use egg noodles. However, some chow mein noodles don’t contain eggs. The kind of noodles that are usually used for cooking Chow Mein is made of dry or fresh noodles. The noodles that are typically used for Lo Mien are the bouncy fresh yellow egg noodles and a bit thicker than the chow mien noodles.

Chicken Chow Mein Ingredients

Chicken Chow Mien IngredientsSauce for Chow Mein: Soy sauce (combination of light and dark soy sauce for best flavor), oyster sauce, sesame oil, Shaoxing wine, sugar, & ginger (optional). If using may use fresh grated ginger or ginger powder.

Meat: Chicken breast or chicken thighs. Alternatively, you may add shrimp or any seafood or meat you like.

Chow Mein Noodles: You may use any type of Chow Mien noodles available to you. Ramen noodles will work too.Fresh chow mein noodles I used fresh pre-cooked chow mein noodles that you can find in Asian stores and most grocery stores in the dairy section. It’s easy to prepare, just rinse with warm water and drain. The dry crinkly Chow Mein noodles that I used for my Vegetarian Chow Mein recipe are also a great alternative. Dry Chow mein noodlesVegetables: Cabbage, carrot, celery, snow peas, cauliflower, broccoli, or any vegetable you have. Feel free to swap or add vegetables you like. For the aromatics: garlic & onion.

How to make Chicken Chow Mein

Step 1. Make the stir-fry sauce. In a small bowl or mason jar, add soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, Shaoxing wine, sugar, & grated ginger. Mix until blended.

Step 2. Velveting the Chicken. Slice the chicken and season with salt and pepper in a bowl. Add a couple of tablespoons of slurry (cornstarch and water). You can also velvet the chicken with baking soda like the chicken stir-fry I made.

Step 3. Prepare the noodles and vegetables. Follow the instructions on the packaging of chow mein noodles. Chop and slice all the vegetables and aromatics.

Step 4. Pan-fry the noodles. Preheat the wok or frying pan to medium-high heat. Add neutral oil and heat it for a few seconds then add the chow mein noodles. Pan-fry the noodles until crispy. Transfer to the serving plate.

Step 5. Sear the velveted chicken. In the same preheated wok or frying pan, sear the chicken until cooked through. Transfer to a plate and set aside. chicken and chow mein noodles in a wokStep 6. Stir fry the vegetables with the stir-fry sauce. In the same preheated wok, saute onion for about a minute then add the celery and carrots. Stir fry for a minute then add the garlic and the rest of the vegetables. Stir fry for a minute or two. (note: While stir-frying you may need to add a splash of chicken stock to deglaze the wok or frying pan to prevent burning the garlic). Then add the stir fry sauce and the rest of the chicken stock. Simmer for a couple of minutes until the vegetables are tender, or how you like to cook your vegetables. Add the cooked chicken. Keep in mind that the vegetables will continue cooking with the hot stir-fry sauce. Chicken Chow Mein Vegetables in a wokStep 7. Serving Chow Mein noodles in two ways. Add and toss the pan-fried chow mein noodles to the wok with the stir-fry sauce, vegetables, and chicken. Chicken Chow Mein toss in a wok with sauce veggiesOr place the pan-fried chow mein noodles on a serving plate and pour the saucy stir-fry sauce with the vegetables and chicken. Either way, it will be equally delicious. It’s all about how would you like the texture of your chow mein noodles.  Chicken Chow Mein on a serving plateMore Stir-fry Recipes to try 

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Chicken Chow Mein

This easy Chicken Chow Mein recipe is like the takeaway that you order in your favorite Chinese restaurant. Saucy and so flavorful with lots of vegetables. It's perfect for lunch or a weeknight dinner.
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Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Chicken Chow Mein
Author: Maricel
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

Watch How to Make It

Equipment

  • Wok

Ingredients

  • 454 g Chow Mein Noodles fresh or dry noodles
  • 1 lb chicken sliced & velveted
  • 100 g. mushrooms sliced
  • ¼ cup Vegetable oil divided
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 100 g. snow peas ends and strings removed
  • 250 g. Cabbage chopped
  • 150 g. Broccoli florets
  • 200 g cauliflower florest
  • 1 carrot sliced diagonally
  • 1 stalk celery sliced diagonally
  • 2 cups chicken stock/broth no salt or low sodium

For the stir fry sauce

  • 3 tbsp soy sauce low sodium, light & dark soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp ginger grated or paste (optional)
  • 2 tbsp sugar to taste
  • 2 tsp Shaoxing wine optional
  • 1 tsp sesame oil or to taste

For the slurry

  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch

Instructions

  • Make the stir-fry sauce. In a small bowl or mason jar, add soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, Shaoxing wine, sugar, & grated ginger. Mix until blended.
  • Velveting the Chicken. Slice the chicken and season with salt and pepper in a bowl. Add a couple of tablespoons of slurry (cornstarch and water).
  • Prepare the noodles and vegetables. Follow the instructions on the packaging of chow mein noodles. Chop and slice all the vegetables and aromatics.
  • Pan-fry the noodles. Preheat the wok or frying pan to medium-high heat. Add neutral oil and heat it for a few seconds then add the chow mein noodles. Pan-fry the noodles until crispy. Transfer to the serving plate.
  • Sear the velveted chicken. In the same preheated wok or frying pan, sear the chicken until cooked through. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  • Stir fry the vegetables with the stir-fry sauce. In the same preheated wok, saute onion for about a minute then add the celery and carrots. Stir fry for a minute then add the garlic and the rest of the vegetables. Stir fry for a minute or two. Then add the stir fry sauce and the chicken stock. Simmer for a couple of minutes until the vegetables are tender, or how you like to cook your vegetables. Then add the cooked chicken.
  • Serving Chow Mein noodles in two ways. Add and toss the pan-fried chow mein noodles to the wok with the stir-fry sauce, vegetables, and chicken. Or place the pan-fried chow mein noodles on a serving plate and pour the saucy stir-fry sauce with the vegetables and chicken.

Notes

After adding the garlic and stir-frying with the vegetables. You may need to add a splash of chicken stock to deglaze the wok or frying pan, this will ensure and prevent burning the garlic. Keep in mind that the vegetables will continue cooking with the hot stir-fry sauce. You may need to remove them from the hot wok to prevent overcooking your vegetables.
 
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Chow Mein
Amount Per Serving
Calories 444 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 0.03g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 1069mg46%
Potassium 509mg15%
Carbohydrates 72g24%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 2131IU43%
Vitamin C 67mg81%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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