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Chow Mein Noodles with Chicken

Chow Mein Noodles with Chicken is an easy recipe to get dinner on the table in minutes.  So much better than take out in the same amount of time.

Do you rely on take out to get you through the week?  No shame in admitting yes.  We have all been there, probably more times than we want to admit.  I think pizza and Chinese are probably the 2 easiest and most common things to pick up during the week.  But with just a little bit of planning (going to the grocery store) you can get that Chinese meal on the table in the same amount of time it takes you to go pick it up.

Plus it is so much better for you, because you know what is going into it. You can bulk it up with more veggies and meat to fill up your family, and know that thy are going to eat it. We love to make homemade take out at home. 

A bowl of food on a plate, with Chicken and Noodle
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When I was little I remember my mom getting chow mein noodles when we would get Chinese food.  Not always when we did take out, because my dad is a crazy picky eater, and would only eat the 1 thing he knew; Cashew Chicken.

But whenever my mom and I would go to the mall she would get chow mein from Panada Express.  So I decided to make that at home.  Our family loves an easy noodle dish with Asian flavors, so I knew it would be a hit.

What Is Chow Mein

Chow Mein is a Chinese stir-fry noodle dish that usually contains vegetables and some kind of meat or tofu. What vegetables and protein you use is entirely up to you. Look below for a list of great options.

A bowl of rice on a plate, with Noodle and Chow mein

How to Make Chow Mein

  1. You can really use whatever noodle you want.  I used dried ramen noodles here (discarded the packet), but you can use spaghetti,  fresh ramen noodles, or if your store carries actually chow mein noodles those are great!  
  2. Use a large skillet that you can use over a high heat. This dish cooks very quickly! 
  3. Heat the oil over medium high heat and then add your chicken.  You want the chicken to be thinly sliced so it cooks nice and quickly. 
  4. Once the chicken is browned you add the veggies and cook for just a minute or two until they are soft.
  5. Pour the sauce over everything and get it all nice and coated.  
  6. Finally you toss with the noodles you are using until everything is mixed together. 
  7. Nothing left to do but eat! 
A bowl of food on a plate, with Noodle and Chow mein

What’s The Difference Between Chow Mein and Lo Mein

It really has to do with how the noodles are cooked. Chow Mein means that the noodles are fried. Lo Mein means the noodles are tossed together. You will see chow mein as actual crispy fried noodles some places, but in dishes like this is means after they are cooked it is fried in the skillet with the sauce and the vegetables.

What to Add to Chow Mein Noodles

You can really add whatever you like to this recipe.  But here are a few tasty ideas.

  • Pork
  • Tofu
  • Shrimp
  • Beef
  • Broccoli
  • Snap Peas
  • Bell Peppers
  • Bean Sprouts
  • Mushrooms

Dinner on the table in 20 minutes can pretty much never be wrong! My husband loves the leftovers for lunch and reheating the leftovers is completely optional.  You know you enjoy eating cold leftover Chinese food right out of the box, who why not these?

Chow Mein Noodles with Chicken is an easy recipe to get dinner on the table in minutes.  So much better than take out in the same amount of time.

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Yield: 5

Chow Mein Noodles with Chicken

Chow Mein Noodles with Chicken is an easy recipe to get dinner on the table in minutes. So much better than take out in the same amount of time.

Chow Mein Noodles with Chicken is an easy recipe to get dinner on the table in minutes.  So much better than take out in the same amount of time.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 packets of Ramen noodles, seasoning packet discarded
  • 1 pound chicken breast, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 Tbls olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 (10 oz) package shredded cabbage
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tsp sesame oil

Instructions

    1. Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook ramen according to the time on the package. 
    2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add olive oil, swirling to coat. 
    3. Season chicken with salt and pepper.  Add to pan, and cook for 2-4 minutes until browned.  Add onions and cabbage, mix together and cook
      for 3-5 minutes. 
    4. In a bowl mix together garlic, ginger, soy sauce and sesame oil.  Pour into skillet and cook for 3-5 minutes. 
    5. Stir in cooked noodles and serve.

Nutrition Information

Yield

5

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 649Total Fat 29gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 18gCholesterol 77mgSodium 2762mgCarbohydrates 56gFiber 4gSugar 2gProtein 40g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on dinnersdishesanddesserts.com should only be used as a general guideline.

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Lorraine

Saturday 8th of April 2023

I made this and it was delicious. I omitted the chicken to make it vegetarian. I’m so impressed with this recipe. A real keeper. I’m going to add mushrooms next time and see if I can find a package of cabbage that has veggies in it besides carrots.

Rachel

Thursday 21st of July 2022

Have you tried freezing this?

Erin S

Monday 25th of July 2022

I have not, but if you do let me know how it works!

Vikki

Thursday 23rd of April 2020

Tasty chow mein! Whole family loved this awesome dish

Catalina

Thursday 23rd of April 2020

This is one of myfavorite dish! I will make it!

Jacque Hastert

Thursday 23rd of April 2020

This came together quicker than if I ran to grab the take-out from the restaurant. The whole family loved it!

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