Chow Mein Noodles with Chicken

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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


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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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.
4.60 from 27 votes

Chow Mein Noodles with Chicken

By Erin
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: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 5


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


  • Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook ramen according to the time on the package. 
  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add olive oil, swirling to coat. 
  • 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. 
  • In a bowl mix together garlic, ginger, soy sauce and sesame oil.  Pour into skillet and cook for 3-5 minutes. 
  • Stir in cooked noodles and serve.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 649kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 2762mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5
Calories: 649
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  1. 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.