Chicken chow mein is probably already one of your favorite Chinese takeout dishes. This one-pan dinner is so satisfying with chicken, vegetables, classic chow mein noodles, and the best homemade chow mein sauce. Also, it’s way healthier than ordering takeout.
Chow mein is a traditional Chinese dish made with egg noodles and stir-fried veggies. We love adding a protein and our favorite is chicken, but you can try different meat or tofu. This dish is pan-fried so the noodles get a nice crisp to them and then tossed in a yummy sauce. Chow mein is perfect for those nights when you don’t want to dirty too many pans or make a big mess of the kitchen.
Chow mein gets its signature flavor from the thick, dark homemade sauce the noodles are tossed with. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and salty and makes putting down your chopsticks absolutely impossible.
1 lb. chicken breast boneless, skinless (cut into bite-sized strips)
Tbsp. olive oil
12 oz. Chow Mein noodles (uncooked)
2 cups cabbage
1 large carrot julienned
1/2 bunch green onions – sliced
2 garlic cloves
Chow Mein Sauce
6 Tbsp. oyster sauce
3 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
3 Tbsp. light sesame oil (not toasted)
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
Prepare Chow Mein Sauce
In a small mixing bowl, use a whisk to combine oyster sauce, granulated sugar, sesame oil, soy sauce, chicken broth and cornstarch. Set aside.
Cook the noodles according to package instructions, drain, rinse with cold water, and set aside.
Heat a large wok or large sauté pan with olive oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add chicken and cook until golden brown. Remove chicken and set aside.
Add carrots, cabbage and pressed garlic and sauté for just a few minutes until veggies are slightly softened and the cabbage is a bit translucent.
Add chicken and noodles back into the pan. Pour sauce over the top and continue cooking all the ingredients together for another 2 minutes.
Garnish with chopped green onions and it is ready to serve.
There are really no rules when it comes to the types of vegetables you use. The basic vegetables are carrots, cabbage, and green onions. If you want to branch out, tailor the vegetable mixture to your liking. Bok choy, bean sprouts, celery, broccoli, spinach, kale, or baby corn (if you have the acquired taste for baby corn!) are example of great options to try.
Chicken is the popular protein choice but try changing it up sometime and use beef, shrimp, or pork – you may find you prefer another meat!
For vegetarians, modification is quite simple – use vegetable broth instead of chicken and bake some tofu to throw in instead of meat. I always bake extra tofu and keep it in the fridge. This has saved me vast amounts of time when cooking!