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Chicken Lo Mein

Chicken Lo Mein is a delicious and satisfying dish that combines tender pieces of chicken with stir-fried vegetables and chewy egg noodles. The chicken is typically sliced thinly and marinated in a flavorful sauce before being wok-tossed with crisp vegetables such as bell peppers, carrots, and broccoli.

The noodles are cooked until they are perfectly al dente and then tossed with the chicken and vegetables in a savory sauce made from a blend of soy sauce, sesame oil, and other seasonings. The result is a mouthwatering dish that is both comforting and full of umami flavors.

Tips for Perfecting the Recipe

Understand Your Ingredients: The key to a great Chicken Lo Mein lies in the quality and preparation of your ingredients. Fresh vegetables should be crisp and vibrant, while the chicken should be properly trimmed and cut into uniform pieces to ensure even cooking. Understanding the role of each ingredient in the dish will help you make adjustments based on what you have available or your personal preferences.

Noodle Preparation: Lo Mein noodles are the backbone of this dish, and their preparation can make or break the final result. Cook the noodles according to the package instructions but aim to keep them al dente. Overcooked noodles can become mushy when mixed with the sauce and stir-fried. If you can’t find Lo Mein noodles, remember that spaghetti or linguine can serve as a decent substitute, though the texture and taste will vary slightly.

Sauce Balance: The sauce is what gives Chicken Lo Mein its distinctive flavor. It’s important to strike the right balance between the soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, and sesame oil. Taste as you go and adjust the seasoning if necessary. If you prefer a bit more sweetness, don’t hesitate to add a little more brown sugar or hoisin sauce. For those who enjoy a bit of heat, a dash of chili sauce or flakes can elevate the dish.

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High Heat Cooking: Stir-frying is a quick process that requires high heat to properly sear the ingredients without overcooking them. Make sure your pan or wok is hot before adding the oil and ingredients. This will help to achieve a slight char on the veggies and chicken, adding depth to the dish’s flavor profile.

Ingredient Prep: Having all your ingredients prepped and ready to go (a technique known as mise en place) can significantly streamline the cooking process. Stir-frying moves quickly, and there won’t be time to chop vegetables or measure out sauce components mid-cook.

Ingredients Needed for This Recipe

Stir Fry

2 small boneless skinless chicken breasts (just over 1 lb.)
2 tablespoons peanut oil (or olive oil)
¼ cup dry white wine (or chicken broth)
2 ½ cups mixed stir fry vegetables
10 oz. lo mein noodles


1 cup chicken broth
¾ cup beef broth
¼ cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar (or honey)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon hot sauce
¼ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
¼ tsp ground ginger
1 pinch red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions to Make Chicken Lo Mein

Prep Work: Combine sauce ingredients in a large measuring cup and stir well. Transfer ¼ cup to a medium bowl. Optionally tenderize chicken, season with salt and pepper, cut into bite-sized pieces, and coat with the ¼ cup of sauce. Prepare vegetables and start boiling salted water for the lo mein.
Make the Stir Fry: In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and sear for about 3 minutes, then toss and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Remove and set aside. Deglaze the skillet with wine, let it reduce by half. Add lo mein noodles to boiling water, cook for 1 minute less than al dente, then drain. In the skillet, cook vegetables for about 3 minutes, add sauce and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Add cooked lo mein and chicken, toss to coat, and heat through for 1-2 minutes.
Garnish and Serve: Garnish with your favorite toppings (e.g., green onions, peanuts, cashews, crunchy chow mein noodles).

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