A quick and easy chicken chow mein recipe to make at home within 20 minutes!
This dish is healthier than the takeout version as it contains less sodium and I dare to say that it tastes better!
Stuffed with gorgeous flavors, Chinese cuisine is definitely one of our Asian foods.
This chicken chow mein is all your if you are starting to learn how to make Chinese noodle dishes at home.
This dish is kind of healthy or let's say it's healthier than your take out meal because you know what's in it!
What is Chow Mein?
Chow Mein is a Chinese Cantonese noodle dish.
Noodles are quickly stir-fried over high heat with other ingredients.
The egg noodles are traditionally made from wheat flour from scratch but crispy hard noodles are commonly used all over the world.
In fact, noodle dishes such as the chicken chow mein are a popular takeaway dish across the Asian continent, in America and Europe.
Chow Mein vs Low Mein?
Chow Mein noodles are dry stir cooked. A low mein dish is usually a wet noodle dish.
However, in the US low mein and chow mein are often while called the same thing.
Chow means to stir cook/ fry and Mein means noodles.
How to make it?
To make this chicken chow mein you will need to prep the ingredients first before you start to stir cook.
Read up the complete recipe card located at the bottom of this post. The how-to video is the pop up on mobile.
Prepare and keep your ingredients ready: carrots, green onions, cabbage, chicken, ginger and garlic.
Prepare your stir fry sauce by mixing the ingredients together.
Cook your noodles according to package instructions.
Heat up shallow pan or wok with oil and stir cook your ingredients quickly.
Add noodles to the wok and pour stir fry sauce over noodles.
Stir cook and mix until you are satisfied with the result.
You can pep up, enhance or make your chicken chow mein to suit your dietary needs. This is how!
- scramble in eggs
- make it spicy by adding hot sauce or chili flakes
- add baby bok choy or other leafy greens such as spinach
- add bean sprouts
- add broccoli or other vegetables such as celery stalks
- bring out the umami with msg (I avoid because mine is low sodium)
- use noodles without egg to make it eggless
- with homemade egg noodles
- use gluten-free Chinese noodles to make gluten-free
- with leftover chicken
Don't use spaghetti noodles instead of Chinese egg noodles. It's just not the same. Just don't (getting hysterical)!
Yes, if they have been refrigerated. But honestly, why don't you just warm them up? Your choice anyway. 🙂
You can reheat your chow mein dish in the microwave, oven or in a pan over the stovetop. For the microwave, place noodles into a microwave container and make it hot. For the oven place into an oven-safe dish to warm up. The easiest way to warm up is in a pan over the stovetop.
I don't recommend freezing because making it from scratch is quick and easy. Thawing your noodles would take much longer.
Eat your noodles the Chinese way with chopsticks or simply with a fork.
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Chicken Chow Mein Recipe
Stir Fry Sauce
- Prepare the stir fry sauce by combining the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar and chili sauce.
- Keep a pot to boil with water. Cook egg noodles according to package instructions.
- Heat up a shallow pan or wok and stir cook your sliced onion bulbs on high heat for a minute.
- Add the carrot pieces and stir cook on high heat. Then the chicken pieces and cabbage. Cook always on high heat, each for a minute or two or until done.
- Place cooked noodles into the pan and pour stir fry sauce over the noodles. Pour water into the sauce bowl and mix (sugar gets stuck at the bottom). Pour water over the noodles quickly.
- Stir cook and mix noodles and ingredients over high heat for 2 minutes or until done.
- Garnish with sliced fresh green onion stalks. Serve hot.
- If you can't get rice vinegar, substitute with regular white vinegar
- Use Sriracha style chili sauce or ketchup if you don't want it spicy. I also like to use ketchup with a few drops of tabasco sauce.
- Lo mein noodles are also sold as chinese egg noodles or simply chow mein noodles.
- Use regular green cabbage or chinese cabbage (napa cabbage)
- See post for flavor variations. I share a list of inrgedients that you can add to call this chicken chow mein recipe your own.