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Chicken Chow Mein

Chicken chow mein is one of my favorite take-out dishes. These easy stir-fried noodles with tender chicken, crunchy vegetables, and simple sauce are truly delicious. You can make this dish in 30 minutes at home and it will taste way better than from a restaurant!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese-inspired
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 610kcal
Author Aleksandra


for the chicken:

  • 13 ounces (370g) chicken breast
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • ground black pepper to taste

for the noodles:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups thinly sliced napa cabbage
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 6 button mushrooms
  • 3 green onions
  • 9 ounces (250g) chow mein noodles or ramen noodles

for the sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch


  • Marinate the chicken: In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon corn starch, and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Add the chicken cut into small, bite-sized pieces. Season the chicken with black (or white) pepper. I'm not adding any salt because the soy sauce is already salty. Toss to coat and set aside.
  • Cook the noodles according to the package instructions. I cook mine always 1 minute shorter to ensure they are not overcooked (they will be cooked briefly later with the sauce). Spread the cooked noodles on a large plate or baking sheet lined with kitchen towels to dry them out a bit.
  • Make the sauce: whisk all the ingredients for the sauce in a medium bowl.
  • Chop the vegetables: cut the carrot into matchsticks, slice the mushrooms into thin slices, cut the cabbage into thin slices. Slice the green onions: white part into thin slices and the dark green park into large chunks. Reserve some green onions for the garnish (the dark green parts). Finely chop the garlic.
  • Cook the chicken: Heat a large frying pan over high heat. When hot add the oil. When the oil is hot add the chicken. Don't stir for the first 1-2 minutes letting the chicken brown, the cook, stirring, for a couple of minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  • Cook the vegetables: Add another tablespoon of oil and all the vegetables to the pan. Cook over medium-high heat for a couple of minutes until softened but still crunchy.
  • Assemble: Add the chicken back to the pan, add the sauce and noodles. Let the sauce come to a boil then stir everything together until evenly coated. If your pan is too small you can transfer all the ingredients into a large pot to stir them together comfortably.
  • Sprinkle with thinly sliced green onions.
  • Enjoy!


  • To make this dish more authentic you could also pan-fry the noodles until crispy and browned. I usually omit this step when I'm in a hurry but crispy noodles add texture and flavor to the dish.
  • Calories: 1 serving (1/4 of the recipe). This is only an estimate!


Calories: 610kcal