This easy chicken chow mein recipe is full of seasoned chicken, veggies and noodles, all tossed together in a savory sauce. It’s so much better than take out!
Are you tired of all my Asian food recipes? I hope not! After we talk about this chicken chow mein I promise to take a little break from all the stir fries. That being said, this easy chow mein is definitely worth making!
My kids actually aren’t huge fans of Chinese food, the exception being chicken chow mein. It’s by far their favorite, they can’t resist all those long noodles! Luckily they like my homemade version just as well as the restaurant style chow mein. So let’s talk about how to make chicken chow mein. Saute chicken and vegetables until golden brown. Add chow mein noodles and shredded cabbage, then toss with a sauce that contains honey, soy sauce and sesame oil. Add green onions and serve!
You probably already have most of the ingredients for this recipe except for the chow mein noodles. I found dried chow mein noodles in the ethnic aisle of my grocery store, they come in 6 ounce packages and cook very quickly. If you can’t find chow mein noodles, refrigerated yaki soba noodles are a great substitute, I use them in my shrimp chow mein recipe, and as a bonus you don’t even have to boil them!
This chicken chow mein is so easy to make, and I love that it’s easy to customize too. You can add more veggies like bell peppers or mushrooms, use chicken thighs instead of breasts, or even add other protein like shrimp or beef. My local Chinese restaurant makes a ten ingredient chow mein that’s loaded with every type of add-in you can imagine, maybe I’ll try making that one at home next time.
The next time you’re about to pick up the phone and call for take out, hang up and make your own chicken chow mein instead! It’s done in about the time it would take you to drive to the restaurant to pick up your order, so keep a package of chow mein noodles in the pantry for when the craving strikes.
Chicken Chow Mein
This easy chicken chow mein recipe is full of seasoned chicken, veggies and noodles, all tossed together in a savory sauce. It's so much better than take out!
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 3/4 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch pieces
- 6 ounces dry chow mein noodles
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced yellow onion
- 1/2 cup shredded or julienned carrots
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced celery
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 cup shredded cabbage
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1/4 cup sliced green onion tops (only the dark green part)
- salt and pepper to taste
Bring a pot of water to a boil; add the chow mein noodles and cook according to package instructions.
Preheat the oil in a large pan over medium high heat.
Add the chicken and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown.
Add the onions, carrots and celery to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes or until just softened.
Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
Add the noodles to the pan, along with the cabbage. Toss to combine.
In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, honey and sesame oil. Pour the soy sauce mixture into the pan.
Stir until sauce evenly coats the noodles. Add the green onion tops and cook for 1-2 more minutes, until green onions and cabbage are wilted. Serve immediately.