Chicken Chow Mein

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Make perfect Chicken Chow Mein at home and get all the delicious restaurant flavor you’d normally find on the takeout menu. It’s a lot easier than you think!

Chicken Chow Mein Served


Do you want to call for takeout? Please put the phone down! You can easily make this favorite Chinese takeout meal at home. You don’t even need a fancy wok. I’ll walk you through all the steps so you can whip up chow mein and satisfy everyone’s cravings. After mastering chow mein, why not expand your home-cooked menu with my hunan chicken, too? It’s another crowd-pleaser that’s packed with bold flavors. I can’t wait for you to try it!

What is Chow Mein?

Chicken Chow Mein is a traditional Chinese stir fry dish. It’s made with cabbage, carrots, and bean sprouts, but you’ll occasionally see one or two other veggies added to the mix, along with some protein. The chow mein sauce is what gives this dish its savory flavor, while the quickly stir-fried fresh veggies give this dish the smooth and crisp texture it’s known for. When these two come together, you get one of the most popular Chinese meals.

side close up view of chicken chow mein in a bowl, and two chopsticks resting on top of the bowl.

Chow Mein Ingredients

I know there are quite a few ingredients here, but trust me—it’s all worth it! I’m going to break the ingredients down into two parts: the chow mein sauce and the stir fry. The sauce is important because it gives the chicken chow mein its classic flavor. And the stir fry is important because without these veggies, chow mein just isn’t chow mein!

For the Sauce

  • Cornstarch
  • Low sodium soy sauce (or Tamari sauce)
  • Oyster sauce
  • Granulated sugar
  • Sesame oil
  • Fresh ground black pepper

For the Stir Fry

  • Chow mein noodles
  • Vegetable oil
  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or chicken breasts)
  • Green cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Green onions
  • Bean sprouts
  • Low sodium chicken broth

Chicken Chow Mein Ingredients

How To Make Chicken Chow Mein

  • To get started, you’ll want to prepare the sauce. Make the sauce by combining the cornstarch and soy sauce in a small mixing bowl and mix well to combine. Then, whisk in the oyster sauce, granulated sugar, sesame oil, and black pepper. Set aside.
  • Next, prepare the noodles according to package directions.
  • Now, you’ll heat the oil in your wok or large, non-stick skillet over high heat.
  • Once your oil is hot, add the chicken and two tablespoons of the previously prepared sauce. Cook the chicken in the sauce for about three minutes on each side, or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  • With the skillet still hot, heat the remaining vegetable oil. Add and sauté the cabbage, carrots, garlic and onions until the vegetables are crisp and tender.
  • Add in the cooked noodles, remaining sauce and chicken broth, stirring frequently for one minute.
  • Add the bean sprouts and cook until they are tender and start to wilt.
  • Remove from heat and garnish with green onions before serving.
Chicken Chow Mein Stir Fry

Recipe Tips

  • Make sure your oil and skillet are hot before adding the chicken. You don’t want to wait for it to warm up while the chicken is in there. Think of this as the same as preheating your oven.
  • Keep your veggies thin and the same size so they cook quickly and evenly. They should be crisp when you serve them.
  • Since everything is cooked so quickly, you’ll want to make sure you prep everything ahead of time, and not as you go, while you are in the middle of the previous step. You don’t want to risk overcooking your veggies or chicken.

Best Noodles For Chow Mein

Fresh chow mein noodles are the best for this dish, but they can be difficult to track down sometimes. When I don’t have fresh chow mein noodles on hand, I turn to dry spaghetti noodles. Or, if you are really in a pinch, use a pack of ramen noodles and skip the seasoning packet. Whatever noodles you end up using, just prepare them according to the directions on the package and stir them in where indicated in the recipe.

What Vegetables Can I Use?

Chow mein almost always has cabbage, carrots, and bean sprouts, but you don’t have to be limited to only those vegetables in your meal. I love to use colorful, vibrant vegetables in my chow mein because I love all the colors! Almost any stir fry vegetables can be used in this dish. Feel free to throw in mushrooms, peppers, water chestnuts, or anything you have left in the refrigerator that sounds good and you need to use up.

overhead shot of chicken chow mein in a bowl, and two chopsticks resting on top of the bowl.

Serving Suggestions

I think this dish is amazing all on its own, but if you are looking for something extra or to stretch this meal out to feed more people, you can serve it with a side of Baby Bok Choy, my Easy Chinese Hot Pot Recipe, or this simple Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice.

How To Store Leftovers

If you happen to have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat it in the microwave for a few minutes or until warm.

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Chicken Chow Mein

Make perfect Chicken Chow Mein at home and get all the delicious restaurant flavor you’d normally find on the takeout menu. It’s a lot easier than you think!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


Ingredients for the sauce

Ingredients for the stir fry

  • 6 ounces chow mein noodles
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes (you can also use chicken breasts)
  • 3 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1 1/2 cups matchstick carrots
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 green onions, chopped, white and light green parts only, (chop the dark green parts and use for garnish)
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
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  • Make the sauce by combining cornstarch and soy sauce in a small mixing bowl; whisk to combine.
  • Whisk in the rest of the ingredients and set aside.
  • Prepare the noodles according to the directions on the package.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a wok or a large non-stick skillet over high heat.
  • Add chicken to the hot oil and stir in 2 Tablespoons of the prepared sauce; mix to combine and cook chicken for 3 minutes; turn over and continue to cook for about 3 more minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove chicken from skillet and set aside on a plate.
  • Return wok/skillet over medium-high heat and heat up remaining 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil.
  • Add cabbage and sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in carrots and cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in garlic and chopped green onions; continue to cook for 2 more minutes or until vegetables are crisp tender.
  • Add in the noodles, previously prepared chicken, sauce, and chicken broth; cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  • Add bean sprouts and cook until bean sprouts start to wilt, about 30 seconds.
  • Remove from heat; garnish with green onions and serve.


Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 489mg | Potassium: 205mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 8019IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Karen says:

    I’ve made this a few times now. Quick easy and delicious!

    1. Katerina says:

      That’s great! It’s wonderful to have a go-to recipe that’s both easy and delicious!

  2. MMP says:

    Can I add broccoli and onion instead of the cabbage or would that be a bad combination?

  3. Callen says:

    i notice that the chicken in step 6 is not reintroduced to the ingredients in the remaining steps. Is that correct?

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Hi! I updated the recipe in Step 11. You want to toss the chicken back in the wok together with the noodles. It was there, but without the comma, so it said “chicken broth”, instead of “chicken, broth”. My apologies about that. Thank you so much for letting me know.

  4. Sara Welch says:

    I love skipping take out and making my favorite Chinese food dishes at home; this looks delicious! Adding to my dinner line up for the week!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Thank YOU!! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂