Chicken Lo Mein
August 14th, 2014 30 Comments

Chicken Lo Mein

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Chicken Lo Mein


Chicken Lo Mein Recipe

Serves 2 | Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Cook Time: 5 Minutes


8 oz fresh (regular or thin) Chinese noodles, or spaghetti/angel hair
Water, for boiling noodles
8 oz boneless chicken breast, sliced
1 teaspoon cornstarch
4 tablespoons oil
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 cup Napa cabbage, sliced
2 fresh Shiitake mushroom, sliced
1/3 cup carrots, peeled and cut into pieces
1/2 cup chicken broth


1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon oyster sauce
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
3 dashes white pepper
1 teaspoon sugar or to taste
Salt, to taste


Bring a pot of water to boil, gently loosen up the fresh noodles before boiling.  Cook the noodles according to the instructions or until pre-al dente because you’re going to finish cooking the noodles later in the wok. Marinate the chicken with the cornstarch. Set aside. When the noodles are ready, drain the noodles.

Heat up a wok with 2 tablespoons of oil. Stir-fry the garlic until fragrant, and then add in the chicken, Napa cabbage, mushroom, carrot and stir-fry for about 2 minutes before adding in the chicken broth. Bring the chicken broth to boil and let reduce a bit. Turn off the heat and stir in the noodles and combine well, dish out and serve immediately.

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  1. saluki says:

    Reading this recipe, I’m reminded how much I enjoy the clarity, ease and usability which you impart in all your recipes. I look forward to trying this. Thanks

  2. Angela Tellone Hatch via Facebook says:

    Wonderful, noodles, noodles, noodles.

  3. Angela Tellone Hatch via Facebook says:

    Thanks Rasa Malaysia, love your blog. I’ve tried many food blogs, particularly Asian ones and yours is one I kept.

  4. Lovely!!!
    I love this dish….
    God only if I could have some now!!!

  5. paulina says:

    It looks sooooooo good. Can’t wait to try it.

  6. Hmmm….yummy…I like it..can I noodles change with bhoon…..

  7. John says:

    First of all I would like to give you an apology. A few months ago I blasted you for adding MSG to one of your recipes. You were very gracious, and suggested that I use some extra oyster sauce or sesame oil. I am a Doctor and I am very serious about natural diets with Protein, Complex Carbs, and a moderate amount of fat. MSG is definitely not natural. Although it is derived from natural sources, it acts like a drug. MSG has been linked to seizures in children, migraine headaches, and of course weight gain.

    I use only spices like garlic, onion powder, turmeric, cumin, ginger, pepper, salt, etc. I try to avoid blends like curry powder, chili powder, or creole seasoning. They all contain MSG. So I make my own.

    Almost all sauces from a bottle contain MSG. So again I make my own. It is hard to do and it takes time, but I feel it is better for my family. I have a great recipe for Hoisin sauce. Every one loves my Kung Pao Chicken, and I fix it without MSG.

    This recipe for Chicken Lo Mein is a perfect example of how to cook without MSG. I applaud you for your innovation in creating recipes that are not only very tasty, but also good for you.

    Please accept my apology. John

      • Barbara0307 says:

        Hi Rasa Malaysia! Ihave a question. I am very interested in making homemade lo mein because my family loves it and take out becomes expensive. I have noticed some restaurant’s lo mein have a smoky type of flavor. We particularly llike that flavor. Do youknow ingredient gives lo mein that flavor? Thanks in advance! Barbara0307

        • It’s not the ingredients, it’s the way they stir-fry the noodles using very high heat on a wok, what we Chinese call “breath of wok” when the noodles are slightly toasted due to the high heat but fast cooking process.

    • Patsy says:

      Hi John, would you be gracious to share with us your recipe for Hoisin sauce?

  8. Fern says:

    I don’t even know if I’ve had Lo Mein before, but it sounds and looks good! What kind of noodles does it typically use?

    • Rasa Malaysia says:

      Traditional Lo Mein, such as those server at authentic chinese restaurants or in Hong Kong uses skinny egg noodles, think BBQ pork wonton egg noodles. But, the American-chinese version uses both dry or fresh whole wheat noodles. Best substitute is spaghetti or linguini pasta.

      • Fern says:

        I made it for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I wasn’t sure what sweet soy you used, whether it was kecap manis or thick caramel, so I went with the latter. Maybe that’s why my noodles came out darker in colour :)

  9. swtd12eams says:

    Hi Rasa Malaysia,

    Thank you for sharing this simple, yet easy recipe. I made this last night for dinner and my family enjoyed it. =) I tweaked your recipe and took out the carrot & snap peas as my mom isn’t a fan of snap peas. I replaced it with bean sprouts. For my personal preference, I think it could have used more soy sauce than the recipe called for.

  10. I must admit, the article is very well written and the food looks delicious. I will definitely be cooking this recipe for dinner soon. Will let you know how it turned out. Thanks for all the lovely recipes you have on here!!!!

  11. JustMe says:

    OK, I know this is an older post, so I don’t know if you will see this. Ever since I was a kid I’ve hated shitake-type mushrooms, especially since they are so pungent after having been re-hydrated. What would you suggest for a possible replacement to the mushroom “juice”. Should I perhaps double the amount of chicken broth?

  12. Katie says:


    Can I substitute “sweet soy sauce” with something else? The reason is that I don’t really know what it is and I don’t want to spend money on the whole bottle and only use it for this recipe. Thank you!

  13. Join a says:

    Very good recipe. My family enjoyed it.

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  15. Sarah says:

    I can’t find Chinese cooking wine anywhere where I live. Is there a good alternative that you would suggest?

  16. Lynn says:

    Just made this for dinner tonight. Delish! My kids devoured it. :)thanks for the recipe.

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