What is Chicken Chow Mein?
Chicken Chow Mein is Cantonese fried egg noodles with tender pieces of chicken. It’s a very popular and delicious noodle dish that everyone loves.
In this recipe tutorial, you will learn how to make it like the takeaway (takeout) at Chinese restaurants.
Other Chow Mein Recipes:
Chicken Chow Mein Ingredients
The recipe calls for the following basic ingredients:
- Egg Noodles – you can get fresh egg noodles or dry egg noodles
- Chicken meat. I prefer skinless and boneless chicken breast, but you can certainly use chicken thighs
- Bean Sprouts, cabbage and carrots
- Chow mein sauce
Therefore, get to the grocery store and get this recipe going tonight! You will not regret it.
What is Chow Mein Sauce Made of?
Chow mein sauce is made of oyster sauce, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, water and ground white pepper. The sauce lends a mouthwatering savory taste to the noodles.
Tips on How to Cook Chicken Chow Mein
- Tenderize the chicken by “velveting” the chicken with corn starch. This will ensure Chinese-restaurant tender and silky chicken.
- You will need a deep skillet or Chinese wok (preferred) for the best results.
- Heat up the utensil on high heat. Add cooking oil, then stir fry by tossing and flipping the chicken, vegetables and egg noodles back and forth with a spatula.
- If you have a pair of Chinese long wooden chopsticks, use them instead of a spatula. The chopsticks will ensure that the noodles are not broken up during the cooking process.
Is Chow Mein Healthy?
Yes, this is a healthy chicken chow mein recipe, with only 484 calories.
Chicken Chow Mein vs Lo Mein
They are two completely different noodle dishes and they don’t taste the same. Lo Mein is a Chinese noodle dish where the noodles are mixed with the sauce and there is no stir-frying involved.
What Dishes to Serve with this Recipe?
You can serve this recipe as a main dish. If you want a complete Chinese meal, I recommend the following recipes.
How Many Calories Per Serving?
This recipe is only 496 calories per serving.
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- 8 oz (226g) fresh chow mein egg noodles, steamed chow mein or dry chow mein
- 4 oz (115g) chicken breast, cut into pieces
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 2 oz (56g) cabbage, finely sliced
- 1/2 small carrot, peeled and cut into thin strips
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon dark soy sauce, optional, for coloring purpose
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 3 tablespoons water
- 3 dashes ground white pepper
- 1 pinch salt
- 4 oz (56g) bean sprouts, rinsed and drained
- 2 stalks scallion, cut into 2-inch lengths
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon corn starch
- Prep the noodles according to the packaging instructions.
- Pat dry the chicken with paper towels. Add the soy sauce and corn starch to the chicken. Stir to coat well. Set aside for 10 minutes.
- Heat up a wok or skillet over high heat. When it's heated, add the oil to the wok/skillet. Add the garlic and stir-fry until aromatic, follow by the chicken. Stir-fry until the chicken is half cooked or the surface turns opaque, then add in the cabbage and carrot, stir continuously. Add the noodles into the wok/skillet, follow by the oyster sauce, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, water, ground white pepper, and pinch of salt. Stir back and forth and toss the noodles, for about 1 minute. Add the bean sprouts, stir to combine well. As soon as the bean sprouts are cooked, add the scallion, stir a few more times, dish out and serve immediately.
Rinse the noodles thoroughly with cold water, and then drained before cooking. Please follow the packaging instructions to get the best results. If you use dried egg noodles, please also follow the instructions on the back of the package.
Egg noodles, or Chinese chow mein are labeled differently: chow mein, steamed chow mein, pan-fried chow mein, egg noodles, Hong Kong egg noodles, etc. Please refer to the picture above when choosing your chow mein. The picture on the left is the noodles out of the package, and the picture on the right is the noodles after prepping (but before cooking).
Serving Size3 people
Amount Per Serving Calories 496Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 24mgSodium 1183mgCarbohydrates 65gFiber 6gSugar 8gProtein 22g