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Easy 30 Minute Chicken Chow Mein is so easy to put together and has the most incredible flavor! The whole family will love this 30 minute meal!

Chicken chow mein in a black bowl with chopsticks

Who needs Chinese take-out when you can make chicken chow mein this delicious right at home! Even though chow mein is a popular side dish, we’re here to tell you that this is hearty enough to be the main course! With the added protein in the chicken, and so many veggies, your stomach will thank you for forgetting the orange chicken on the side. 

This recipe moves FAST. Chop those veggies, make that sauce, and make sure you are fully prepped and ready to go before you start cooking. If you are using dried Lo Mein noodles, make sure they are cooked before you get started with the rest of this recipe. 

  • What noodles can I use for chow mein? 

    You have so many options here! Chow Mein noodles give this recipe a nice crunch. However, most Americans are used to soft Lo Mein noodles or Yakisoba noodles. You can find Chow Mein and Lo Mein in the Asian food section of your grocery store, and Yakisoba in the refrigerated or freezer section. If you don’t have any of these available to you, you can use spaghetti pasta.

  • Can I use red cabbage instead of green?

    Definitely. Both red and green cabbage work well in this recipe. Use whichever you prefer. 

  • What pan do I use if I don’t have a wok?

    Don’t own a wok? Don’t let that discourage you from making chow mein! The benefits of a wok are that it allows a lot of heat to go up the sides of the pan, creating a LOT of surface area to cook in. However, if you don’t have a gas stovetop, you aren’t really getting those benefits anyway. All you really need is a wide, flat bottomed pan to give you plenty of surface area for cooking. Your largest skillet should do the job!

Chicken chow mein in a black bowl

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Chicken chow mein in a black bowl with chopsticks
Easy 30 Minute Chicken Chow Mein is so easy to put together and has the most incredible flavor! The whole family will love this 30 minute meal!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons freshly minced ginger

Chicken Chow Mein

  • 12 ounces chow mein noodles*
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large carrots cut into matchsticks or shredded
  • 1/2 head green cabbage shredded or thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onion
  • In a small bowl, make the sauce by whisking together oyster sauce, soy sauce, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, and cornstarch until well combined. Stir in chicken broth, garlic, and ginger. Set aside.
  • Cook chow mein noodles according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken into skillet and season with salt. Cook until chicken is browned, about 5 minutes.
  • Add in carrots and cabbage and cook until tender and the chicken is completely cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Pour sauce over veggies and let cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add in cooked noodles and toss to combine. Garnish with sliced green onion.
*You can use crunchy chow mein noodles for this recipe, refrigerated or dried low mein noodles, or even spaghetti pasta. 


Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 1519mg | Potassium: 696mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5287IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Chinese American
Keyword: Chicken Chow Mein
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March 29, 2020 10:34 am

This dish was fantastic ! The family loved it and will absolutely be making it again . I’ve made a few of your recipes & all have been wonderful. Your Carne asada is another family favorite . My wife has an autoimmune disease and most days by evening she’s so run down & tired so I’ve taken over cooking dinner so she can rest . She loves me cooking, I love doing it & your recipes are a delight to make and delicious to eat . I’m so grateful to finding your blog . We’re big fans , I can’t… Read more »

Shannon Marshall
May 30, 2020 9:21 am

5 stars
it was delicious! my 21-year-old stepson told his friends it was better than take-out…that’s when you know it’s good! 🙂

April 6, 2020 3:18 pm

5 stars
Since it is just me I bought a bag of broccoli slaw (Broccoli stalks& red cabbage) . I didn’t realize there was mostly broccoli. Omg! It was so good…

March 3, 2020 5:34 pm

I made this last night and it was sensational!!! definitely get everything ready in advance and then once you get going its really quick. I will be making it again on the weekend but we loved it so much I can see it will be on weekly rotation 🙂 thank you!!

March 7, 2020 9:22 pm
Reply to  ShirleyM

5 stars
forgot to add my rating!!

August 16, 2020 11:47 am

I added 6 sliced baby Bella mushrooms, 1 thin sliced celery rib, 1/2 cup snow peas. I used 3/4 cup chicken broth instead of the clam juice

October 13, 2020 10:57 pm
Reply to  Sandra

I thought it was the oyster sauce or clam juice as you call it 🤣🤣 gave it that destinct chow mein flavour. What was it like without it. Thanks 😃

Vetiveria H
June 3, 2020 4:31 pm

4 stars
A fast and yummy family favorite now!

Melissa L
March 12, 2020 5:42 pm

5 stars
Light, not too salty as many Asian dishes are and terrific with the soba noodles!!

Salma Rahman
October 14, 2020 12:19 pm

5 stars
Tasty Simple & easy Comfort food for every one.
I like it.

September 26, 2020 5:01 pm

5 stars
Love it taste like Chinese take out i am very impressed you are a amazing cook keep the good work and those recipes rolling me and my wife love all you recipes thank you so much

May 28, 2020 4:52 pm

5 stars
Good simple and tasty recipe will definitely uaebagain m

May 16, 2020 5:24 pm

5 stars
Amazing! This was the perfect recipe for a night when you didn’t really feel like cooking. Really easy to put together, quick and family loved it. I will definitely be making this again.

Lois Vanden Hoek
February 26, 2020 2:05 pm

Can I substitute the oyster sauce with something else?

February 26, 2020 2:30 pm

I wouldn’t replace it with anything, but if you can’t find it you can simply leave it out and see how it turns out.

February 29, 2020 10:52 pm

4 stars
Ii made it as the recipe called for land it was very good but a little sweet for my taste. I guess a little less oyster sauce next time. So many ingredients now come and clean up my kitchen please

May 16, 2020 5:25 pm

I used Hoisin sauce because that’s all I had on hand and it delicious.

October 14, 2020 1:08 pm

5 stars
The sauce has a really nice flavor and this was so easy to make and quick!! I had a bunch of Top Ramen noodles so I used those and omitted the dry spice packet that comes with them. I unfortunately overcooked the noodles but live and learn!

Mlriam SOTO
September 10, 2020 1:26 pm

Very good Chinese food

Lesli Van Why
July 16, 2020 3:56 pm

5 stars
Thanks for such an easy recipe for something so delicious 😋

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