Easy Chicken Lo Mein

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 This recipe for homemade chicken lo mein is an easy family dinner the whole family will love! Noodles, vegetables, and soy sauce combine for a light, fresh meal that makes a tasty dinner and leftovers! 

A big white pasta bowl is filled with chicken lo mein with cabbage, carrots and onions with a set of chopsticks rest on the side of the bowl with a skillet full of lo mein sitting in the background out of focus

EASY CHICKEN LO MEIN RECIPE FILLED WITH VEGGIES!

You don’t need to spend a lot of money on Chinese take out when you can make this easy Chicken Lo Mein recipe at home! Easy, delicious and healthier than what you would get from most restaurants.

This easy dinner idea can be quickly tossed together when you are short on time and long on hungry.

The recipe comes together even faster if you have cooked chicken in the house, which we usually do.

I like to cook up a big batch of chicken in the slow cooker with chicken broth to use throughout the week for recipes just like this as well as my buffalo chicken flatbread, chicken and wild rice casserole, or chicken caesar pitas.

If you don’t have cooked chicken in the house, then you will want to cook a couple chicken breasts in a skillet first. 

A big white pasta bowl is filled with chicken lo mein with cabbage, carrots and onions with a set of chopsticks rest on the side of the bowl with a skillet full of lo mein sitting in the top right and a bottle of half empty soy sauce sitting on the white marble countertop

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN LO MEIN:

Making homemade lo mein is not difficult. It requires you to boil some noodles, chop and lightly saute vegetables, and cook chicken. That’s it!

  1. Cook your chicken breasts. A quick skillet fry with a little bit of olive oil works great. 
  2. Boil noodles. 
  3. Saute vegetables in oil. 
  4. Toss your chicken, veggies and noodles in sauce! Enjoy! 

WHAT NOODLES ARE USED IN LO MEIN?

Since this is a Chinese inspired recipe, my recommendation is to use lo mein noodles when you can. I can usually find a box of lo mein noodles in the Asian aisle of my normal grocery store. 

Lo Mein noodles are generally made from wheat flour, and the suggested cook time is about 5 or 6 minutes. The noodles are thin, almost like a spaghetti or linguini.

If lo mein noodles are in the Asian aisle, you can also pick up chow mein noodles or Chinese noodles. Rice noodles will not work for this recipe though. 

If you can’t find a Chinese noodle or are trying to use up food in your pantry, you could also try spaghetti noodles, egg noodles or ramen. None of these will be as good as using traditional lo mein noodles, but they do work in a pinch. 

Straight down shot onto a round white bowl of chicken lo mein with purple cabbage, carrots and onions with a set of chopsticks on the bowl.

WHAT VEGETABLES DO I USE FOR CHICKEN LO MEIN?

This homemade chicken lo mein recipe uses cabbage, onion, and carrots. For the cabbage, I have used a bag of coleslaw when in a pinch, but chopping up cabbage is a really quick prep process. 

However, if you are looking for substitutes or other ideas, here are some other good lo mein vegetable ideas:

  • bell peppers
  • mushrooms
  • spinach
  • broccoli
  • bok choy
  • snap peas
  • zuchinni

You can always pick up a bag of steamed stir fry veggies as well, especially if you are wanting an even faster prep. It can always be an economic option sometimes if you want to make a small batch. 

WHAT PROTEIN CAN I ADD TO LO MEIN?

You don’t need to use chicken in your homemade lo mein if you don’t want to. It’s easy to customize the recipe to your liking. You could use:

  • shrimp
  • fried eggs
  • beef
  • pork,
  • tofu

Silver tongs are pulling up a bunch of lo mein noodles out of a white bowl full of chicken lo mein, cabbage, onions and carrots. A skillet with more lo mein sits in the top right of the picture resting on a pink and white napkin.

CAN THIS BE A ONE POT CHICKEN LO MEIN RECIPE?

Yes! You can definitely cook up this chicken lo mein in one pot to save yourself some dishes in clean up. 

Simply use this pan for each step of the recipe. I normally start my cooking my noodles so that I can reuse the oil from cooking the chicken for cooking the vegetables. 

My go to pan for making this recipe is my Calphalon All Purpose Pan because it’s large and easy to use. i use this one pot for the whole recipe and cleaning is a breeze! 

Straight down shot onto a round white bowl of chicken lo mein with purple cabbage, carrots and onions. A set of chopsticks sits next to the bowl on the white marble countertop with a little cooking mess surrounding them.

HELPFUL ITEMS FOR MAKING THIS RECIPE:

MANDOLINE SLICER – I love having this reliable mandoline slicer in my kitchen. It makes dinner prep so easy and fast. However, they used to scare me. 

I love this mandoline because it has a safety guard which means no accidental slicing of your fingers. Yay safety! 

A GREAT PAN – I love using a versatile cooking pan while making this recipe so that I can turn it into a one pot chicken lo mein recipe. Less clean up is always a win in my book! 

My go to pan for this recipe is my Calphalon All Purpose Pan because it’s large and easy to use. I can cook every single step of this recipe inside this pan. 

This Wok is an excellent choice though, as well, and is really economical when it comes to pans. 

INGREDIENTS – You can easily have a few key ingredients sent straight to your door if needed, such as the Lo Mein Noodles and Soy Sauce

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NOW LET’S WHIP UP A BATCH OF EASY CHICKEN LO MEIN!

Easy Chicken Lo Mein

Easy Chicken Lo Mein

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Lo Mein Noodles, carrots, cabbage, onions, chicken and soy sauce combine for a super easy Chicken Lo Mein recipe the whole family will love for dinner! 

Ingredients

  • 1-2 pounds Cooked Chicken, chopped into medium size pieces
  • 1 pound Cooked Lo Mein Noodles
  • 2 Carrots, peeled and julienned
  • 1 Medium Onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 head Cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 6 tablespoons low sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoons Sugar

Instructions

  1. Boil noodles according to the package directions, then drain and set aside until ready. [If using multiple pans, I cook the noodles while sautéing the vegetables.]
  2. If you don't have cooked chicken, cook your chicken on a skillet with a little olive oil until the chicken reaches 165 degree F.
  3. Sauté vegetables in oil until tender.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sugar, and optional sesame oil.
  5. Combine your noodles, chicken and veggies and pour the sauce over mixture. Toss until well combined.

Notes

WHERE CAN I PURCHASE LO MEIN NOODLES?

Lo Mein noodles or an alternative like chow mein or Chinese noodles can be found in the Asian aisle of your grocery store.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 518 Total Fat: 26g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 18g Cholesterol: 142mg Sodium: 974mg Carbohydrates: 27g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 8g Protein: 43g

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