Chicken lo mein is a classic from any Chinese take-out restaurant! My easy chicken lo mein recipe is quick to make and oh so delicious. You can forget ordering in – whip this up at home instead! You can learn how to make lo mein like Chinese restaurants. Beef or shrimp also taste amazing in this dish.
What’s the Difference Between Lo Mein and Chow Mein?
First, let me say that I love both lo mein and chow mein. They are a couple of my favorites whenever I go to a Chinese restaurant. If you’re really wondering about the difference between the two, the answer is not a lot. The main difference comes down to the way the noodles are cooked. Lo mein is a Chinese dish with soft noodles, while chow mein is made with crispy noodles. Both lo mein and chow mein are traditionally prepared with Chinese wheat flour noodles that are made with eggs. That’s about it! Which is better? It all comes down to your preference!
Ingredients you will need to make chicken Lo Mein
Chicken lo mein shouldn’t require you running to the grocery store buying exotic ingredients. You should have most ingredients on hand to prepare this quick and easy to prepare chicken recipe:
- chicken breast – you can use chicken thighs
- soy sauce
- fresh ginger
- fresh garlic
- white button mushrooms
- green bell pepper
- white onions
- oyster sauce
- brown sugar
- Sesame oil
- First cut and marinate meat – Do this first, so the meat has time to flavor.
- Start the pasta – Once you begin to stir fry, the cooking time will go by in a flash, so get the pasta started now.
- Make the finishing sauce – Have this ready to go, so when the time comes, you will just add the sauce.
- Stir fry – this will go by in a flash, saute the meat, remove the meat, then saute the vegetables, you will then add the meat back to the pan, you will add the cooked pasta and the sauce.
- If you don’t possess a wok, a large skillet will work just fine.
- Prepare all of your ingredients ahead of time. Combine all the sauce ingredients together and chop all your veggies. With everything already ready, once you start making this dish, you’ll be done in no time!
- If you can’t find lo mein Chinese noodles, you can use other noodles such as pancit noodles or soba noodles. In a pinch, linguine or spaghetti will do.
- Use a mandoline to cut your veggies thinly. No mandoline? A sharp knife will do just fine.
- If you’re adding a protein such as chicken, add it to your wok first and saute until no longer pink.
- 8 ounces lo mein noodles
- 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 8 ounces chicken breast could use boneless thigh meat
- 1 tablespoon wok oil you can use vegetable oil
- 3 teaspoons minced garlic
- 8 ounces white button mushrooms, sliced
- 1 cup sliced bell pepper
- 1 cup thinly sliced carrots cut on the diagonal
- 1/2 cup sliced white onion
- 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
- 1 teaspoon sriracha
- Mandoline (optional)
- Sharp knife
- 2 cutting boards
- In a medium-sized bowl combine reduced-sodium soy sauce, garlic, and ginger. Stir to combine. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces and add to the marinade.
- Cook noodles according to package directions.
- In a small bowl combine reduced-sodium soy sauce, brown sugar, oyster sauce, sesame oil, ginger, and Sriracha. Stir well, and set aside.
- Heat wok to medium-high, add oil, and allow for it to warm up.
- Remove the chicken from the marinade (discard marinade, do not use again) and cook in the wok stirring frequently. The chicken should cook in about 5 minutes. Remove chicken from the wok.
- Add additional oil to the skillet or wok, if it is dry.
- Add mushrooms, bell pepper, carrot, onion, and garlic. Cook stirring frequently
until the vegetables are tender.
- Stir in the noodles, chicken, and the sauce. Serve immediately.
- shitake mushrooms
- snow peas
- water chestnuts
- bean sprouts
- broccoli florets
How to make lo mein
This recipe isn’t difficult to make, and if you are new to making lo mein at home, these steps could be used to make beef lo mein, pork lo mein, or even a seafood lo mein.
Tips For Making Lo Mein
Here are some tips to help you make this dish as easily as possible:
What is Sriracha?
My copykat lo mein recipe uses sriracha sauce. Sriracha is pronounced seer-RAH-shah. It’s a hot chili sauce named after the Thai city where it originated. There is a California brand made by Huy Fong called rooster sauce because it features a rooster on the label. Sriracha is made from ground chiles, garlic, vinegar, sugar, and salt, and was first concocted to serve on seafood. Click here to learn how you can make your own sriracha sauce.
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Easy Chicken Lo Mein – Made in Minutes!
This is the easiest chicken lo mein you will ever make. It takes just 15 minutes from start to serving bowl. And, it’s so much healthier and tastier than take-out! Let me know how you enjoyed making this lo mein.