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A staple of Chinese-American take-out joints, this Chicken Chow Mein recipe is an easy and delicious one-pan meal.

Chicken Chow Mein

Chow Mein is usually relegated to being a side dish, but my fresh take on these classic Chinese-American noodles upgrades them to main dish status. With big chunks of juicy chicken and a rainbow of crispy, crunchy and flavorful vegetables, the noodles bring everything together in a savory tangle of al dente curls.
Course Entree, Sides
Cuisine Best, Chinese-American
Keyword asian, chicken, easy, noodles, stir-fry, weeknight
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Noodles, Poultry
Diet Dairy-Free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 456kcal



  • 250 grams chicken tenders (~4 pieces, sliced thinly)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium egg white
  • 2 teaspoons potato starch



  • 450 grams fresh Asian noodles (see headnotes)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 7 grams ginger (~1/4-inch piece, finely minced)
  • 4 grams garlic (~ 1 large clove, minced)
  • 40 grams carrots (~1/4 carrot, peeled and julienned)
  • 50 grams red bell pepper (1/2 pepper sliced)
  • 60 grams cabbage (2 leaves, roughly chopped)
  • 40 grams snow peas (trimmed)
  • 20 grams scallions (~2 scallions, sliced)


  • Put the chicken, salt, egg white, and potato starch in a small bowl and beat the mixture together until the egg white is a little frothy. Let the chicken marinate while you prepare the other ingredients. If your egg was large, you might need to drain off the excess egg white before you cook it.
    Velveting chicken for Chicken Chow Mein.
  • To make the sauce for the Chow Mein, put the chicken stock, oyster sauce and white pepper in a small bowl and stir to combine.
  • Boil the noodles for one minute less than stated on the package directions and then drain and rinse with cold water. Drizzle the noodles with oil and toss together to coat evenly. This helps keep the noodles from sticking together.
    Rinsing Chow Mein noodles.
  • Heat a frying pan over high heat until hot, and then add the remaining vegetable oil along with the ginger and garlic.
    Ginger and garlic sautéing in oil for making fried noodles.
  • Swirl the aromatics in the pan, and then add the chicken. Spread the chicken into a single layer and fry it undisturbed.
    Marinated chicken in a frying pan with ginger and garlic.
  • When the chicken is cooked about halfway through, start stir-frying it until it's almost all the way cooked through.
    Marinated chicken stir-fried with ginger and garlic for making the best chicken Chow Mein recipe.
  • Add the carrots, cabbage and bell pepper and continue stir-frying.
    Stir-fried cabbage, carrots, red bell peppers and chicken for making Chicken Chow Mein.
  • When the vegetables have just started to wilt, add the noodles and toss everything together.
    Chow Mein noodles with stir fried vegetables.
  • Add the sauce and continue stir-frying, tossing everything together.
    Sauce going into Chow Mein stir-fried noodles.
  • Add the scallions and snow peas and continue stir-frying until the snow peas are a vibrant green.


Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 1081mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1805IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 3.4mg