The 30-Minute Ultimate Chicken Lo Mein Recipe (With Pictures)

By: Prasanna| Published: 8:06:00 AM

If you love chicken lo mein, but you don't have a lot of time, this recipe is for you. This healthy, mouthwatering dish comes together in under thirty minutes. Try it soon.
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We are a lo mein noodles takeout fans family and this chicken lo mein is so good that all of us wipe our plates clean. 

You can make this quick and best, under 30mins, lo mein recipe at home. This is a chicken lo mein copycat recipe you can enjoy at home, which is better than takeout. 

This is the authentic Chinese lo mein recipe you can try and when you make this at home, you are all going to love this and you won't order Chinese takeout ever!

I have been trying to recreate the same magic of Chinese takeout food at home and I have been successful to a great extent.

If you love Shrimp Fried Rice like how I do then go ahead and try this amazing restaurant-style fried rice at home.

Here is another recipe to share with all, it's better than takeout,restaurant-style Chicken Lo Mein, just like how you want spicy, sweet, and delicious all at the same time. Lots of vegetables, chicken, and egg noodles tossed together in great homemade sauce.

Also, another famous recipe is the ultimate vegetable lo mein, and Yaki Udon Recipe With Shrimp, which is the udon stir fry recipe to try!

a pan with delicious chicken lo mein with veggeis,chicken

Chicken Lo Mein

The homemade chicken lomein recipe is a famous dish served in most Asian Food Joints/Restaurants/Eateries, where the noodles are boiled and then tossed along with chicken or any other protein of your choice, in vegetables and sauces to make this great takeout dish.

This Chinese chicken with noodles recipe will yield you the best authentic chicken lo mein dish better than restaurants.

What is the difference between Lo Mein and Chow mein?

I have found two differences between these dishes. Whenever I ordered and ate either Lo Mein or Chow mein that chow mein is mostly cooked with thin and fried noodles and in Lo Mein the noodles are slightly thick and chewy.

Another one is that in Lo Mein the noodles are cooked/boiled in water and then tossed along with vegetables, proteins and sauces to be served, whereas in Chow mein the noodles are stir fry noodles, along with veggies and proteins in the sauces to be served, with noodles being slightly crunchy.

But in both dishes, there are Egg Noodles Noodles. So that is the similarity.

I have used Egg Noodles here too but the noodles that I found in the store close by were thin and not round or thick. But the noodles didn't matter as the sauces were spot on!

Lo Mein Sauce Recipe

The sauce that goes in Lo Mein is made with Sesame Oil, Ginger, Garlic, Oyster Sauce (if you do not like this then instead use Hoisin Sauce, I love Hoisin too), Sriracha for the heat, Light and Dark Soy Sauces.

Chicken Lo Mein

Lo Mein Noodles Ingredients

Lo Mein Egg Noodles: Use the round, chewy thick Egg Noodles you will find in Asian stores for this recipe. Even if you can't get it, do not worry - even Ramen Noodles go well as the sauce is the important part.

Chicken: I have used tender Chicken Breast meat in the recipe. That contains less fat but tends to get dry too fast but you can also use thigh meat also. That is juicier.

Here I have used a method of velveting chicken / tenderizing the chicken by marinating it with a little bit of soy sauce and cornstarch. That makes the chicken when stir-fried very soft and juicy.

Most Chinese cooking techniques use baking soda to be used for velveting chicken.

Sauce Mix: The sauce mix is an important part of this recipe. I have made the sauce a little spicier to adjust to my taste but you can go ahead and make it spicier or less by increasing or decreasing the Sriracha quantity in the sauce mix.

Vegetables of Choice: I have used Cabbage, Carrot, and Bell peppers along with Scallions but you can try adding more vegetables of your choice to make it healthier.

How to make Chicken Lo Mein:

Step 1: Marinate the Chicken pieces with soy sauce, salt, and cornstarch. Keep this aside for a few minutes.

Step 2: Next in a wok/pan/ large skillet, add sesame oil and add the chicken pieces here. There should be not much of any marinade left but if there is Do NOT use that as that will make this dish messy.

Just use a fork or pair of tongs and drop the chicken pieces in the pan and immediately stir-fry them.

Once done keep the chicken pieces aside.

velveting the chicken
Step 3: In a mixing bowl add all the ingredients for the sauce mix. Stir well and keep aside.

How to make Lo Mein Sauce

Step 4: In the same pan add more oil, add the ginger and garlic, and stir-fry it till fragrant.

Step 5: Add sliced/shredded cabbage, carrot, and red and green bell pepper, and stir-fry further till tender. You can also add broccoli, zucchini, or bok choy if you have taste for it.

Toss everything further till soft, and add some salt to taste.

Steps to make Chicken Lo Mein

Keep the veggies and chicken that's cooked aside.

Step 6: In that same pan, add noodles and sauce mix, and toss well so that the noodles get coated well with the sauce mix.

Step 7: Next add all the cooked veggies and chicken, toss well to mix, and adjust the salt.

Serve hot immediately.

How to make Chicken Lo Mein
chinese takeout style chicken lo mein

What variations of this easy Chicken Lo Mein recipe are possible?

Shrimp / Seafood Lo Mein: Cook cleaned Shrimp by marinating it with salt and pepper powder. Finally, toss everything together to make this amazing dish.

Try adding scrambled eggs to this along with shrimp too.

Vegetable Lo Mein: Add vegetables of your choice tossed in salt, and pepper powder in this sauce mix along with egg noodles.

What are the best vegetables to go in a restaurant-style authentic chicken lo mein recipe?

You can add the following vegetables:

Red and Green Bell Peppers
Snow Peas
Sliced Onions
Sliced Carrots
Sliced Cabbage
Scallion / Spring Onion

a pan with chicken lo mein along with veggies,sauces tossed together

Best noodles for easy chicken lo mein?

The noodles used in Lo Mein are Egg Noodles. Normally they are thick, round, and chewy instead of thin, flat, and fried ones like how used in Chowmien.

You can try getting them from the closest Asian Stores near you as they have many options available.

Tips for Spicy Chicken Lo Mein

  • When adding the chicken to the wok to fry, do not add the marinade to the pan, Use tongs or a fork to pick chicken pieces and fry them. If the marinade is added then the whole dish will get messy.
  • To get the smoky restaurant flavor for the dish use toss on medium to high heat that gives a nice flavor to the final dish.
  • Do not overcook the veggies or make them very soft, keep them crunchy to get the combination of chicken and vegetables together in the dish.
  • Serve the dish immediately after preparing, reheating works well too but a fresh dish gives a unique flavor.
  • If you like more spice then increase the sriracha quantity too.

a top look of a pan with delicious chicken lo mein

A close look of chicken chowmein with cabbage,carrot,bell peppers

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    1. This was delicious. I was too lazy to marinate the chicken and it turned out fine :)

    2. it would be nice to have a smaller printable version

      1. I will update recipes soon with proper recipe card.Thanks for patience.

    3. Just to clarify, when cooking the chicken are you using sesame cooking oil and not the pure sesame oil? Or pure oil for both the cooking and the sauce?

      1. I am using cooking sesame oil.Its readily available in most grocery stores.Thanks.

    4. I made this with leftover turkey after Thanksgiving and my family loved it! Very flavorful. Also, I doubled the amount of sauce. Can't wait to make it again.

    5. Any suggestions on how to print this recipe? My system won't work, there are so many pages - it just keeps running. I'd really like to try it. TX.

    6. Could I just use PF Chang’s sauces making this recipe much easier?

    7. So so very good. Loved making this, easy and quick and delish...A definite keeper...thank you for sharing

    8. I would also like to be able to print this recipe.

    9. is it ok to marinate chicken overnight?

      1. Yes you can marinate chicken.But this recipe works well without marinating chicken too.

      2. No need of overnight marination,marinating chicken for few minutes is just fine.

    10. Hello! This looks great! Are you able to update so we can print it?

    11. Please update so we can print, thanks so much!!

    12. Can this recipe be made with zucchini noodles

    13. Hi, your recipe is so good and tasty! I am the queen of substituting items if I don't have them on the spot. no egg noodles, No chicken, no cabbage, no bean sprouts and no cornstarch. Instead: chinese low mein, shrimp, mushrooms and added chili garlic sauce. It was soooooo yummy! can't wait to make it for my girls. You see, the secret is on the seasoning ingredients and the sauce. Bravo!

    14. The only way to print this is to copy the recipe part, paste it to Word and then edit in word. It takes some time because the spacing is strange when copied over.

    15. This recipe was so good! Thank you so much. The sauce is absolutely delicious.


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