Chicken Lo Mein Recipe: Better Than Takeout

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This chicken lo mein has tender chicken, veggies, and noodles all stir fried in a savory sauce. It’s so easy to make and better than takeout!


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What is Chicken Lo Mein?

Chicken lo mein is one of the most popular Chinese-American dishes.

The term “lo mein” translates to “stirred noodles” in Cantonese.

It refers to the cooking method used to prepare the dish.

It’s made with noodles, vegetables, and tender chicken stir fried in a delicious savory sauce.

It can be found on the menu at almost every Chinese restaurant and unsurprisingly, a staple for takeout.

Lo mein can be made with various proteins such as beef, shrimp, pork, or tofu.

However the recipe I’m sharing here is for chicken lo mein, arguably the most popular of them all.

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Chicken Lo Mein Ingredients

Before you begin making this chicken lo mein recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Chicken: You can use chicken breast or thighs, cut into small pieces.
  • Noodles: Lo mein is a type of egg noodle, you can use dried or fresh.
  • Aromatics: Fresh garlic, onion, and ginger enhances the flavor.
  • Vegetables: This recipe uses carrots, napa cabbage, and green onions.
    • Substitute: Use whatever veggies you like! Bell pepper, broccoli, mushrooms, and snow peas are also great options.
  • Soy Sauce: Use a combination of regular and dark soy sauce.
    • Regular Soy Sauce: Adds saltiness and a savory umami flavor.
    • Dark Soy Sauce: Similar but deeper flavor, also adds color.
    • Substitute: You can use regular or low-sodium soy sauce only but the lo mein will be lighter in color.
  • Oyster Sauce: Oyster sauce adds a sweet, savory, and umami flavor.
  • White Pepper: White pepper adds a smooth and mild spice.
    • Substitute: Black pepper can be a substitute, it has a stronger flavor.
  • Cornstarch: Cornstarch in the chicken marinade helps keep it tender.
  • Sugar: Add white sugar to the sauce to balance out the saltiness.
    • Substitute: Substitute with brown sugar or your favorite sweetener.
  • Sesame Oil: Keeps noodles from sticking together and adds a toasty nutty flavor.
    • Substitute: You can use neutral oil to keep the noodles from sticking but it won’t add additional flavor.
  • Neutral Oil: Use oils that don’t have strong flavors to marinate chicken and stir fry.
    • Examples: Avocado, canola, or vegetable oil are neutral oils. Olive oil is not.

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chicken lo mein ingredients

How to Make Chicken Lo Mein

Chicken lo mein is so easy to make at home and just as delicious, if not better than takeout!

Next time you’re craving these stir fried noodles, skip the take out, and try this recipe instead.

It’s also a great fridge clean out meal when you need to use up ingredients and easily customizable.

I’ll walk you through this recipe step-by-step so you can easily make this at home.

As always, there is a video tutorial and recipe card at the end that you to print, pin to Pinterest, or save for later!

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Step 1: Marinate Chicken

Begin by cutting chicken breast or chicken thighs into small, thin, easy-to-bite pieces.

Then in a bowl, combine chicken, soy sauce, white pepper, cornstarch, and oil.

This is a Chinese marinating technique called velveting.

It helps keep the chicken tender when cooked.

Mix it all together so it is evenly coated.

Then set aside to marinate while you prepare the other ingredients for chicken lo mein such as cutting veggies, making the stir fry sauce, and cooking the noodles.

what is velveting chicken

Step 2: Make Stir Fry Sauce

Next make the stir fry sauce for the chicken lo mein.

In a separate small bowl, combine soy sauce, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, white pepper, and sugar.

Mix well and then set aide for later.

chicken lo mein sauce

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Step 3: Cook Noodles

In a pot, boil lo mein noodles according to package instructions.

Then drain the noodles and discard the cooking water.

Toss the noodles with some sesame oil to keep it from sticking together and also to add a nice toasty, nutty flavor.

Set the noodles aside for later.

lo mein noodles with sesame oil

Step 4: Cook Chicken

To cook chicken lo mein you’ll need either a wok or large pan.

Woks are great for stir fries because the shape makes it easy to toss ingredients and also retain heat so it cooks very quickly.

I am using a Made In carbon steel wok.

First, add a drizzle of oil into the wok or pan on medium to high heat.

Sear the marinated chicken on all sides for about 5 minutes or until it is cooked all the way through.

Remove the cooked chicken and set it aside so it doesn’t overcook while you cook the remaining ingredients.

stir fry chicken in wok

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Step 5: Stir Fry Chicken Lo Mein

Add another drizzle of oil if needed to the empty wok or pan.

Then add garlic, ginger, onion, and the white part of green onions.

Sauté for a few seconds until fragrant.

sauté aromatics in wok

Then add julienned carrots and sliced napa cabbage.

Stir fry the vegetables and cook until softened.

This takes about 5 minutes.

stir fry vegetables in wok

Next, add in the cooked lo mein noodles, chicken, and stir fry sauce.

Toss and stir fry until everything is evenly mixed together.

chicken lo mein green onion garnish

Step 6: Finish Chicken Lo Mein

Lastly, taste test and adjust to your liking.

Finish off the chicken lo mein with the green part of green onions.

Give it another quick toss and enjoy!

It is best served hot on a plate or bowl with chopsticks or a fork.

how to make chicken lo mein

Leftover Storage & Reheating

This chicken lo mein recipe makes about 4 servings and is great as leftovers.

Place any leftover into a sealed container and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days.

When you’re ready to eat, gently reheat on the stovetop over low to medium heat.

If you’re in a hurry, you can also use the microwave.

Avoid reheating chicken lo mein for too long or reheating multiple times.

Doing so may cause the noodles to become mushy and make the chicken dry.

A few minutes should be sufficient but time will vary depending on the method and equipment.

picture of chicken lo mein

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What to Eat with Chicken Lo Mein

Chicken lo mein is great as an entrée on its own, as a side dish, or as part of a larger family-style spread to share.

These stir fried noodles are savory, full of flavor, and pairs well with other dishes!

Here are some more recipe ideas to complete your meal:

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I hope this step-by-step tutorial for this chicken lo mein recipe was helpful and that you try to recreate this Chinese classic at home!

Skip the takeout next time you’re craving these stir fried noodles because it’s so tasty and easy to make.

Be sure to save this recipe and share it with your family and friends!

If you try it, then please leave a rating and comment below. I’d love to know what you think!

Chicken Lo Mein

This chicken lo mein has tender chicken, veggies, and noodles all stir fried in a savory sauce. It's so easy to make and better than takeout!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 1 lb chicken breast or thighs thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp oil (+ more for cooking)

Noodles

  • 13 oz lo mein noodles dried
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

Sauce

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp white pepper

Vegetables

  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 inch ginger minced
  • ¼ onion sliced
  • 4 green onions cut in 2" pieces
  • 2 carrots julienned
  • 2 cups napa cabbage sliced

Instructions

  • In a bowl, mix together chicken, soy sauce, white pepper, cornstarch, and oil. Set aside to marinate while you prepare the other ingredients.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together soy sauce, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, white pepper, and sugar to make the stir fry sauce. Set aside.
  • In a pot, boil noodles according to package instructions. Drain, rinse, and toss in sesame oil. Set aside.
  • Add a drizzle of oil to a wok or large pan on medium-high heat. Sear chicken for about 5 minutes or until fully cooked. Remove and set aside.
  • Add another drizzle of oil if needed then sauté garlic, ginger, onion, and the white part of green onions until fragrant. Then add carrots, napa cabbage, and stir fry until softened. Add in the cooked noodles, chicken, and sauce. Toss everything together.
  • Taste and adjust to your liking. Finish it off with the green part of green onions, give it another quick toss, and enjoy!

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