Easy Slow Cooker / Crockpot Chicken Lo Mein Noodles

The best easy Slow Cooker Chicken Lo Mein ever! Perfect for busy weeknights with authentic restaurant quality ingredients. Best of all, takes ONLY 15 minutes to prep. No need to order take-out, this is so much quicker, tastier & healthier made all in your crock-pot!

Slow Cooker Chicken Lo Mein makes the perfect easy Asian-inspired weeknight meal! Best of all, takes only 15 minutes to put together with the most authentic flavors! My father was the head chef at a top Hong Kong Chinese restaurant and this was his specialty! So delicious and way better than any takeout!

 

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Best Slow Cooker Chicken Lo Mein is so easy to make & way better than takeout!
*** Pictures and recipe were updated October 2014 and some from August 2016

What’s your favorite dish that comes to mind when you think about comfort food? Ours is definitely anything with noodles or pasta.

We eat a large variety of noodles in our house which you can check out  HERE.

It’s one of my favorite dishes to clean out the fridge because you can use up all the lingering veggies hanging around.  Plus it’s so easy to customize by adding in your favorite protein.

This Easy Chicken Lo Mein is our favorite takeout dish and I decided one day to make it into my slow cooker. The flavors came out SO amazing and was seriously the best decision ever!

Best Slow Cooker Chicken Lo Mein is so easy to make & way better than takeout!
Just toss the chicken into the slow cooker with the sauce then once it’s ready, simply toss in your chopped vegetables and cooked noodles for another 30 minutes.

Slow Cooker Chicken Lo Mein makes the perfect easy weeknight meal! Best of all, takes only a few minutes to put together with the most authentic flavors! Way better than takeout!

 

Some other tips to note:

  • Be sure you add the fresh pre-cooked or cooked dry noodles NEAR the end or JUST PRIOR to serving. This will ensure that the noodles will NOT get too soft and mushy.
  • Feel free to make it your own with your favorite vegetables. I used baby bok choy and carrots here and I have also used snow peas, baby corn or bell peppers successfully in the past.
  • Use pork instead of chicken or extra firm or deep fried tofu for a meatless meal.  You can find the vegetarian version with extra firm tofu here.

 

Best Slow Cooker Chicken Lo Mein is so easy to make & way better than takeout!
The flavors are amazing and as authentic as you’ll get and you won’t believe that this was ALL made in the slow cooker, it’s the best ever and is by far the MOST popular recipe on this blog.

The original photos were taken that first night I made them on a whim since I didn’t really plan on posting the recipe.  I also had no idea it would have been such a hit with my readers and has now been repinned a total of over a million times!  I have since updated the photos and the recipe to make it easier.

You guys will love how easy dinner is served without having to order Chinese takeout!  If you don’t have a slow cooker, try my Easy Chicken Lo Mein or these Easy Shrimp Lo Mein noodles.  

 

Best Slow Cooker Chicken Lo Mein is so easy to make & way better than takeout!

Yields 4-6

Slow Cooker Chicken Lo Mein Noodles

This versatile Asian noodle dish is flavorful and saucy with baby bok choy, carrots and chicken breasts. This makes an easy meal that can be made all in the slow cooker if desired and the vegetables and protein are easily interchangeable to suit your tastes.

15 minPrep Time

3 hr, 30 Cook Time

3 hr, 45 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

  • SAUCE
  • 2/3 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 teaspoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes, optional

  • 2 cups fresh lo mein noodles or cooked spaghetti noodles
  • 2 cups baby bok choy, washed and sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup matchstick carrots
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch + 3 tablespoons cold water
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish, optional
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Instructions

  1. Lightly grease 4-5 quart slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Add chicken and season with salt and black pepper. In a medium bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce and pour over chicken. Cover and cook for 1 1/2 - 2 hours on high or 3-4 hours on low, stirring once to distribute sauce evenly.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare noodles according to package directions and set aside.
  3. Once chicken is cooked, transfer to cutting board and cut into cubes or shred with two forks.Toss back in to slow cooker along with bok choy, bell peppers and carrots. To thicken sauce, whisk together corn starch and water in a small bowl and stir into slow cooker. Allow sauce to cook and thicken on high for 30 minutes. Give everything a good stir to combine and coat with sauce.
  4. Serve hot and garnish with sesame seeds, if desired.
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Notes

Due to the lower heating element in older slow cookers, the sauce may not thicken in the slow cooker. If that is the case, spoon out all the sauce from the slow cooker into a small saucepan and bring to a boil on high heat until it thickens up. Combine with rest of ingredients and serve.

* Feel free to add in any other vegetables of your choice. Broccoli, snow peas and bell peppers would work well in this dish.

*Adding the fresh pre-cooked or cooked dry noodles JUST 20 minutes PRIOR to serving will ensure that the noodles will NOT get too soft and mushy.

**Use pork instead of chicken or extra firm or deep fried tofu for a meatless meal. I also have a vegetarian version on my site.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Lo Mein makes the perfect easy weeknight meal! Best of all, takes only a few minutes to put together with the most authentic flavors! Way better than takeout!

Slow Cooker Chicken Lo Mein makes the perfect easy weeknight meal! Best of all, takes only a few minutes to put together with the most authentic flavors! Way better than takeout!

Slow Cooker Chicken Lo Mein makes the perfect easy weeknight meal! Best of all, takes only a few minutes to put together with the most authentic flavors! Way better than takeout!

Slow Cooker Chicken Lo Mein makes the perfect easy weeknight meal! Best of all, takes only a few minutes to put together with the most authentic flavors! Way better than takeout!

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Lovely comments

  1. Crock pot lo mein noodles? That sounds like a fantastic idea. I’ve never really made any, but this would be a great place for me to start. Pinning!

    • Thanks Marcie, my crock pot has helped so much lately since I’ve been out and about all day with my toddler running holiday errands. Hope you like it if you give it a try and thanks so much for pinning :) Happy Friday and hope you have a great weekend!

  2. You have some awesome slow-cooker meals! This one looks SO good. Pinning to try ASAP! Thanks for sharing. =)

    • Thanks Amy :) My slow-cooker has definitely helped a lot during this busy holiday time when I’m out all day with my toddler running errands. Thanks so much for pinning and hope you have a great weekend!

  3. I didn’t know lo mein could be made in the slow cooker! I thought it would be mushy if put in the crock pot. I love how juicy and flavorful the dish looks Kelly :) Now I really want some!

    • If you add the fresh or cooked noodles into the slow cooker near the last 10-15 minutes before serving, they don’t get mushy and will absorb all the flavors from the sauce :) Thanks Shundara and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Wow – I never thought of making lo mein in the slow cooker. What a wonderful idea, Kelly!

    • Thanks Eva, we love using our slow cooker especially during this time of year when it can get hectic and busy. Happy Friday and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  5. This is great, I’ve never seen slow cooker lo mein! You have no idea how much I love lo mein noodles! Pinned, seriously trying this!

  6. Wow!! This looks delicious!! Seriously… such comfort, yet still healthy food!! Thanks girl!

  7. I truly wish that I had a slow cooker when I was in college. We can feed more than one person or I can freeze extra and it’s so easy to cook! I never thought of using slow cooker to make lo mein. Super genius! 😀

    • Aaw thanks so much Nami :) I wish I started using my slow cooker sooner too. I only just started using it more often a couple years ago when we first had my son and yes, freezing extras helps so much :) Happy Friday and hope you have a great weekend Nami!

  8. Kelly – you can make lo mein in a crock pot?! Who knew…and how genius! My little guy can plow away a huge bowl of lo mein noodles. He’s not very into carbs but just loves lo mein for whatever reason. I think he would flip to come home to a huge pot in the slow-cooker. I have to give this idea. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Thanks Monica, I’ve been using the crock pot more often lately since I haven’t had much time or energy to cook as much lately with all the holiday errands and baking. I decided to experiment with most of our meals and especially more noodle dishes since my lil guy loves noodles and it came out really good and flavorful both times I made it. Your son will enjoy this if he loves lo mein :) Happy Friday and hope you have a great weekend!

  9. Lo mein in the crockpot??? Kelly you are a genius! haha I LOVE this. We adore lo mein in our house but I would have never thought to do it in my crockpot. This is happening very soon.

    • Aaw thanks so much Ashley, I’m glad you like it :) Hehe, I have been using our crockpot as much as I can lately with all these holiday errands and baking and it’s been so helpful. Hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do if you try it :) Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend my friend :)

  10. Kelly, I want to seriously slurp up these noodles right now! My boys love this kind of meal…I bet they wished they could have it every single night for dinner. (=
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  11. Lo Mein in the slow cooker? Love it!!! I’m learning you can cook pretty much anything in a slow cooker. :)

  12. I had NO idea you could do Lo Mein in a slow cooker! Wow! That is fantastic news. I love Lo Mein and rarely get a chance to make it, but I am definitely trying this recipe. Thanks for posting Kelly! What a great idea!
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    • Thanks Kristi. I have been trying to use our crock pot to make as many meals as I can lately since it’s been so busy due to the holidays. So glad to hear you like this recipe :) Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

  13. Yes! Chicken Lo Mein is one of my favorite dishes and I love that you made it in a crockpot. It looks so incredibly delicious, Kelly!
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    • Thanks Ashley :) The crock pot has been really helpful during this busy holiday season:) Happy Friday and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  14. I’d never think to make lo mein in a crockpot – very clever Kelly!

    • Thanks so much Jeanette, I’m starting to really appreciate how helpful the crock pot can be lately :) Happy Friday and hope you have a great weekend!

  15. Love this easy and delicious meal Kelly…even better that you made it in the crockpot!

  16. We love using our slow cooker, especially in the winter! Never thought Chinese food could be made that way! Thanks!

    • Thanks Sarah and Arkadi! We love our slow cooker too – I’ve been really starting to appreciate it so much these days :) Have a great weekend!

  17. I love lo mein so much but never tried making it in our crockpot before, thanks for the great idea Kelly! Can’t wait to try it!

  18. I LOVE lo mein!!! Omg. Need to do this!

  19. We are a big noodle fan in our household. And you’re right, it’s truly versatile! I love this idea of slow cooking lo mein. Pure genius! Pinning, of course. :) Have a great weekend Kelly! xo

  20. LoL, i guess this is appliable in my dorm actually, hehehe
    btw, i like to chop the chicken to make the marinade and the seasoning penetrated even better!
    btw, never seen any preboiled noodle instead of udone before, lucky you my friend!

  21. I have been addicted to lo mein recently, gall bladder problems left me only able to eat starchy food, & a little at a time, so an order lasted me all week. So now, as of Mon, gall bladder is out & I’m going to start cooking again. This will be made very soon!

  22. A crock pot is definitely on my list of things to get, it sounds like a great idea for during the holidays when they days are only getting busier! I love that this dish is super customizable, and looks gorgeous too. Have a great weekend Kelly!

    • I didn’t realize how useful a crock pot could be until we got one a few years ago too. Thanks Katy, hope you have a great weekend as well:)

  23. super yummy crock pot noodles….we just wish to have some now…gonna try this out for dinner tonight,totally tempting and scrumptious,thanks so much for sharing :-)

  24. Never knew lo Mein can be cooked in slow cooker. Looks delicious.

  25. This looks SO good! Perfect for a dinner on a busy day :)

  26. Looks delicious and I love how quick and simple it is with the slow cooker! I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks, Kelly! 😉
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  27. I would never have thought to make lo mein in the slow cooker, but this looks amazingly perfect! I pinned this one to try for sure. Thanks for the recipe!
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  28. I love a variety of noodles, too. My favorite type of noodle is shaved noodles. I had it at the Cosmpolitan in Las Vegas, and it was so good! Your noodles look very saucy and delicious, I would eat them with tofu, veggies, and of course eggless noodles (and thank you for the meatless option) – I want to make my own noodles now! :) Hehe, sambal oelek is amazing, I love it in my marinade & dipping sauce, too! Have a wonderful weekend!

  29. Oh wow! This looks delicious! I always love a good slow cooker recipe. :)
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  30. What a delicious looking recipe! So much better than takeout! 😉

  31. Wow you can make this in a slow cooker? How amazing! Looks so yummy too. I’ll have to try this–so I can bake while I cook :)

  32. What a fantastic idea to make this in the slow cooker! I’m adding this to my dinner menu soon!
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  33. I can’t wait to try this yummy recipe. My home too have a crock pot.

  34. Just want to clarify, is the chicken precooked?

    • Hi Jennifer,
      You can add either precooked or uncooked chicken breast. I used raw but the precooked chicken breast can be added at step #3 in the recipe along with the vegetables and garlic and ginger or you can also brown it on the stove top at step #7. Hope this helps and thanks for stopping by.

  35. I have a question. Not quite sure how to express my confusion though.

    The recipe says to add the chicken before cooking it for several hours if you are not browning. But if you do want to brown, then step #7 says to brown the chicken and then add to the crock pot. Do you cook it first in the crockpot and then brown? Or do you wait until the end, quickly brown your chicken, and then add to the crockpot? How far into the cooking process do you brown the chicken?

    Hope that makes sense.

    • Hi Naomi,
      If you are browning the chicken on the stove top you do not need to precook it as you will cook it through in step #7. The browned chicken gets added to the slow cooker around 30 minutes prior to serving. I added the browned chicken to the slow cooker before adding the noodles to the crock-pot to absorb the rest of the flavors from the sauce. You can also add the browned chicken to the slow cooker at the very end once your noodles and sauce are ready and then mix everything together if you want the chicken to remain crisp. Hope that helps and please let me know if you have any other questions.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  36. Stephanie says:

    I was wondering if you had made this dish with another meat. I only eat seafood and was wondering about the idea of shrimp instead. I was wondering if you had any experience with this.

    Thanks!

    • Hi Stephanie, I’ve never tried making this with shrimp but have seen a lot of recipes for Shrimp Lo Mein. You could try cooking the shrimp on its own right before you serve the noodles in a saute pan on the stove top and then just toss together with the lo mein and sauce when it’s done to absorb the flavors. Thanks for stopping by and good luck – hope it works out :)

  37. The recipe looks great! I’ve never cooked this type of noodle before. Where can you get the brand you mention?

    • Thanks Ami, I got mine in the Asian refrigerated section of our local grocery store or you can try a local Asian Supermarket as well if there is one close by.
      Good luck and thanks for stopping by :)

  38. Can I use something in place of the oyster sauce. I am allergic to oysters.

    • Hi Shelly, you can try Vegetarian Oyster Sauce or just leave it out. You can also try adding more soy sauce or salt to taste as well as Hoisin sauce but the flavors won’t match entirely if using the Oyster sauce.
      Hope that helps and thanks so much for stopping by :)
      Kelly

  39. HI Kelly! I just wanted to say that this recipe is delicious! I made it last night for my family and everyone loved it! Although, I didn’t make it in the crock-pot, I’m not the best at pre-planning meals. No worries though it was perfect 😀 Thanks!

  40. Where do you buy those noodles? I have been looking for ones just like that and I can’t find them!

    • Hi Tara, I buy mine at a local large supermarket in the asian refrigerated section near the fresh pasta. I would imagine they sell these at any local asian grocery stores too. If you can’t find the fresh ones, you can definitely use dried spaghetti noodles and cook them according to the package first before mixing them into the crockpot at the end when everything else is done. Good luck and hope that helps :)

  41. Just wondering if you can explain dark soy sauce?! What brand did you use?

    • Hi Aj, dark soy sauce has a more intense, sweeter and less salty taste than regular soy sauce since it contains molasses. I usually use Pearl River or Lee Kum Kee or but feel free to use whatever brand works for you :) Hope that helps and thanks for stopping by :)

  42. Can I use something different instead of oyster sauce? My husband is allergic

    • Hi Amy, you can try Vegetarian Oyster Sauce or just leave out the oyster sauce entirely. If you do leave it out, you can try adding more soy sauce or salt to taste as well as Hoisin sauce but the flavors won’t match entirely as well if you were using the oyster sauce.
      Hope that helps and thanks so much for stopping by :)
      Kelly

  43. I really love it! I added some cashew in it to have more crunchy bites 😛
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  44. I’ve got this cooking in the crockpot right now! So far, it was very easy to prepare and smells great! Thanks for sharing! I’m going to try another one of your crockpot meals soon :)

  45. Hi, making this right now but noticed there’s no spot in the prep where you use the ginger and garlic. Is that for the marinade of the meat? Or do you put it in w the veggies?

    Thnks

    • Hi Jaime, I am looking at the recipe now and it should be in step 3. We add the garlic and ginger when we are adding the vegetables. Hope that helps and you like the finished results :)

      • Thank you so much! I was putting all the things together and was wondering why I got those ready. Thank you!! My house smells amazing from the chicken already! Can’t wait to try your other recipes!!! Thank you for making chinese food easy to do at home!

  46. Damn, girl! I just had lunch an hour ago, but browsing through your blog has made me hungry again :-)

    Lo Mein is my absolute favorite Asian dish, I just loooove it. I would love to learn to make it at home, and I am definitely going to try this slow cooker version! I will have to modify it slightly to make it gluten-free – if you have any tips on that, I would love to hear them :-)
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    • Haha, so glad you are enjoying all of these recipes, Elisa :) Hope you get to try out the lo mein noodles. You can also try making them on the stovetop instead of the slow cooker if that’s easier too. For a gluten free version, you can use either gluten free pasta noodles or rice noodles. Also for the soy sauce, use Gluten Free Tamari and Gluten Free oyster sauce. Hope that helps and good luck :)

      • It does help, thanks! I use organic gluten-free Tamari fairly often and can find it easily here in Zurich; hopefully I can find gluten-free oyster sauce as well :-)

  47. Wow! This looks so yummy! I will be making this on the weekend and I’m sure, the whole family will love this! Thanks for sharing!

  48. Help! I live in NE Florida and cannot find real Lo Mein Noodles! Any online suggestions on where I can buy them?

    • Hi Courtney, Amazon sells them online but the cost is higher. You can also use spaghetti noodles instead which would be much easier. Good luck and hope that helps:)

  49. I’m going to try this but not in the crock pot since I don’t have time for that, I hope it’s good! Your sauce components smell good

  50. This recipe looks great! Thank you for sharing! I was just wondering if I wanted to omit the vegetables, would I just pour the sauce over the cooked chicken and add the cooked pasta right away or would I want to let the chicken cook in the sauce for a while before adding the cooked noodles? Thank you very much!

    • Hi Erin, you would still cook the chicken first with the sauce. Remove from slow cooker and shred or cube then add back to slow cooker with the cooked noodles and stir everything together to coat with sauce. Then immediately add corn starch slurry to thicken the sauce for 10-15 minutes on high heat. Stir again & remove promptly so the noodles don’t get mushy. Good luck, hope that helps:) Kelly

  51. allison ng says:

    Is it necessary to stirring occasionally? I’m thinking of putting everything in the cooker before leaving for work.

    • Hi Allison, if you are planning on making this for work, you might have to use chicken thighs (chicken breasts will dry out) and cook on low with just the sauce (minus the corn starch slurry) and leave out the veggies and noodles and add them to the slow cooker after you get home from work. Those cook fairly quickly on high heat so they will burn or get mushy if you cook them all day with the chicken. Good luck, hope that helps:)

  52. I didn’t know what to make for my dad for fathers day I hurried and whipped this up thank you

  53. Where do you buy the noodles

    • Hi Ann, I buy my noodles at an Asian supermarket but you can use spaghetti noodles and cook them al dente if you can’t find the fresh noodles I have. Good luck and enjoy! :)

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