Slow cooker / Crockpot Chicken Lo Mein Noodles

 

This Chicken Lo Mein makes an easy slow cooker meal that is flavorful and versatile.

 

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We enjoy eating a variety of noodles in our house. It’s such a versatile dish that you can customize by tossing in your favorite veggies or protein.

Noodles also make a quick and easy meal which is definitely appreciated during this busy time of year when we are preparing for the holidays.

 

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Since I have been out of the house running holiday errands for most of the day lately, I made this Chicken Lo Mein even easier by tossing everything into my slow cooker.

Simply wash and chop the vegetables and combine it with the sauce and cook on high for about 2-3 hours or low for about 4 hours.

Browning the chicken is completely optional too.  I have tried both ways and they both yielded great results athough browning the meat first will give add an additional depth to the flavor.  Brown the chicken about 30 minutes prior to serving then add into the slow cooker.

If you are using fresh pre-cooked noodles like I did (I used pre-cooked Miki noodles as pictured below), you simply throw the noodles into the slow cooker and turn your slow cooker on high with the rest of the ingredients and sauce for about 10 minutes so the flavors can meld together.

If you are using dry noodles, cook them first according to the package directions, drain and add them to the slow cooker 10 minutes prior to serving the same way as the fresh pre-cooked noodles.

Adding the fresh pre-cooked or cooked dry noodles near the end or just prior to serving will ensure that the noodles will not get too soft and mushy.

 

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Feel free to make it your own with your favorite vegetables. I used baby bok choy and carrots here but I imagine broccoli, snow peas, baby corn or bell peppers would also work well in this dish.

Use pork instead of chicken or even extra firm or deep fried tofu for a meatless meal.

 

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My lil guy and Ty loved slurping these up. Ty kept saying he couldn’t believe this was made in the slow cooker.

 

 

I know this dish will definitely be making more appearances in our kitchen and I can’t wait try all the different noodle and vegetable variations.

Enjoy your day everyone :)

 

Slow cooker / Crockpot Chicken Lo Mein Noodles

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Slow cooker / Crockpot 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.

Ingredients

  • * 2 pieces of uncooked chicken breast (1 lb) (you can choose to leave them whole or cube them and brown in a pan first)
  • * 1 400 grams/14 ounces package of fresh Lo Mein noodles (I used Pre-cooked Miki Noodles) or cook 4 ounces of dry egg or pasta noodles of your choice (lo mein, chow mein, spaghetti, vermicelli, etc.)
  • * 2 cups or 1 bunch of baby bok choy, washed and sliced
  • * 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped or shredded into matchsticks
  • * 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • * 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • * salt and pepper to taste
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  • Chicken Marinade
  • * 2 teaspoons of low sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • * 1/4 teaspoon of sesame oil
  • * 1/2 teaspoon of potato or corn starch
  • **optional dash of black pepper or 1/4 teaspoon of chili garlic paste (sambal oelek)
  • Sauce
  • * 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • * 1.5 - 2 Tablespoons oyster flavored sauce or vegetarian flavored oyster sauce
  • * 1 Tablespoon low sodium light soy sauce or Tamari
  • * 2 teaspoons of honey or sugar
  • * 1 teaspoon of dark soy sauce
  • * 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
  • * 1/2 Tablespoon of Mirin or Chinese Cooking Wine (Shaoxing wine)
  • * *1-2 teaspoons of chili garlic paste (sambal oelek) - optional for a spicy kick
  • Starch Slurry
  • * 2 tablespoons of potato or cornstarch
  • * 1/4 cup of cool water

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the chicken with the chicken marinade and leave in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Spray inside of slow cooker with non-stick coating spray. If not browning the chicken, add raw chicken breast to the slow cooker and cook on low for 1-2 hours or high for 1 hour flipping halfway through until cooked through. (I browned half and left the other half and the results were great for both) IMG_9568.jpg IMG_9682.jpg
  3. Take cooked chicken out of the slow cooker on a plate. Place baby bok choy or vegetables of your choice, garlic and ginger in the bottom of your slow cooker and put cooked chicken back on top of vegetables. IMG_9692.jpg
  4. Combine sauce ingredients in a bowl and pour over all the ingredients in slow cooker. IMG_9697.jpg
  5. Cook on high for 30 minutes - 1 hour or low for 1.5 - 2 hours, stirring occasionally to distribute the sauce evenly.
  6. Toss the carrots into the slow cooker 30 minutes prior to serving. IMG_9698.jpg
  7. If browning your chicken, right after you have added the carrots (about 30 minutes prior to serving) turn stove to medium-high heat and add a 1/4 teaspoon of olive oil. Add cubed chicken and stir for 3-5 minutes or until browned. Add to the slow cooker on low for another 15 minutes. You can start cooking your noodles either now or after 15 minutes. IMG_8679.jpg
  8. **If using dry noodles, cook desired amount according to package instructions, drain and set aside.
  9. 10 minutes before serving, turn slow cooker to high heat, add the pre-cooked fresh or cooked dry noodles using tongs or chopsticks to combine all the ingredients making sure to coat the noodles with sauce.
  10. After adding noodles in to the slow cooker, if meat was not browned, remove the whole chicken breast and cut into cubes. Return cubed chicken to slow cooker and mix with other ingredients. Taste and feel free to add in salt and pepper and adjust any other seasonings to your liking.. IMG_9701.jpg
  11. Right after the noodles have been added to the slow cooker, in a small saucepan, whisk potato/cornstarch and water until combined. Transfer to stove top and bring to a boil over medium heat and reduce to simmer allowing slurry to thicken. Toss into slow cooker and stir into sauce and ingredients with a wooden spoon. Allow all the ingredients and sauce to sit and heat through for 5 - 10 more minutes.
  12. Remove and serve hot with rice or your favorite garnishes and sides.
  13. ***Please note that each different slow cooker has various cooking times. These are the cooking times that worked using my Rival Crock Pot Smart Pot that was purchased a few years ago. Please use my cooking time as a guide according to how your slow cooker works or consult your manufacturer's instructions.

Notes

** Please note that each different slow cooker has various cooking times . These are the cooking times that worked using my Rival Crock Pot Smart Pot. Please use my cooking times only as a guide or consult your manufacturer's instructions.

** You can sub in your favorite fresh noodles or use any dry egg or pasta noodles of your choice.

** Browning the chicken first will enhance the flavors and texture of the chicken but is not necessary. I tried browning half and leaving the other half of the chicken and they both tasted wonderful with the noodles.

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

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***Please note that each different slow cooker has various cooking times . These are the cooking times that worked using my Rival Crock Pot Smart Pot. Please use my cooking times only as a guide or consult your manufacturer’s instructions.

 

 

 

 

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! :D

    • 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. :)
    Thank you so much for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week- pinned & sharing!

  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 :D 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 :)

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