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Top view of Chicken Chow Mein in a wok with chopsticks

Chicken Chow Mein

This Chicken Chow Mein is an authentic Chinese restaurant quality recipe made with crispy fried noodles, tender chicken, colorful vegetables and the most amazing sauce so you can skip the takeout! It's easy to make in 20 minutes in just one pan and the perfect easy meal for busy weeknights! Includes grain-free, low carb, keto and paleo options. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword asian chicken recipes, cantonese chow mein, chicken chow mein, chow mein recipe
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 337 kcal
Author Kelly


Sauce and Marinade:

For the Noodles:

  • 6-8 ounces (225 grams) refrigerated / fresh chow mein or egg noodles see photos in post; OR can also use cooked dry chow mein, yakisoba or ramen noodles (can also use very thin cooked pasta if needed) - For grain-free diets these can be swapped with Jovial Grain-Free Cassava Spaghetti Pasta , Cappello's Grain Free Spaghetti Almond Flour Pasta or Palmini Noodles made from Hearts of Palm Pasta. Vegetable noodles work, too, like cooked spaghetti squash noodles or zucchini noodles
  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs about 1/3 lb., cut into 1” chunks
  • 2 Tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • ½ teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 cup shredded Napa cabbage , mixed cabbage slaw, bok choy or snap peas would work as well
  • 1/3 cup shredded or julienned carrots
  • 2 green onions , cut into 2-inch length
  • 1/3 cup mung bean sprouts , rinsed and drained
  • Sesame seeds for garnish

For Meal Prep:


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce. Measure out 1/2 tablespoon and drizzle over chicken in a separate bowl. Meanwhile, prepare noodles according to package instructions and set aside.
    Top view of chow mein stir fry sauce
  2. Heat oil in a non-stick pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add chicken and stir-fry for 4-5 minutes or until lightly brown. Add garlic and ginger and sauté for about 1 minute. Add cabbage and carrots and cook for 1-2 minutes or until wilted but still slightly crispy.

    Cubed chicken breast in a pan
  3. Add the noodles into the pan; give the reserved sauce a quick stir then pour over noodles. Use tongs to toss noodles to coat with sauce. Season with more salt, pepper or Sriracha and add more water to thin out the sauce, as needed.
    Top view of chow mein noodles in a wok
  4. Stir in bean sprouts and green onions, stirring for 30 seconds to combine then dish out and serve hot topped with sesame seeds.
    Top view of Chicken Chow Mein in a wok with chopsticks
  5. For meal prep - divide into even portions in containers and store in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat any leftovers in the microwave or on the stovetop.
    Top view of six meal prep containers of Chicken Chow Mein

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

*Chicken can be swapped out for turkey, beef or tofu.
*Broccoli, spinach, snap peas or bok choy can be used instead of cabbage

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Chow Mein
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 337 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 19g38%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.