Chicken Chow Mein

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This chicken chow mein is a Classic Chinese treat made with linguine pasta or noodles, vegetables, and chicken. The oyster and soy sauce dressing makes it a more savory and delicious meal. 

chicken chow mein

In Chinese cuisine, Chicken Chow Mein holds significant importance due to its indulgent taste and ease of preparation. You don’t need many ingredients to craft this recipe; it comes together in under 30 minutes.

My kids often ask me to make Chicken chow mein for their lunch box, and I love to whip up this no-fuss recipe. They happily finish their lunch and give it a lot of praise.

This Chinese recipe is also best for those summer nights when you’re exhausted from cooking and want something simpler, tasty, and healthy. 

chicken chow mein recipe

The key ingredients that build the entire taste are soy sauce and oyster sauce. Vegetables are swappable, so add veggies according to your taste preferences.

Why This Chicken Chow Mein Recipe Wins Your Heart?

  • Subtle & Savory Taste: Being a Chinese recipe, the Chicken chow mein has more subtle, gentle, and savory tastes that feel soothing on the stomach. The juicy chicken chunks and authentic taste of veggies make this recipe super delicious. 
  • No Fuss Recipe: The recipe is straightforward, involves simple cooking techniques, doesn’t require any hard-to-find ingredients, and takes very little time. Chicken Chow Mein is definitely the way to go if you’re looking for a budget-friendly and time-saving recipe.
  • Nutritious: Chinese recipes are always low-fat, so if you’re following any low-fat diet, this is the right recipe for you. You can get a high amount of healthy protein from chicken bites, and carbs come from noodles.


ingredients for chicken chow mein

Chicken: Chicken is ideal for this recipe; it cooks more quickly than beef. You can also use ground turkey or shrimp, depending on your taste. But if you’re moving with chicken, use the boneless chicken pieces. 

Vegetables: I’m using thinly sliced carrots, cabbage, green onion, capsicum (bell pepper), white onions, and garlic paste. You have the freedom to swap vegetables. You can also use peas, broccoli, or mushrooms for a vibrant texture and to get the most nutritious. 

Noodles: Chow mein noodles are commonly famous as Chinese egg noodles; you can easily grab these noodles from the nearby grocery store. But if you cannot find them, simply go with spaghetti or linguine paste. 

Sauces & Spices: You need soy sauce, oyster sauce, red chili sauce, vinegar, black pepper, tomato ketchup, corn flour, garlic paste, salt, and red chili flakes. I know you don’t need to use red chili flakes for most Chinese treats, but I’m using a dash of it for a spicy Kick. Further, I’m adding chicken masala to infuse an authentic chicken taste. 

Let’s Make It: 

  1. Boil The Pasta: Heat the water in a wok or pan, and boil the pasta. I’m using Spaghetti, and they took around 5 minutes to become softer. 
boil pasta
  1. Fry The Chicken: The next step is to fry the chicken. Heat the oil, add garlic paste and onions, and toss the chicken. Stir the chicken and let it fry for 3 minutes on medium heat. 
adding garlic paste
adding chicken chunks
  1. Add Vegetables: Then, add all the vegetables, excluding the green onion, as we’ll be using those for garnish later. Fry and stir the vegetables for 2 minutes on a medium heat. 
adding vegetables
  1. Add Sauces: I’m not making a separate dressing, which is the beauty of this recipe. So, you must drizzle the sauces and ketchup over the vegetables. Next, sprinkle the black pepper, red chili flakes, and chicken masala for a savory taste. Stir the mixture and let the sauces blend with the chicken and vegetables for 2 – 3 minutes.
adding ketchup
adding spices
  1. Pour Corn Flour: Now, add the corn flour to thickened sauce for a glassy appearance. Skip this step if you’re not using corn flour. Tip: I’ve blended 1/2 tablespoon of corn flour with two tablespoons of water.  
adding baking soda
  1. Add The Noodles: Finally, add the noodles and garnish with green onions. Gently mix with specula or chopsticks, and that’s it; your chicken chow mein is now ready to serve. 
adding noodles

Tips For Making It More Special 

  • Add the red chili sauce to get those spicy reddish hues. 
  • To make chicken chow mein more healthy, add peas and mushrooms. 
  • Stirring is the key, so don’t rush out of your kitchen. After adding sauces to the vegetable, keep stirring to ensure a subtle and authentic taste. 
  • If you want more succulent, juicy, and tender chicken, marinate it with ginger, garlic, vinegar, and yogurt for at least 15 minutes. 
  • Must add garlic paste for an aromatic flavor and savory touch.


Typically, this recipe is made with famous Chinese egg and wheat noodles, but if they are hard to find, use spaghetti or linguine. 

I spent four years with Chinese students at university, and honestly, their taste buds aren’t accustomed to chili. Many Chinese dishes are traditionally non-spicy. However, you can add red chili flakes or other spices to kick up the heat.

You can store chicken chow mein for three days in an airtight container. Reheat it in a skillet on medium flame or microwave until warmed through before serving. 

chicken chow mein

Chicken Chow Mein

This chicken chow mein is a Classic Chinese treat made with linguine pasta or noodles, vegetables, and chicken. The oyster and soy sauce dressing makes it a more savory and delicious meal. 
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4


  • 10 oz spaghetti pasta
  • 10 oz boneless chicken
  • 2 carrots (thinly sliced)
  • ½ Onion (thin sliced)
  • 1 bowl cabbage 
  • 2 capsicum
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • ½ bowl green onion  
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp red chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup 
  • ½ tbsp vinegar
  • ½ tbsp black pepper
  • ½ tbsp chicken masala (optional)
  • tbsp red chili flakes
  • Adjustable salt


  • First, cook the paste in 3 glasses of water. Add a pinch of salt for taste. Spaghetti took around 5 minutes to cook.
  • Heat oil in a pan, sauté the garlic paste and add the chicken. Fry until the chicken pieces change color, then add the onions and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add vegetables (excluding green onions) and stir-fry for 2 minutes on medium heat.
  • Drizzle sauces and ketchup over the vegetables, then sprinkle with black pepper, red chili flakes, and chicken masala. Lightly fry the vegetable for 3 minutes.
  • Add corn flour to thicken the sauce and appear glossy. Omit if not using corn flour. Tip: Mix 1/2 tablespoon of corn flour with 2 tablespoons of water.
  • Add noodles, garnish with green onions, gently mix, and your Chicken Chow Mein is ready to serve.
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