Chicken Lo Mein recipe 

By Rena |

Packed full to the brim with healthy vegetables and lean protein, this homemade Chicken Lo Mein Recipe is so much better than take out! It’s ready in no time at all, and perfect for the whole family.

top view chicken lo mien in a skillet

Dinners have to tick a few boxes to be winners in my kitchen. They must: taste amazing, have vegetables and protein somewhere in there, be easy to throw together, and the kids (all 5 of them!) need to love the meal (or at least eat it up). This Chicken Lo Mein recipe ticks every single one of those boxes! Prep is so simple, it takes me just minutes to get everything ready to cook, and then dinner is on the table in less than 30 minutes. It’s much better than takeout, using healthy, fresh vegetables and lean protein, and no strange ingredients that might come with food delivery.

Why you will love this recipe

  • It’s so easy! It’s just a matter of cooking the noodles and the chicken, vegetables, and sauce, and then tossing it all together. If you love speedy recipes that are loaded with flavor, this chicken lo mein is for you!
  • Family-friendly: My kids eat this up quickly and ask for more! It makes me a happy mom because it’s packed full of nutritious goodness.
  • Good for you: This is a balanced meal with lean protein from the chicken, healthy vegetables like bell peppers and spinach, and carbs from the noodles to give you energy and fill you up!
  • Use up extra veggies: One of my favorite things about this recipe is that just about any vegetable can go into it, making it an excellent choice when some of the vegetables in your fridge are beginning to look a little past their peak. Check out the list below for other veggie options!
top view chicken lo mien in an orange skillet

Ingredients for the Chicken Lo Mein

  • Chicken: Boneless skinless chicken breasts are perfect in this recipe as they are a blank canvas that takes on other flavors really well. You can substitute boneless skinless chicken thighs, flank steak, shrimp, or diced turkey breasts if desired.
  • Noodles: Dried or fresh egg noodles are great in this chicken lo mein recipe! It’s more traditional to use fresh egg noodles in lo mein and dried in chow mein, however, either is great and it’s usually easier to find the dried noodles in the supermarket.
  • Bell Peppers: Use any color you prefer! I added yellow and red this time, on the other hand, orange and green would be delicious too.
  • Spinach: I love throwing healthy greens in where I can, and fresh spinach boosts both the color and nutrition in this recipe. You could substitute kale if you have that on hand (stems and veins removed).
  • Garlic: Garlic adds a ton of flavor and is so good for you! Add an extra clove if you love the garlicky taste.
  • Sesame seeds: Nutty and slightly crunchy, sesame seeds add a little texture. They can be left out if needed.

Lo Mein Sauce:

  • Soy Sauce: I like to use low-sodium soy sauce to cut down on the overall salt. Regular soy sauce does well in this recipe too, just add a little less so that it doesn’t become too salty.
  • Sweet Chili Sauce: Sweetness and spicy heat, this is a great condiment to keep in your pantry – it goes with everything!
  • Sesame oil: Rich and nutty, sesame oil is in all of my favorite Chinese-inspired recipes. I don’t recommend substituting it for another oil because this one is all about the flavor.
  • Ginger: A little more heat and taste, ginger is so good in this lo mein sauce!
Ingredients on a grey table (chicken, spinach, egg noodles, peppers, garlic, various condiments, spices, and oils).

How to make this Homemade Chicken Lo Mein recipe

  1. Cook the noodles according to package directions, then drain and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all the sauce ingredients.
  3. Preheat a large frying pan over medium heat and drizzle with the oil.
  4. Add the chicken and season to taste. Cook, stirring frequently, until golden brown and almost cooked through.
Cooked chicken in a wok.

5. Stir in the bell peppers and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked through. Add the spinach and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until just wilted.

Cooked chicken and bell peppers.

6. Remove from the heat and toss with the hot cooked noodles and the sauce. Garnish with sesame seeds.

close up chicken lo mien in a skillet

Tips for Success

  • Switch out the protein: I used chicken breasts because I prefer lean protein, however, boneless skinless chicken thighs, thinly sliced flank steak, shrimp, or diced turkey breasts are all perfect for this recipe too!
  • Try different vegetables: There is a whole variety of vegetables you can add to Chicken Lo Mein. Check out my list below for more ideas!
  • Add a little more heat: I sometimes like to dice up one chili pepper and toss it in there as well for a little extra spice!
top view of chicken lo mien in an orange skillet

What other vegetables Can I add to chicken Lo Mein?

Here is a list of my favorites that I like to switch between:

  • Bell pepper (red, yellow, orange, green)
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Sliced onion
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow squash
  • Carrots
  • Baby corn
  • Sweetcorn
  • Snap Peas
  • Broccoli
  • Chili peppers
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Water chestnuts
  • Mushrooms
  • Bean sprouts
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes
  • Asparagus

close up of lo mien with veggies and chicken

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chicken Lo Mein made of?

Chicken Lo Mein is made of lo mein egg noodles, diced chicken, a selection of vegetables (this chicken lo mein recipe has bell peppers, fresh spinach, and garlic), and it all gets tossed in a sauce made of soy sauce, sesame oil, sweet chili sauce, and ginger.

What is the difference between lo mein and chow mein?

These two dishes use the same kind of noodle, the difference is how they are prepared. Lo mein noodles get tossed in the sauce with the other ingredients at the end, chow mein noodles are stir-fried with everything instead.

Is Chinese Chicken Lo Mein healthy?

Yes, especially if it’s homemade! It has healthy, lean protein, fresh vegetables, and carbs for energy. It is an excellent, healthy balanced dinner idea.

close up chicken lo mien with veggies in a skillet

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top view of chicken lo mien in an orange skillet

Chicken Lo Mein Recipe 

Packed full to the brim with healthy vegetables and lean protein, this homemade Chicken Lo Mein Recipe is so much better than take out!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Diet: Low Fat
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 317kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Chinese egg noodles
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 bell peppers different colors, julienned
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds

Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger

Instructions

  • Cook the noodles according to package directions, then drain and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine all the sauce ingredients.
  • Preheat a large frying pan over medium heat and drizzle with the oil.
  • Add the chicken and season to taste. Cook, stirring frequently, until golden brown and almost cooked through.
  • Stir in the bell peppers and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked through. Add the spinach and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until just wilted.
  • Remove from the heat and toss with the hot cooked noodles and the sauce. Garnish with sesame seeds.

Notes

  • Switch out the protein: I used chicken breasts because I prefer lean protein, however, boneless skinless chicken thighs, thinly sliced flank steak, shrimp, or diced turkey breasts are all perfect for this recipe too!
  • Try different vegetables: There is a whole variety of vegetables you can add to Chicken Lo Mein. Check out my list below for more ideas!
  • Add a little more heat: I sometimes like to dice up one chili pepper and toss it in there as well for a little extra spice!

Nutrition

Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 621mg | Potassium: 711mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 4007IU | Vitamin C: 84mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 3mg
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