Garlic Chicken Lo Mein: This delicious garlic chicken lo mein is so easy to make and the perfect take-out fake out. It is healthier than what you would get from your local restaurant and is tasty with Chinese egg noodles, lots of vegetables, and a tasty sauce that makes this a family favorite.
Lo Mein is a fantastic Chinese takeout option that is packed with flavor and can come together in under 30 minutes. It is easy to customize to your preference. The sauce is simple to make but offers a complexity of flavor. Delicious.
What Kind of Sauce is in Lo Mein?
This delicious garlic chicken lo mein has a lo mein sauce made with sesame oil base, ginger, garlic, brown sugar, oyster sauce, and a few other classics. The noodles are tossed in it with the chicken and the vegetables.
What is the difference between lo mein and chow mein?
The main difference between chow mein and lo mein is how to noodles are cooked. They are both Chinese egg noodles that use a wheat flour. However, chow mein noodles are fried until they are crispy. However, lo mein noodles are boiled until soft.
Both chow mein and lo mein are made with Chinese egg noodles.
This recipe can be used with either, but is soooo good with lo mein. Lo = Soft, Chow = hard! Both are delicious.
Lo Mein Meal Prep:
I love using lo mein for meal prep. It is delicious, and the sauce and flavors meld well together. If you want to use it for meal prep, just portion it into 4 containers after preparing it to the specifications in the recipe. It should keep for 3-5 days in the refrigerator with a lid.
I love making several different types of protein to go with the lo mein noodles and vegetables, this allows me to serve it each day without getting bored. And can make it super fun. Beef, chicken, shrimp, and veggies! My husband loves taking these to work. And my kids even like taking it for school lunch.
Lo Mein Recipe Customizations:
- Shrimp Lo Mein: Want something other than chicken? Try this same recipe with shrimp, just be sure to add the shrimp at the end and cook until pink. Shrimp quickly overcooks, and you don’t want to ruin it.
- Beef Lo Mein: If you want to make a beef lo mein you could use a ground beef, but the best option is a flank steak. You want to slice the steak thin, against the grain, and give it a quick sear. Then toss with the rest.
- Vegetable Lo Mein: This is a great way to get a vegetarian meal for meatless Monday! Just add your favorite veggies in and cook until tender but still crisp.
Is Chicken Lo Mein Good For You?
Lo mein is a common Chinese noodle dish. And though it contains vegetables, and a protein. it is often covered in a high sodium sauce, and the noodles make it high in carbohydrates. So depending on your health needs, it may not be the best meal for you. It can also have MSG. However, making it yourself allows you to customize it for your health needs, and make it easy to fit into a healthy diet.
My suggestion to make it good for you, and a healthy option, is to load it up with extra vegetables, and a low fat protein like chicken. For this recipe I included only the basics in vegetables, but you could add in whatever vegetables you want. You simply cook it until it is tender, but still fairly crisp.
Best Vegetables for Lo Mein:
- red and green bell pepper
- sliced cabbage
- sliced zucchini
- snow peas
- sliced baby bok choy
- sliced yellow squash
- green onions
- sliced carrots
- sliced onions
I love Asian inspired meals, they are always super fast and easy to make, and they are also pretty tasty. My kids loved this one! I was shocked. As soon as they saw it, they sat at the table, and they all ate every bite. Dinner success. And it came together very quickly. Plus…all those veggies!
- Start with your garlic. You want to sauté it until it is fragrant, but be careful not to burn it. I like to start on a lower heat.
- Add in your chicken. Drain it first, the chicken turns out better if it can get a little brown, too much liquid in the pan will steam it instead of brown it (like in my video…oops).
- Start boiling your water, and chopping your vegetables. This chicken lo mein comes together very quickly if you get things going simultaneously.
- Add your vegetables in. Put the garlic salt and oyster sauce in, as well as a couple of TBS of water.
- Cook for a few minutes, and cook your noodles.
- Don’t worry if the bottom is starting to brown, it adds a beautiful color and flavor to your dish.
- When noodles are almost done, add in your broccoli, then drain noodles.
- Add in your noodles, remove from heat, and stir it all up.
- Serve hot, and enjoy!
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Garlic Chicken Lo Mein
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 1 Tbs Garlic minced
- 1/2 tsp fresh ginger
- 1 1/2 lbs chicken breast diced small
- 1 zucchini diced small
- 1 yellow squash diced small
- 1/2 a large red bell pepper diced small
- 1 cup small chopped broccoli
- 1 cup sugar snap peas
- 1/2 a package lo mein noodles
- 1 tablespoon of rice wine Mirin or dry sherry
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp fish sauce
- 1/2 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp of chili garlic paste or Sriracha sauce
- 1 Tbs oyster sauce
- 2 Tbs water
- 1/2 tsp garlic salt
- Cook lo mein noodles according to package directions.
- Mix sauce and set aside.
- Place a large skillet over medium heat, and add olive oil.
- Add garlic and ginger, and saute for 1-2 minutes until fragrant
- Add chicken, and cook 2-3 minutes, then add in vegetables, except broccoli and sugar snap peas.
- Cook until veggies are tender and chicken is cooked through, approximately 3-5 minutes
- Add noodles and sauce, toss everything together, and add broccoli and sugar snap peas to pan.
- Cook an additional 1-2 minutes, to reduce sauce, and cook broccoli.
- Serve hot!
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