Chicken Lo Mein with yummy Chinese egg noodles, bean sprouts, chicken, bell peppers and carrots ready in under 30 minutes!
Of all the Chinese dishes to choose from, this recipe is a fantastic Chinese Food Recipe option if you’re looking for something a bit thicker than the traditional Chow Mein. And with other incredibly easy recipes like Crab Rangoon and Easy Mongolian Beef, you won’t run out of yummy options to feed to your family!
Chicken Lo Mein is one of the best takeout foods you can easily make at home. Authentic flavors and a savory sauce make this fragrant dish a mouthwateringly good option for any weeknight meal. It is a healthy noodle dish that is absolutely packed with tons of fresh veggies.
We’ve all been there as kids when someone would try and make a good Chinese noodle dish like in Chinese restaurants but despite their best efforts, they’d end up with soy sauce flavored noodles and all the veggies they thought they could hide in the pot. This is not that. This also not chow mein which utilizes thin, pan fried noodles.
The thick egg noodles are boiled, drained, and then tossed with light coat of sesame oil. This brings a strong base flavor critical to the dish. Then, the chicken is cooked until ready. Then the veggies are stir fried until just crisp, a special homemade sauce is then added, and it all gets mixed together. The result is a fabulous, and easy, authentic Chinese food dinner that your family will absolutely love. Serve with a side of Potstickers or Spring Rolls for a yummy anytime dinner!
How to Make Chicken Lo Mein
Making Chicken Lo Mein is very easy! The process is simple, just follow the steps to ensure perfectly cooked vegetables that aren’t soggy when served.
- Step One: Prep and chop all the veggies and other ingredients before cooking.
- Step Two: Cook and prep the noodles. Rinse in cold water before coating in sesame oil. Set aside in a medium bowl.
- Step Three: Cook the skinless chicken breasts on both sides until ready.
- Step Four: Half of the veggies will get cooked (see recipe below for more details).
- Step Five: Prep and stir in the sauce base.
- Step Six: Cook the other half of the veggies.
- Step Seven: Mix everything together in the pan, toss well, and serve steaming hot!
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Frequently Asked Questions
A traditional Chow Mein has noodles that are boiled, then stir fried until having a slightly crisped exterior while Lo Mein is boiled then tossed in a sauce without cooking the noodles an additional amount. The noodles are roughly the same, both egg noodles, but Lo Mein noodles are normally thicker and chewier.
Lo Mein sauce is made with a sesame oil base that the noodles are tossed in with garlic, fresh ginger, oyster sauce and soy sauce to round out the slightly sweet and slightly spicy sauce.
This recipe is not spicy and is friendly for all ages.
If you’d like to make it a bit spicy, you can add a teaspoon of red pepper flakes while cooking the first half of the veggies. If you’d like it more spicy, add about a tablespoon of sriracha to the sauce. If you’re trying to make it flaming spicy hot, half 5 Schezuan chilis (also commonly known as chile árbol) and fry at the beginning with the garlic and ginger.
Yes! The best way to cook quickly and over high heat for Asian dishes is the Wok. It is the perfect stir fry pan and can be used for dozens of Asian Food Recipes.
There’s a lot of options.
These veggies are used in this recipe:
– red and green bell pepper
– green onions
– julienned carrots
– thinly sliced onions
Not used in this recipe:
– sliced baby bok choy
– sliced zucchini
– snow peas
– water chestnuts
– baby corn
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Key Ingredients in Chicken Lo Mein
The variety of ingredients in this recipe is astounding, and delicious! As always, try to buy frozen or fresh vegetables from your local farmer’s market or Asian market. And don’t use canned vegetables for this recipe.
- Chicken: We’re using skinless chicken breasts in this recipe (about one pound chicken breasts). You can also use chicken tenders or chicken thighs as well. Just make sure they are boneless when cooking.
- Vegetables: There are a lot of vegetables used in this recipe. You can get each one individually and prep it yourself. Another great option is to buy the pre-mixed bag of stir fry noodles from your local grocery store. If you choose this route, cook half the veggies at the beginning, then the other half during the second round according to the recipe below. The result may not be exact, but if you’re trying to save time, this is a great option.
- Sesame Oil: This is a critical ingredient and must not be overlooked. The flavor of sesame oil in this dish is unmistakeable and not really able to be substituted. You can find sesame oil in the international section of your local grocery store. Or, you can easily purchase your sesame oil online. Some Asian grocery stores will try and sell less expensive options that aren’t actually sesame oil, so just be sure the one you’re buying is authentic sesame oil by checking the ingredient list.
- Noodles: The secret to good Lo Mein is found in the thick Chinese egg noodles. Avoid angel hair noodles or other thin noodles. If you’re desperate and in a pinch, spaghetti noodles will work just fine, they just won’t be as thick and chewy as authentic Lo Mein noodles.
- Soy Sauce: Nothing much to say here except Kikkoman Soy Sauce (regular soy sauce) has the best flavor overall and we always recommend low sodium soy sauce (light soy sauce). If you do have dark soy sauce, that is fine to use as well.
- Oyster Sauce: If there was a secret ingredient, oyster sauce would probably be it. It’s a special sauce literally made from oysters! It is dark brown, thick, and slightly sweet. Many Asian Food Recipes call for oyster sauce so you won’t run out of ways to use it!
Lo Mein Recipe Variations
- Shrimp Lo Mein: Cook the shrimp after the veggies instead of before and remove them reserving them to toss with the pasta at the end. Undercook the shrimp by about 15 seconds before cause they will keep cooking in with the pasta.
- Beef Lo Mein: Flank steak is the best beef for Lo Mein. Slice the beef against the grain and cook in on a high heat for just 30 seconds on each side.
- Vegetable Lo Mein: The easiest of all the varieties, add in your favorite vegetables cooked until just softened but still with a crisp bite. Try adding water chestnuts for a crispy addition.
- Tofu Lo Mein: Simply substitute the chicken for a regular block of tofu. Slice it thin into thirds, pat dry with paper towel, and fry on both sides like you would chicken.
- Sauce Ingredients: You can substitute the water with equal parts chicken broth. Add a tablespoon of brown sugar to give it the slightly sweet taste found in your favorite Chinese restaurant version.
How to Serve Chicken Lo Mein
- Toppings: Sprinkle the top with green onions and sesame seeds for an impressive presentation.
- Plate or Bowl: It’s recommended to serve in a bowl, or thick rimmed plate. It looks really nice too.
- Sauce: You can serve Chicken Lo Mein with side sauces of hot sauce, hoisin sauce, and dark soy sauce or light soy sauce.
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How to Store Chicken Lo Mein
- Serve: Chicken Lo Mein can be kept and served at room temperature up to 2 hours before it should be refrigerated. Just be sure to keep a lid on it when not being served.
- Store: If it’s sealed in an airtight container, Chicken Lo Mein will last up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Be sure to reheat fully to 165º F internally.
- Freeze: You can freeze Chicken Lo Mein in an airtight container or freezer safe bag for up to 2 months for best taste. Defrost overnight before reheating, adding some soy sauce if needed.
- 10 ounces Chinese egg noodles
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 chicken breasts , thinly sliced
- 1 red bell pepper , thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup light soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 carrot thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup onion thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup shredded cabbage
- 1 cup bean sprouts
- Cook the egg noodles one minute shy of the directions.
- Drain and toss with sesame oil in a bowl to coat.
- Heat canola oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat.
- Cook the chicken 3-4 minutes on each side until cooked through.
- Remove from the pan and add in the red bell peppers, ginger and garlic and cook them for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently until just softened.
- In a bowl, mix together the water, soy sauce, cornstarch, vegetable oil and oyster sauce then add the mixture into the skillet.
- Add in the carrot, onion and cabbage and cook for 1-2 minutes before adding back in the chicken and egg noodles.
- Add in the bean sprouts, toss all the ingredients together well and serve.
Photos used in a previous version of this post.
The lo mein noodles taste perfect. It’s not too much sauce but just enough for it to be coated and taste amazing! Make sure to freeze your chicken for 10 minutes before so it cuts better, and if it is big chicken breast, slice it in half in the middle.
I followed the recipe but for some reason my cornstarch clumped and the noodles had like no flavor . Any ideas what I did wrong ?
Was the cornstarch dissolved in the soy sauce and other liquids? It should be mixed into a room temperature liquid before being added to heat. I apologize for the instructions not being more clear about that. I added more clarity to that step. Without the cornstarch helping to make a sauce that coats the noodles I can believe it tasted significantly less delicious, I’m sorry for that experience.
Made this tonight. I made some substitutions on veggies to suit my preference (no peppers or cabbage – used mushrooms and green onions instead of regular onions). This has really great flavor and wasn’t too salty! Delish!
Absolutely the best lo me in I’ve ever made. Thanks for sharing.
Made this yesterday, it was good. Sesame oil was very strong, I’ll definitely use less next time.
LOL a teaspoon of Sesame Oil was strong??? Mayonnaise a bit spicy too?
i agree the sesame oil was a bit much!
OMG this is some of the best home made lo mein I’ve ever made!! One of my favorite things is to put duck sauce in my mein and I didn’t have any and this is simply delicious; thank you for sharing ??
A great starting base for Lo Mein! I made this twice. The first time I made it I made sure to follow everything as written. The chicken was bland and the sauce was good but could use some tweaking.
The second time I made it, I marinated my chicken breast with Garlic, Ginger, Soy sauce, Black pepper, and sesame oil. For the sauce, I followed the recipe but added more oyster sauce . Everything turned out better than my first go! I highly recommend that you marinate your chicken if you have the time!
I’ll definitely make it a few more times to tweak it to my preferences.
Really good flavor ! For everyone saying not enough flavor , did u season your chicken????? I used a stir fry seasoning . One thing to note for me is it was SO thick . I had to add double the amount of water and more soy sauce but it was GREAT tasting , just no idea what I did wrong .
I was wondering if using the packet stir fry season would be good and won’t be so thick?
The sauce makes this dish. I used veggies I had on hand, broccoli, celery, onion, carrots and because I made too many noodles skipped the bean sprouts. We really enjoyed it. Better that take out!!
Just like my favorite restaurant makes but not as greasy. Definitely going in my favorites.
This was delicious! I would cut back on the cornstarch next time, but definitely would make again!
I am a chef and tried this recipe for my daughter and her fiancé’, this recipe was not at all flavorful, the chicken did not have the flavor profile it should have, the recipe was not at all something I would recommend or ever make again.
Chicken Lo Mein
I don’t like Chinese food but my husband loves it. Tried this, added bok choy and pea pods, doubled the broth and it was absolutely delicious ? We both devoured!
Thank you for a new recipe added to the rotation!!
I made this tonight for dinner but it’s lacking flavor what did I miss?
Hi Bev! I am so sorry you did not enjoy it! Its hard for me to say what could have caused so little flavor without watching you cook, but I hope the next recipe you try is to your liking!
Hello, I don’t know when this receipt changed but it is no longer accurate. It was great now it is trash. The now lack of specificity in the instructions 1/4 cup from Tbls. It’s just bad. No taste, very bland now.
I found this recipe is so easy to make
The steps and times to cook were right on
this will be my go to recipe for lo mein with any type of meat
Thanks very much
I went to the store today just to get all the stuff to make this delicious looking fish but forgot Oyster sauce ? any suggestions substitute I can use? I’m definitely not going back to the store.
Hey Holly, soy sauce would work just fine for this recipe.
Just made this for the family this evening. Not only is the recipe super simple, it has the flavor of restaurant quality lo mein. The kids requested shrimp instead of chicken, but there are clearly so many variations possible here, especially as noted with respect to the veggies. This will be saved in my favorites for sure!! Thank you for sharing.
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Easy and tasty.
My husband & I had this Lo Mein dish tonight and it was fabulous!!! Absolutely loved it, thank you for the recipe.
So glad you loved it!! thank you!
I love to try new recipes, I cooked this tonight and was not impressed. No flavour.I liked all the veg , noodles, chicken but the sauce tastes like something is missing.
Loved this recipe. I used already cookied tail off x-small shrimp. I only made one tweak. I boiled my lo mein noodles in chicken stock. Which I reserved a little of the liquid to cook the veggies and to thicken instead of cornstarch. I also made your lemon chicken (a few times now), but finally thought to grab a picture before I dig into my left overs (even better the next day). I made egg fried rice as well. Thanks for sharing your recipes. I just don’t know how to attach it. Lol
I’ve made your recipe a whole lot of times and added broccoli and removed cabbage option , added mushroom to it, white pepper and sweet chili to it and its delicious. Its such a big hit and when my Asian friends tell me I’ve mastered the flavors and taste better than our local chinese stores I smile because of your recipe .
I added a little sweet chili sauce as well! It really gave it that extra kick it needed.
Looks great cant wait to make it
This was very good! I chopped up some baby bok choy, added sliced mushrooms along with the listed recipe ingredients. I love all kinds of cabbage and thought it would go nicely along with the shredded cabbage. Also added some snow peas.. so much better than the buffet! Thank you so much! We loved it!
Excited to try this recipe tonight! Are the lo mein noodles that are pictured the same ones linked to the Amazon egg noodles or are they different? Looking for the thickness that is shown in the picture. Thanks in advance!
Yes, they’re the same thickness. I might have used a different brand from a local grocery store but these will definitely work. I hope you enjoy it!
What brand of noodles are those. Looking for the exact kind
Hi! If you click the “Egg noodles” in the ingredients it will take you directly to the noodles used.
I made this tonight for dinner. Easy to make but felt it had no flavor and lacked seasoning. Maybe double the sauce the next time and had some salt??
You could double it and adjust the seasoning to fit more to your liking. Hope this helps for next time.
This is an excellent recipe. I used roasted chicken breast and just started it with the veg. My husband loved it and I will for sure make it again often. I found perfect lo mein noodles at World Market.
Thanks for the tip, Marsha.
I made this today for supper. We both enjoyed it very much! I will add more bean sprouts when I reheat the leftovers. Excellent recipe! I used a Costco roasted chicken breast half and started it with the carrot and cabbage with no salt but all the pepper, the fresh noodles from World Market and I sliced the cabbage 1/4″ thick so it would stay a little crunchy. My husband had two big servings.
Wayyy too salty and sticky! I would use half the amount of cornstarch and soy sauce. Or check another recipe
If I could give 0 stars I would. I love trying new recipes and honestly this was a waste of my time. Tasted awful and nothing like lo mein. I would have been better off buying Chinese takeout. The sauce was awful and definitely was missing something. Don’t know how this recipe received so many 5 stars. Will be looking for a better lo mein recipe
I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it, Vanessa.
The sauce and whole finished product tasted pretty good to me, even better than takeout.
Another yummy recipe, thank you.
Yuck! No mirin, no sugar, and no honey makes for one very salty meal.
This recipe needs work.
Excellent, thank you!
Wondering if rice noodles would work as a substitute because I have Celiac Disease and am gluten free. Anyone try this?
You can really use any type of noodles that work for you. Enjoy!
These comments are insane. This tastes nothing like take out. I followed the recipe exactly, and this is like something from the frozen food section at best. Very disappointing.
Do you use fresh or canned bean sprouts? Fresh bean sprouts seem very hard to find. Looks delicious, can’t wait to try it 🙂
I used fresh as the canned versions don’t have the same texture or flavor. If you’re having an issue finding them, you could substitute with more cabbage or thinly sliced Bok choi. Hope that helps.
When you say 10 oz egg noodles, do you mean cooked or uncooked?
10 ozs of dry egg noodles.
Tried for the first time tonight I did not use the bell pepper or sesame oil. It was good for something different and will make again using the sesame oil. Thumbs up from my family.
Chinese food never tastes the same homemade but even the take-out isn’t so great now. This recipe was outstanding. It’s take-out but it’s the best take-out. Next time I want to try it without the cornstarch which is what I’m used to. Yummy!!!! Thank you!!!
Thanks for the 5 stars.
Hi Sabrina, this looks lovely so will be making it for dinner tonight. Just wondered whether you ever velvet your chicken. I simply slice it thinly then add a couple of tablespoons of cornflour (corn starch for the US peeps). Just leave it in the fridge for 30 minutes and the chicken will be the so tender, I do it every time I cook Chinese and it makes such a difference.
Thanks for the feedback, Keith. I appreciate the 5 star rating.
Delicious! I made it without any meat (I’m a vegetarian) pretty much as written – but used hoisin sauce instead of oyster sauce. My husband added some thin slices of grilled pork to his. Several times he said “this is REALLY good!” The recipe is so easy, so versatile and so tasty we will make permutations and combinations of it many times in the future, experimenting with different veggies, tofu and other different proteins. Thank you . . .
This was delicious!! I added some brown sugar to it just to give it a little more sweetness but the recipe is still good as is! Thank you so much for posting this recipe!
This came together pretty quickly. I used coleslaw mix from a bag (I didn’t have time to run for a cabbage leaf from the garden, which was my original plan), julienned carrots and green onions sliced on bias. I had made fresh lo mein noodles which I froze a couple of months ago. The sauce… seemed to be missing something… and I can’t imagine what because I have never even had lo mein before. Lol. I thought maybe a little more salt… Or maybe some sugar/hoisin? Pepper flakes? I will make again. It was a very pretty dish.
This was delicious.Thank you! A bit of prep, because this cooks up fast. Topped with some toasted peanuts for a little extra crunch. 🙂
Wow, tastes just like take out! This is an excellent recipe! We subbed out for coconut aminos instead of soy sauce just to cut down on salt and added mushrooms. Fantastic!
This is quick, easy and awesome!
Aww thank you for the great review! I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe!
Delicious!!!! Done it again!!!
One of the best recipes, quick, easy and delicious!!
I didn’t use any for this recipe.
I loved since the first time I try and it’s very easy and low cost to make it
I used wheat spaghetti noodles and add mushrooms but followed the rest of the recipe….I add extra soy sauce to my bowl but absolutely love this recipe!!! Thank you!!!
One question: when are you getting your own app? I would love an easier way to navigate this website on a table when not connected to the WiFi( when I go camping)
It’s a work in progress. Stay tuned!
My husband loves Chinese food but I’m not the greatest at cooking it at home. This recipe seemed doable even for a clumsy cook like me, with a cuisine I’m not skilled at mastering!
So it turned out great; the only reason I gave it 4 stars is because next time I’ll double up on the veggies. I ended up using the entire package I had of bean sprouts and that was great, so I realized using more veggies would make it even better.
My husband doesn’t like bell pepper or oyster flavors so I left them out. I ended up using a tbsp of sesame oil to mix with the noodles.
By the way, using those noodles really made a difference in the overall dish; thank you for using them in this recipe.
My husband asked for just a little more soy sauce flavor (added it himself) so I’ll do that with the recipe next time. It came together MUCH faster than I thought it would as well.
Thank you again for sharing it; it’s great to know I can recreate something he loves here at home!
I’m so glad you decided to give it a try!
Decent base recipe but it could use some additional seasonings/spices because otherwise it’s pretty bland
Oh God Sabrina! Do you know how long I’ve been looking for you? I love you, and I don’t even know you!..haha…. Do you know all the gazillion places I had to look to find all I wanted and needed in one website!? All your recipes look amazing! I love the combinations of different ethnic groups! Indian, Mexican, Thai (among my very favorite..surely must have been Thai in another life!) and the copycat stuff….wow! Where were you in my 6 years in Mexico where I missed home food! All ingredients are non-boring and reading them just makes my mouth salivate! I can almost taste the finished product! You have NOOOOO idea how happy I am to find you! Wow! THANK YOU! YES! Weeeehooooo! I think I just spent 2 hours of a busy day stuck on your website…what the matter with me?!
You just made my day!! Thank you so much for your kind words.
Why can’t I print this. I am old and need to make big print to read. I hit print button but it does not work.
I just checked the print button on this recipe and it’s working. If you’re still not able to get it to work, you can print from the browser as well.
Substitutions for oyster sauce? I have a seafood allergy. Thanks!
You can also use Worcestershire sauce instead. Enjoy!
Worcestershire sauce with some sugar would work.
They make a vegetarian mushroom oyster sauce. I buy Wan Ja Shan brand. Amazon sells it, Chinese grocery stores sell it, and probably more.
This was a great meal! I used the vegies I had in the fridge and didn’t end up needing the additional vegetable oil. My husband doesn’t like “noodles” but had 2 helpings of this!
Very good. The only issue I ran into was step 6 when I dumped the cornstarch directly into the pot and it immediately clumped up. If I’d thought about it for a second, I would have made a slurry with it and the water. In the end it was still really good though, and my super picky family all went back for seconds.
I liked this however I felt that all the veggies should have been added at the same time and the garlic and ginger should have been added after the veggies were softened to avoid them burning. The onion was a bit underdone and I feel if it was added at the beginning it would have been more to my liking. I ended up adding some chili garlic sauce and a pinch of 5 spice to add a little more flavor. I also added a splash of chicken stock since the sauce was a bit thick. It helped stretch it to coat the noodles. Overall it is a good recipe and fun to personalize it to your liking. Thanks!!
My local chain grocery no longer carries fresh bean sprouts because o reports of bacterial contamination. I refuse to use the canned ones…they’re HORRIBLE. I LOVE bean sprouts—-what do I do?
Oh no!! That’s a bummer. Do you have a sprouts around you or possible a farmers market? Good luck on your search.
Google your local Asian market!
We made this Lo Mein, we couldn’t find the bean sprouts anywhere, but we added broccoli and some spicy Szechuan sauce at the end. It was SUPER good and had a little kick to it!
Bean sprouts can be found in a can and fresh in the produce section in the grocery store
The lo mein noodles shown on pic is different (Coarser) than from the hyperlink Lo mein noddles sold on amazon, can i get clarification on this?
You can use whatever you prefer. I was just trying to offer a link to those who might have an issue finding them. I hope you enjoy it!
If you think Kikkoman has the beat flavor, you must not have tried Aloha brand.
I snapped the Instructions on my phone and didn’t look at the ingredients or amounts. My store didn’t have these noodles, so I substituted with normal wide egg noodles. I cut some chicken thighs into small pieces and marinaded in Teriyaki sauce. Also added some salt and pepper. After the chicken was cooked and set aside, I stir-fried some broccoli and mushrooms for a few minutes. Then I added the red bell peppers, ginger and garlic. I more than doubled the oyster sauce because it needs the sweetness. I left out the bean sprouts and green onions because it was too many vegetables. Once everything is done, mixing it all together is important, as I’m sure someone tried to eat those noodles covered in sesame oil. lol. All-in-all, I give this 5 stars, even if I did modify it into a Teriyaki Stir-Fry Chicken Lo Mein.
This is delicious. My only complaint is that it didn’t specify to salt the chicken before cooking, and the sauce isn’t enough to flavor it alone. But otherwise, fantastic. I added two tablespoons of oyster sauce and it’s wonderful!
Pretty bland. I would say it’s more stir fry than lo mein, but even then it would be missing some key ingredients.
This is my favorite noodle recipe/guide! While I often adjust what veggies go into it, (usually based on what’s available), this is always my starting point. Thank u for sharing!
The pictures look like there are both green onion and white onion, but unclear on if white onion. Is the 1/2 cup onions green onion? Or are there white onion too?
Sorry about that, yes, it’s 1/2 cup green onions.
Could I replace the oyster sauce with fish sauce?
You could, but it would be nowhere near the same. Meaning they are not an equal swap. Oyster says is rich and sweet, a thick syrupy sauce. Fish sauce is like water and has the taste and aroma of fish. They would not be relatable. You could add fish sauce, but it would not be a substitute.
This looks so easy and delish! The pic makes it look like there are both large, thicker noodles and skinny ramen-like noodles. Is there both, or are the skinnier ones just the bean sprout tails?
Those are the bean sprouts, sorry it looks so confusing. It’s just the thicker noodles.
It was good. A little different flavor than the typical stir fry. I will make it again.
Before I start making this, quick question. I have fish sauce in the pantry but not oyster sauce, may I substitute or is oyster sauce imperative? Also, I have Tamari (even though I am not gluten free), may I substitute that for the soy? Thanks in advance!
So sorry I missed this – if you haven’t made it yet, I would use Worcestershire sauce for the fish sauce and Tamari for the soy. Hope this helps!
Maybe I did something wrong. This was a tasteless, glued together mess of noodles.
I’m so sorry to hear this. If you try this again, try rinsing the noodles until they are cool and then toss with the oil. This will cut the starch and keep them from sticking.
GAMMY, sounds like you may have over cooked your noodles. Try boiling a minute less than package says. Then drain, give them a quick shake, sprinkle a bit of oil ( NOT MUCH) cook your veggies, add noodles and beat a couple eggs into it. Should be delish.!! Good luck.
Great recipe! Thank you. We needed a little more spice and added more hoison sauce. Overall, great recipe to start with and tailor to your taste buds.
Usually all the recipes I make from here are good. This one was a miss. The sesame flavor on the noodles was too much and cooking the veggies on the order instructed made them mushy. Would definitely suggest quickly cooking all veggies separately so as not to overcrowd the pan and also checking the amount of oils used. I feel like I wasted an entire meal on this :/.
OhMyGosh — This made a HUGE ‘batch’ of Lo Mein — Absolutely DELICIOUS! Bean sprouts had gone off, so subbed in thinly sliced cabbage and added a can of water chestnuts — Someone suggested doubling the sauce – Thank you for that tip — Will NEVER eat lo mein in a restaurant again — This recipe, by far, surpassess restaurant dishes!
Woohoo! Thanks so much for coming back to let me know how much you enjoyed it, Melody.
I made this last night. I tripled all measurements and amount so I would have leftovers throughout the week. I think the amount of cornstarch may have ruined it although the ratio to the amount of the other ingredients was accurate. The noodles were incredibly starchy.
Even though the box did not say to I image rinsing the noodles may help and stop the cooking process so they are not overdone. If there is a way to cut down on the amount of cornstarch it may help.
My second attempt should come out better now that I’ve learned from my mistakes.
It is still getting a high rating because the flavor was amazing and my own mistakes caused it to be bad.
I’m so glad you’re giving it another chance.
this was so great! i am 12 years old and i make dinner 2x a week for my current family of 8. this was great. i added a litte less onion because i put green onions in also. My faily will love it! thanks for this great recipie!!!
How awesome! Thank you so much for coming back to let me know!
Hi Katie, I’m just a mom of 2 boys reading this recipe and came across your reply about how your son comes home shaken up and defensive…please take that seriously, he could be, being abused in some way at the boy Scout leaders house. That’s very scary. My ‘mom red flag’ went up right away when I read that!
My husband is extremely picky but we both loved this recipe! Thank you.
I made this today and used thigh meat instead of the breast. My husband only likes the canned Chop Suey and Lo Mein. He ate 2 servings. It’s a keeper for us. Easy to do. I’d give it 5 stars.
Thank you so much!
Am I blind or is there no amount for chicken?
I used 2 chicken breasts sliced thinly. All the ingredients are listed in the recipe card. 🙂
I’m extremely intimidated by the idea of using oyster sauce since I’m not a seafood person. How necessary is it?
You can use a mushroom based oyster sauce if you don’t want a seafood based one. It tastes pretty similar!
I really hope your little guy is okay.
Very very good. I did add 3 th brown sugar.
I didn’t have all the veggies. But I just added a bit more of the ones I had. It worked great
Made this last night. When I was cooking my husband said it smells like a Chinese restaurant. We absolutely loved it. Just like a restaurant we used to go to in Detroit. Could not find it in other restaurants as good as that one in Detroit, until this recipe. Thanks Sabrina.
Yay, so glad you both loved it!
I don’t know what I did, but the noodles were super sticky and the taste of. Sesame oil overpowered the dish. Is there anyway to fix
I’m not sure why they would be sticky but you can always use a bit of water to help with that. As far as the sesame oil being to strong for you, you can use canola oil instead. Hope this helps!
Mine was sticky too but I missed the water…oops! Still good.
Do you absolutely need the cornstarch and the oyster sauce?
Yes, it makes up the flavor in this dish. Leaving them out will change the texture and taste.
Just made the chicken lomein and it is DELICIOUS !! The sauce is soo good!!! My daughter loved it and she is picky!!! I used fresh assorted already cut up veggies. Your recipe was very easy to follow!! I will def be making this again!!
YAY!!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! We love this recipe too. I consider it a huge win when kids will eat a recipe I write so thank you for that victory today!
I made this recipe tonight with a few tweaks just because of what I had/didn’t have on hand and it was delish!! Everyone enjoyed. Definitely and do-over!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for coming back to let me know!
Amazing recipe .
Where does the vegetable oil fall you call for in the ingredients?
Thanks for catching that. It should be added in step 6. Enjoy!
I made this and followed the directions, but my noodles keep breaking. Any suggestions?
It sounds like maybe the noodles were cooked too long. Next time, try a shorter cook time.
It turned out great. I did a couple of things differentially but who doesnt. I added salt and pepper to the chicken before cooking. I also put more ginger than it called for but those are my personal tastes. Thank you foe this recipe
Thanks for dropping by to let me know! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
This turned out really gummy. It was almost like gravy on noodles with the cornstarch slurry. And the lo mein noodles were really over cooked. I followed the instructions on the box and took them out a minute before. Not sure where I went wrong.
I just made this and it was really good but my noodles also game out kind of gummy. Although the package didn’t say it, I looked up another recipe and apparently you should rinse the Lo Mein until it is cool. Not sure if you did this, but I did not. I just drained it and add the sesame oil. So I suspect the Lo Mein just kept on cooking while I was preparing the rest. I will try rinsing my noodles the next time I make this recipe!
I’ve tried several lo mein recipes, and this one is by far the best!
Thanks, Launi! I appreciate the 5 star rating!
Very good! No more take out for lo mein.
Looks good. Problem is; you can’t buy sprouts in Americans super markets any. We can’t seem to figure out how to grow them safely.
Not sure what stores you have around you but I’ve been able to find them at Sprouts and Whole Foods.
I don’t know where you live but here we have oriental grocery stores that carry bean sprouts, Walmart and hy-vee has it also. H hope that helps
I didn’t have oyster sauce but I used fish sauce in its place. All 5 of my picky eaters loved it! I also used radicchio. This is a new favorite so thanks for this!!
You’re welcome Elizabeth!
This was really good, and this recipe is definitely a keeper! But I wouldn’t say it’s like Chinese takeout. Definitely a lot of good flavors going on, but it seems to be missing that one extra zing that all takeout places seem to have in their lo mein. I wish I knew what it was. But I’d definitely make this again! Thanks for the recipe!
Thank you Sabrina. It turned out wonderfully.
So glad to hear it, May!
Can you show us the name and kind of noodles you used thanks
The noodles are linked right above the recipe (and right here)!
Hi Sabrina, the noodles in the link do not look like the same ones used in the photo. They look thinner and I was hoping to use the thicker ones you have in your picture. Any idea where I can find them?
I used Wel Pac Lo mein Egg Noodles for this recipe. 🙂 I bought them from Amazon.
I have my ingredients. I am making this tomorrow! What type of oyster sauce do you prefer? I bought Dragonfly premium
Here’s a link to the one I prefer. https://amzn.to/2IEoxWh
Hi, I am cooking tomorrow & I see that oyster sauce is required.
I am allergic, do you have any suggestions for a substitute?
They do make a vegetarin oyster sauce so I’m not sure if that helps eliminate the allergy, if not you can also use soy sauce or hoisin sauce as a substitute though it will change the flavor a bit. I hope you enjoy it!
We LOVED this! I used what was ” in house “… chicken, carrots, arugula, bok choy, green onion, peas, cabbage and celery. It was outstanding, better than take out for sure! Thanks so much for the inspiration!
Yay!! So glad you enjoyed it Peggi!
I am SO pumped to make this…and 15 minutes…my soul is literally jumping for joy.
Let us know how it turns out!
This looks amazing! If I use a different kind of noodle, will it affect the taste? Thanks!
It’ll change the texture but shouldn’t affect the taste. Let me know how it turns out.
I would give it more stars if I could!! Absolutely delicious!!!!! Even my very picky children loved it! I felt like I was in a restaurant while eating it, I couldn’t believe I made something that delicious and authentic tasting! Thanks for the wonderful recipe! Will be making this a lot!
You’ve made my day! Anytime I can get picky eaters to enjoy something I feel like I have won the lottery!
Can I use canned bean sprouts or do they have to be fresh?
I used fresh 🙂
Will it be negatively affected if I leave out the oyster sauce??
You won’t want to leave it out, sorry. There is a vegetarian “oyster” sauce you can use it that’s a concern. It’s mushroom based.
Can’t wait to try this. I have all ingredients except oyster sauce.Do you know if it’s noticeable if I omit it? I hate to buy it for 1 spoonful.
You really need it for this recipe, sorry.
Can’t WAIT to try this but I need to get the ingredients right. Are the bean sprouts canned or fresh? I’m thinking (hoping) fresh but I’m really not sure if I can find them. Also, is it best to use Chinese cabbage or regular cabbage? Thanks for sharing this and other recipes!
I used fresh bean sprouts for this recipe and either cabbage would be fine.
I’m so glad you’re enjoying all the recipes. 🙂
Hello dinner! My family is going to devour this!
I love you telling the difference btwn the two! This looks great
Can’t wait to try this! The links for the sesame oil takes you to the soy sauce and I am curious about the authentic sesame oil and brand!
This is the one I use. http://amzn.to/2dXbkLF
Can you link a picture of your sesame oil preference – the link attached doesn’t not connect to the item.
Here’s the link to the one I use. http://amzn.to/2dXbkLF
My family definitely love this!
Thank you Erin!
I’ve always wanted to make authentic lo mein!!
Glad I could help!
I absolutely love this recipe! It’s perfect for my hungry family!
OH MY WORD! Do you think if I took out the chicken and made as directed it would still be delicious? This looks WAY better than my local chinese restaurant!
Oh, definitely! You can even add in additional vegetables of your liking.
Yes! I love indulgent “takeout style” dishes and homemade fast food. I’ll be making this shortly.
I’ve been really into homemade Pad See You lately, might this be next in your takeout recipes series? 🙂
Yes, it’s in the works. 🙂 Stay tuned!!
You have delivered! Quite excited to taste test… :p