Panda Express Chow Mein that tastes exactly like you’re sitting down at the restaurant eating your combo plate except half the oil and it just takes a few minutes to make!
Panda Express Chow Mein has been a popular recipe on the blog since the beginning and with good reason. Cabbage, celery and onion sautéed and tossed with Yakisoba noodles in a soy and oyster sauce mixture make for a perfectly recreated food memory. You can take it a step further too and enjoy with my Panda Express Mushroom Chicken (my favorite). zx I think it was a rite of passage as a teenager of the 90s to enjoy a styrofoam container full of this Panda Express Chow Mein, Orange Chicken and Beef and Broccoli. The oily residue on your lips and all over your napkin meant you had just gone for it and gotten the chow mein instead of the healthier white rice or veggies (seriously, who would get the white rice there?)
My go to used to be Potato Chicken, but that got taken off the menu and for the life of me I cannot find a good copycat recipe and I haven’t had it recently enough to try to recreate it from memory. If you want a fan for life, you could point me in the direction of a good copycat recipe of their Potato Chicken! I would seriously love you for it!The best part of this Panda Express Chow Mein is it isn’t even hard to make. There are only a few ingredients and really just a couple of steps. The one thing you want to do is be sure to use Yakisoba noodles. They are the same in texture and flavor and when looking for an exact copycat, that is pure gold!
Sautee veggies, add noodles and add in the soy sauce and oyster sauce. I mean even bottled sauce stir fries take as much work and this is a dish you’ll enjoy much more than that!
About the only place this recipe could go wrong would be with the vegetables. Make sure you slice the onions, cabbage and celery thinly. Put the oil in the pan, set to high. If you have a wok, this would be a perfect time to break it out because woks are made for high heat, fast cooking. The angled sides of a wok help to increase the surface area for browning which speeds up the process significantly!
Let cook for a couple of minutes until it is caramelized a bit. Stir and let more of it caramelize. Add the noodles and toss together. Add the soy sauce and oyster sauce and toss together.
Keeping track of all the Panda Express copycat recipes here on the blog?
- Panda Express Orange Chicken
- Panda Express Mushroom Chicken
- Panda Express Firecracker Chicken Breast
- Panda Express Chow Mein (you’re here!)
- Panda Express Fried Rice
- Panda Express Black Pepper Chicken
- Panda Express Kung Pao Chicken
- Panda Express Beijing Beef
- Panda Express Mandarin Teriyaki Chicken
- Panda Express Sweet and Sour Sauce
- Panda Express String Bean Chicken Breast
- Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp
- Panda Express Cream Cheese Rangoon
- Panda Express Beef and Broccoli
- Panda Express Sweetfire Chicken Breast
As more Panda Express dishes get added to their menu you’ll find the Panda Express Recipe Index that I’ve made of all the recipes on one page updated to reflect new menu items.
Tools used in the making of this Panda Express Chow Mein recipe:
Yakisoba Noodles: These noodles are the perfect (easy find) swap for Panda Express Chow Mein if you’re looking online or in the store. There are more authentic versions, like these Chow Mein noodles, but for the money and the ease, buy the packages and ditch the spice packets.
Oyster Sauce: This is a unique flavor and ingredient. If you avoid seafood and want another option I recommend Vegetarian Oyster Sauce (made from mushrooms) but I don’t recommend you swap this out for something else altogether. I know sometimes people recommend Hoisin Sauce as a replacement, it would not give you the authentic flavor here if you do that though.
Soy Sauce: Nothing much to say here except Kikkoman has the best flavor overall and I always recommend reduced sodium.
Wok: Great for high heat, quick cooking. This wok is a great addition to your kitchen if you love cooking Chinese food or stir fries in general.
- 2 packages dry Yakisoba noodles , (cooked without spice packets and drained)
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 1/2 yellow onion , sliced
- 8 oz cabbage , sliced
- 2 oz celery , cut into small pieces
- 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoons oyster sauce
- Slice the onions and cabbage thinly.
- Cut the celery on a bias thinly as well.
- Put the oil in the pan, set to high and when the oil is hot add the veggies.
- Let cook for a couple of minutes until it is caramelized a bit.
- Stir and let more of it caramelize.
- Add the noodles and toss together.
- Add the soy sauce and oyster sauce and toss together.
- Enjoy with Panda Express Mushroom Chicken.
If you are making this Panda Express Chow Mein and you want to recreate more of your favorites but want to take a bit of an easier route, you can look in the grocery store near the soy sauce for pre-packaged Panda Express sauces. I haven’t tried them but I mean they come straight from Panda Express so I would imagine they would be an easy way to have an authentic Panda Chicken dish with these delicious noodles. Just an idea. I would still make my Mushroom Chicken instead though! 😉
In case you’ve read down this far, here is an original shot of this dish from when it was first pictured on the blog… ah memories!
Panda Express doesn’t use oyster sauce. Too many people have allergies.
Thanks Dale for bringing this to my attention. I decided to take the time to google a number of their recipes and simply googled, “does Panda Express use oyster sauce” as well. Oyster sauce was mentioned a number of times? Sorry for the confusion.
I made this but I used rice noodles as my daughter has celiac. Turned out great.
I posted earlier today but am not seeing my comment as of yet. Maybe it hasn’t been approved. Anyway, I wrote something to the effect of: I don’t own a kitchen scale so trying to figure out how much celery and cabbage to use was a little bit of a guessing game. I prepped 3 cups of cabbage and 3 celery ribs, thinly sliced. I stated I would come back tonight after making it to see if the portions were ok. Well, I’m back and I’ve made it. I believe the portions were good. I didn’t find it to be similar to Panda Express. I wouldn’t call it a copycat meal. It was ok, but not the best. Not sure if I’ll be making it again.
I’ll be making this tonight. Prepping my veggies right now. I don’t have a kitchen scale so these measurements are difficult for me to interpret. I’m going to attempt this with 3 cups of cabbage and 3 stalks of celery and hope for the best. Will come back to comment after I make it if the measurements were off. Thank you!
This is great have made it four times now due too requests. You must use Oyster Sauce!!!!! It does not taste the same if you substitute anything for it.
Amazing yummy and delicious I used some brown sugar in it though because I feel like panda chow mein tasted like it had brown sugar in it yumm
How much brown sugar and how did you add it?
My family really liked this. I feel like this tasted pretty similar to Panda Express. I added a bit more soy sauce than the recipe called for. If people think this doesn’t taste like panda then it’s probably because it isn’t loaded with msg. We will be keeping this one for the future.
How many tablespoons (or cups) is 2 ounces celery?
I added a bit of the top ramen pork seasoning packet onto the noodles for more flavor.
To the sauce I added a lottle brown sugar & tiny bit of sesame oil.
We liked this recipe.
Very yummy and very quick and easy. Tastes a lot like Panda.
Tastes nothing like Panda Express anyone who says that has to have never tasted Panda Express before. It not only doesn’t taste like panda it tastes bad. I would give zero stars if I could.
This has become a favorite at my house! My two teen boys beg for it week after week. I make it as is and it is so yummy! My pickiest eater gobbles it up. I pair it with teriyaki chicken thighs. So good! Thank you!
I’ve tried a couple of other Panda Express Chow Mein copycat recipes but this is by far the best! Just like PE but tastes fresher and healthier, which of course it is. The Yakisoba noodles in the produce section of my grocery were already cooked which made this recipe even easier – I just opened the packages and put them in my wok with the veggies, broke them up with a wooden spoon and cooked them until they were hot. My husband isn’t a huge fan of chow mien but he loved this so I will definitely be making it again. Thanks for a great recipe!
My 17 year old son is a Panda fanatic and said this tastes exactly like the the restaurant version. It was super easy to make and delicious! I’ve now made it several times. Now I just need a copy cat recipe for their teriyaki chicken.
They came out good but they dont taste anything like panda express… they taste like noodles with soy sauce on them
Wow!!! Just made this for lunch. It took minutes and was so delicious, even my picky husband loved it. This is going to become a staple in our home. Yum! Thank you for the recipe!
Your instructions weren’t clear that the noodles need to be cooked separately before adding them. Maybe would be good to add that to the recipe.
The first ingredient is “2 packages dry Yakisoba noodles (cooked without spice packets and drained)”.
So how are the noodles cooked? Some noodles must only be blanched while others need to be cooked for 2 to 3 minutes. It would be helpful to have some direction on how long to cook, especially if you use dry vs. fresh noodles. Thank you!
Follow the directions on how to cook the noodles on the package itself. Skip the steps that involve adding in the seasoning packets. Instead, add the noodles to your wok when these directions tell you to. I imagine she didn’t add those directions to her recipe because A.) Seems like that is the obvious answer. Especially since she clearly stated, “2 packages dry Yakisoba noodles (cooked without spice packets and drained” in the notes of ingredients listed above the recipe.” And B.) As you said, not all noodles are prepared the same way. So, instead of nit picking at the author of the recipe, use the same logic that lead you to state that not all noodles are cooked the same way. I’m sure if you had done so you would have came to the eventual conclusion that following the noodles instructions would be the logical answer to your ridiculous statement. ?
that what a great question, I also wondered.
Hi Susan, The first ingredient is “2 packages dry Yakisoba noodles (cooked without spice packets and drained)”. Hope that helps.
I agree. It’s very bland.
How many ounces of yakisoba noodles does this recipe call for? There are different package sizes.
This is better tasting than Panda! My kids who are very picky eaters devoured them. My son, who usually picks out the panda veggies, actually ate the veggies. They both said I need to make these again.
This was absolutely delicious and amazing. Tastes JUST like panda express’s chow mein. Im obsessed especially with how easy AND cheap it is!!! Thank you for sharing
My noodles seemed to be very soggy even tho i drained them ?
Mine too. It became mush
I use your recipe for this ALL the time. PERFECT. I highly recommend to everyone if you crave the Panda.
These were fantastic! Easy to whip up and taste delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Thank you for trying this recipe, I’m glad you enjoyed it!
Hi! I’m excited to try this recipe, and had a quick question. I’m a college student, and try to make meals in advance when I can. Are these good leftover, or should I make smaller batch? Thank you!
Hello Regan, this recipe has a total of six servings which I would say would make a great leftover or addition to another meal.
Specifying the type of cooking oil would be very relevant and helpful!
Hi David! It works with any oil.
I really wanted to like this recipe – it’s soooooo easy to make and I love that – but I just couldn’t find the flavor similarities to Panda Express. It’s a good and easy chow mean recipe but if you’re looking for a copy it’s not close.
Simple, quick, and delicious! I’ve used this recipe a few times now and it never disappoints!
Thank you for sharing!
Per your request for this recipe.
Ingredients for making potato panda express potato chicken
To marinate the chicken
Thank you Susan! A quick search found that Chef Andy from Panda had shared a version of it, so I am going to recipe test that one!
I just made this today and absolutely loved it! I had it with asian sesame seed broccoli and sweet asian salmon. The dish was so flavorful! This recipe is a keeper! Thank you for sharing.
Just made this for family dinner and it was a hit! I needed a one pan recipe and added a half pound chicken tenderloins sliced into small thin pieces and about half cup of shredded carrot. Doubling or even tripling the recipe is a cinch and really simple to cook. I’m stuffed and am very happy I found these recipes! Thank you so much!!
Yay!! Thanks for coming back to let me know how much you enjoyed it.
Made the Chow Mein and it was amazingly good. So quick and easy. Will definitely make this again really soon. Can’t wait to try your other dishes. Thank you so much!!!!
What brand of yakisoba noodles do you use? The Maruchan ones? I’d love it if you could post a picture of a link to the ones you use. Thanks!
There’s a link to the ones I use (which are Maruchan) and there’s a link in the Tools used section above the recipe. Enjoy!
checking in the oriental/rice isle i found a really GOOD noodle that is versatile by oriental select farms. the Chuka Soba Japanese style noodles are my fave.
I made this tonight. It’s great! Even the pickiest among us liked it! I added sautéed chicken, but otherwise made it as written. Thanks for the recipe!
Very tastey and so easy.
This may be a stupid question, but I cook the noodles first, right?
How did you come up with the nutrition facts for the Yakisoba noodles? I bought all the stuff to make these tonight but I’m on a diet and I’m so confused trying to log this! 1 container is 500 calories and 70g carbs, I know that includes the seasoning packet but even without it I can’t imagine how you got down to 3g carbs. Help!
It is auto generated by a plug in on my site so if you’re needing to follow specific dietary needs, I’d suggest computing it on your own to ensure it’s accuracy. I’ll have my developer look into it though.
I was wondering the same thing. I can’t imagine this is only 3g of carbs
Delish! Super fast and easy and TASTY!
I make the Mock Chow Mein all the time… Sometimes with rice and scrambled eggs replacing the noodles!!! So easy and delicious!!!! I no longer crave Panda Express all the time!!! Thank you!!!!
love chinese with sprouts
Question… can you use Ramen noodles and get the same results or does it need to be Yakisoba to get the Panda Express results?
If you’re looking for more of the Panda Express style, I’d use Yakisoba. If you’re not worried about that, ramen will work in a pinch too. Enjoy!
I used red cabbage (better for you) it took a little longer to cook than the green, but it was delicious!!
I also used Braggs Aminos -way less sodium.
Ooh, I love that ingredient swap! Love cooking with red cabbage. Thanks for the review!
Sabrina how do you determine how much sodium is in this recipe? It says Sodium: 348mg, but on the Panda Express website it says their chow mein has Sodium 860mg.
My site as an automatic calculator based on the ingredient list. I’m not a nutritional site so I would calculate it on your own using the ingredients to give you a more accurate number.
Yey those noodles are nothing like panda express chow mein. They don’t look anything like the photo above. Flavor was ok, but didn’t compare to Panda and not much better than a cup of noodles.
Yeah I definitely agree.
Bough chow mein noodles that were dry from Vons grocery store. There was no instructions on how to cook them, so I just boiled them for a few minutes. I added everything that needed to but to be honest, it lacked flavor. I ended up using the sweet chili sauce to save this dish. In my opinion, it did not taste like panda. But It is a nice try.
I made this last night and it was quite good. I made it pretty close to as printed. I used packaged cole slaw mix angel hair cabbage. I did add some garlic and a bit of ginger. The onion was half regular onion and half green onions. For the noodles I bought some A-SHA tainan noodles. They were similar to the Ramen noodles but about 5 times the price. They were no where close to the noodles used at Panda Express. They were thinner and had little body to them. I think spaghetti would have been a closer match. So while the recipe was quite tasty it did not really remind me of Panda Express. The following is unrelated to this recipe but I wanted to share it anyway. I only recently found out how much I liked Panda Express Chow Mein. I had avoided it just because of the name. My only exposure to Chow Mein had been that awful canned LaChoy Chow Mein back in the ’50s. Someone talked me into trying it and I was hooked. I will try this again but look for a sturdier noodle. Thanks for sharing.
Panda worker here! we actually dont use oyster sauce, just sesame oil and cooking wine!
What kind of cooking wine do they use?
Either a white cooking wine or a Mirin, which is cooking sake.
Adam, Where do I get the exact same noodle that Panda uses? I see other people saying that the Yakisoba noodle does not compare to Panda noodles. I would really like to try this recipe and have it turn out like Panda Express. Thank you in advance!
Thank you very much for the recipe! I tried it out before; it tasted VERY close to the original, so thank you!
I found a website regarding a recipe for potato chicken. I don’t know if this is what you’re looking for – or whether you may have already found it. FWIW… here it is. 🙂
Thanks so much!
I find these noodles are way too thin and ate completely wrong texture to compare to the chow mein at Panda.
I have never found a chow mein I like… Panda is the only one I LOVE …
Thanks for trying
Did it exactly as the recipe shows even used panda express oyster sauce and it did not taste at all like panda express chow mein. Maybe it was the noodles I didn’t use dry noodles I used the kind in the package that are already cooked. It had a weird salty sour taste to it.
The BEST. Thank you. Try to stick to recipe in exact quantities, it works. But after the first try, you might like to double the veggies, maybe double the sauce and add some hoisin, add a bit of shredded carrot, diced green onion, etc. BUT! This is my go to recipe for Chow Mein now, and I do change up the ingredients from time to time… you can even just use spaghetti in a pinch! I bought the Yakisoba noodle on amazon and they are the bomb. Plus, left overs make awesome stir fry next day. Use your imagination but this recipe is what’s UP! Thank you for your web site Sabrina, lots of awesome recipes!
You’re welcome, Bill!
are you talking about the yakisoba noodles that come in those instant microwave packages? I wasn’t sure so just bought lo mein noodles…I hope they work the same
Are you using standard green cabbage or Napa cabbage?
Green cabbage 🙂
I can’t find yakisoba noodles anywhere! Can you give me a good substitute that’s very common in the supermarkets?
Ramen noodles would work and easily found.
I was wondering would I be able to use just regular soba noodles or do I have to use Yakisoba noodles?
If that’s all you have, it’ll still work.
What kind of oil should I use? Vegetable, olive, etc?
I used canola but you can use vegetable oil too.
How many grams each are the packet of noodles?
Could you fix your site so that when you print out a recipe the picture of the dish prints also.
Excellent recipe!! The taste was spot on! My family LOVED it!!
My mom is allergic to all shell fish and I am allergic to mushrooms. Both are severe, life-threatening allergies. With this in mind, what can I substitute for the oyster sauce? I love these noodles. My daughter and I always get them at Panda Express. My daughter even gets a large order to take home with her. This would really make her happy, to be able to make this in the wok she got for Christmas!
You can use additional soy sauce instead of oyster sauce for this recipe. I know that some people add in a few drops of Worcestershire sauce into the soy sauce to replace the taste but Worcestershire sauce has anchovies and even though it’s not a shellfish, it does contain a protein similar to it so just make sure that’s safe for her before using. Hope this helps!
Looks great! But if I’m using fresh chow Mein noodles what would the conversion be?
I’d say it’s about 4 cups of fresh noodles. You can always add more or less to your preference. Enjoy!
I am Gluten free, do you have recommendations on gluten free noodles I can Use for this recipe?
I usually use Barilla brand.
Do I follow the directions to cook the yakisoba noodles before adding them to the Wok?
The recipe doesn’t say.
The ingredient list explains to cook the noodles without the spice packets and then drain. Enjoy!
Hi.. I rarely post anything anywhere… this is my 2nd post in my life ever! That doesn’t mean that I haven’t found some great recipes…. BUT THIS one– kept it real, easy and OUT OF THE PARK!! Thank you for sharing. In my husband’s words…. ” I’ve been looking for these noodles ALL my life!” Lol. 🙂 Thank you for making us ALL look good.
Kept to the recipe, other than adding julienne carrots, red peppers and mushrooms.
Thank you so much again! God bless
Oh my gosh, thank you so much!! You guys really made my day!
hi sabrina..i get really sick from any fish sauce..is there a big difference if i leave it out of any of the dishes??..ty
You don’t want to leave it out. This recipe uses oyster sauce which is different than fish sauce. You can swap out fish sauce in other recipes with Worcestershire sauce. If you want to sway oyster sauce, I would recommend a vegetarian version.
Where can I find these noodles in the supermarket? This sounds sooo delish!
They are either going to be near the ramen noodles or in the asian food sections, in the stores I’ve been to anyways.
What size packet of noodles do you use?
I used 4oz packets.
This recipe is a perfect replica. Came it as desired with exception I could have fried the mein maybe 1 minute longer before removing from heat. My family greatly thanks you.
Thanks for taking the time to come back and let me know how much you all enjoyed it! I appreciate the 5 stars.
If you are still looking for that potato chicken recipe I found this
Thank you so much! I’m going to make this ASAP!! If it turns out well, I’m going to post it. You’re amazing!
We LOVE this recipe! When we are craving chow mein noodles this is our go too. My teenage boys say they like it better then Panda now. They’ll even make it themselves. Thank you so much!
This makes me so happy! Thanks for coming back to let me know.
I could not find the yakisoba noodles. Would pad Thai dry noodles work?
I would substitute with a whole wheat spaghetti. Hope this helps!
For everyone that is having trouble finding the Yakisoba noodles, they are right next to the Ramen noodle packets that everyone lived on in college. They are even made by the same company I believe and look very similar to the packets of Ramen, they just say Yakisoba noodles on the front instead of Ramen. So they will be typically on the pasta aisle or dry/canned food aisles, in that area of the grocery store. You may be able to find fresh Yakisoba noodles in the fresh produce area. I know most grocers carry wonton wrappers and other fresh Asian pastry/pastas in that area. Hope that helps.
P.S. for all of the people that are concerned about the taste of oyster sauce and comparing it to fish sauce or saying they’re allergic to things or having other issues, if you have eaten at panda express and you have had the chow mein and not substituted anything, you will love this recipe and you should not die from any ingredients as they are the same you had at the restaurant.?
I want to prepared the Panda Express Chow Mein. He recipe calls for Yakisoba noodles. Can you tell me what brand and where you purchased them? It seems the most difficult part of this recipe, lol.
Thank you in advance. I love using your recipes. Life made easy.
I bought the Yakisoba Noodle brand and just ordered them from Amazon but I know that Walmart and even Target carry them now as well.
I hope you enjoy it!
I have found the noodles in the veggie section
Oh my gosh! Got a little crazy and made this with red cabbage, pancit kanton noodles and just a pinch of bonus msg on the veggies because I’m naughty.
But what can I say? This is incredible! Upon first taste I was literally at the verge of tears! I thought replicating that awesome takeout taste at home would forever be out of my grasp. But lowe and behold, here it is!
Will totally make this again (but next time with green cabbage!). And it was totally worth making a little smoke to cook this at maximum. The seared smoky flavor it adds is out of this world.
Thank you so much,
So glad you enjoyed it, Matthew!
This was quick and easy. It turned out great. The kids wanted to add bell pepper and zucchini and it still turn out great. I precooked some thighs and added them at the end. I cooked the thighs in sesame oil and picked out the chicken and used the leftover hot oil to start the vegetables in
Delicious. Kids loved it too!
This was sooo very spot on! I had everything except the oyster sauce and only had regular ramen noodles. I used the last tbsp of my aldi’s teriyaki sauce in place of oyster sauce, and mixed in a smidgen or so of the shrimp ramen flavor packet from the ramen. It came out so very good we ate all of it (2 of us) along with my personal recipe for fried rice! Carbohydrate coma land, but never will go back, so very near exact flavors of panda express!!! Thank you!!!
I’m so glad you guys enjoyed it! Thanks for coming back to let me know!
Made this tonight, everyone loved it ? the kids only complaint was I hadn’t made enough!
Definitely make this again.
Off to look at other yummy ones to try.
I’m so glad you guys enjoyed it! Thanks for coming back to let me know!
Nope we don’t use oyster sauce at panda I work there lol we use a basic sauce which is the secret recipe that no one knows
How do you know it’s not oyster sauce if you don’t actually know the secret sauce?
Made this tonight & the flavor is great! My noodles didn’t end up “crispy” but stuck to the bottom of the pan. Do you think I over cooked them?
P.S. I also made the chicken & mushroom and ground orange chicken. Yum! Easy too.
Sounds like that might have been the issue. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the recipes. 🙂
This was a very tasty recipe, made a full panda express copycat feast tonight with these noodles, orange chicken and cream cheese Rangoon (all recipes from this website). I live outside the US so couldn’t find the packaged yakisoba recommended and I used regular soba noodles (the kind sold in vacuum packs). My only variation was adding a little more soy sauce at the end. So good!
Yummy!!;we don’t have a panda here or near us, it’s a good 3 hours away! 🙁 I’ma try this tho, my prego cravings are out of control lol
What do u recommend if I can’t find the soba noodles here????
3 hours?!? Wow, you need this recipe! haha! You can order soba noodles on amazon now! 🙂
Why can’t u use another type of Noodle? Can’t always buy from Amazon or Target.?
You can use a different type of noodle. I would recommend using whole wheat spaghetti.
What kind of oil did you use?
I used canola but you can use whatever oil you prefer.
love it!!!!! perfect taste…..thank you
It turned out fantastic. The recipe is so quick, easy, and budget friendly that I can tell this will be a a weekly or bi-weekly thing (at the very least) in my kitchen. I used Yakisoba Noodles (57 cents at Walmart). The Cabbage and lettuce(around 3 bucks/ with plenty left over) I brought a pot of water to boil, broke up two packs and cooked for no more than 4-5minutes then drained. From then on followed your recipe exact. I got mushroom oyster sauce and soy sauce from local asian market but i wouldn’t be surprised if Walmart had those also. I don’t have a panda express and I don’t need one. Thanks Sabrina
Should be cabbage and Onion! 3 bucks total!
I made this for the first time tonight, and it was delicious. I was initially wondering if it would be enough seasoning, it is such a small amount of soy sauce and oyster sauce, plus there is no garlic or ginger. But the flavor was spot on. There is no need to change a thing. My husband (who doesn’t really care for Panda Express chow mein) and I both loved it. Thanks for a great recipe. 🙂
I just made this tonight and it was wonderful! The noodles didn’t have the same crisp as Panda Express but the taste was spot on. I would welcome any suggestions on how to get the noodles a little crisper next time I make it because I will certainly be making this again.
Thanks for the 5 stars! So glad you enjoyed it!
So if no oyster sauce, you don’t suggest any replacement like worchestershire sauce or hoisin?
You can use hoisin sauce but it will change the flavor and won’t be authentic to Panda Express.
After reading all comments I’m a little confused. I know the directions don’t say to boil the noodles, but I don’t understand how they are cooked. Do they just soften once you mix them with the veggies?
Hi Emily, in the ingredients list it calls for:
2 packages of dry Yakisoba Noodles (cooked without spice packets and drained)
hope that helps 🙂
Wow this was awesome couldn’t believe it was better than Panda Express in my opinion make it just like the recipe but I did add chicken.
Our favorite Chinese restaurant closed in our town so now I have to make my own….. can’t thank you enough for this recipe!
Getting cut off from your favorite source of Chinese food can be a tragedy! I’m happy I could give you another outlet to make your own!
Tried this tonight, tasted great. Had to use 2 containers of the Maruchan brand yakisobi noodles that you make in the microwave. I did have some problems getting the noodles to mix with vegatables but finally got it done. I think you nailed the taste. Something was a little different on the texture(a little softer than panda), but other than that loved it. Thanks for posting this recipe.
I made this for dinner tonight and I cannot believe how absolutely delicious it is. I added some left over rotisserie chicken and served it as a main course. This isn’t five stars, it’s TEN stars.
You are so sweet Carson! Thank you so much!!
Is oyster sauce made from oysters? Sounds dumb, I know, but I’m not a fan of seafood and wondering if there might be a substitute to use instead. Thanks!
Yes, they make a vegetarian oyster sauce from mushrooms you could buy: Wan Ja Shan Vegetarian Oyster Sauce
I can tell you that oyster sauce is not a ingredient in panda express chow mien, nor is it a ingredient anywhere on Thier menu. All sugars are white, not brown, and white vinegar is used not rice vinegar or rice wine. But otherwise most of your copycats look “close” enough to be be delicious if not BETTER than Thier greasy dishes cooked in a FRYER. happy cooking
So thats the issue, I’ve tried with and without oyster sauce. The version posted tastes EXACTLY like the dish minus the extra oil, so unless there is some sort of proprietary sauce they’re using, I’m not sure where else the depth of flavor is coming from. Would love more insight but I can understand if you’re not allowed to give it out. Also for the white vinegar, I find that their vinegar doesn’t have the same punch the vinegar I use had, so I’ve been recommending rice vinegar for the smoother flavor. Would love to know the strength or brand of white vinegar they’re using. And thanks for the kind words! I love Panda, so making the recipes at home was one of the reasons I was excited to start the blog.
I made this tonight, but used whole wheat spaghetti noodles and cut the oil by about half. It was very yummy and even my super picky teenage son approved. I did end up basically tripling the sauce because the noodles really soaked it up.
Winning over a super picky teenager is no joke! I take that as a huge compliment!! So glad you all enjoyed it!
Can you use rice noodles instead?
You can of course use different noodles if you prefer them but it would not be an authentic copycat. The flavors would still be delicious though!
I also went through the comments looking for reviews and found that most people that commented were just excited to try it.
I decided to give it a try because I’ve been obsessed with panda Express chow mein for the past couple months. Idk why lol.
First try, it came out a little sour. I’m pretty sure I added a smidge too much oyster sauce.
This last one was better. I was very precise about the sauce measurements and it came out good. It’s not exactly like panda but it’s a good cheaper version of panda chow mein. It didn’t have as much flavor but I am definitely making this again.I mean I ate it all lol. I’d say give it a try?
Love your enthusiasm 🙂 You definitely can adjust the flavors in the sauce to your liking.
Hello love your website. I haven’t had a chance to try any of the dishes yet but plan to soon as hubby and I are big Panda express fans.
I just had a few questions. Have you ever tried to make these recipes and freeze them? We are big crock pot and freezer meals and while I understand some of these might not be as good in the crock pot I wouldn’t mind defrosting in the fridge overnight and then cooking it in my Wok later but I wanted to see if you’ve tried it or know anyone who has because I’d love to make some of these in bull and freeze them for some yummy Chinese nights 🙂
I haven’t tried any of these in a slow cooker version as I think they would lose a lot of their authenticity to Panda Express but keep your eyes open on the site because I do have quite a few slow cooker versions coming that would fit exactly what you’re looking for.
My family loves chow mein and I have tried other more complicated recipes but this one beat them all! I added shrimp to the recipe and it was great, everyone loved it! My only advice is to undercook the noodles a bit since they will continue to cook when you mix them with the other ingredients.
Wow, that’s a great compliment! Thank you for letting me know how much your family loved it!
so I need to make this dish gluten free. What noodle do you suggest a rice noodle or gluten free spaghetti? Thank you! Btw I made your slow cook pineapple chicken last week it was awesome.
Barilla makes a gluten free spaghetti that I know a lot of my GF friends love. You really only need to cook it al dente as it’ll cook the rest of the way after it’s drained. Glad you enjoyed the Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken!
Hi, I tried the recipe but it didn’t turn out well, the noodles were a little sticky and it didn’t taste much like Chow Mein at all. Do you know what I could do to make it better? I boiled the noodles first, it didn’t say to but I assumed you did. Also I used mushrooms instead of onion, celery and cabbage but I don’t think that would change much, the noodles were thin and stretchy even though I used Yakisoba noodles. Any suggestions?
I’m so sorry it didn’t turn out. Did you change the ingredients to the sauce at all? If you’d like, you can email contact @ dinnerthendessert.com and we can try and figure it out.
I think the onion adds a lot to the flavor. The mushrooms would alter the outcome as well. I microwaved the noodles. They’re instant noodles so maybe they’re not meant to be boiled? I’m not sure if that would affect the consistency.
I couldn’t find the noodles that you specified so I bought the brand “Sun Luck” chuka soba chow mein noodles. They come in a 6oz package. Should I still use two?
So sorry this message got snagged in my spam filter! I am sure you made this by now, I hope it worked out! I would use those noodles without concern 🙂
Recently made and taste very close to the panda noodle dish. I bought the fresh yakisoba noodles (found in freezer section) and they worked out great. Definite keeper.
Does this mean the chow mein is not veg? 🙁
So sorry, this comment got snared in the spam filter!
Nope, But they do make vegetarian oyster sauce made with mushrooms if you’d like to experiment with veg options :/
This was easy and amazing! My family loved it!
Awesome! Thanks for coming back to let me know you enjoyed it!
This was so good and tastes exactly like Panda Express, but for 1/2 the price! Thank you for posting! Delicious!
Awesome and super easy!!
I just made this and I loved it! It’s really close to the one from Panda Express. Thank you for the recipe :).
My pleasure! So glad you enjoyed it, and thank you for coming back to tell me how it turned out!
I made this today and followed the recipe exactly. Its pretty close to panda express’ chow mein and it was delicious! It was very easy and next time I think I will try the chow mein noodles in the Asian aisle at the grocery store. I also made the copycat mushroom chicken recipe and had them together. Yummy! Thanks for the recipes!
Awesome! I am so glad you enjoyed it Amanda. Try the orange chicken too, that one is so addictive!
I have a quick ingredient question. The directions say oyster sauce, but the link takes you to hoisin. Is it really just oyster sauce and the link is an error? Thanks! Can’t wait to try it!
Yes! The link changed on me, thank you so much for catching that! 🙂 It is supposed to link you to oyster sauce. I am off to change that now. Using hoisin would be a totally different flavor.
OK great! I figured that was what happened. Just wanted to make sure before I ruined it. I just always like to see the brands people use. 🙂 Thanks so much! On the anniversary menu tonight since we’re snowed in!
And here I am with a heated blanket on and it is 50 degrees out. I officially won’t complain at all anymore! I hope you have a fantastic anniversary dinner!
Sorry folks, but It is really annoying sifting through all of the ‘it looks good’ and’I’m going to try it’ comments. I want to see replies from people who have actually made the posted recipe!!! At least wait until you’ve tried it. Some have said ‘it’s in the oven and smells great. You can’t wait a few more minutes until it’s OUT of the oven to leave a comment. Makes me wonder about comments, period.
I have to say I sort of scan comments on blogs too looking for reviews of those who made them. I wish there was a way to sort those! Also I am pretty guilty of responding to all comments because I get so excited people want to talk about the recipe so I made it twice as long. Sorry 🙁 I hope you do try the recipe though, we actually had it for dinner last night with some potstickers and Hoisin chicken. 🙂
I had this exact frustration! Also from those who have absolutely no point of reference since this is a “copycat” recipe from a restaurant. I’m sure this is great but not helpful for those who actually want to know if this tastes like the real thing.
Yep, my only other option would be to delete them. Then people would be hurt their comments are getting deleted. It’s sort of a catch 22. I want to be inviting and welcoming and of course love hearing people love how the recipes look but getting people to come back and comment after the fact is pretty hard. The best I can offer is that you look on Pinterest for this recipe. Here is a link to one of the pins: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/238831586469839734/activity/tried They have a button for people who have tried it to comment. Also here is the older pin for it before I reshot the pictures with more commentary: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/238831586466147041/activity/tried and if you want a different chow mein recipe I also have this one: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/238831586467332559/activity/tried Hope that helps 🙂
I get so frustrated looking through reviews rying to find ones where people actually made the food.
I’d love to know what you think after trying. 🙂
I cooked this and the suggested chicken recipe for dinner yesterday And I loved it. I can’t compare it with Panda Express because we don’t have here in Portugal but I couldn’r care less. This was delicious, very easy and quick to prepare and cook and with few ingredients! I jsust didn’t add the celery to the noodles nor the sesame seeds to the chicken because I forgot to buy them. I think regular dry chinese noodles would work fine, no need to buy those yakisoba/ramen noodles. I loved this and surely keep on doing it! I’ll rate 5 stars the chicken recipe too. Só smooth and tasty!
Yes regular Chinese noodles would be great, they aren’t the easiest to source in grocery stores here so the yakisoba noodles are an easy substitution. I am so glad you enjoyed them! We make these noodles frequently!
Your pictures are amazing! I want to eat everything you make. it looks divine!
Aww that is so sweet! Thank you!
This recipe looks amazing! I love that you can use the packets from Panda Express to help make it taste just like it from the restaurant. Yum!
Thanks so much Candy!
We do not have Panda Express around here, but this recipe looks great and makes me wish I did! I love Asian-inspired dinner time meals.
i love love love Asian food! This is definitely something I Would inhale!!
Oh that sounds wonderful! Great tip. Can you say I can use some Vinegar?
THIS LOOKS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! I HAVE TO MAKE THIS!
Yay! I hope you love it Penelope!
Oh, this makes me hungry! I want to try this!
Yum, it looks delicious! I love copycat recipes!
That looks delicious. Will be adding that to my menu rotation. It’s always fun to be able to eat the same things we like when we dine out, but save the money and make it ourselves.
This looks like a delicious copy cat recipe. I will have to try it on the weekend. I am sure my family will love it.
I love love love Panda, so being able to make it at home would be awesome. You need to do the orange chicken next!
Already bought the ingredients for it! It is happening this weekend. 🙂
That’s a great looking chicken cow mein. I know my daughter would LOVE this dish.
This looks SO GOOD! I love copy cat recipes like this. Pinning this for future cooking!
Awesome, thanks for the pin Tracey!!
That looks super delicious. I haven’t ever tried panda experss or chow mein!! It looks really great.
I’m with you on wishing I had still had my teenage years metabolism. Geez, those were the days weren’t they? This looks fantastic and even better than restaurant dining!
This sounds so scrumptious. I like chow mien, and will be glad to make some with less oil. Thanks for the great recipe.
Yes please!! Now I need this in my belly! You always have the best foods.
I love copycat recipes! This one looks especially delicious!
Your Panda Express copycat recipes are so good looking. This looks like something I would truly enjoy!
Panda Express has surprisingly good chow mein. I’d love to try making this healthier copycat recipe for my family!
My former high school self is longing for a bowl of this! Looks incredible.
Haha thanks Monique!
We are getting a Panda Express a couple towns away. I will have to make this.
I hope you love it Debbie!
Panda Express is one of my weaknesses so I can not wait to try this chow mein. I even craved it when I was pregnant with my third child and was known to load up the other two just for a drive thru run!
I have to say the first time I saw a Panda drive thru I thought it was a gift the universe for me! Haha. So many times I would have gotten Panda except for the long lines in the store. The drive thrus are awesome!
Yum, I love chow mein, this looks wonderful and I love that you used less oil!
Looks REALLY good and surprisingly easy!!
Okay, this is SO weird! I was just searching for a good chow mein recipe when I can across yours!! This is too good to be true. Thank you for the recipe, you just made tonights dinner, super easy for me 😉
Perfect! I hope you love it!
You pretty much just wrote my teenage years in this post. Sub broc beef for Mandarian chicken. I too miss Suncoast. If this recipe tastes half as good as Panda tastes in my memories, then I shall kiss you.
Haha, I shall be waiting!
Love this! Panda Express is one of my guilty pleasures, and their chow mein is a must every time. I’ve seen this floating around Pinterest for awhile now, why have I not made it yet?! Your pictures are wonderful, looks even better than what you get at the restaurant!
Thanks Julie! I was surprised it was so dead on perfect and so easy!
We don’t have Panda Express around here, so I will have to try this.
This looks so incredibly delicious! You did an amazing job!
Holy moly! That IS a perfect copycat. It looks just like the stuff I get from Panda Express. Yummo!
This looks yummy and sounds really easy. I am pinning it to try myself at some point.
Thanks so much for the pin!
I’ve never had Panda Express chow mein, but I bet yours would win hands down – looks so, so good!
Tried the chow mein and simply added chicken… brilliant. I did, however add slightly more of the sauces.
Going to try more Sabrina recipes now. Well done girl!!
Thanks! So glad you enjoyed it!