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Chicken Chow Mein in 30 Minutes

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I promise you, this unconventional Chicken Chow Mein MY WAY in 30 minutes is so much better than takeout with the best sauce ever!

Chow mein is a Chinese dish made from stir-fried noodles with vegetables and sometimes meat or tofu. Over the centuries, variations of chǎomiàn were developed in many regions of China; there are several methods of frying the noodles and a range of toppings can be used. It was introduced in other countries by Chinese immigrants. The dish is popular throughout the Chinese diaspora and appears on the menus of most Chinese restaurants abroad. It is particularly popular in India, Nepal, the UK, and the US.

Chicken Chow Mein Unconventional veggies
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Chicken Chow Mein in 30 Minutes

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  • Author: EsmeSalon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Chinese


Delight your taste buds with our Unconventional but scrumptious Chicken Chow Mein, ready in just 30 minutes.


Units Scale
  • 450g skinless boneless chicken thighs cut into bite-size strips.
  • 3 tbsp. VOO (Virgin Olive oil (regular oil will also work)
  • ± 1/2 bag uncooked dry chow mein noodles (±200g)
  • 34 large leaves of kale, shredded into bite-size pieces – remove the hard center stem.
  • 3/4 head/neck of a medium size butternut cut in julienne strips
  • 1 small, slivered onion
  • 2 finely chopped cloves of garlic.
  • 1/3 red pepper, cut into julienne strips.

Chow Mein Sauce

  • 6 tbsp. oyster sauce
  • 3 tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp. oil
  • 2 tbsp. chicken broth extract and top it up with water to 1/2 cup mark. (You can also use Real Stock (boxed) Chicken Liquid Stock = 1/2 cup)
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp. sugar


  1. In a small bowl, add all the sauce ingredients.
  2. Use a whisk to combine and set aside.
  3. Prepare all your vegetables and make sure it is cut into julienne strips and that all basically the same size as this will help to have them all cooked at the same time.
  4. Cook your noodles according to package instructions then drain and set aside.
  5. Heat a large pan with olive oil over medium heat.
  6. Cook the chicken thigh strips in the oil until golden brown. Remove and set aside.
  7. Add the rest of the ingredients in the same pan as the chicken (without the chicken) and stir-fry/cook until it is al dente. Do not overcook, but make sure that all the veggies are cooked.
  8. Add the fried chicken and prepared noodles back into the pan with the veggies.
  9. Pour the chow mein sauce over all the ingredients in the pan and continue cooking everything together for another 2 to 3 minutes. Keep stirring to ensure that you do not burn the sauce at the bottom of the pan and that it’s mixed through and the sauce coat all the noodles.
  10. Garnish with chopped green onions (if you have some) and serve your dish directly out of the pan and piping hot!
  11.  This is the best Chicken Chow Mein (although not typical) that I have ever tasted.


Prepared, tried, and tested by Esme (blogger and owner) of The Recipe Hunter: Tried  and Tested Recipes from Home Chefs and SA Tasty Recipes – Saffas  Daily Recipes 


  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 584
  • Sugar: 8.4 g
  • Sodium: 1293.9 mg
  • Fat: 26.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 55.5 g
  • Fiber: 3.7 g
  • Protein: 31.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 106.4 mg
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an image of Chicken Chow Mein but with a twist, made with kale and butternut iso cabbage and carrots
Chicken Chow Mein Unconventional veggies
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18 thoughts on “Chicken Chow Mein in 30 Minutes”

    • Morning Jenna, Thank you for dropping in. I am a fly-by-the-seat of my pants kinda cook. I will typically think, I would love to make this or that but oh my I do not have what’s called for, so what can I use what I have, and that’s what happened here as well. Some you win, some you loose, but this was a win for sure.

    • I truly hope you will enjoy it, but remember the ingredients I used, it is not typical as it is usually a carrot instead of the butternut but that’s what I had available and in fact, will do it my way again. Please let me know how it turned out for you.

    • This is not your typical mix of veggies for chow mein, but we love it. I know the real veggies may be more traditional, but as I did not have those in the house, I made do with what I had and now will always make it my unorthodox way


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