This Quick & Easy Chicken Lo Mein Recipe Is Ready in Only 10 Minutes!

Apr 21, 2020

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Some days you just don’t have time to cook an elaborate meal and this quick and easy Chicken Lo Mein recipe is the perfect solution, cooking in only 10 minutes! With very little prep time you will have this ready to serve in a snap.

I love making stirfry and lo mein dishes because they are both easy to customize and cook quickly.  I will often just add what I have on hand which is typically broccoli and a can of baby corn, which I always seem to have in my pantry. I also love adding ingredients like raw cashews or peanuts. Below are additional ideas for vegetables that go great with this quick and easy chicken lo mein recipe.


What Vegetables Should I Add to My Chicken Lo Mein Recipe (Also great for stir-fry’s too!)?

  • red & green bell peppers
  • carrots
  • zucchini
  • Japanese eggplant
  • bok choy
  • water chestnuts & bamboo shoots
  • mushrooms
  • snow peas & green beans


Another important technique of creating this authentic chicken lo mein recipe is velveting your chicken. This is essentially like a special marinade that uses cornstarch to tenderize your meat. I always do this to my chicken or beef when making a stir-fry or lo mein dish. Velveting your chicken is incredibly easy. I do this step first so that by the time I finish prepping my vegetables, sauce, and lo mein it’s ready to go.


How to Velvet Chicken for Stir-frys and Lo Mein recipes.

To velvet your chicken you are going to slice your chicken and add it to a bowl with the following ingredients as a marinade and let sit for 10-30 minutes.

  • 2 tbs corn starch
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tbs sesame oil
  • 1 tbs rice vinegar or sherry





How to Make the Perfect Chinese Brown Sauce

I make my sauce in a small bowl while my chicken is marinating so it is ready to go. Making a Chinese brown sauce is the base for my chicken lo mein recipe and all of my stir-fry’s. A traditional Chinese brown sauce is a mixture of Chicken Broth, Oyster Sauce, Soy Sauce, Rice Vinegar, and Brown Sugar. If you like a little spice you can also add Red Chili Garlic Sauce which I use when I make my Kung Pao Chicken recipe.


What Types of Noodles Should I Use for Making an Authentic Chicken Lo Mein Recipe?

Finally, you’ll want to choose the right noodles to make a genuinely authentic dish like you would have if you were at your favorite Chinese restaurant. You can find most Lo Mein noodles in the aisle of your grocery store right where you would find the different Asian sauces. They are in a small package and look like little sticks. Another option is to use yakisoba noodles which you can find in the refrigerated section.

As a final option, you can use spaghetti noodles but this is my least favorite if you want a truly authentic dish. If you are on a low carb diet, don’t hesitate to use zucchini noodles!

It’s also important to note that Lo Mein noodles cook incredibly quickly in only 4 minutes while yakisoba noodles come pre-cooked. I also prefer using a wok instead of the instant pot because the wok is actually quicker. Velveting makes the chicken incredibly tender, therefore using an Instant Pot would just overcook and shred your chicken to pieces.



Quick & Easy Chicken Lo Mein Recipe

This Chicken Lo Mein recipe is so quick and easy to make and can have dinner ready on the table in 10 minutes. It's also healthy and low calorie!
5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 466kcal
Author: Sondra Barker


  • wok
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Diet: Low Calorie
Keyword: authentic chicken lo mein, easy chicken lo mein, quick chicken lo mein


  • 5 oz lo mein noodles half of the package (can also use yakisoba or spaghetti noodles)
  • 1 lb chicken breast sliced
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 15 oz baby corn 1 can
  • 1/2 cup cashews raw
  • 1 tbs garlic
  • 1 tbs sesame oil use for heating the wok

Chicken Velveting Marinade

  • 2 tbs cornstarch
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tbs sesame oil
  • 1 tbs rice vinegar or sherry

Chinese Brown Sauce

  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 3 tbs oyster sauce
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tbs rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp brown sugar


  • The first step is to get your water boiling. Then velveting your chicken by adding your sliced chicken to a bowl with all of the velveting marinade ingredients. Set aside while you are prepping your veggies and mixing your chinese brown sauce ingredients in a seperate bowl while waiting for your water to boil.
    Once your water starts to boil, add the Lo mein noodles which only take 4 minutes to cook.
    Then heat up your wok. Once heated add your sesame oil, 1 tbs of garlic and your chicken. Remember this will all cook very fast. Cook your chicken until it starts to brown about 2-3 minutes. Then add your veggies.
    Your veggies will only take 2-3 minutes to cook. While they are cooking in the wok, drain your lo mein noodles.
    Finally, add your lo mein noodles and poor over your chinese brown sauce. Give a good mix and your dish is ready to serve.


Remember if you cannot find Lo Mein Noodles you can also use Yakisoba Noodles or Spaghetti noodles.

Other Vegetables to use in your Chicken Lo Mein Recipe

  • carrots
  • red & green peppers
  • bok chow
  • Japanese eggplant
  • snow peas & green beans
  • mushrooms
  • zucchini
  • asparagus
Velveting your chicken is the traditional method used in Chinese cooking to create incredibly tender chicken and beef. The method involves using cornstarch or baking soda to tenderize your meat. I always use cornstarch because it also acts as a thickener for your sauce when cooking.
Nutrition Facts
Quick & Easy Chicken Lo Mein Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 466 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 1428mg62%
Potassium 870mg25%
Carbohydrates 61g20%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 455IU9%
Vitamin C 29mg35%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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If you try this recipe I would love to hear your feedback. Stir-fry’s and Lo Mein’s are so quick and easy to throw together. The sauce is also foolproof. Once you know the ingredients you can literally pour in a splash of this and splash of that. The sauce will always taste delicious even if the measurements aren’t perfect!




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