Lo Mein Noodles – Easy Recipe with Chicken For Dinner
We were trying to decide the perfect family meal – so we asked around to see what our friends would say as to what their favorite dinner was to cook and their most frequent take out.
Turns out the perfect meal is delicious Lo Mein Noodles! Stir Fried Noodles – Easy Dinner Recipe – with our without meat – it makes a great meal!
Lo Mein is easy on the budget, super-delicious, and the perfect meal for just about any night because it only takes about 15-20 minutes to cook and get on the table. Now using a prepacked blend of chopped vegetables makes this famous dish easier than ever!
Chinese takeout is one of our favorite takeouts, but it can get a bit pricey for a family of 4. Learning how to make your own Lo Mein Noodles at home will not only save you money, it will give you a reason to gather those kiddos around the dinner table for a home cooked meal.
Stop the take out madness and make your own delicious Lo Mein Noodles at home.
- 10 oz. linguini noodles, uncooked
- 1-1/2 tablespoons oil Use a Vegetable oil or Light Olive Oil
- 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 large cloves of garlic, chopped fine
- 3 cups bagged vegetable blend (carrots, cabbage, greens) (buy the bagged shredded or chopped vegetables)
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon Sesame oil
- 3/4 lb. chicken breasts, sliced super thin
- 3 teaspoons corn starch
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
If using chicken for this recipe, cut the boneless chicken breasts into super-thin strips using a large sharp knife. Place in a bowl, sprinkle with corn starch and then drizzle with soy sauce. Mix well and let rest for at least 30 minutes. (Skip this step if not using chicken)
Cook noodles according to package directions, drain and rinse well with cold water. Put noodles back in the pan and gently stir in oil and soy sauce.
(If using chicken) While noodles are cooking, add oil to the skillet or wok and heat to medium-high. Cook thin chicken strips for about 3-4 minutes or until cooked through. Do not overcook. Remove cooked chicken to a plate.
While noodles are cooking, drizzle oil in a wok or large skillet. Heat to medium-high. When skillet is hot add the minced garlic. Cook for 1 minute and then add the vegetables. Stir fry for about 3-4 minutes, adding more oil if necessary. Add a few shakes of soy sauce for flavor.
Mix together the soy sauce, brown sugar and Sesame oil.
Once the vegetables are cooked crisp, add the sauce to the skillet or wok. Cook and stir for about 1-2 minutes. Add cooked noodles back to the pan and stir-fry for about 3-4 more minutes, keeping heat on high.
Add chicken back to the pan if using.
A prepacked blend of vegetables makes this dish even quicker – or use 3 cups of your favorite
Julienne vegetables – 2-3 cups is what works well for this recipe.
Typical Ingredients In Lo Mein Sauce –
For the Sauce:
Soy Sauce – Kikkoman brand is gluten free
Brown sugar – light or dark – dark has more molasses for a deeper flavor
Sesame Oil – use lightly as this has a strong flavor
Oyster sauce – yum
Hoisin sauce – bolder than the oyster sauce
Lo Mein Options that we love:
Ground Beef Lo Mein – definitely one of our favorites!
Vegetable Lo Mein
Beef Lo Mein
Vegetable Lo Mein
Our easy Vegetable Lo Mein with added chicken – Pure Yum!
What is in a Basic Lo Mein Sauce?
Lo Mein Sauce is made with a little bit of sesame oil (not too over bearing though) soy sauce and sugar. Also commonly used is oyster sauce or Hoisin sauce if you want a deeper sauce. But if you have none in your fridge you are still in business with equal amounts of soy sauce and brown sugar. We also like to add brown sugar instead of white to our sauce to give it that yummy thick sweetness. There is just something about brown sugar mixed with soy sauce. You can also add a little bit of wine to the sauce if you would like, and we prefer a good sherry wine or of course you can add rice wine.
Best Vegetables for Lo Mein:
Most bagged pre-cut vegetables will work well for this recipe. Looks for bags of shredded cabbage and carrots. Find your favorite brand that has the vegetables that will work well for a stir-fry. These bagged vegetables are found typically in the fresh vegetable section of the grocery store.
red bell pepper
chopped bok choy
What is a Lo Mein Noodle
The typical noodle for this dish is the Chinese egg noodle. This noodle holds up well to stir-frying with their elastic texture.
We also use and love these noodles –
Soba – what is the difference between Soba Noodles and Udon Noodles
Tips for Making The Best Lo Mein Noodles
- Drain the noodles and rinse well with cold water to rinse off any remaining starch.
- Place noodles back in the pan and coat with a small amount of olive oil or vegetable oil and a splash of soy sauce.
- Use vegetables in your lo mein recipe that your family love.
- Save time and use a packed of pre-chopped vegetable mix.
- You can cook the noodles ahead of time or days ahead of time. Cooked noodles keep well in the refrigerator for about 1 week. Just store in an airtight container.
- You can chop all of your vegetables ahead of time and keep them in an airtight glass storage container.
- Chop and slice everything (including beef and chicken) so it’s the same size as your noodles, or close to it.
- Love oyster sauce and don’t have any? Just mix in a little Worcestershire sauce with your soy sauce.
The noodles are the star of the show so make sure you bring out the best in them. Drain and rinse well, add some oil and just a hint of soy sauce.
What another great family meal – try our easy chicken chow mein with soba noodles.