Better-Than-Takeout Chicken Chow Mein

Save cash and dine IN tonight with our Better-Than-Takeout Chicken Chow Mein. It’s a fresh upgrade on a classic comfort food!

Do you have a favorite take-out menu item?

Hands down, Chicken Chow Mein tops our list. Tender, juicy chicken, crisp veggies, chewy noodles, and topped off with a flavorful sauce, it’s a classic Compston comfort food! Today, we’re saving our cash and dining IN with our Better-Than-Takeout Chicken Chow Mein. Quick, delicious, and ready in 30, this dish is a simple weekday staple you’ll want to make again and again!

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Better-Than-Takeout Chicken Chow Mein

You're just 30 minutes away from a better-than-takeout classic!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 304kcal
Author: Stephen & Elise Compston, RD, LDs


  • 1 lb chicken thighs
  • 8 oz chow mein noodles
  • 4 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 3 cups bean sprouts
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tsp freshly grated ginger

Simple Sauce

  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2-3 tsp sugar


  • Whisk sauce ingredients together, set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook noodles until tender. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat 1-2 tbsp oil in a large pan or wok over medium high heat. Add chicken thighs and cook 4-5 minutes each side, until done. Remove and let rest 5 minutes until slicing into bite-sized pieces.
  • To pan, add veggies, garlic, and ginger, and cook until desired consistency (we like to leave a little crunch). Once veggies are done, remove from heat. To pan, add in chicken, cooked noodles, and sauce and toss well to combine. Serve immediately.


Calories: 304kcal

Close-up of chow mein with chicken vegetables.

Looking for more easy weekday meals? Check out our 30-minute Sheet Pan Pineapple Chicken.

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