If you’re following along over on Instagram, you’ll know that I have a serious obsession with stir-fried noodles and steamed dumplings. They are my culinary duo of choice and my most frequent craving. And 99 times out of 100, I’m satisfying that craving at Din Tai Fung (DTF), a popular eatery with international locations that has amassed a cult-like following for their fresh dim sum.
While I’m a big fan of Din Tai Fung’s world-renown soup dumplings (a.k.a. xiao long bao), the chicken stir-fried noodles are an often overlooked menu item that I’m determined to bring out from behind the dumpling shadow.
The noodles are big on flavor with a simple yet sophisticated approach to flavor: Just noodles, chicken and spinach cooked in a garlicky soy sauce. It’s straightforward and seriously fresh.
So how does one cook up an equivalent dish and avoid the 2+ hours of lines and travel that a trip to Din Tai Fung entails? Fear not! I’ve done all the research so you don’t have to.
With a super-short ingredient list, and an even faster method of preparation, this Easy Chicken Lo Mein is guaranteed to become a staple on your busy weeknight menu.
After creating this recipe, I shared it with my sister, who is Supermom to three beautiful girls age 3 or younger, and they slurped these noodles right up. This dish has also been on repeat at our house, as it’s quickly surpassed vodka pasta as my husband’s noodle dish of choice. So taste buds young and old alike have determined that this chicken lo mein is a major dinner winner.
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For the sauce:
- 3 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- 3 Tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
For the lo mein:
- 8 ounces uncooked lo mein noodles (See Kelly’s Note)
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 medium boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 cup snow peas
- 3 cups fresh spinach
Make the sauce:
- In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, hoisin sauce and sesame oil. Set the sauce aside.
Make the lo mein:
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the lo mein noodles and cook until al dente. Drain and set aside.
- In a large nonstick sauté pan set over medium heat, add the olive oil and sesame oil. Once hot, add the garlic and chicken and cook, stirring constantly, until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside.
- Add the carrots and snow peas to the pan and cook, stirring constantly, until the vegetables are tender, about 3 minutes. Add the spinach, cooked noodles, chicken and prepared sauce to the pan and cook, stirring, until combined and the spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.
- You can find lo mein noodles in the Asian foods section of most major supermarkets. If you can’t find lo mein, you can substitute linguine or spaghetti.
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Thank you for sharing your recipes. Looks delicious.
You are so welcome, Cj! I’m thrilled you’ve been enjoying Just a Taste!
We put this sauce on everything! It’s great in stir-fry, atop fish and over tofu. Sooooo good!!
I’m thrilled you’ve been enjoying the recipe, LC!
I did not have any low sodium soy sauce so I used regular soy sauce and substituted 1 tablespoon with a tablespoon of water. Very salty even though I put less soy sauce in. Now I know next time to buy the low sodium for this recipe.
I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe, Anne, despite it being too salty.
Hi Kelly – would rice noodles also work as a sub in this dish?
Thank you :-) love your recipes!
Absolutely, Paula! And I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying Just a Taste!
How can I use shrimp instead of chicken
Hi Laura! You can just swap in shrimp for chicken and follow the same recipe (other than adjusting the cook time for the shrimp, as it’ll cook much faster).
I’ve been looking for a good lo mein recipe for years…stumbled across this one via a Google search and I’m so glad I did! Super easy prep and delicious. A big hit! I will definitely be adding it to the regular rotation.
Note – I had a 14 oz package of lo mein noodles and a teenage son, so I almost doubled the sauce recipe. Didn’t have spinach on hand so swapped shredded green cabbage. Delicious!
Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Jana!
Picky family approved!! There is a very popular restaurant at a resort in Orlando, FL that is famous for their noodles… That dish is a family favorite. Tonight we finally found a recipe that is just as good if not better !!! Thank you so much!
WOWZA! This is what I love to read, Tonia!
Really good. Very satisfied & will make again. Used way less spinach.
I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe, LaVaDu!
We really liked this recipe, our noodles came in 10 oz package so we’ll adapt it and make more sauce next time. I recommend trying this recipe first, it’s a great recipe, however, the next time we’ll do some more vegetables maybe a little different variety. We like to mix things up a little, but also, probably use same recipe again too.
I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Tim!
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