Easy Chicken Lo Mein

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Easy Chicken Lo Mein Recipe

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.

Easy Chicken Lo Mein Recipe

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.

Easy Chicken Lo Mein Recipe

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.

Easy Chicken Lo Mein Recipe

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.

Ready to toss the takeout menus? Read on for this Easy Chicken Lo Mein recipe, and then complete your homemade feast with top-rated recipes for egg rolls, potstickers, fried rice and more takeout-fakeout favorites!

Easy Chicken Lo Mein Recipe

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Easy Chicken Lo Mein

Easy Chicken Lo Mein is a guaranteed dinner winner! This takeout-fakeout dish is loaded with veggies and chicken, and it’s all tossed it a sweet, tangy, garlicky soy sauce.
Author: Kelly Senyei
4.83 from 75 votes
Easy Chicken Lo Mein Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings


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.

Kelly’s Note:

  • 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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Calories: 357kcal, Carbohydrates: 53g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 36mg, Sodium: 872mg, Potassium: 533mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 7740IU, Vitamin C: 24.5mg, Calcium: 55mg, Iron: 1.8mg


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  1. I crave noodles and have been looking for a good easy recipe to use over my noodles but I usually have already cooked chicken or right now an insane amount of pulled pork to use up in dishes or freeze. I’ll keep you posted.

  2. Plain sesame oil or toasted sesame oil? It doesn’t say toasted, but since plain sesame oil doesn’t have much taste it seems strange to bother specifying it versus any generic oil.

    1. Feel free to reduce the amount of soy sauce next time, Cindy. I’m glad your son enjoyed the recipe :)

  3. 5 stars
    DELICIOUS!! My entire family loved this dish and I’m already making it again! Thank you so much for such a tasty meal!!

  4. 5 stars
    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.

    1. 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).

    2. 5 stars
      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!

  5. 5 stars
    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!

  6. 5 stars
    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.

  7. 5 stars
    Just like a restaurant. We aren’t big fans of cooked spinach or pea pods so I substituted broccoli. I also doubled the sauce for more flavor. Next time I may add some scallions. I thought I’d have leftovers, but there were none.

  8. This lo mein recipe comes together SO quickly and is SO delicious!

    I have made this countless times already, swapping veggies and protein, for whatever I have on hand, knowing that the sauce is what brings it all together. I actually like to use rotini noodles, because the sauce clings to them so well.

    Thank you for such a great easy recipe for lo mein!

  9. 5 stars
    Holy crappoli this is amazing!! Made it tonight, SO easy and SO yummy! Only alterations I made was adding a touch more soy sauce to deglaze my pan during the sautéing and some red pepper flakes in the sauce because we like a bit of heat. Otherwise untouched and incredible! Also made your beef and broccoli recipe this week and it was also fantastic, again with no alterations other than a bit more garlic and chili flakes to our preference. You have officially become my new go to recipe site I think!

  10. 5 stars
    This was very good and came together quickly. My husband said it was delicious. Definitely will be making again with lots of different vegetables. Thanks for the recipe!

  11. 5 stars
    It’s not only budget friendly and easy to make, but so delicious!

    Planning to make it with shrimp for next time.

  12. 5 stars
    I don’t think I’ve ever rated this recipe, but I wanted you to know that my family loves this. My father in law says it’s restaurant quality. I have slowly tweaked the recipe with more Chinese veggies. I added mushrooms, big chunks of onion, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, cut baby corn and fresh baby bok Choi (cooked separately with ginger and garlic). Then I had left overs and some left over jasmine rice from another meal, so I made fried rice with peas, carrots and onion which added another level. Will do the rice for my father in law next time I make it. See how that goes.

  13. 3 stars
    This is a very simple & innovative recipe! However, it’s a bit too sweet for my personal taste. The Hoison Sauce will be left out the next time I cook this. The Lo Meins that I’ve eaten in restaurants, like PF Chang’s, are not at all sweet. Perhaps they don’t use Hoison Sauce? Anyway, I plan to refine your recipe to suit my taste, but the basics are a phenomenal start! I do this with ALL recipes I try out, not just this one. It’s all about taste preference. Thanks for sharing!

  14. 5 stars
    Super easy – I used green beans and carrots since I didn’t have snow peas or spinach. We like it a little saucy so I doubled the sause the second time I made it- although the original recipe seems more what you’d get at a restaurant.

    1. Absolutely! They would work great, and yes, you could double the sauce since they’ll soak up a bit more. Enjoy, Lynn!

  15. 5 stars
    Made this for bfast! I couldn’t wait. I followed the recipe but I used 3 boneless, skinless chicken thighs and baby bok choy. The snowpeas were nice and crunchy. This was amazing, even for bfast. I tried the recipe with shrimp, yummers! This is a keeper!

  16. The easy chicken lo mein was positively delicious. I followed the recipe with one exception — I added large pieces of sweet onion when I sauteed the carrots and snow pea pods. I was lucky enough to get real lo mein noodles at a local fresh produce market. Will be making this on regular basis. It was better than the lo mein from my local Chinese restaurant. Soooo good.

  17. 5 stars
    I made this and it is now in my regular rotation. We use less noodles and more vegetables. The longer the noodles and veggies sit in the sauce after cooking, the better they are. Restaurant worthy! Turned out great. Thank you!

  18. 5 stars
    Was delicious….I made the recipe minus the noodles then just served over the noodles /zucchini at the end…Only way I could make it fit in with my limit of carbs…Will be adding to list of favorite meals

  19. 5 stars
    This was easy and excellent! I chose some different vegetable due to my liking and what I had on hand. My 14 year old daughter loved it too! Thank you!

  20. 5 stars
    I have 5 kids. My youngest 3 are very picky. And they LOVE this recipe! I’ve ruined them for going out for chinese especially when i found this perfect recipe and another one for egg drop soup.

    1. 5 stars
      Made this for my daughter for after her surgery. She loved it and wanted the recipe. Thank you.

  21. The beef and broccoli look delicious but I don’t see the recipe. Please let me know where I can find the recipes on this website

  22. 5 stars
    I made this several times – without the chicken for my vegetarian family members. I added mushrooms, baby corn, water chestnuts, and broccoli to this delicious recipe. Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe and your cooking talents.

  23. 5 stars
    love it – i did add mushrooms cause i alway do and red pepper flakes as i like everything hot.


  24. 5 stars
    This is some good! I used turkey breast and tamari sauce, but otherwise stuck pretty close to the recipe. I’m so happy to have found your site because Asian food is our fave, but dietary restrictions make eating it in a restaurant not so easy. Your recipes have all been awesome sauce so far!

  25. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe, so easy and tasted wonderful. I love all your recipes because they are clear to read and easy to make. Thank You!!

  26. 4 stars
    This recipe was good tried it with my family, the only downside was the carrots toke about 15 minutes to cook down! Overall great flavor and served about 4 people. Would make again!!

  27. I have made this about 4 times and my family loves it. There are never any leftovers. Even my picker eater loves it. Recommend it.

  28. 5 stars
    This is delicious! I did not find the rice noodles, and used spaghetti noodles instead. I mixed Aminos, Hosain sauce and soy sauce and used olive oil and it came out very good! I think next time I will try this with veggie noodles if I don’t feel like having carbs! Thank you!

  29. 5 stars
    Delicious! All I had On hand was a bag of stir fry vegetables 1- chicken breast and thin spaghetti but the sauce was perfect! Will definitely make this again!

  30. 5 stars
    Wow – D E licious!
    I added onion, celery and broccoli and used ramen noodles, doubled the sauce and it was amazing! Thank you for the wonderful recipe and the inspiration!

  31. 4 stars
    We really like this recipe! I double the sauce recipe since we like our lo mein with more sauce. I also like to use raman noodles because we like their texture better than lo mein noodles.

  32. thank you so much for providing a “more or less” button in the print-out….I am a single woman and it is helpful to have things for 2 people rather than 4

  33. 5 stars
    This recipe was absolutely fantastic! I made it for the first time tonight for my mother and I-it was a huge hit. Going down in my all time favorite dinner recipes, and would make a great lunch leftover for the next day. Thank you!

  34. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious!
    We are vegetarians so we swapped out the chicken for sliced water chestnuts & amboo shoots.
    LOVE this recipe!!

  35. 5 stars
    I’ve been using the AllRecipes Easy Lo Mein recipe for years but just gave this a try and blew it out of the water. A new fave in this house! The other recipe required added sugar but the hoisin eliminates the need for that and is much better! Thanks for the recipe! beef and broccoli and broccoli cheddar chicken next up!

  36. 5 stars
    The family loved it! Interesting sequence: I normally do the onions and garlic, then add the beef. Is there a reason you do it this way? I am just learning new things, and this one is a keeper!! I’m doing your Chicken Lo Mein next. Thanks for a great website! Joe

  37. This is so good! I have tried it with and without chicken and both ways are delicious. Comparable to a restaurant’s but I know everything in it which makes me feel good about it.

  38. How could I spice this up a bit? Red peppers?
    Also I see that takeout lo main includes eggs and some crunchy onion type thing. Would the eggs just be a regular fried egg? Going to try this recipe tomorrow. I’m a teen trying to eat healthier with cheap and easy meals and this looks like it hits the nail on the head! Thanks!

    1. Crushed red pepper flakes would work great! For eggs, I’d scramble them then toss them in at the end (just like fried rice). Enjoy!

  39. Thanks for the beef and broccoli recipe. I loved it because, very easy to make, the ingredients were on hand, and it was delicious, easily as good (better) then take out. I will be using this recipe often. Glad you suggested the low sodium soy sauce, perfect!

  40. 5 stars
    Recipe is delicious as-is and so easy! Definitely rivals Chinese takeout. This is now my go-to recipe after trying a different site’s.

  41. 5 stars
    Absolutely incredible! My family is full of picky eaters and everyone loved this dish, will definitely make again!


  43. Just made it and family loved it all except the noodle will deff use spaghetti noodles next time but it was delicious thank you.

  44. I cannot wait to try this! I have two International students that live with me during the school year. One complains about dishes not tasting authentic Chinese. All I want it to taste is good enough for him. Hope this is a winner and I will try more of your Asian inspired meals.

  45. 5 stars
    EXCELLENT! Do not bother with other recipes. First time I made lo mein and started with a different recipe. Thankfully I tasted the sauce before using and it had a strange taste. Switched to this one, could not be easier or better! Family loved it. I didn’t have snow peas or spinach, used carrots, onions, broccoli and red pepper. Will add yellow squash next time. Found lo mein noodles at Walmart, after looking all other grocery stores. They are quite different than regular pasta. Sauce would be excellent over anything, but use lo mein noodles if available. Will try with rice and can’t wait to try other recipes here! Thank you Kelly!

  46. 5 stars
    This was very easy to make and it came out delicious! My kids are very picky and they all had seconds. Nice family meal!

    1. Adding you to receive updates on our New Posts, Marta! Thank you so much for your readership!

  47. 5 stars
    Ah-Maze-Ing! Turned out way better than I was expecting it to! I cooked it having a Chinese food craving, but I didn’t want to order a whole bunch of take out. Was so much better than what I would have ordered!
    I only dished my hubs half a plate because he wasn’t hungry. He ended up inhaling it and eating everything that was left over!

  48. I don’t normally do reviews when I try a recipe, but I had to for this one. It is soooo very good! My kids even liked it, which says a lot! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  49. 5 stars
    I struggle to find meals that are easy to prepare AND delicious – this one is both! My kids loved it. Thanks!

  50. 5 stars
    I made this for dinner and my husband and son went nuts over it!!! I put in lots of veggies and they ate that too. Easy and delicious!!!

    Thank You for sharing!!

  51. Made this tonight and it was very good! Usually I stick to the exact recipe but I cheated a bit on this one. I added some fresh ginger to the sauce and just added some shitake mushrooms and red pepper to the mix of vegetables. It was delicious and I felt much tastier to the take out version we “used” ;-) to get. Thanks Kelly!

    1. Could you make this in the instant pot- we just got one and my son loves Lo Mein so much we call him a lo meiniac.

      1. Hi Emily – I haven’t tried that so unfortunately I can’t weigh in on this. Let me know if you give it a shot!

  52. 5 stars
    This recipe is so good! I usually make my own hoisin sauce – 2 TBS peanut butter, 1 TBS molasses, 1 garlic clove chopped, 2 tsp rice wine vinegar, 2 tsp sesame oil, 3 TBS soy sauce
    My kids really like it and can add red pepper broccoli

  53. Your recipes look so good can’t wait to try them my husband and I love trying new foods getting tired of the same so food.

  54. 4 stars
    Yum I used whole wheat spaghetti to make it a little healthier and used the stir fry from dollar tree that contains beautiful vegetables. I think next time I will add red pepper to spice it up. Thanks!!

  55. 5 stars
    I made it last week with rice noodles and we loved it.
    Made it tonight with gluten free spaghetti and I didn’t have anyVegetables so I threw in bean sprouts and water chestnuts, it was soooo good. Perfection for me would be the snow peas and onions. So many versions u can make of this. I added a teaspoon of ginger to the sauce also.
    Thanks for giving me the original recipe!

  56. 5 stars
    So so good! I added some shredded zucchini (since I omitted the snow peas) and it was amazing! My husband is requesting that I add broccoli next time I make it too. Definitely will make this again!

  57. 5 stars
    We are calorie counting. Could you tell me what the calories would be per serving? Made this for dinner and it is delicious.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Kathi! To find the estimated nutritional info just click on the purple button below the recipe that says ESTIMATED NUTRITION INFORMATION.

  58. 5 stars
    Made this tonite for dinner. I’m a single gal so I needed to halve the recipe. (Left some for lunch tomorrow) I like the fact that the only seasonings were the soy and hoisin sauces and the sesame and olive oils. This allowed the flavors of the veggies to shine. Couldn’t find snow peas so I substituted sugar snap peas. Delicious and so easy! Thanks for posting this recipe. Will be making this again.

  59. 5 stars
    Oh…Thanks for giving the idea to clean out the fridge!! That’s why I was brace enough to use up the bits I had left over. Otherwise they probably would have ended up in the trash

  60. 5 stars
    This was fantastically FABULOUS! I stir fried some shrimp instead of the chicken. I didn’t have snow peas or spinach so I used a few sliced mushrooms, a bit of leftover broccoli, a handful of baby kale and some green pepper and onions I didn’t use yesterday.i didn’t have enough noodles at home so I spiralized a small zucchini and sautéed a little before I mixed in the noodles.
    Your easy sauce was wonderful!! After I mixed it in I topped with some chopped cilantro and chopped peanuts. Oh baby-baby this is a keeper! The sauce made it!

    1. Hi there! I’ve never tried freezing this recipe, so I can’t say with certainty how the de-frosted results would taste. Let me know if you give it a shot!

  61. 5 stars
    I’ve cooked this last weekend, and omg how yummy my family gobbled it up and gonna cook it tonight. Thank you for posting this recipe.

  62. 5 stars
    OHHH MY GOOODNESS!!!!! I made this recipe last night (first time ever) & it was absolutely DELISH!!!!! My husband ate a huge bowl and I just ate the leftovers for lunch YUM YUM YUM… Already received the call from the MR. asking if I can make it again tonight. Adding onions, broccoli and mushroom to it (got to sneak in those veggies somehow :). Thank you for this recipe!

  63. 5 stars
    Hi, I want to use this recipe for meal prep for lunches. Do you think it would be enough for 5 days? Thank you :)

    1. Hi Mike – To prevent the cooked noodles from sticking, toss them with a bit of sauce right after draining them. Hope that helps!

  64. 5 stars
    Very good and easy. I couldn’t find snow peas so used sugar snap peas and much more spinach than called for. Also used 3 chicken breasts instead of two. Threw in a can of baby corn and a can of sliced mushrooms too. I like the rubbery texture. Fresh ones just tend to shrivel to nothing. Used linguine because I never see lo mein noodles. I think the basic recipe would also work well for shrimp or beef.

    1. Hi Janet! It will definitely affect the flavor, however if you have grape or blackberry jam, it sounds strange, but you can actually substitute that in for the hoisin. It won’t have the same flavor profile of course, but it’ll be semi-close at least with the sweetness. Another alternative is oyster sauce. Hope that helps!

  65. 4 stars
    Hi there! This looks so delicious! I only have one question about the amount of garlic, the recipe says 1.5 tablespoons, is this correct? I usually only use 1-2 teaspoons when cooking, so this amount threw me off. Thank you!

    1. Hi Jennifer! The recipe is correct as written. The amount of garlic works out great and gives the very simple dish tons of flavor, without being overpowering :)

  66. 5 stars
    Love Din Tai Fung too (hate the lines). Made this tonight though and YUM! It was perfect and a big hit with my husband.

  67. This was my first attempt at making this recipe and it turned out a big success! It was delicious! I didn’t have snow peas so I used broccoli cuts and added mushrooms, it came out really good! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!

  68. I pinned this recipe on Pinterest. I always get Lo Mein when I eat at a Chinese restaurant. I will enjoy having it in my home to eat as I can’t travel well. Thank you for sharing this and I will try to leave a reply after I try it.

  69. Hi Kelly,

    This sounds lovely, can you suggest ideas for a vegetarian version of this, please?

    Many thanks,

  70. What’s the difference between using spaghetti noodles and lo mein noodles? Is it the thickness maybe? This looks good!

    1. Hi there! I believe the main difference is the flour used to make the noodles. Lo mein noodles are made with wheat flour, whereas spaghetti noodles are made with all-purpose flour.

  71. This recipe was great. My teenagers loved it. On a side note, I didn’t have snow peas so I substituted green beans.

  72. That looks yummy! As far as chicken would that be 4 chicken breast halves? Or approx. how much in pounds? Also, which brand of hoisin sauce do you like?

    1. Hi Ania – Either four chicken breast halves or two full breasts. And any brand of hoisin sauce works great!

  73. I LOVE the looks of this! We love making our own “takeout” at home — we’ll have to try this next!