30-Minute Chicken Chow Mein

Why order takeout when you can make it at home? This chicken chow mein is ready in 30 minutes—way less time than actual delivery!

30 Minute Chicken Chow Mein | healthynibblesandbits.com

The one thing I hate about ordering delivery from a restaurant is that it always takes forever for the food to get to me. They never say they’ll come within 45 minutes, like they say they would. By the time the food gets to me, I will have eaten a mini-meal just to stave off my hunger. That’s why I prefer to just cook dinner at home, even when I’m feeling exhausted and cooking feels like the last thing in the world I want to do. Nothing is worse than anxiously waiting for dinner when I’m hungry.

Fortunately, I usually keep packages of noodles around the house like chow mein, so I can whip up a decent meal in just 30 minutes. This chicken chow mein is one that I make often around the house. Hope you enjoy it!

30 Minute Chicken Chow Mein | healthynibblesandbits.com



30 Minute Chicken Chow Mein | healthynibblesandbits.com


30-Minute Chicken Chow Mein

30 Minute Chicken Chow Mein | healthynibblesandbits.com

Serves 5

  • Author: Lisa Lin
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: dinner, lunch


  • 1 10-ounce (285g) package of fresh egg noodles (dried egg noodles work too)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound (450g) chicken breast, chopped
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 large red pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 8 ounces (225g) Chinese broccoli (gai lan), roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 green onion, roughly chopped
  • salt


  1. In a small pot, bring about a quart of water to boil. Once the water boils, drop in the noodles and cook for 7 to 8 minutes. Drain the water and rinse the noodles under cold water.
  2. Heat a saute pan with 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil. Saute the chicken breasts until they are fully cooked (about 6 to 8 minutes). Season with a tiny pinch of salt, and turn off the heat.
  3. In a large saute pan or wok, heat the remaining oil. Once the pan is hot, add the onions, and let it cook for about 2 minutes. Add the carrots, pepper, and Chinese broccoli, and cook the vegetables for about 5 minutes, until fully cooked. Add the cooked noodles and chicken, and stir everything together. I find it easiest to use two spatulas and mix everything like you are tossing a salad. Add the oyster sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, and green onion, and mix again. Turn off the heat.
  4. Serve immediately.

30 Minute Chicken Chow Mein | healthynibblesandbits.com

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38 thoughts on “30-Minute Chicken Chow Mein

    1. Lisa Post author

      How about I make you a batch of this, and you make me some of your gorgeous chocolate chip brownies??

    1. Lisa Post author

      Thanks, Liz! My weekend was great! Well, except when I found out that every one and their mother was going out for St. Patty’s Day bar crawl last Saturday! That totally derailed my plans to drink with my friends at a beer garden.

  1. Alisa @ Go Dairy Free

    I’ll admit that before I read a couple of books about China and I had a friend from there, I had no idea how vast the country was and how there were so many different “food regions”. It’s actually a cool topic – you could definitely write a book on it! This chow mein looks amazing, definitely pinning!

    1. Lisa Post author

      Yes, the food is so distinct depending on where you go! I could use any excuse to go back to China to eat some good food!

  2. Bam's Kitchen

    Stunning photos Lisa!!! I love a quick noodle dish for my boys too. Living here in HK i am sure I can get that sauce as well but I hear you it is probably full of MSG so have to look for some alternatives. Sharing of course!!!

  3. Tina Muir

    Oh this sounds amazing!!!! I LOVE chow mien, and I miss it from when I used to have it in england. I never had a recipe before….now I do 🙂 Time to try it!

  4. Maggie

    Very interesting idea to use tianmianjiang in the chow mein and good to know that you can find it in supermarket easily! Although it’s a sauce for Peking duck, we use it as dipping sauce or cook with stir-fry too. Thanks for bringing up this ingredient. I’m gonna make some experiment with it this weekend 🙂

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