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Chow Mein noodles may be simple to cook, but the flavors are anything but. This recipe lives up to its name because the crunchy noodles, sweet-and-salty sauce and stir-fried vegetables and chicken will make you want to chow down until there is nothing left. Enjoy this Chinese classic in the comfort of your home.

The recipe gives direct instructions, including how much time certain ingredients need to cook. Mix some sauces, marinate the chicken, stir fry the ingredients in an electric skillet and it’s done.

Crunchy chow mein noodles with chopsticks.

The electric skillet is a good kitchen utensil because it controls temperature better and will stay constant. The whole meal is cooked in one pan, so you won’t have many dishes to do after eating; that’s a bonus!

Crunchy chow mein noodles with chopsticks.
Crunchy chow mein noodles with chopsticks.

Most ingredients in this Chow Mein recipe are easily found in any grocery store. However, some ingredients like Chinese white wine and oyster sauce are harder to find. Oyster sauce is a dark, sweet and salty sauce thickened by cornstarch. It’s a must-have ingredient in Chinese recipes for its complex flavors.

If you’re having difficulty in finding this ingredient, substitute it by mixing soy sauce and hoisin sauce. As for the Chinese white wine, you can replace it with mirin or cooking sake.

Which Asian dish do you prefer: chow mein or lo mein?

Crunchy chow mein noodles with chopsticks.

Electric Skillet Crunchy Chow Mein Noodles

Joss D
The crunchy noodles, sweet-and-salty sauce and stir-fried vegetables and chicken will make you want to chow down until there is nothing left.
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Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 2
Calories 883 kcal


For the sauce:

  • 1 tbsp. oyster sauce
  • 1 ½ tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Chinese rice wine
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch

For the noodles:

  • 8 oz. chow mein noodles
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil

For the stir-fry:

  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves - finely chopped
  • ½ onion - sliced
  • 1 chicken breast - thinly sliced
  • ½ carrot - finely sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper - finely sliced
  • 4 baby bok choy - sliced in half
  • 1 cup cabbage - sliced
  • ½ cup green onions - sliced
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup water


For the sauce:

  • Mix all sauce ingredients, except for the cornstarch. Use 1 tbsp. of the sauce to marinate the chicken (for about 15 minutes) in a bowl.
  • Stir the cornstarch into the remaining sauce and mix well, until smooth.

For the noodles:

  • Meanwhile, heat electric skillet to 400ºF. Add 2 tbsp. canola oil. Lay the chow mein noodles out in the electric skillet and cook them about 5 minutes per side, or until crisp and golden.
  • Reserve the noodles and keep them warm by wrapping them in foil and then a clean kitchen towel.

For the stir-fry:

  • Turn dial on the electric frying pan to 350ºF and add 1 tbsp. of canola oil. Add garlic and onion, and cook for about 30 seconds, until garlic is fragrant.
  • Add the chicken and fry until it’s cooked through.
  • Add the carrots, red bell pepper, bok choy, cabbage and green onions and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Add chicken broth, water and sauce. Mix well and let it cook for around 2 minutes, or until it thickens.
  • Place some of the noodles in each dish, top with the stir-fried veggies and sauce and then again with more crunchy noodles. Serve.


Electric Skillet


Calories: 883kcalCarbohydrates: 118gProtein: 34gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 2095mgPotassium: 646mgFiber: 12gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 14751IUVitamin C: 206mgCalcium: 303mgIron: 7mg

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.

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