Chicken Chow Mein Recipe
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Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

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When we go out for Chinese food, my husband always orders chicken chow mein. I created this recipe using richer-flavored tamari sauce rather than soy. —Beth Dauenhauer, Pueblo, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2/3 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1/4 cup sliced onion
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons julienned carrot
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 2 tablespoons chow mein noodles

Nutritional Facts

1 cup chow mein with 1/2 cup cooked brown rice and 1 tablespoon chow mein noodles: 307 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 984mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch, broth, soy sauce, salt and ginger until smooth; set aside.
  2. In a large skillet or wok, stir-fry the mushrooms, celery, onion, pepper and carrot in oil for 5 minutes. Add garlic; stir-fry 1-2 minutes longer or until vegetables are crisp-tender.
  3. Stir cornstarch mixture and add to the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add chicken; heat through. Serve with rice; sprinkle with chow mein noodles. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Chicken Chow Mein in Healthy Cooking April/May 2011, p18

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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delowenstein User ID: 3766053 264224
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2017

"I admit that I used roast rotisserie chicken, cubed! I didn't use the rice or chow mein noodles! I also used bamboo shoots, well-drained! Those were my 2 changes! This was a very tasty dish!"

Bagelgirl User ID: 8703311 242026
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2016

"Excellent!!!! Could have fooled my husband if he hadn't seen me cooking. Served with hot Chinese mustard and noodles. Will make this often!!"

paul3303 User ID: 1713232 184651
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2013

"I really like this recipe, however I much prefer Jasmine Rice. The nutty taste of Jasmine goes well with the Chow Mien although admittedly not as healthy as Brown Rice. Thanks for sharing."

bmlink627 User ID: 6613671 212591
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2013

"This is a D'lish dish! I can not wait to make it again."

Helem User ID: 3356086 195154
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2013

"Very easy and tasty. Next time I would add almonds (or water chestnuts) and red pepper flakes."

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 112038
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2011

"My other half is a chinese lover; so for him to love this recipe says a lot. We do love it."

LadySullen User ID: 3595759 112035
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2011

"I have quite a few different chow mein recipes, but this one is definitely a cut above the rest. None of the flavors is overcome by the others. You can taste everything and the vegetables give the whole dish a very fresh quality. I didn't make any changes, but I did sprinkle some lightly salted cashews on top before serving. This is a keeper!!"

rykirk1701e User ID: 5850325 184649
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2011

"tasted great! better the takeout chow mein and a whole lot healthier!"

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