Panda Express Chicken Chow Mein


Panda Express copy cat recipe for chow mein noodles with chicken added is better than take-out and makes a super fast and delicious meal your whole family will enjoy.

Panda Express copy cat recipe for chow mein noodles with chicken added is better than take-out and makes a super fast and delicious meal your whole family will enjoy.

Friends, I wanted to fill you in on what’s going on in my life and why I have been so absent from my blog lately.  This is the longest break I have ever taken.  My dad passed away last Wednesday.  He had numerous health problems over the years but always came out on top.  He occasionally joked that he had “nine lives”.  Well, it was true.  Then in December he got diagnosed with lung cancer and it was a quick downward spiral as far as his health.  In the midst of it all, he kept his spirits up and said he was going to keep on fighting.  I strongly believe he was ready to “go” and didn’t want to suffer through this grave lung cancer diagnosis.  Honestly, I’m glad I didn’t have to see him in pain for a long time.  My friends and family have been so supportive of me in this last week and I am thankful for it.  I hope to get back to my regular schedule soon as far as Wishes and Dishes goes and keep bringing you guys the best of the best.  Thanks for being patient with me as I’m only going to do as much as I can and feel up to in the near future.  I sure am going to miss my dad and already do.  Today was the first day I was driving around, which is normally when I think to make my phone calls, and I went to call him and realized that I couldn’t.  I’m sure there will be many moments like that where I miss him worse than ever but will try my best to get through it.

Panda Express copy cat recipe for chicken chow mein noodles for easy Chinese food at home.

Before I start crying again, let’s dive into the recipe.  Talking about food (especially eating food) always seems to help when I’m sad.  In case you needed a short little lesson in Chinese food, chow mein are stir-fried noodles and this is a popular noodle dish in the United States.  I love recreating restaurant dishes at home – it’s one of those things that I put at the top of my list when I find something I really like or a popular dish I have heard about and want to see how good of a version of it I can make at home.

This meal was so delicious and it took only about 20 minutes to make. We live a long distance from any good Chinese food places – in fact, the best Chinese I have had was when we went to visit family in Toronto.  Other than that, there has not been any place that really stuck out to me here in Rochester or anywhere, really.  This is why I am more prompted to make Chinese food at home and I do this every so often.  This was one of the best meals I have made when you consider how small the cost is for the ingredients.  It tastes so fresh and the flavors are excellent.  It is definitely as good, if not better, than many Chinese restaurant dishes.  I will be making this chow mein often.

If these particular Yaki-Soba noodles used in this recipe aren’t available at your local grocery store (I shop at the smallest store ever and I actually still found them there), Italian pastas such as fettucini or linguini make a handy substitute.  Also, Ramen noodles can work in a pinch (without the flavor packet).

Oh, and if you are fond of Chinese food, here are some more of my favorites: Chinese Fried Rice and Chinese Chicken Salad.

Chinese food at home: Panda Express copy cat recipe for chicken chow mein noodles.  Quick and easy.

Panda Express Chicken Chow Mein
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
Panda Express copy cat recipe for chicken chow mein noodles for easy Chinese food at home.
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper (white or black)
  • 2 (5.6-ounce) packages refrigerated Yaki-Soba, seasoning sauce packets discarded (found in the produce section of the grocery store)
  • 8 ounces cooked boneless chicken breasts, sliced thin
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow or white onion, sliced thin
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped diagonally
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, ginger and pepper; set aside.
  2. In a large pot of boiling water, add Yaki-Soba until loosened, about 1-2 minutes; drain well.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery, and saute, stirring often, until soft and transparent, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in cabbage and cooked chicken and saute until heated through, about 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in Yaki-Soba and soy sauce mixture and toss until well combined and the noodles are heated through, about 2 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately.

 Recipe source:  adapted from

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These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

22 Responses to “Panda Express Chicken Chow Mein”

  1. January 22, 2015 at 2:45 PM #

    My heart goes out to you! Love your re-creation! Sounds delish!

  2. January 22, 2015 at 3:22 PM #

    I am so so sorry for your loss, Ashley!
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    This is A perfect bowl of comfort food.

  3. January 22, 2015 at 3:55 PM #

    I’m so very sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Praying for you Ashley!

  4. January 22, 2015 at 6:15 PM #

    So sorry about your loss. When I started my blog I was still grieving my dad and the blog, as silly as it sounds, really helped me regain myself. Thinking of you and your family. S

  5. January 22, 2015 at 7:39 PM #

    I’m so sorry for your loss Ashley – I know what you are going through and it’s very hard!! Just take one day at a time… P.S. This chow mein looks delicious!

  6. January 22, 2015 at 8:59 PM #

    Ashley I am just so so sorry for your loss 🙁 Thinking of you and sending lots of hugs your way. My grandfather died very very quickly after being diagnosed with lung cancer – sucks big time.

  7. January 23, 2015 at 6:16 AM #

    I just saw the first few ingredients and knew I would like it.. brown sugar..garlic..ginger.. love those flavors together! I´m so sorry for your loss 🙁 A way I cope with grief is to think of the special moments I shared with that person and to keep those memories alive.. My sincerest prayers go out to you and your family during this time! xoxo

  8. January 23, 2015 at 8:50 AM #

    I really like playing around with Asian foods at home. I’m definitely giving this one a try. It looks delicious and I could eat Chinese pretty much every day of the week! Great recipe. My sincere condolences on the loss of your father.

  9. January 23, 2015 at 9:12 AM #

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I understand exactly what you’re going through having lost my father a few years ago. The grieving gets easier with time and you’ll always have your fond memories to rely on. On a happier note – your chow mein looks delicious. You’ve reminded me that I haven’t made Chinese in a very long time.

  10. January 23, 2015 at 10:11 AM #

    Hugs, Ashley. Thinking of you and your family.

  11. January 23, 2015 at 12:24 PM #

    I am so sorry about your loss, Ashley. You’re in my thoughts.

  12. January 23, 2015 at 12:29 PM #

    I’m so sorry for you loss. Hugs! Food is totally what’s needed when we’re feeling sad. Sometimes it’s literally what keeps me sane and keep my mind focused when I’m going through hard times. Ps. making this for hubby soon!

  13. January 24, 2015 at 1:36 AM #

    My sincerest condolences on the loss of your father my friend. Sending my thoughts you and your family’s way.


  14. January 24, 2015 at 9:06 AM #

    Thoughts and prayers are with you, Ashley, and your family. Taking a mental break from blogging is a good thing. Don’t rush it. We will miss you of course but we can wait. Delicious 20 minute meal- better than take out!

  15. January 24, 2015 at 9:09 AM #

    I’m so very sorry for the loss of your dad. I’m glad he didn’t have to suffer a very long time. My heart goes out to you at this time.

  16. January 24, 2015 at 3:54 PM #

    Ashley, I’m so sorry for the loss of your dad.

    I’ve been wanting to tell you that I made your meatball recipe the other night and it was delicious. I’m usually very lazy when it comes to spaghetti and just throw together meat sauce, so I wish you could have seen the look of surprised delight on my hubby’s face when I revealed those meatballs. 🙂 We also LOVED your cinnamon vanilla almonds. You really do blog “the best of the best” and I love trying your recipes. This one looks fantastic!

  17. January 24, 2015 at 5:31 PM #

    SImply damn delicious and comforting, loving it even more with lots of chopped chilies…

  18. January 24, 2015 at 9:30 PM #

    You have had a rough time. I am soooo sorry my dear. It is so difficult and deeply painful to lose someone. Hugs——-

  19. January 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM #

    Sweet Ashley, my heart goes out to you. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss and will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Your Chow Mein looks divine, my friend. Thank you for sharing. xoxo

  20. January 26, 2015 at 9:26 AM #

    So sorry for your loss. This looks like the ultimate comfort food, my family will absolutely love it.

  21. January 27, 2015 at 10:23 AM #

    Ashley, I am so sorry for your loss. It must be so tough to watch your dad suffer. I am thinking of you and sending you good thoughts 🙂

  22. January 29, 2015 at 4:12 AM #

    Oh Ashley, I am so very sorry for your loss 🙁 My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. *big hugs*

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