Chicken Lo Mein – Better Than Takeout

Stir-fried chicken lo mein with snow peas, cauliflower, red peppers and carrots

I have a confession… my family loves Chinese take out. It’s such a guilty pleasure of ours and I’m mildly embarrassed to admit that I feed it to my family as often as I do. I know it’s greasy, loaded down in oil riddled sugary sauces and lets not even get into the sodium and MSG. Trust me I know better than to put this in my body and in my kids but we just can’t help ourselves. After a long weekend of busy activity, it’s our Sunday night favorite.

But is it possible to make it taste just as good without all of the extra bad for you junk? I decided to give it a try when I saw a basic recipe with few ingredients in Delish Magazine. Delish has a pretty robust website loaded with recipes. They also have a quarterly publication that you can subscribe to or just pick up on the checkout line at the supermarket. If you’re interested in the magazine I highly recommend the subscription because at $20 / year it’s a bargain compared to the supermarket price of $13.99 / issue.

This summer’s issue was titled Chicken Dinners – 101 insanely easy recipes. The title is spot on because I’ve made at least 25 recipes from this issue and they are “Delish”!

The Recipe for Chicken Lo Mein

This chicken lo mein recipe, which you can get by clicking here, calls for noodles, chicken, vegetables and just 2 other ingredients. The entire recipe also only have 3 steps from start to finish and can be on the table in about 20 minutes. And my favorite part? It’s got protein, vegetables and carbs all in one so no need for tons of sides.

What to Serve with Chicken Lo Mein

I threw some frozen pot stickers in the air fryer to serve with the lo mein and everyone was more than satisfied. When preparing the recipe the only change I made was that I substituted cauliflower for the broccoli. We have one non-broccoli lover in our family (and he’s not a child .)

Recipe Tips

One other thing to keep in mind is that it really aught to be served immediately. As it sat on the stove waiting for us to eat it definitely lost a little bit of its goodness. The noodles may have absorbed too much sauce and became a little mushy and the whole dish a little a more dry. It was a little disappointing because fresh off finishing, it was perfection.

Let’s just be clear on one last thing before you go and make this recipe. It’s delicious. It’s far healthier than the takeout version. You feel good after eating it and serving it to your family. It is NOT all that similar to what you get from the restaurant. Be that as it may, we all really liked it and I’m sure you will too. Enjoy!


  1. I love Chinese and lo mein is one I normally go for but with veggies instead of a meat variety. But this looks good and worth a try..

    1. Definitely worth a try. You can leave the chicken out and add extra veggies. I’ve never cooked with bean sprouts but I bet those would be a great addition. ?

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