Chicken chow mein


  • Prep Time30 mins
  • Total Time35 mins
  • Makes4 servings
Chicken chow mein

Photo, Erik Putz.

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Use packaged, store-bought coleslaw to get this chicken chow mein recipe on the table fast.


  • 350 g skinless, boneless chicken thighs, thinly sliced

  • 1 tbsp dry sherry, or apera (optional)

  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce, divided

  • 2 tsp sesame oil, divided

  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch

  • 250 g fresh chow mein noodles

  • 2 tbsp canola oil, divided

  • 1 397-g package coleslaw mix

  • 4 green onions, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 4 garlic clove, minced

  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce


  • COMBINE chicken with sherry, 1/2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp sesame oil and cornstarch in a medium bowl until coated, then let marinate for 10 min. Cook noodles following package directions. Drain and rinse under cold running water. Set aside.

  • HEAT a wok or extra-large non-stick frying pan over high. Add 1 tbsp canola oil, then chicken. Cook, stirring constantly, until no longer pink, about 2 min. Transfer chicken to a plate.

  • ADD remaining 1 tbsp canola oil to wok, then coleslaw mix, green onions and garlic. Stir-fry until cabbage wilts by half, 1 to 2 min.

  • ADD noodles, remaining 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce and 1 tsp sesame oil and oyster sauce. Cook, stirring, until noodles are warm, 1 to 2 min. Stir in chicken and any juices in bowl. Divide among plates.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 404, Protein 25g, Carbohydrates 43g, Fat 15g, Fibre 4g, Sodium 731mg.

Recipe Tip

Stir-fried dishes like chicken chow mein cook very quickly over high heat. Read these nine simple tips for making stir fry to make sure your dish turns out perfectly, every time.

Shopping Tip

Fresh chow mein noodles can be found in the refrigerated Asian section in your grocery store. If you can't find any, swap in egg noodles or cooked ramen noodles.