Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein

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This Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein tastes just like the restaurant version and is quick and easy to make right at home. In just 20 minutes you can enjoy this restaurant classic. Add seared shrimp, chicken, or beef to make it a protein-packed meal! Panda Express Chow Mein

My favorite part about this recipe? -No guilt.

Takeout Chinese food always sounds like a fabulous idea, until I’m done eating. Any kind of fast food makes me feel that way. Bluck. But with this recipe, you can control the amount of oil that you are using. You only need two tablespoons and trust me, that’s not even close to the amount that the fast food places use. You’ll feel satisfied after eating this, but not too full, and not regretful. Not to mention, tossing in a little seared shrimp or chicken makes it even better. You can easily have a complete meal here in 30 minutes flat! Plus, the leftover are a great addition to stir fry! 

Chow Mein vs. Lo Mein

“Mein” is simply a Chinese word for noodles. The major  difference is simply how the noodles are cooked and what they are served with.

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Lo Mein: Typically made with fresh egg noodles that are boiled for 2-3 minutes. They soak up sauce better than Chow Mein does and it’s not usually accompanied by add-on’s such as vegetables or meat.

Chow Mein: Made with fresh or dry egg noodles and boiled for 5-6 minutes and served with stir-fried vegetables and/or meat.

That’s the gist of it, but this source can tell you more!

Chow Mein Recipe

Chow Mein Stir Fry Noodles

I found the Chow Mein stir fry noodles for this recipe in the grocery store where they have a dedicated aisle for Asian ingredients. It’s common to see this in your local grocery store, they are sold in clear 6 oz. containers. The noodles are dry and resemble Ramen Noodles, which you could also use for this recipe in addition to regular spaghetti noodles if you’re in a bind. Just adjust the cooking times for the noodles accordingly, I would recommend only boiling the Ramen Noodles for 1.5 minutes if you go that route.

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5 from 1 vote
Servings: 4
Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Panda Express Chow Mein

This Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein tastes just like the restaurant version and is quick and easy to make right at home. In just 20 minutes you can enjoy this restaurant classic. Add seared shrimp, chicken, or beef to make it a protein-packed meal!

Ingredients
  • 6 oz. dry Chow Mein stir fry noodles
Vegetables
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 cup carrots grated
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 2 cups cabbage shredded
  • 2 Tablespoons peanut oil can sub canola
Sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon oyster sauce*
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar packed
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
Instructions
  1. Boil the Chow Mein noodles in a large pot for about 3 minutes. Drain, then rinse with cold water and drain again. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot on medium heat, combine the vegetables and peanut oil and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the sauce ingredients and add to the vegetables. Stir in the Chow Mein noodles, and serve.
Recipe Notes

*Oyster sauce is not necessary,  I had it on hand and it gives it a nice flavor. A little goes a long way so don't overdo it.

Additional ingredient options: Broccoli, Bean Sprouts, Water Chestnuts, Seared Chicken, Beef, or Shrimp.

Use leftovers for stir fry!

Nutrition Information
Calories: 275, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1245mg, Potassium: 284mg, Carbohydrates: 42g, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 8g, Protein: 8g, Vitamin A: 109.4%, Vitamin C: 21.8%, Calcium: 4.5%, Iron: 11.3%

Recipe Adapted from: DamnDelicious.net

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