Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein

This Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein recipe tastes just like the restaurant! These delicious noodles are read in just 20 minutes and taste great with chicken, shrimp, or steak!

Be sure to pair this with some Sweet Cream Cheese Wontons or Crab Rangoon!

A white plate on a marble cutting board filled with chow mein and a hand holding chopsticks twisting up the noodles.

I have dozens of copycat recipes at this point, and I think this chow mein recipe wins the award for the quickest one of them all.

It’s hard to believe that this recipe takes less than 30 minutes! Does it really get any better than that?!

Panda Express Chow Mein Noodles

  • Panda express uses Stir Fried Wheat Noodles similar to these.
  • I used these Chow Mein noodles for this recipe. You can find them in your local grocery store where they have a dedicated section for Asian ingredients.
  • You could also regular spaghetti noodles for this recipe, just adjust the cooking times for the noodles accordingly.

What’s in Panda Express Chow Mein

  • The Chow Mein recipe from Panda Express includes Stir Fried Wheat Noodles, onions, celery, and cabbage.
  • The major benefit to making this at home is that you can use much less oil than the restaurant does.

What to Add to Chow Mein

  • Excellent additions to this chow mein recipe include carrots, water chestnuts, green onions, bok choy, snap peas, green beans, peppers, crunchy show mein noodles, and sesame seeds.
  • Seared chicken, shrimp, or steak is also excellent with this meal and makes it complete!

white plate filled with panda express chow mein with chopsticks and soy sauce in the background.

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.

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!

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Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins

This Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein recipe tastes just like the restaurant! These delicious noodles are read in just 20 minutes and taste great with chicken, shrimp, or steak!

  • 6 oz. dry Chow Mein stir fry noodles
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 2 cups cabbage shredded
  • 2 Tablespoons peanut oil can sub canola
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon oyster sauce* See Notes
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar packed
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  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 onions, celery, cabbage, 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: Carrots, Broccoli, Bean Sprouts, Water Chestnuts, Seared Chicken, Beef, or Shrimp.

Use leftovers as a cold work lunch!

Nutrition Information
Calories: 275, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1245mg, Potassium: 284mg, Carbohydrates: 42g, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 8g, Protein: 8g, Vitamin A: 5470%, Vitamin C: 18%, Calcium: 45%, Iron: 2%
Author: Stephanie
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Panda Express Chow Mein

Recipe Adapted from:

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