This Chicken Chow Mein recipe is a slimming friendly treat for anyone counting calories or following plans like Weight Watchers!
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
Chow Mein means ‘stir noodle’, or ‘stir-fried noodle’. This Chicken Chow Mein recipe uses egg noodles, chicken and vegetables like carrots, spring onion and mange tout. However, there’s nothing to stop you swapping or adding any meat or veg you want.
This Chicken Chow Mein is a quick and simple dish. Perfect after a busy day or just when you don’t fancy making anything too complicated.
You’ll need a few Oriental basics for this recipe, like dark soy sauce, rice vinegar, oyster sauce and Chinese five spice. But if you’re on a slimming plan and are a fan of our Chinese Fakeaways, you’ll have a cupboard full already!
If you’re a fan of Asian inspired dishes, it’s well worth checking out some of our other recipes!
- Chinese Chicken and Broccoli
- Chinese Chicken Curry
- Chinese Fakeaway Fried Rice
- Sticky Chinese BBQ Pork
- Salt and Pepper Chicken
How many Calories are in this Chicken Chow Mein?
Each portion of this Chicken Chow Mein is 510 calories. This means it falls into our Special Occassion recipe category. You can find all of our other Special Occassion recipes here.
This Chicken Chow Mein is a great alternative to the oily takeaway version if you’re following a calorie controlled diet. Just 1 portion from the takeaway can be as many as 1100 calories! It also fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
What diets is this Chicken Chow Mein suitable for?
You can enjoy this Campfire Stew if you’re dairy free.
Please make sure to double, and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
You can also make this dish vegetarian by swapping out the chicken for a meat substitute such as Quorn, and swapping the Oyster Sauce for a veggie alternative.
How Weight Watchers friendly is Chicken Chow Mein recipe?
There are 6 Points in each portion of this Chicken Chow Mein. A portion from the takeaway clocks up an eye watering 32 Points, so this is an incredible saving!
How to Make Chicken Chow Mein
Making this dish is quite simple, here’s a summary;
- Mist a wok with low calorie cooking spray and fry the onion, ginger and garlic and carrots.
- Add the chicken breast & continue to cook on high until the chicken begins to brown.
- Add in the soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice vinegar, sweetener, black pepper and Chinese five spice & stir well. Continue to cook the chicken on high whilst you cook the noodles according to the packet instructions.
- Add the peppers, mange tout, spring onions, and water chestnuts and turn down to a simmer.
- Stir through the drained noodles and beansprouts before serving.
What should you should serve with Chicken Chow Mein?
This recipe is a full meal on it’s own, it doesn’t need to be served with anything! However, you could make a few different dishes and have a little from each for a fakeaway feast!
- Salt and Pepper Chips
- Fakeaway Fried Rice
- Chicken Satay Curry
- Teriyaki Kebabs
- Ginger, Chilli and Lime Salmon with Noodles
Whatever you choose, don’t forget to account for any extra calories and/or other nutritional values.
Do you need any special ingredients to make Chicken Chow Mein?
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You don’t really need anything special to make this Chicken Chow Mein. A few classic spices and sauces that are used in many of our Chinese recipes add the flavour to this dish.
How do you know when Chicken Chow Mein is cooked?
The chicken pieces will be browned on the outside and white all the way through. The vegetables will be softened but will still have a little bit of bite. There shouldn’t be lots of liquid, but the veg and chicken will be coated.
This should take approx 20 minutes on the hob on a high – medium heat.
Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.
How long can you keep Chicken Chow Mein in the fridge?
Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.
If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Chicken Chow Mein in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.
Can I freeze Chicken Chow Mein?
Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;
- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!
How do I reheat Chicken Chow Mein?
From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.
From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.
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Our 6 month planner features 26 recipes – which are not available anywhere else. We have all the details on our Planner page.
We’ve been squirrelling away doing squirelly things behind the scenes and can finally announce that our very first cookbook is available NOW!!
The book features 100 recipes – around 80 of them BRAND NEW and not available anywhere else. Full colour photographs, hardback, a quality book that will stand up to frequent use!
Each recipe has been taste tested by twenty members of the Pinch of Nom community to ensure that they are amazing. Check out our cookbook page for more information!