Chicken Chow Mein

  • 15MINS
  • 20MINS
  • Serves 4
  • 359KCAL

This Chicken Chow Mein recipe is a slimming friendly treat for anyone counting calories or following plans like Weight Watchers!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories359
  • Carbs45g
  • Protein33g
  • Fat2.7g
  • Saturates0.6g
  • Sugars15g

Chicken Chow Mein - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

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 to know 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!

What diets is this Chicken Chow Mein suitable for?

You can enjoy this Chicken Chow Mein if you’re dairy free.

Please make sure to double or 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?

Weight Watchers’ new PersonalPoints plan calculates each individual’s Points allowance based on their unique food preferences and goals. This means we’re no longer able to offer exact WW points for our recipes.

The good news is that all of our recipes are still Weight Watchers friendly! If you have any questions about your Points budgets or you’re unsure how a certain recipe will fit into your plan, please reach out to Weight Watchers directly.

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.

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Swap the chicken for another meat, or any veg you like.

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Gorgeous. One of my go to meals. Love it!
I think any meat could be used in this meal. The spices make it all taste soooo good! 💖
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We swapped the normal noodles with low calorie noodles resulting in the total calories being so much lower but still tasting amazing!
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This comes very close to the real thing but without the guilt. I always try and make it interesting for the kids so gave them chopsticks to eat the meal with. They had loads of fun watching YouTube videos on how to use them & eventually ate the lot.
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I used Beef instead of chicken, added paprika
I used low calorie oil spray for half of the oil needed and sesame oil for the other half to give it the nutty taste. I add extra sliced peppers and mushrooms and whatever veg I have at the time to make plenty of extra portions & reheat the next day
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Better than the Chinese takeaway!
I made this as my partner fancied a Chinese takeaway, I added water chestnuts for extra crunch and served with home made salt and chilli chips and curry sauce 585 cals for the lot!
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Prawn Chow Mein
Quick & easy family favorite, so versatile, changed the chicken for prawns. Absolutely gorgeous.

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‘It's quick & easy to prepare, chopping carrots into matchsticks takes the longest time. It's become my kind of family recipe. I love that it's very adaptable with kind of noodles or veg used but always has the taste of home.’

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You could even buy a few takeaway containers from Amazon for that authentic takeaway experience (although we have a fair few leftover from our pre slimming days!).

How many Calories are in this Chicken Chow Mein?

Each portion of this Chicken Chow Mein is 359 calories. This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category. You can find all of our other Everyday Light 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.

Step 1

Mist a wok with low calorie cooking spray and fry the onion, ginger and garlic and carrots until you can smell the aromatics.

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Step 2

Add the chicken breast and continue to cook on high until the chicken begins to brown. This should take around 5 minutes.

Step 3

Add in the soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice vinegar, sweetener, black pepper and Chinese five spice and stir well. Continue to cook the chicken on high for 8-10 minutes whilst you cook the noodles.

Step 4

Cook the noodles according to the packet instructions. Drain and set aside.

Step 5

Add the peppers, mange tout, spring onions, and water chestnuts and turn down to a simmer. Cook for another 3-5 minutes depending on how crunchy you like your veg.

Step 6

Stir through the noodles, and beansprouts and serve!

Chicken Chow Mein - Pinch of Nom Slimming RecipesWhat should you 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!

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Whatever you choose, don’t forget to account for any extra calories and/or other nutritional values.

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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Chicken Chow Mein

This Chicken Chow Mein recipe is a slimming friendly treat for anyone counting calories or following plans like Weight Watchers!
  • Prep Time
    15 MINS
  • Cook Time
    20 MINS
  • KCals 359
  • Carbs 45G

Ingredients

  • 3 chicken breasts cut into chunks
  • 4 nests egg noodles
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger minced
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 red pepper cut into slices
  • 1 green pepper cut into slices
  • 1 large carrot cut into slim batons
  • 150 g mange tout chopped in half
  • 200 g tinned water chestnuts
  • 200 g tinned beansprouts
  • 3 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar or the juice of a lime
  • 1 tsp granulated sweetener or sugar
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp Chinese five spice
  • 1 bunch spring onions chopped finely
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Mist a wok with low calorie cooking spray and fry the onion, ginger and garlic and carrots until you can smell the aromatics.
  2. Add the chicken breast and continue to cook on high until the chicken begins to brown. This should take around 5 minutes.
  3. Add in the soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice vinegar, sweetener, black pepper and Chinese five spice and stir well. Continue to cook the chicken on high for 8-10 minutes whilst you cook the noodles.
  4. Cook the noodles according to the packet instructions. Drain and set aside.
  5. Add the peppers, mange tout, spring onions, and water chestnuts and turn down to a simmer. Cook for another 3-5 minutes depending on how crunchy you like your veg.
  6. Stir through the noodles, and beansprouts and serve!

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