Baked Chicken Chow Mein

Amber Bracegirdle | Bluebonnet Baker

What's the difference between chow mein and lo mein? We've got the answer and a delicious recipe for you right here!

Navigating a menu when ordering out at a Chinese restaurant can be quite a challenge, especially as there are so many dishes and so many different names of dishes that can confuse things even more!

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One of the most common questions that arises is 'what is the difference between lo mein and chow mein?'. So here we will be taking a look at both dishes to clarify the difference, so you will know exactly what you are ordering.

‘Mein’ is the Chinese word for noodles which is the main feature in both lo and chow mein.

The difference between the two dishes is the way in which the noodles are prepared. Lo mein refers to noodles that have been tossed, whereas chow mein refers to fried noodles.

Both dishes call for Chinese egg noodles, which are noodles made of wheat flour and egg. When preparing chow mein you can use either fresh or dried noodles, but fresh is best for lo mein. 

Tofu Vegetable Lo Mein Picture

When making chow mein you can stir fry the cooked noodles with your meat and vegetables to crisp them up. Alternatively, you can fry the noodles to create a pancake and then top them with the stir fried meat and veggies.

The noodles in a lo mein are parboiled and then added towards the end of cooking, tossing them with the sauce and other veggies and meat. 

If you are looking to recreate a chow mein at home, try this Panda Express Chow Mein recipe which is much healthier but just as delicious. Or, give this Tofu Vegetable Lo Mein recipe a try - you can always sub the tofu for your meat of choice if you prefer. 

Tofu Vegetable Lo Mein Image

For an even healthier alternative, try making ths healthy Baked Chicken Chow Mein which offers the crisp noodles you love in a chow mein but massively reduces the fat content. In fact, each serving of this recipe has less than 400 calories! 

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Baked Chicken Chow Mein

    4 Servings

Ingredients

Marinade:
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Dry Sherry
  • 1/4 teaspoon White Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Cornstarch
Stir Fry Ingredients:
  • 1 pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
  • 16 ounces Chinese Egg Noodles
  • 1 1/2 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Ginger, minced
  • 2 ounces Shiitake Mushrooms, soaked and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Chives, or Chinese flowering chives
  • 2 teaspoons Sesame Oil
  • 3 cups Bean Sprouts
  • Black Pepper

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix all of the marinade ingredient and add in the chicken.
  2. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the egg noodles for a few minutes before submerging them into a bowl of ice water, blanching them. Drain them well.
  3. Once the noodles are dried, line a baking sheet with foil and spread the noodles on it.
  4. Heat your oven grill to medium heat and grill the noodles for about 5 minutes on each side to crisp them up, but do not allow them to burn. Set aside.
  5. Heat a wok over high heat. Add in the stock and bring to the boil. Add in the ginger, onions and mushrooms and cook for 1 minute. Add in the chicken, cooking for 2 minutes. Add in the flowering chives and sesame oil, stirring and cooking for another minute. 
  6. Remove wok from the heat and add in the bean sprouts. Season with black pepper to taste and pour the mixture over the noodles before serving. 

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Author: Amber Bracegirdle
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 36
Calories 263

% Daily Value*
7%
Total Fat 5g
3%
  Saturated Fat 1g
33%
Sodium 782mg
7%
Total Carbohydrate 20g
3%
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugars 7g
56%
Protein 28g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Amber Bracegirdle

About Amber

Amber is a native Texan, born to a family of fabulous cooks. She shares her love of all things Tex-Mex and Southern both on her blog, Bluebonnet Baker, and here on Food Fanatic. She heavily endorses the use of the contraction "y'all".

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