One-Pot Chicken Chow Mein

I am used to my mom and grandma’s homemade chicken chow mein which like many Chinese restaurants here in Minnesota features a thick starchy brown sauce. After being served a surprisingly good chicken chow mein on an airplane (I know we were shocked) I went in search of a healthy version of the dish that I could make at home. The internet must have been listening because a few days after getting home I found this recipe from

Of course I had to take the recipe for a spin and change it up a bit to my taste and what I had in my kitchen but if you are interested in the original recipe check it out here. The major changes, I wanted more marinade, I felt like the first go around with this dish was a little bland, the second time around, I used more marinade and let the chicken sit for longer.


  • 2/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp minced ginger (optional)
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 4 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Black pepper to taste


  • 2 chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1/2 yellow onion julienne
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 4 large carrots shredded (or one bag, pre shredded)
  • 3 cups shredded cabbage
  • 2 packages ramen noodles (no season packet required)
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • Additional sesame oil for cooking


  • Scallions


  1. Combine all marinade ingredients together.
  2. Place chicken in re-sealable plastic bag and add half marinade. Save the remaining marinade for later. Marinade chicken in the refrigerator for at least an hour (I let it sit while I was at work, it was amazing).
  3. Pour the marinated chicken into a large pot and cook over medium-high heat. Remove chicken from pot and set aside.
  4. Add sesame oil to the bottom of the pot, add onions, celery, carrots and cabbage to the pot. Saute 2-3 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  5. Add ramen noodles to pot and pour chicken broth over the top of noodles. Cover noodles with broth and vegetables and cover.
  6. Simmer noodles and vegetables in covered pot for 5-7 minutes or until noodles are cooked through.
  7. Break up the noodles,  and add chicken to the pot. Add remaining unused marinade.
  8. Garnish with scallions.

Serves about 2-4

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