Chicken Peanut Chow Mein


My first attempt at homemade chow mein was a success! I think it was so good it could be compared to take out chow mein noodles (minus the added fat and oil). I’ll also say the leftovers were just as good, if not better than when the dish was freshly cooked.

Just a little forewarning, this makes A LOT of food. Not saying that’s a bad thing, especially since you will love it so much you’ll want to eat it again the following night (or for tomorrow’s lunch).



  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1 cup snow peas, trimmed and cut in half
  • 2 (6 oz) packages chow mein noodles
  • 1 Tbsp dark sesame oil, divided
  • 1/2 skinnless, boneless chicken breast
  • 3 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce, divided
  • 3/4 cup fat-free, low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp oyster sauce (if you’re like me and don’t want to buy this, combine 1 Tbsp Hoisin with 1 Tbsp soy sauce and splash of Worcestershire sauce)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup pre-sliced mushroom
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1 cup green onion, sliced (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp dry-roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped (optional)


  1. Boil a large pot of water. While water comes to a boil, slice snow peas and mushrooms. Also cut chicken crosswise into thin strips.
  2. Cook noodles, carrots, and snow peas in boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat 2 tsp oil in large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and 1 1 Tbsp soy sauce to pan; stir-fry 3 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm.
  4. Combine remaining soy-sauce, broth, oyster, sugar and pepper, stirring well. Heat remaining 1 tsp oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and ginger to pan; stir-fry for 3 minutes or until mushroom have softened. Add broth mixture and cook for 1 minute. Add noodle mixture and chicken to pan; cook 1 minute, tossing to combine. Sprinkle with onions and peanuts. (makes 4-5 servings)

The Frugality

This recipe costs around $12.00 total or only around $3.00 for one serving! I highly doubt you will ever find take out chow mein anywhere near that price!