Craving Panda Express Chow Mein? Now you can make your favorite take out at home! This easy chow mein recipe tastes just like your favorite restaurant’s signature side dish. Make it home tonight!
This vegetable chow mein tastes just like Panda Express and is so easy to make. It’s so easy, I bet you could make it in less time than it takes to drive and pick some up – you only need 25 minutes!
This copycat recipe has everything you love about chow mein – the noodles, the veggies, and the savory sauce. It’s the perfect way to satisfy a Panda Express craving without leaving the house!
Why This Recipe Works
- This chow mein is all about the sauce! It’s a simple combination of Tamari soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and pepper that tastes just like the restaurant version.
- The veggies add texture and flavor and cook really fast.
- I use Chinese egg noodles that I buy at my local grocery store – you shouldn’t need to run around to different stores to get the ingredients for this recipe!
- This is an easy stir-fry recipe that takes no time at all to cook. It’s my idea of homemade fast food!
When I make this for my family, I grab some store-bought egg rolls and make my baked sweet and sour chicken to make it a complete meal. It’s always a hit!
- Tamari soy sauce
- Minced garlic
- Minced ginger
- White pepper
- Vegetable oil
- Sesame oil
- Chopped celery
- Slice onions
- Chopped cabbage
- Chinese egg noodles
- Bean sprouts
How to Make Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein
Sauce: In a small bowl, whisk the soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and pepper.
Noodles: Cook the noodles following the package instructions and then drain them.
Stir-fry the veggies: Heat the oil in the wok over medium-high heat. Add the celery and onions and cook them for two minutes, stirring frequently. Add the cabbage, bean sprouts, and sesame oil and cook them for five minutes.
Bring it all together! Add the sauce and noodles to the pan and cook them with the vegetables for three minutes, stirring frequently. Serve and enjoy!
Pair It with These Main Dishes
Want a delicious main dish to go with your vegetable chow mein? Here are a few you might like:
- Crock Pot Chicken Teriyaki is so easy to make – just skip the rice and serve it with the chow mein instead.
- Sweet and Sour Meatballs are juicy, tender, and full of flavor from a homemade smoky and sweet sauce.
- Fire up the grill and make my Asian Steak Kabobs – they go great with a side of chow mein!
- Everyone will love some delicious Beef and Broccoli with their chow mein!
Don’t Have a Wok? That’s not a problem – you can cook chow mein in a large non-stick pan, too.
Noodles: You can use any kind of Chinese egg noodles or you can also use Thai Kitchen stir-fry noodles, too.
Veggie Tip: You can add more vegetables to this chow mein – snap peas, shredded carrots, mushrooms, chopped broccoli floret are just a few ideas. Heartier veggies will need a longer cook time, so plan for that if you make additions.
Add a Protein: To make it a main dish, add a cooked protein like shredded chicken, sliced steak, or shrimp.
Make it Ahead: This is a great option for meal prep! You can make it ahead and then store it in containers in the fridge for three to four days. Add a protein, and it’s perfect for easy lunches during the week.
Pick up the ingredients for this easy chow mein recipe and make it the next time you get a Panda Express craving! For me, that’s at least once a week!
You’ll love how easy it is to make – you might skip the drive-through for good once you give it a try!
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- 8 oz chicken broth
- ⅓ c. Tamari soy sauce
- 3 minced garlic cloves
- 1 tsp minced ginger
- 1 tsp white pepper
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- ⅔ c. chopped celery
- 1 white onion thinly sliced
- 2 c. cabbage chopped
- 16 oz Chinese egg noodles Thai kitchen stir fry noodles will work as well!
- ½ c. bean sprouts
- In a small bowl whisk together soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and white pepper. Set aside.
- Cook noodles according to the package. Drain and set aside. *For this step, cook the noodles in chicken broth for added flavor! We used 8oz chicken broth, and 8oz water*
- Meanwhile wash and chop celery into diagonal pieces. Thinly slice the white onion, and chop cabbage into thin strips.
- Heat vegetable oil in a wok over medium high heat. Once the oil starts to shimmer, add celery and onion. Saute for 2 minutes, then add cabbage, bean sprouts, and sesame oil. Stir fry for 5 minutes. Add noodles and sauce and stir fry an additional 3 minutes. Add salt to taste.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!