Skip takeout and make a delicious version of chicken lo mein at home! Let the chicken simmer away in the crockpot, then just add veggies and pasta!
I’ve been dying to share this recipe with you all for a while now… but with my time off through the holidays, it’s been sitting in my drafts folder… until today! We’re big Chinese takeout fans here in The Chunky Chef house, and lo mein is always a favorite. I’ve been on the hunt for a perfect copycat of that classic takeout flavor, and I’m still working on that one, but this version is amazing in it’s own way.
Beautifully savory and sweet with a little kick from the sambal oelek and sriracha, this chicken lo mein is every bit as tasty as it is easy to make.
WHAT KIND OF SAUCE IS USED IN LO MEIN?
Traditionally lo mein sauce is made of soy sauce and sesame oil with some other seasonings (like garlic, ginger, and oyster sauce). For my version I use a combination of light and dark soy sauces to deepen the umami flavor, and some chile paste and sriracha to spice things up a bit.
1/3 cup light soy sauce
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp dark soy sauce
1 Tbsp oyster sauce
1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp sambal oelek (ground fresh chile paste)
2 tsp sesame oil
drizzle of sriracha sauce
2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of excess fat
2 cups broccoli florets
1 cup snow peas
1 cup shredded carrots
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
5 oz can sliced water chestnuts, drained
1 lb. dried lo mein noodles
sesame seeds, for garnish
sliced green onions, for garnish
Add chicken thighs to bottom of slow cooker insert. Whisk together sauce ingredients and pour over chicken. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours, or HIGH for 3-4 hours.
Remove chicken from slow cooker, shred, then add back to slow cooker with juice and sauce.
Add broccoli, snow peas, carrots, bell pepper and water chestnuts, and stir. Cover and cook on HIGH for 15 minutes, until vegetables are tender.
While vegetables are cooking, boil and drain pasta per package directions, then add to crockpot with chicken and vegetables. Stir well, then serve with garnishes, if desired.