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This amazing, easy, and quick stir-fried Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat Recipe is fantastic! Completely customizable and absolutely delicious! Throw in whatever veggies you have and enjoy.

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I enjoy recreating restaurants at home, cutting calories and putting my own spin on them. You can check out all my Restaurant Remakes here. As well, this recipe takes less than 30 minutes. I can’t drive to, order, and get my food at a restaurant in that amount of time. Bonus points for being cheaper and healthier at home.

Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat Recipe is noodle based with a rich tasty sauce and a few vegetables. You can add any vegetables you like or have on hand. Additionally, you can add sliced or ground chicken or turkey for more protein. I love an all pasta meal, but the boys like a hearty bite of meat.

Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat Recipe


In American Chinese cuisine, it is a stir-fried dish consisting of noodles, meat (chicken being most common but pork, beef, shrimp or tofu sometimes being substituted), onions and celery. It is often served as a specific dish at westernized Chinese restaurants.

For the noodles in this recipe, I use three bags of dried Ramen noodles and discarded the seasoning pack. These are the cheap packs for ramen soup that costs about $.25. Those are usually on the soup isle. In the Asian section of my local grocery store, they have Simply Asia brand ramen noodles.

 Panda Express Chow Mein


  1. First, I used cabbage instead of celery.
  2. If you can’t find ramen noodles, regular spaghetti noodles will work just fine.
  3. Most noteworthy, be attentive to your noodles and don’t overcook them.
  4. I recommend reduced sodium soy sauce.
  5. Additionally, fresh ginger is a key ingredient. Dry, ground ginger really doesn’t have the same flavor.
  6. I listed peanuts as a garnish and they are totally optional. However, I really enjoy the nice crunch they offer the dish especially since there is no meat in it.
  7. I love my 3.75 Le Creuset Braiser braiser for this recipe. As well, it’s large enough to hold everything and looks pretty to serve in.
Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat Recipe

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Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat

Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat Recipe

Panda Express Chow Mein is my Copycat recipe. It’s amazingly easy and quick. Plus, you can add whatever vegetables you have or enjoy. 
Author: Paula
4.94 from 72 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings



  • In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, ginger, and pepper.
  • Cook ramen noodles according to package directions. Drain well.
  • Heat sesame oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cabbage. Cook, stirring often, until tender, about 3-4 minutes. 
  • Add noodles and soy sauce mixture and stir until noodles are coated with sauce. Rest for about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.


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Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1087mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Very good! I had some leftover chicken so I added that to it, the sauce is perfect! Definitely a keeper!!!

  2. My noodles came out a little more soft than pandas , do you know why that might have happened?

    1. Shorten your cooking time for the noodles and that should do the trick. I’ve found different brands have slightly different cooking times.

    2. I just made this recipe, but I altered mine, as soon as the chicken broth came to a boil I placed the ramen in and only boiled it 4 2 minutes then drained it cooled it in fridge for 15 minutes then fried it in the same pan I made the ginger pork with additional sesame seed oil for for a few minutes in really hot pan & it was perfect the noodles were just like chowmein they weren’t soft more like chewy and delicious

  3. 5 stars
    This Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat Recipe is so delicious! I used San-J Tamari Soy Sauce in this recipe for an added extra flavor. Yummy!

  4. 5 stars
    I just made this with a couple adjustments. I added browned ground pork & used 2 tbs of minced onion instead of fresh. I also used shredded mixed veggies (sold in bags near bagged lettuce & coleslaw). Very delicious! I didn’t use low sodium soy sauce since I didn’t have any & the dish was a tad salty but still great.

  5. 4 stars
    I really liked this, but mine had a bitter taste? Do u know what that might of been from..only thing I can think of is that afterwards I checked the sesame oil I used and it had expired. Otherwise it was great, I will make again and add broccoli and mushrooms.

  6. This is a good recipe but jus put half the ginger. I feel like ginger is so overpowering at times. But overall great recipe.

  7. 4 stars
    This sounds so good – would like to try. I just wondered what type of cabbage are you using – chinese napa cabbage or just the regular kind (that we use to make coleslaw)?

    1. I’ve used the coleslaw salad mix in the produce dept. It’s got cabbage and carrots already shredded. Worked very well

    2. 5 stars
      Made this last night and my family loved it! I was told repeatedly that this chow mein was BETTER than Panda Express! I used napa cabbage and it was really good! Definitely a keeper!

    3. I used the already shredded because I already had it on hand. These are great. I’ve made them several times now. Added, chix and shrimp too. Won’t buy those take out noodles again🥡🥡

  8. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and really liked it. I’ve used a similar Panda Express copycat recipe which calls for yakisoba noodles, which are more expensive and aren’t as readily available, and oyster sauce. I like that your recipe didn’t use these 2 things and it actually tasted more like Panda Express. It was my second time trying chow mein with ramen noodles and this time was more successful. I think the trick is to stop cooking them as soon as they’re no longer stiff. I also sprayed them with cold water and added them to the vegetables as soon as they finish draining. I used 5 packages of noodles instead of 3 and there was enough sauce to coat them all (but perhaps I used less veggies than the recipe called for). This will be a new regular at our house; my 4 kids loved it.

    1. 4 stars
      Great tip – I made these last night sans veggies since I didn’t have them on hand (but do have lots of Asian condiments as I make Asian dishes often), and the family really liked it. I should have taken the noodles off as soon as no longer stiff and rinsed them – that’s a great tip. They ended up a little on the soft side, but still delicious.

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