PANDA EXPRESS CHOW MEIN COPYCAT RECIPE

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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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PANDA EXPRESS CHOW MEIN COPYCAT RECIPE

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

WHAT IS CHOW MEIN?

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

TIPS FOR SUBSTITUTIONS

  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

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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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Nutrition

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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49 Comments

  1. I made this last night and it was delicious! I added chicken and shrimp, celery and extra cabbage. It made a very large portion. I will try freezing. This is a DEFINITE KEEPER!!! So Easy, So Good!!! Thank You

  2. 5 stars
    This was so good and easy! Didn’t have ramen, used spaghetti noodles, bagged coleslaw mix and added red pepper flakes cause we like spicy. I doubled the recipe and there were no leftovers with my family of 6!

  3. 5 stars
    This dish is fantastic! Way better than the actual Panda Express noodles. My teenager went back for seconds AND took the leftovers back to college with him. Can’t get much higher praise than that!

  4. Would this reheat well? I’d like to make this the night before and eat it for my lunch over a couple of days.

  5. We have a sesame allergy, can I substitute other vegetable oil or will it alter the sauce too much?

  6. 5 stars
    Delicious! My whole fam enjoyed it – definitely going to be my go-to chowmein recipe! I added chicken strips as well 🙂

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