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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
    This turned out so good! I added chicken to it and it was amazing! Will be making it again.

  2. We made this and loved it. Our thoughts for next time were to add the peanuts and green onion to the hot dish before serving so they would be coated in sauce. Great recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    Hi, I’m Diane. Just wanted to give folks a hack. If you don’t have low sodium soy sauce, just mix equal parts regular soy and water. I also recommend adding celery, cut on the bias, for extra crunch and flavour. I added about a cup. I also used store-bought fresh chow neon noodles, available in the produce section of most grocery stores.

  4. 5 stars
    My family loved this recipe. I bought the box of the chow mein noodles- which were 14 ounces. I cooked the whole thing. There wasn’t anything left. Even my 2 grandsons loved it and want me to make it again!! Great recipe!!!!

  5. 5 stars
    This was absolutely amazing! The sauce is to die for and this dish is an excellent starting point to tinker with . That being said , I didn’t do cabbage this time because I didn’t have any but i just had to try it because it looked so good. I took the liberty of cubing chicken thighs for some protein. That sauce , WOW! Next time I’ll have it with cabbage and there will definitely be a next time . Already added to my favorites and thank you so much for sharing your recipe with us. It was wonderful even with the variations. Delicious !

    1. I’m so happy you liked it. Noodles are my weakness, I’ll try adding chicken next time to mine. Thank you for commenting.

  6. How many ounces of regular spaghetti pasta would you substitute if making enough to serve four ?

  7. 4 stars
    It had too much soy sauce for me. Next time I think l’ll slowly add in the soy sauce in increments to make sure it’s not too much. Thank you for the recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    I made for lunch and though it was delicious. It was so good I reheated the rest and ate it with the family for dinner. Winner, winner recipe!!

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