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Panda Express Chow Mein bowl with chopsticks ready to enjoy.

Panda Express Chow Mein

  • Author: chefjar
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


These stir-fried noodles are loaded with veggies and tossed in a savory sauce, making it the perfect side dish or main course. Bring the taste of your favorite Chinese takeout right into your kitchen with this flavorful and satisfying dish.



Chow Mein Sauce Ingredients

Chow Mein Ingredients

  • 8 ounces chow mein noodles (or yakisoba noodles)
  • 3 tablespoons neutral oil, such as canola or vegetable oil
  • ½ cup yellow onion , sliced (about ½ large yellow onion)
  • ½ cup celery, thinly sliced (about 2 medium ribs)
  • 3 cups green cabbage, finely shredded
  • 2 tablespoons cloves garlic, finely chopped, divided
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Green onions, thinly sliced for toppings


  • Make the sauce: In a small bowl, combine the sauce ingredients. Whisk them together until well mixed. Keep aside.
  • Cook the noodles: Bring a large wok or pot of water to a boil. Cook the noodles according to the package instructions until al dente, then transfer to a colander. Rinse with cold water until they become bouncy and completely cool. Drain thoroughly and transfer to a large sheet tray. Drizzle a bit of oil over the noodles to prevent sticking and toss to coat evenly. Set aside.
  • Stir fry veggies: Heat a large skillet, frying pan, or wok over high heat and add the vegetable oil. Once the oil is hot, add the onions, celery and green cabbage. Stir-fry for 30 seconds, then let it cook undisturbed until they become slightly charred on one side, which should take about 1 minute. Give the mixture another toss and continue cooking for 1 minute. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of garlic and ginger, and cook for 40-60 seconds or until fragrant.
  • Add the noodles to the skillet and stir-fry over high heat for an additional minute. Then, add the chow mein sauce and water, and cook for another 30 seconds. Turn off the heat and add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of garlic. Toss everything together until well combined.
  • Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.
  • Enjoy!


Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Make sure to cool the noodles completely before transferring to the container. When ready to enjoy the leftovers, simply reheat in a skillet or microwave until heated through.


  • Swap the dry chow mein noodles with Yaki soba noodles or lo mein noodles for an easy alternative.
  • If you prefer a vegetarian option, replace the oyster sauce with vegetarian oyster sauce made from mushrooms.
  • For an authentic Panda flavor, use vegetable broth instead of water to cook the noodles.
  • For added sweetness, add a teaspoon of brown sugar.
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Category: Copycat Recipes
  • Cuisine: Chinese


  • Calories: 269 kcal
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 456 mg
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 2 g

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