Skinny Chicken Chow Mein


chicken chow mein

This recipe was a huge hit at my house! I think it might even taste better than the yummy chow mein at Panda Express.  One difference from Panda’s,  I’ve added chicken to it.  Turn it into a vegetarian dish by leaving the chicken out (see vegetarian skinny facts below).  But the biggest difference, my skinny chow mein has much healthier ingredients so you can actually enjoy every bite guilt-free!!!  Each serving has 327 calories, 5 grams fat and 8 Weight Watchers SmartPoints. I’m sure you’ll receive two thumbs up from the whole family!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients for Chow Mein:

8 ounces dry whole grain spaghetti, see shopping tips

2 cups celery, sliced on the diagonally

2 cups onion, diced

5 cups cabbage, shredded

2 cups cooked chicken breast, diced

Cooking spray

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

Ingredients for Sauce:

⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce  (6 tablespoons)

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons water

2 cloves garlic, mined

2 teaspoons ginger (from a jar), see shopping tips

Fresh ground black pepper, to taste


1. Cook the spaghetti for about 6-7 minutes just until soft. Do not over cook.

2. In the meantime, prep all vegetables and dice the chicken. Set aside.

3. In a small bowl, add all sauce ingredients and mix until well blended. Set aside.

4. Coat a large nonstick wok or pan with cooking spray. Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in pan.
Add celery and onions and saute over medium-high heat for several minutes until onions become soft. Add cabbage and chicken. Saute another few minutes until soft.  Turn down to medium heat, add noodles and soy sauce mixture.  Stir-fry for about 2 minutes or until noodles are heated through. Stir constantly to blend everything.

5. Store any leftovers in the fridge for a few days.

Makes 5 servings (each serving, 1½ cups)

Vegetarian Skinny Facts

Leave the chicken out and this chow mein becomes a fantastic vegetarian dish for “Meatless Mondays”
Weight Watchers (old points) 5
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 7
Skinny Facts: for 1 vegetarian serving (~1¼ cups)
264 calories, 3g fat, 9g protein, 54g carbs, 8g fiber, 749mg sodium, 10g sugar

Shopping Tips

I used Barilla whole grain spaghetti. A (2 ounce) serving has 6 grams of fiber! Most supermarkets sell this brand but there are others available.

Ginger, in a jar, can be found in the produce section where garlic, in a jar, is sold.

Prep Tip

The key to making this dish really simple is to prep the veggies, chicken and sauce before you start to stir fry. Then it comes together very quickly!

Weight Watchers SmartPoints
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 
Weight Watchers
(old points) 6

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 skinny serving (1½ cups)
327 calories, 5g fat, 1g sat fat, 21g protein, 54g carbs, 8g fiber 776mg sodium, 10g sugar
FACTS:for SmartPoints
 270 calories, 1g sat. fat, 9g sugar, 18g protein

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66 Responses to “Skinny Chicken Chow Mein”

  1. admin Says:

    I hope you thoroughly enjoy it Heidy!

  2. admin Says:

    Many thanks Joanne!

  3. Brandi Says:

    Made this for dinner and my family really liked. This recipe is very light and not heavy. If you’ve ever eaten at a Chinese restaurant the chow mein is very heavy and they probably don’t use whole wheat pasta. This was awesome

  4. admin Says:

    That’s what I love about this recipe Brandi. You can enjoy every bite and not feel guilty! I’m delighted to hear your family enjoyed it! 🙂

  5. Kali Says:

    Um, your math on the soy sauce is WAY off. If you mean 1/2c + 1tbl, that would be 9tbl. 1/8c = 2tbl, so 1/4c = 4tbl, and 1/2c = 8tbl. I don’t know which is right, but they can’t both be right.

  6. admin Says:

    Kali, I think you miss read this. It says ⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce, not 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon.
    1/3 cup is 5 tablespoons plus 1 tablespoon is 6 total.
    I hope this helps!

  7. Andrea Says:

    Absolutely delucious. Leftovers tasted even better the next day!! Couldn’t believe how well the spaghetti turned out. Thanks!! Will be making again and again.

  8. admin Says:

    I love your feedback Andrea. Thank you!
    I know it’s a surprise how well the whole grain spaghetti works in this recipe.

  9. Sarah Says:

    can I use regular spaghetti instead of whole grain or does that make a difference?

  10. Catherine Says:

    Dear Nancy, This sounds delicious! A great way to use up leftover chicken. My family would love this. xo, Catherine

  11. admin Says:

    Many thanks Catherine.
    My best,

  12. Jenny B @ Honey and Birch Says:

    This looks so delicious! I have some leftover chicken in the fridge right now – now I know what to do with it!

  13. Dine Decorate Design Says:

    […] This recipe was a huge hit at my house! I think it might even taste better than the yummy chow mein at Panda Express. One difference from Panda’s, I’ve added chicken to it. Turn it into a vegetarian dish by leaving the chicken out (see vegetarian skinny …read more […]

  14. Melinda Says:

    My family LOVES this recipe. It is so easy and tastes so good. Thank you!

  15. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Melinda. It makes me so happy to hear that!
    My best,

  16. Alice Says:

    Made this yesterday, and was very good! Will definitely make again, and again and again and- well you get the idea!!!

  17. admin Says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this Alice. Thanks for your wonderful feedback!
    My best,

  18. Tonja Says:

    Once again, I ask why are the figures for Smart Points different than Regular figures?? ie Calorie count for Smart Points is 270 instead of 327 for Regular count, and different right down the line. Smart Points should be 9 pts not 8 pts. Please answer this Question… my 3rd inquiry.

  19. admin Says:

    Tonja, the Skinny Facts are the complete nutrition facts for my recipes. If you follow Weight Watchers, they introduced a new program this year. Most fruits and vegetables no longer have points so they can be subtracted out from the nutrition facts. That’s why I post these Facts for SmartPoints. If you’re not on Weight Watchers, just stick with the Skinny Facts.
    I hope this helps.
    All the best,

  20. Kathy Says:

    I have made this and just LOVE it! I was thinking about this recipe today and was going to go in search of, and there it is in my mail in box! Who could ask for more! I think today, I am going to make a small change. Instead of using the pasta, I think I will spirolize a zucchini or 2 instead. I will saute it for about 1 1/2 minutes and add it in when I would the pasta.
    Thank you for reading my mind! Your the best!

  21. admin Says:

    Great minds think alike Kathy…Lol.
    Sounds like you’ll be having a very yummy and healthy dinner.
    My very best,

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