Skinny Chicken Chow Mein

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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

1½ 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 8
Weight Watchers
(old points) 6

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 skinny serving (1½ cups)
327 calories, 4.6g fat, 0.4g sat fat, 21g protein, 54g carbs, 8g fiber 776mg sodium, 10g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 serving Panda Express chow mein
490 calories, 22g fat, 13g protein, 65g carbs, 4g fiber, 1060mg sodium, 8g sugar

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60 Responses to “Skinny Chicken Chow Mein”

  1. Natasha in Oz Says:

    Yum! That looks healthy and delicious too. I think I’ll try this and see what the family thinks. Thanks for the recipe!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  2. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Natasha! I hope your family enjoys it.
    All the best,

  3. Tails Says:

    I wish all the amounts were in grams vs cups :( Makes being accurate a lot easier.

    Will give it a try though so thanks

  4. admin Says:

    I’m sorry but in the US we use cups not grams.
    I hope you enjoy this recipe.
    Best of luck to you!

  5. Karen Says:

    Looks yummy, I may try tonight. I think I may add a little strips of carrot and red bell pepper for color. Whatcha think?

  6. admin Says:

    I think that yummy Karen…Enjoy!
    With best wishes,

  7. doug Says:

    made this with” Gluten free” noodles, it was superb!

  8. admin Says:

    Thanks for sharing this Doug. That’s so great to hear!
    Best of luck to you,

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  10. admin Says:

    Heather, thanks so much for including my Skinny Chicken Chow Mein and Greek-Style Chicken and Roasted Potatoes in your menu this week! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 
Best of luck! Nancy

  11. Pam Says:

    Just made this for dinner..its very good and I will definitely make it again.

  12. admin Says:

    Thanks for your feedback Pam. I’m so happy you enjoyed it!
    With my best wishes,

  13. lynnec Says:

    this is not chow mein, this is lomein, but it still looks geat, i make mak this with bagged cole slaw mix instead of pasta

  14. admin Says:

    I like the sound of adding coleslaw mix to this dish Lynn!

  15. Lynn Says:

    I have made this twice now and we all love it! I use chicken thighs (we prefer them), bagged coleslaw (without veggies), which saves time and add matchstick carrots (I start cooking them first), which adds color. It’s an easy, delicious, healthy way to enjoy some Chinese at home! Thanks so much for this recipe!

  16. admin Says:

    Thanks for sharing your ideas Lynn. They all sound yummy!
    I’m so happy you’re enjoying this recipe.
    All the best,

  17. Brenda Says:

    I just cannot say enough good things about the recipes on this website! I tried the Skinny Chicken Chow Mein last night and it was delicious. Since the cabbage cooks down so much and I enjoy some crunch – I added a couple of extra handfuls of shredded cabbage right before removing from the stove. Super!

  18. admin Says:

    Mmm…I love the idea of the added crunch. I’m going to add some extra cabbage at the end. Thanks for your yummy feedback and cabbage tip Brenda!
    All the best,

  19. Britni @ Play. Party. Pin. Says:

    Oh this sounds so delicious and so much healthier than the Panda Express version I love. Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party.

  20. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Britni!

  21. Natasha Says:

    I love chow mein, but often find it’s high in sugar and salt, but yours looks great! pinned so I can make this later. I would love it if you could share it on my link party Serenity Saturday

    Natasha @ Serenity You

  22. admin Says:

    Thanks…I’m so happy you invited me to your link party Natasha!
    Best of luck to you,

  23. Cheryl Says:

    When my 7 year old saw your picture on Get Him Fed she said, “I wanna have that for dinner tonight.” She’s right, it does look good! Thanks for sharing!

  24. admin Says:

    So cute…I hope you both enjoy it!

  25. Sarah Says:

    Sounds delicious, these type of recipes can get high in fat and calories quickly. I will be trying this, thanks for sharing.

  26. admin Says:

    I hope you enjoy it Sarah!

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  28. admin Says:

    Shauna, thank you so much for including my skinny chicken chow mein recipe. All your features look so yummy!
    Best of luck to you,

  29. Britni @ Play. Party. Pin. Says:

    Hi! Just wanted to let you know that we featured you on the Weekend re-Treat link party this week. Hope you come join up again.

  30. admin Says:

    I was so excited to see you featured my skinny chicken chow mein. Thank you so much Britni!
    With my best wishes,

  31. Meredith Wouters Says:

    This looks great! And it has none of my kids’ allergens in it, so I’m going to give it a try. I’ve been needing some new chicken recipes. Thanks for answering the ever-persistent question: “What am I going to make for dinner tonight?” :)

  32. admin Says:

    Wonderful Meredith…I hope everyone enjoys it!

  33. Ursula Says:

    Made this last night and boy was it yummy. And super easy to make. Hubby said I should make it again which says it all in my house. Thanks for the recipe.

  34. admin Says:

    That’s fantastic Ursula!!! Thanks so much for your feedback.
    With my very best wishes,

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  36. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for sharing my Skinny Chicken Chow Mein. Your photo looks great!
    It’s a much healthier version of Panda’s so you can enjoy every bite guilt free.
    All the best to you,

  37. Rachel Says:

    How much is one serving? 1/2cup 1 cup

  38. admin Says:

    Rachel, each serving is 1½ cups.

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  40. Joanne T Ferguson Says:

    G’day! looks to be very healthy and tasty Nancy!
    Cheers! Joanne

  41. admin Says:

    Many thanks Joanne!

  42. Heidy L. McCallum Says:

    Awesome material, loved reading this and the recipe sounds like a definite keeper!!

  43. admin Says:

    I hope you thoroughly enjoy it Heidy!

  44. Kecia Says:

    Oh this looks so good! I can’t wait to try it!

  45. admin Says:

    Thanks Kecia. Enjoy!

  46. Linda at Meal Planning Maven Says:

    Hi Nancy..! I have been looking to try more Asian recipes and can’t wait to try yours! I also think my clients will love it!

  47. admin Says:

    Oh good Linda. I hope you all enjoy it!

  48. 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

  49. 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! :)

  50. 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.

  51. 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!

  52. 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.

  53. 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.

  54. Sarah Says:

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

  55. Catherine Says:

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

  56. admin Says:

    Many thanks Catherine.
    My best,

  57. 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!

  58. Dine Decorate Design Says:

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  59. Melinda Says:

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

  60. admin Says:

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

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