Tuesday, June 4, 2019

CopyKat Panda Express Chow Mein Noodles (with Chicken)

Chow mein noodles are a great side dish or serve with chicken and make it a meal.  
Panda Express is famous for their Chow mein noodles and for good reason....... they're so delicious! Whenever my daughter and I go  shopping we usually make a day of it and stop for lunch at Panda. My daughter orders orange chicken and I usually choose Mushroom Chicken or a Teriyaki Chicken Bowl. No matter what we order, we always get Panda's Chow mein noodles as a side dish. 

I guess you could say it's one of our many guilty pleasures. Chow Mein is a stir-fried noodle dish filled with cabbage, onions and celery tossed together in a delicious brown sauce. Chow mein noodles make a great side dish with Chinese food or serve with chicken and make it a meal. Copykat recipes have always been a favorite of mine. And when you find a good one that's always a plus. 

I have made this recipe several times because it's so good. The first time I used thin spaghetti because that was all I had on hand, but the times after, I used Chow mein or (Pancit Cantdon Noodles). Both are delicious, but I love the Chow mein and Pancit noodles the best and makes this dish more authentic. 

We love these noodles so much that I like to add cooked chicken to make this side dish into a meal. If you love Panda Express Chow mein noodles, I hope you'll give this recipe a try. If you make this dish, let me know in the comments section how your family liked it. Let's get started on the recipe. 

To start, heat the sesame oil in a large skillet or wok pan over medium-high heat. Season chicken with Simply Asian seasoning, salt and pepper. Add chicken and cook until golden and cooked through, about  7 to 8 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.  

In a large pot of boiling water, add the thin spaghetti noodles and cook until al dente; rinse with cold water and drain well. Set cooked noodles aside If using Chow mein noodles, cook according to package directions. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, ginger and pepper; set aside.

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and celery, and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 3-4 minutes. 

Stir in cabbage and cook until heated through, about 1 minute. 

Stir in cooked noodles, tossing to combine. 

Add the cooked chicken back into the pan and toss to combine. 

Add the soy sauce mixture, tossing to combine and cook about 2-3 minutes until the mixture is blended and the noodles and chicken are heated through. 

Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds (optional) before serving. Serve warm.




Copy Cat Panda Express Chow Mein Noodles {with Chicken}  

1 - tablespoon sesame oil 
2 - chicken breasts, cut into one inch pieces and thinly sliced
salt and pepper, to taste 
1/2 - teaspoon Simply Asian sweet ginger - garlic seasoning or use your favorite Asian seasoning 
1/4 - cup sodium soy sauce
2 - cloves garlic, minced
1 - tablespoon brown - sugar, packed
1 - teaspoons freshly grated ginger
1/4 - teaspoon pepper
12  ounces - Chow Mein, Pancit Canton Noodles (cooked according to package directions) 
or thin spaghetti (cooked to al dente)
2 - tablespoons olive oil 
1 - small  onion, diced
3 - stalks celery, sliced diagonally
2 - cups shredded cabbage
toasted sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)

Heat sesame oil in a large skillet or wok pan over medium-high heat. Season chicken with Simply Asian seasoning, salt and pepper. 

Add chicken and cook until golden and cooked through, about  7 to 8 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside. 

In a large pot of boiling water, add the thin spaghetti noodles and cook until al dente; rinse with cold water and drain well. If using Chow mien noodles cook according to package directions. 

Set cooked noodles aside. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, ginger and pepper; set aside.

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and celery, and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 3-4 minutes. 

Stir in cabbage until heated through, about 1 minute. Stir in cooked noodles, tossing to combine. 

Add the cooked chicken back into the pan and mix to combine. Add the soy sauce mixture, tossing to combine and cook about 2-3 minutes until the mixture is heated through. 

Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds (optional) before serving. Serve warm.

adapted from: Damm Delicious
servings: 6-8

Cook's Note: I found Pancit Canton Noodles at a local Asian Market, but Chow mein noodles can be picked up at your local grocery store in the Asian isle. 







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