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Make this classic Chinese take-out staple at home! Chicken lo-mein recipe on tablefortwoblog.com

I finished Gone Girl and I wish I could report back and say that I liked the ending but I definitely didn’t. I was left with frustration and I just wanted to punch something. It’s more of a love/hate with this book. I really definitely LOVED it but I HATED the ending. The beginning – middle were SO entrancing and I literally could not put it down but then the last several chapters had me going, “wait, SERIOUSLY?!” and then it ended and I was like omg, no way. I even thought there would be ‘hidden’ pages or so I kept thumbing through past the acknowledgements. Nope, nada. Oh well. It feels weird to have such a strong love/hate for the book. I just can’t believe such an awesome book through and through could end so badly!

Anyway, moving onto something else besides books. Cleaning! For a few months now, I’ve been teetering back and forth on whether or not to convert our household cleaning products to ones that are eco-friendly and non-toxic. I’m just all of a sudden like, ‘wait so why am I breathing in all these chemicals when there are clearly other alternatives?’ So yesterday, after reading my friend Jenna‘s blog post, I decided to convert all our household cleaning products to eco-friendly, non-toxic ones. I signed up for The Honest Company‘s Essentials Bundle. Basically, every 6 weeks (or sooner, if you choose), you get to mix and match a ‘bundle’ of 5 of your favorite household products for $35.95 and it gets shipped directly to you. For my first bundle, I bought laundry detergent, bathroom cleaner, an all-purpose surface cleaner, glass cleaner, and dish soap. I also added on dishwasher soap and toilet cleaner. I’m excited to get them in the mail and I’ll keep you posted on what I think! You can sign up for a free trial too if you’re hesitant about committing to a monthly bundle. Have you used any of The Honest Company’s products or have you used any ‘green’ cleaning supplies? If so, what kind? Have you noticed much difference in the way they clean or how you feel afterwards?

And..for the record: I don’t judge anyone on their choice of cleaning supplies or anything that has to do with their household. Your choice, your life. You do you and I’ll do me! I’m not here to preach – I’m just sharing bits and pieces of my life and just talking about what I recently discovered. :) And no – this isn’t a paid endorsement.

Make this classic Chinese take-out staple at home! Chicken lo-mein recipe on tablefortwoblog.com

Make this classic Chinese take-out staple at home! Chicken lo-mein recipe on tablefortwoblog.com

Who doesn’t love this classic Chinese take-out dish? It’s so addicting and it’s always on our list when Jason and I feel like indulging, but it’s definitely not the greatest for you. I was reading Comfort Food Makeovers by America’s Test Kitchen a couple months ago and I came across this recipe and I knew I had to make it especially with the calorie cut on it! The original recipe had pork and I subbed that with thinly sliced chicken. I also didn’t have the right noodles for this but honestly, any long noodle will do! It’s the sauce that makes this dish a lot of its flavor.

You’ll want to add this recipe for chicken lo-mein in your take-out, fake-out repertoire! Don’t let the ingredient list scare you – you can find pretty much all this at your local grocery store in the Asian foods aisle or the produce department.

Make this classic Chinese take-out staple at home! Chicken lo-mein recipe on tablefortwoblog.com
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Chicken Lo Mein
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 5 mins
 

Make this classic Chinese take-out staple at home!

Servings: 6
Ingredients
  • 4 1/2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp five spice powder
  • 2 large chicken breasts, sliced thinly
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 4 1/2 tsp canola oil
  • 6 tbsp Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • 12 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and halved if small or quartered if large
  • 1/2 head napa cabbage, cored and sliced into 1/2-inch thick pieces (about 6 cups)
  • 8 scallions, white parts sliced thin, green parts cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Sriracha sauce
Instructions
  1. Whisk together soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, and five-spice powder together in a bowl. Measure 1/4 cup of the sauce mixture and place it into a separate bowl and stir in the sliced chicken. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Whisk chicken broth and cornstarch into the remaining sauce mixture.
  2. In a large pot, bring water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente. Drain pasta and set aside.
  3. In a large wok or dutch oven over high heat, add 1 1/2 tsp. of canola oil. Add half of the chicken and cook until slightly browned but not fully cooked through, about 2 minutes. Stir in 3 tbsp. of rice wine and cook until liquid is nearly evaporated, about 1 minute. Transfer to a clean bowl. Repeat with the other half of the chicken and 1 1/2 tsp. canola oil and remaining 3 tbsp. rice wine.
  4. Wipe the wok/pot clean and add remaining 1 1/2 tsp. canola oil to the wok/pot over high heat. Add mushrooms and cook until slightly browned, 4-6 minutes. Then stir in cabbage, scallions, ginger, and garlic. Cook until fragrant and cabbage has wilted.
  5. Whisk in the remainder of the sauce you set aside earlier. Stir in the cooked chicken (and add the accumulated juices) and simmer until sauce has thickened slightly and chicken is completely cooked through and heated. Stir in cooked pasta and Sriracha.
  6. Serve hot.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

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Posted on April 02, 2014

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  1. 04/02/2014 at 7:27 am

    This looks awesome! Definitely want to give it a try. Chicken lo mein is one of our favs for take out!

  2. 04/02/2014 at 7:40 am

    I’m still mad I read that book but understand I’m in the minority lol. Glad you enjoyed it though… minus the ending of course :) And this dish… seriously?! You’re queen of take out fake out ;)

  3. 04/02/2014 at 8:46 am

    Everyone has that reaction when reading Gone Girl. I thought I must have missed some chapters too but nope!

    Love this chicken lo mien.

  4. 04/02/2014 at 9:06 am

    I love the honest company products and wish I used all them! I need to fully switch.

    Love this dish. Take out food at home is always the best!

  5. 04/02/2014 at 9:17 am

    Oh man, this looks like a dish our family would freak over! I’d eat all the mushrooms and the kids would slurp the noodles. Thanks Julie!

  6. 04/02/2014 at 9:18 am

    You are a reading champ! Seriously, it takes me MONTHS to finish a book. Applause!
    (Applause for take out fake out too. I love it always!)

  7. 04/02/2014 at 9:19 am

    This sounds delicious! And it would be a great way to use up the two random chicken tenderloins in the freezer!

  8. 04/02/2014 at 9:20 am

    Well isn’t this all kinds of dreamy?! I need this for dinner, Julie!!!

  9. 04/02/2014 at 9:28 am

    This dish looks wonderful. Would love some right now :)

    Keep us posted on the cleaning supplies!

  10. 04/02/2014 at 9:31 am

    Love the mushrooms in there!

  11. 04/02/2014 at 10:08 am

    i havent tried their products but i did make DIY cleaner with baking powder + vinegar which does fair job with every cleaning. I would love to swap out all the chemicals with non-toxic kind. And these lo mein look so good, I almost always get this or their fried rice.

  12. 04/02/2014 at 10:16 am

    No need for take out!! Love this :)

  13. 04/02/2014 at 10:17 am

    Oooh, so scrumptious! I want a big bowl of this gorgeousness for dinner!

  14. 04/02/2014 at 10:22 am

    I’m with you the end of Gone Girl sucked! Big time. However, this lo main looks awesome.

  15. 04/02/2014 at 10:25 am

    So, this needs to happen ASAP!! LOVE!!

  16. 04/02/2014 at 10:28 am

    Couldn’t agree more about the ending of Gone Girl! And I do love Honest products, but I can never beat good old fashioned bleach for the shower grout! eek!!
    This Lo-mein looks awesome!

  17. 04/02/2014 at 10:49 am

    I love your recipes girl! I need to come over for dinner!

  18. 04/02/2014 at 11:04 am

    I definitely could go for some of that right now – YUM!!!

  19. 04/02/2014 at 11:41 am

    I read Gone Girl during my honeymoon, and I remember thinking, “Dang, I sure as eff hope my marriage doesn’t end up like this.” Haha! They’re making it into a movie. Ben Affleck is going to play the husband. Interested to see how it turns out.

    And I love the Clorox Green Works products. They sell them at Costco so they are affordable. Very happy with them.

    This Lo Mein looks so good! Gahhh, now I want chinese food for lunch!

  20. Colleen
    04/02/2014 at 12:20 pm

    I use Shaklee all natural cleaning products that come in concentrated formula. I have one bottle that is only half gone & I’vd had it for 3 years! Green is definitely the way to go–whether you have allergies or not it’s just better for the environment as well as anyone living in the house. :-)

    • Julie
      04/02/2014 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation, Colleen!

  21. 04/02/2014 at 12:24 pm

    I love lo mien and this looks over the top amazing!

  22. 04/02/2014 at 2:07 pm

    Chinese food here is so so sad.. it totally caters to a Dutch palette, so I’m constantly making your take-out fake-out chinese. Pretty excited as the prospect of adding this to the mix :) Thanks Julie!

  23. Rowland
    04/02/2014 at 2:38 pm

    Looks really good. I’m going to have to make a trip to Sao Paulo for the sauces. Always a good excuse for a trip to the city

    • Julie
      04/03/2014 at 8:20 am

      Sounds great! I hope you enjoy :)

  24. 04/02/2014 at 3:32 pm

    We use a lot of natural cleaning products (a brand called ecover – I don’t know if you can get it in the US). I actually find it a lot better than most other cleaners – the bathroom cleaner and the oven cleaner in particular are brilliant! This looks really tasty Julie, love your take out, fake out dishes!

  25. 04/02/2014 at 4:14 pm

    I am mildly obsessed with Chinese Five Spice!! CRAVING this!!

    • Julie
      04/03/2014 at 8:21 am

      I use it whenever I can. It’s probably one of my favorite spice scents!!

  26. 04/02/2014 at 6:40 pm

    Perfect comfort food with this take-out, fake-out recipe, Julie! It definitely is being added to my repertoire. Beautiful styling and photos as always, my friend. Pinning!

  27. 04/02/2014 at 9:41 pm

    I’ve always wanted to cook lo mein but felt intimidated. No more! I’ve pinned this to my dinner board and it will be on my real dinner table soon. Thank you!

    • Julie
      04/03/2014 at 8:23 am

      No problem – enjoy!

  28. Elizabeth
    04/03/2014 at 12:42 am

    This looks delicious! I’ve been craving Chinese food but we don’t have any budget for take out.

    We use the honest company diaper and wipes bundle for our 4 month old son. I’m anxious to try their cleaning products also. Their diapers have been wonderful, he had an allergic reaction to Huggies and pampers. But no more red swollen bottom after we switched! Plus they’re so cute!

    • Julie
      04/03/2014 at 8:23 am

      Honest Company diapers are seriously the cutest. I want all the patterns when we have a baby lol

  29. 04/03/2014 at 8:50 am

    I love my eco-friendly products. They’ve definitely come a long way, because they used to suck, but now they clean just as great as the regular ones.
    And this is totally a take out fake out that I am going to crave for days!

  30. Pauline
    04/03/2014 at 9:20 am

    I thought I was the only one that hated the end of “Gone Girl” after seeing it on the top 5 for many months!
    Love your site and recipes. Thanks for sharing.

    • Julie
      04/03/2014 at 3:27 pm

      Thanks Pauline :)

  31. 04/03/2014 at 3:18 pm

    1. I love lo mein. 2. I loved Gone Girl. The ending was OK…I was hoping for more finality and that he would stand up to her. But I really did love it!

  32. 04/03/2014 at 5:04 pm

    This is the perfect fake out meal, love the added veggies too!

  33. 04/04/2014 at 12:33 am

    I love me some chicken lo mein! Definitely going to give this one a try!

  34. 04/04/2014 at 12:08 pm

    it’s been a while since I’ve had lo mein. This looks delicious Julie.

  35. 04/04/2014 at 4:10 pm

    This sounds delicious! Love the mushrooms! A must try!

  36. 04/04/2014 at 5:25 pm

    Ok, Gone Girl seriously disturbed me. I finished it months ago, yet I’M STILL THINKING ABOUT IT. I can’t get over it. Must discuss this through text.

    PS I love the phrase ‘you do you, and I’ll do me’ :)

  37. 04/06/2014 at 9:05 am

    Mmm … pinning this for future reference! I love love love your clean photographs with the contrasting white background … and the fact that this dish keeps for a week … bonus!

    • Julie
      04/06/2014 at 12:04 pm

      Aw thank you, Helen :)

  38. 04/06/2014 at 2:36 pm

    This looks amazing!! So healthy, delicious and nutritious! YUM! Beautiful photography and lovely blog as well!!

    • Julie
      04/07/2014 at 8:05 am

      Thanks Cailee :)

  39. 04/07/2014 at 3:31 am

    I LOVE this homemade version! i just made fried rice and beef and broccoli so this would the perfect dish to add on to my homemade chinese take-out menu :)

  40. 04/07/2014 at 8:55 am

    Soooo going to make this!! Mmm!

  41. 04/24/2014 at 11:56 pm

    I had to force a friend to read Gone Girl so I could discuss with someone…so many feelings!! Like…what?! I’m curious to see how the movie ends up. And I can’t wait to make this!! Love all your fake out recipes!

  42. Monique
    04/25/2014 at 3:39 pm

    Julie, what is Sriracha sauce? I can find all the other ingredients here in Holland, but never heard of this sauce?
    Thank you! Love your mails!

  43. Melanie
    09/07/2014 at 7:32 pm

    Is there a place on your site that mentions the nutritional values? I may just be missing it.

    • Julie
      09/08/2014 at 7:46 am

      Hi Melanie, yes – please read the FAQ’s section.

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