Chicken Lo Mein

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    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

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

    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.

    Chicken Lo Mein

    Make this classic Chinese take-out staple at home!
    Prep Time: 45 mins
    Cook Time: 20 mins
    Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 6
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    • 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


    • 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.
    • In a large pot, bring water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente. Drain pasta and set aside.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Serve hot.
    • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

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  • Leah says:

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

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    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 ;)

  • Meagan @ A Zesty Bite says:

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

    Love this chicken lo mien.

  • Tieghan says:

    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!

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

    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!

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    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!)

  • Jacki @ Two Forks One Love says:

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

  • Ashley - baker by nature says:

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

  • Amanda says:

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

    Keep us posted on the cleaning supplies!

  • Maria says:

    Love the mushrooms in there!

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health says:

    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.

  • marla says:

    No need for take out!! Love this :)

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says:

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

  • naomi says:

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

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

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

  • Heather Christo says:

    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!

  • Jenny Flake says:

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

  • Gina says:

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

  • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says:

    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!

  • Colleen says:

    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 says:

      Thanks for the recommendation, Colleen!

  • Gaby says:

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

  • Francesca says:

    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!

  • Rowland says:

    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 says:

      Sounds great! I hope you enjoy :)

  • Kathryn says:

    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!

  • Liz @ The Lemon Bowl says:

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

    • Julie says:

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

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    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!

  • Melissa @Bake Perfect Cookies says:

    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 says:

      No problem – enjoy!

  • Elizabeth says:

    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 says:

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

  • Megan {Country Cleaver} says:

    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!

  • Pauline says:

    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 says:

      Thanks Pauline :)

  • Cassie says:

    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!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

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

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

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

  • Kathy @ Food Wine Thyme says:

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

  • Sommer @ASpicyPerspective says:

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

  • DessertForTwo says:

    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’ :)

  • Helen @ Scrummy Lane says:

    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 says:

      Aw thank you, Helen :)

  • Cailee says:

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

    • Julie says:

      Thanks Cailee :)

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    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 :)

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Soooo going to make this!! Mmm!

  • Stephanie @ Long Distance Baking says:

    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!

  • Monique says:

    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!

  • Melanie says:

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

    • Julie says:

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

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