Ok I admit it, I’m a bit of a Pinterest addict. I must say, however, in my defense.. I do actually make a lot of the recipes that I pin. I even have tried out multiple cleaning “tips”, and used inspiration to make things for my kids’ birthday parties.
So, when I found this recipe for a “copycat” version of the Chow Mein noodles from Panda Express, I thought I had to try it. It seemed so simple for a weeknight recipe. Plus, I tweaked it by adding some chicken. It was a total favorite by everyone in the house.
Keep in mind that “chow mein” is fried noodles, and lo mein is more of a tossed/stir-fried noodle. This is actually much more of a lo mein. However, Panda Express calls it chow mein, so I’m going with it. (Mind you, I doubt Panda Express is the most authentic restaurant regardless… so who really cares what they call it anyway).
3/4 lb. chicken breast tenderloins, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/4 c. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
ground black pepper, to taste
2-3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
3 (5.6 oz) packages refrigerated Yaki Soba noodles (found in the produce section of the grocery store.. usually the 3 packages are sold together in one 17oz. pack)
2/3 c. chopped celery (chopped diagonally)
1 medium-sized onion, thinly sliced
2 c. chopped cabbage
In a small bowl combine soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger and black pepper. Set aside.
Remove Yaki Soba from packages and discard included flavoring packets. Rinse noodles well, drain, and set aside.
Heat oil in a large wok or skillet. Add chicken and cook until browned and cooked through. Remove from pan and set aside. Add celery and onion and saute for about 1-2 minutes or until onions start to become soft and transparent. Add cabbage and saute an additional minute or so.
Toss Yaki Soba noodles and soy sauce mixture with the vegetables and chicken over medium-high heat for an additional 2-3 minutes or until noodles are heated through.