Chinese Vegetable (and/or Chicken) Lo Mein


  • 1 lb dried Chinese lo mein or chow mein noodles (or use packaged linguine)
  • 1 Tbs sesame oil
  • 1-2 cups cooked, chopped chicken (optional)
  • 1-2 cups chopped raw vegetables (broccoli, asparagus, thin sliced carrots,
  • snow peas, green beans, sliced mushrooms, green onions)


  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3 Tbs Hoisin sauce
  • 1 Tbs rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbs sesame oil
  • 1 Tbs honey
  • ½ Tbs cornstarch
  • ½ tsp chili paste (or more to taste)
    1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp minced fresh ginger

Cooking Instructions:

  1. FOR COLD NOODLES:Combine sauce ingredients in a small saucepan and heat until sauce begins to boil. Stir and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until sauce begins to thicken. Cool slightly while noodles cook.
  2. Chop vegetables. If using, place broccoli, asparagus and/or green beans in the bottom of a large colander. Cook noodles according to package directions. Pour cooked noodles and water into the colander with the vegetables (to lightly blanch these vegetables). Rinse with cold water until cool; drain well. Transfer to a large serving bowl. Stir 1 Tbs sesame oil into noodles and vegetables. Add remaining raw chopped vegetables and cooked chicken. Stir sauce into noodles. Refrigerate until cold. Serve cold.
  3. FOR HOT NOODLES:Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and stir 1 Tbs sesame oil into noodles. Set aside.
  4. In the pot that you cooked the noodles, heat 1 Tbs vegetable oil. Lightly sauté chopped vegetables until barely crisp-tender. Add cooked chicken and heat through. Stir together sauce ingredients and pour over chicken and vegetables in the skillet. Cook for 1-2 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Add noodles to pot and stir to combine. Serve immediately.

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