Slow Cooker Chicken Chow Mein

Slow Cooker Chicken Chow Mein is a delicious and easy-to-make Chinese-inspired dish that is perfect for a busy weeknight meal.

Slow Cooker Chicken Chow Mein on a plate

This one-pot meal is made by slow-cooking chicken, vegetables, and noodles in a flavorful sauce, resulting in a tender and savory dish that the whole family will enjoy.

Chicken Chow Mein in a slow cooker

Recipe Notes:

  • I’ve used boneless, skinless chicken thighs for a more tender and flavorful result, but you can also use chicken breasts if you prefer.
  • Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces, so it cooks evenly and is easier to serve.
  • To reduce the salt content in this dish, use low-sodium soy sauce. 
  • For added texture and flavor, stir in chopped water chestnuts or bamboo shoots before serving.
  • Cook the noodles separately and add them to the crockpot at the end, or serve the chow mein over cooked rice instead.
What’s the Difference Between Chicken Chow Mein and Chicken Lo Mein?

Ultimately, the choice between Chicken Chow Mein and Chicken Lo Mein comes down to personal preference. If you enjoy crispy noodles and prefer a lighter sauce, Chicken Chow Mein might be your go-to. If you prefer softer noodles and a saucier dish, Chicken Lo Mein might be more to your liking.

How do I store and reheat my leftovers?

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw frozen chow mein in the fridge and reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave. 

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ingredients for Slow Cooker Chicken Chow Mein

WHAT VARIATIONS CAN I MAKE TO CHICKEN CHOW MEIN?

  • Vegetables: Add or substitute different vegetables such as bell peppers, celery, broccoli, mushrooms, or snow peas.
  • Sauce: Experiment with different sauces, such as hoisin sauce or sweet and sour sauce.
  • Spices: Add spices such as red pepper flakes to give the dish more flavor and heat.
  • Protein: Substitute chicken with beef, pork, or tofu to change the protein.
  • Noodles: Use different types of noodles, such as udon or rice noodles, for a different texture.
  • Garnishes: Top with sesame seeds and cilantro for added flavor and presentation.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Chow Mein

  1. Prepare chow mein noodles according to package directions and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium high heat, warm the avocado oil and add the diced chicken thighs. Cook for 2 minutes per side to sear the chicken then remove from heat. (Note: the chicken will not be fully cooked through and will finish cooking in the slow cooker).chicken pieces in pan
  3. In a small mixing bowl, combine the minced garlic cloves, oyster sauce, soy sauce, chicken broth, honey, ground ginger and black pepper until well combined.sauce in a bowl
  4. Add the seared chicken pieces, carrots, cabbage and whisked sauce to the bottom of a 6 quart or larger slow cooker.chicken and vegetables added to slow cooker
  5. Cover the slow cooker with the lid and cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4-6 hours, until the vegetables are soft and the chicken is fully cooked, with an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. cooked chicken and vegetables in slow cooker
  6. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water until smooth. Pour into the slow cooker and cook for another 15-20 minutes on high or until the sauce has thickened. 
  7. Add the cooked chow mein noodles into the crockpot and toss to mix. noodles added to the slow cooker
  8. Garnish with the sliced green onions and serve immediately. Enjoy!Slow Cooker Chicken Chow Mein in slow cooker
Slow Cooker Chicken Chow Mein on a plate
5 from 4 votes

Slow-Cooker Chicken Chow Mein

Slow Cooker Chicken Chow Mein is a delicious and easy-to-make Chinese-inspired dish that is perfect for a busy weeknight meal.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 & 1/2 lbs chicken thighs diced
  • 1 tablespoon avocado or olive oil
  • 12 oz chow mein noodles cooked and drained
  • 1 cup carrot sticks
  • 2 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions

Instructions

  • Prepare chow mein noodles according to package directions and set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium high heat, warm the avocado oil and add the diced chicken thighs. Cook for 2 minutes per side to sear the chicken then remove from heat. (Note: the chicken will not be fully cooked through and will finish cooking in the slow cooker).
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the minced garlic cloves, oyster sauce, soy sauce, chicken broth, honey, ground ginger and black pepper until well combined.
  • Add the seared chicken pieces, carrots, cabbage and whisked sauce to the bottom of a 6 quart or larger slow cooker.
  • Cover the slow cooker with the lid and cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4-6 hours, until the vegetables are soft and the chicken is fully cooked, with an internal temperature of 165F.
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water until smooth. Pour into the slow cooker and cook for another 15-20 minutes on high or until the sauce has thickened.
  • Add the cooked chow mein noodles into the crockpot and toss to mix.
  • Garnish with the sliced green onions and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 1101mg | Potassium: 373mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3663IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 3mg

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5 Comments

  1. What do you do with the chicken broth? It is never mentioned in the directions.

    1. Sorry about that Terri, It’s in step 3 and is in the directions now.

  2. Jim Rosemann says:

    Hello! Thank you for the slo cooker chicken chow main recipe. You have chicken broth in the ingredients, but I don’t see it in the cooking “Instructions”….Thank You!

    1. You will add that is step 3 🙂 It is in the instructions now. I hope you love it!

  3. Santa Rana says:

    “This slow cooker chicken chow mein recipe is a game-changer for busy weeknights! It’s so easy to throw together in the morning, and by the time dinner rolls around, you have a delicious and wholesome meal waiting for you. The flavors are fantastic, and it’s a hit with the whole family. I’ll be sharing this recipe with all my friends!”