Homemade Chicken Chow Mein Mix ~ Guest Post

by Jenn K on January 16, 2013

Thanks so much to Lisa from Mix It Up for sharing this great recipe with us. I’m currently on maternity leave and am so grateful for the help and support of my fellow bloggers during this time! ~Erin

Chinese takeout is delicious, but because of all of the added MSG and the ridiculously high cost, I seldom order it anymore. Most typical Chinese dishes are actually very easy and inexpensive to make, they just need the right seasoning to make them taste good. I have been able to replicate all of my favorite dishes in my own kitchen with a simple seasoning mix for each. This weekend I tried a new one!

This recipe for Homemade Chicken Chow Mein Mix tastes just like restaurant chicken chow mein, but it’s very cheap to make and much healthier. You can add more vegetables and less meat to cut costs, it’s very flexible. My family loved it, and ate every bite.

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Chicken Chow Mein with Homemade Seasoning Mix

Yield – 4 servings


Chow Mein Seasoning Mix (single use)

  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger powder

Remaining Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless chicken cut into thin strips
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ¾ cup cold water
  • Cooked noodles
  • Oil for stir frying


  • In a large wok stir fry the chicken in oil on medium high heat until chicken is cooked.
  • Stir in onion, carrot and celery and continue cooking for a few minutes.
  • Combine mix, soy sauce and water and stir well, then add to the wok and stir.
  • Add in bean sprouts and cook for one more minute.

  • Serve over cooked noodles.

Note: Nutritional yeast (brewer’s yeast) is sold in all bulk food and health food stores. It looks like yellow flakes of fish food and adds flavor (and B vitamins) to savory dishes. You can omit it if you can’t find it, but it really enhances the dish and makes it taste like real take out.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Diane January 16, 2013 at 9:15 pm

I never would have thought to use nutritional yeast in something like this!

(sidenote: I thought nutritional yeast and brewer’s yeast were different things?)


Tawny January 16, 2013 at 10:52 pm

How do you come up with this stuff? Very smart!


Bridget January 17, 2013 at 7:39 am

This looks yummy. I have to give this one a try.


Marguarite January 17, 2013 at 10:35 am

Are the cooked noddles just spaghetti noodles or are they something else?


Lisa Lutes January 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm

The noodles are just chow mein noodles (like ramen without the seasoning) but normally I would just use regular spaghetti noodles as they are a little healthier. The nutritional yeast enhances the flavor without using MSG, a lot of commercial products use it when they want all natural ingredients.


Lisa January 18, 2013 at 12:02 am

I am going to be making this. Our family loves Chinese/Asian types of food also but stopped ordering too due to the ingredients. do you have a link to any other Asian food recipes? i am really interested in some of the other recipes!


Tara January 18, 2013 at 6:52 pm

I would love some other links too, this one sounds amazing!


Lisa Lutes January 19, 2013 at 1:33 am

I currently have 18 Asian seasoning mixes: http://mixitupcookbook.blogspot.ca/search/label/Asian


Tara January 19, 2013 at 11:29 am

Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Earl METZEL May 12, 2014 at 1:51 pm



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