One-Pan Dinner: A Special Chicken and Shrimp Lo Mein

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Skip takeout tonight, and make some flavor-packed lo mein for dinner, right in your kitchen!

Want to learn how to make a homemade lo mein dinner? Get our recipe and plenty of advice to cook a delicious Chinese meal for dinner tonight:

This version of lo mein is loaded with a tasty variety of proteins and vegetables. It also uses less noodles per volume than most lo mein recipes, so you get heartier forkfuls (or chopstick-fuls, rather…) of vegetables, chicken, and shrimp.

Use our recipe and helpful tips and tricks to enjoy perfectly cooked lo mein with stir-fried chicken strips, shrimp, and lots of veggies – all seasoned with the wonderful flavors from both a marinade and a sauce.

Before heating up your wok, read our strategies below for the ultimate guide to making the best lo mein meal… no restaurant necessary!

Perfect Prep: The Secret to Quick and Awesome Chinese Meals

If there is a secret to making good Chinese meals at home, it is having everything ready before you start cooking. Prep time normally takes twice as long as cooking time.

Make a super delicious lo mein for dinner tonight with our recipe:

While this recipe might read like it is a lot of prep work and cleanup, it’s not bad at all. And you’ll be so happy with the results!

You can save some time in the following ways:

Mise en Place

Prep your mise en place, by gathering all ingredients and tools, as the very first step of the cooking process.

Slice and Stir

While the noodles are cooking, you can slice the meat and prepare the marinade and sauce.

Convenient Ingredients

Using frozen mixed vegetables or frozen peeled and deveined shrimp saves time without compromising the final product too much.


Cleaning as you go saves time as well, and helps to avoid domestic strife!

Sauces, Spices, and Stocks: Get Authentic Chinese Flavor

Only a small arsenal of basic Chinese spices and sauces is needed for creating dishes with authentic flavor.

Diving into a bowl of chicken and shrimp lo mein.

Soy sauce, ginger, and oyster sauce are absolute musts, in my opinion.

Many consider oyster sauce to be optional, but the flavor and aroma it adds really gives the impression that you know what you’re doing.

Add some rice vinegar (white vinegar works, too), pepper, and salt – then you are ready for a tasty meal!

Salt is not included in the sauce recipe, since the stock, soy, and oyster sauces are quite savory. Before adding the noodles, you can taste the sauce and add salt if desired.

Chicken stock is used the most commonly in lo mein sauces. When beef is an ingredient that appears in the dish (and you can most certainly substitute beef for the chicken in this recipe– it’s delicious!) beef stock is my personal preference, as it gives a slightly meatier flavor. But if you want to enhance the seafood flavor, opt for using a homemade seafood stock instead!

For a lighter flavored sauce, use chicken broth. Or, use less stock, replacing the missing volume with water.

Vegetables: Endless Options to Veggie-fy Your Stir-Fry

Part of the beauty of this recipe is that it is very flexible, particularly with what vegetables you decide to use.

Assorted fresh veggies for a lo mein dinner.

Measurements in the recipe below are approximate, and can be adjusted based on what you have on hand.

You can use either fresh, frozen, or a combo of both.

If you decide to use all fresh vegetables, equal parts mushrooms, snow peas, and broccoli, plus some diced onion and water chestnuts, are a good mix.

Frozen veggies work in a pinch – you can finally use those long forgotten bags of mixed veggies in your freezer that you bought on sale months ago!

I normally cheat here a bit and use mainly frozen vegetables, but I recommend also adding some fresh snow peas and mushrooms to help you to hide this time-saving solution.

Oodles of Noodles: Other Options to Consider

The lo mein noodle, a long, soft noodle variety, may not be your favorite.

No worries– there are plenty of other options! Consider these two ideas below for your noodle of choice.

Boiling noodles for homemade lo mein.

Crispy Chow Mein

If you prefer chow mein, which are crispy noodles, you can easily substitute that in the recipe.

Simply stir-fry half of the chow mein noodles in 2-3 tablespoons oil until golden brown and crispy, then remove to a separate plate or bowl lined with paper towels. Repeat with the remaining noodles.

After crisping the noodles, continue following the cooking directions as outlined in the recipe below.

Ramen: Rely on Your Favorite Standby

As long as you have a microwave, this one’s simple – switch to ramen noodles instead, ditch the flavoring packet (we provide all the flavor you need in the recipe), and nuke ’em.

Add them to the pan when you would add the lo mein noodles otherwise.

Instant yumminess!

Small Space? Plenty of Room for Lo Mein!

Even with a small kitchen area like those found in motor homes or travel trailers, it is easy to make tasty Chinese meals like lo mein.

There are a few little tricks that make this recipe easy for small kitchens. Even a dorm resident with nothing more than an electric skillet and a mini fridge can make this dish.

Cooking assorted veggies for lo mein.

Dorm-bound students will be stuck with using an electric skillet, if it’s allowed. Round electric skillets with higher sides work best, but the square or rectangular ones will work in a pinch.

If you don’t have enough storage space for a large selection of kitchen equipment, this dish can be made in a skillet instead of a wok. But I highly recommend that you get a wok if you have the space for storage, and if you don’t have one already.

Want to know more about cooking with a wok? Then check out our guide.

The nonstick woks are fine, but an old fashioned steel wok will become your cooking buddy once you learn how versatile it is, especially in smaller kitchens.

If you don’t have burner space and a big stock pot to cook the noodles, use your wok to cook them in.

Place your wok over high heat. Add 1 quart water, a teaspoon each of salt and oil, and then cover and bring to a boil. Add the noodles, cover, and cook for two minutes.

With two forks or chopsticks, separate the noodles to prevent clumping, cover, and cook for four more minutes. Remove the cover, separate the noodles again, and check for doneness. They should be soft but not mushy, or al dente, as the chefs would say.

Note that if you have an audience over for a dinner party, the chopsticks will have the added benefit of making you look cool. Very cool.

But seriously, they’re an excellent cooking utensil to have on hand, for stirring and separating ingredients.

Ready? Let’s Wok!

Now that we’ve outlined all of the advice you’ll need on how to make the most delicious Chinese meal, you’re ready to try our recipe for chicken and shrimp lo mein with assorted veggies.

Time to wok and roll!

The Recipe

A delicious dish of chicken and shrimp lo mein |
A Special Chicken and Shrimp Lo Mein
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A delicious dish of chicken and shrimp lo mein |
A Special Chicken and Shrimp Lo Mein
Votes: 8
Rating: 3.25
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 25 minutes
For the Marinade:
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • dash of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
For the Lo Mein:
  • 6 ounces chicken breast sliced
  • 8 ounces Chinese egg noodles
  • 1 small head of broccoli florets only
  • 2 cups fresh sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup julienned carrots
  • 1 cup sliced onions
  • 6 ounces peeled and deveined shrimp
For the Sauce:
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
Servings: servings
  1. Prepare the marinade. Place the cornstarch, soy sauce, oyster sauce, black pepper and rice wine vinegar in a large bowl. Stir well until blended together.
  2. Place the sliced chicken in the bowl with the marinade, and use your hands to massage the chicken with the marinade until the meat is well coated. Let it soak for at least 25 minutes, in a covered container in the refrigerator.
  3. In a small bowl, prepare the sauce by combining the cornstarch, soy sauce, chicken stock, oyster sauce, brown sugar, freshly grated ginger, and black pepper. Stir, then set aside.
  4. While the chicken is soaking, cook the Chinese egg noodles according to the package instructions. Drain the noodles and then rinse them with cool tap water, and add a little vegetable oil. Fluff and toss the noodles to prevent clumping.
  5. Place a wok on high heat, and add about 2 tablespoons of oil, swirling it around to coat the sides of the pan. Once the oil is hot to the point of smoking, place the chicken strips in the pan and cook for about 2 minutes, until just cooked through. Remove the chicken from the wok and set it aside.
  6. Stir-fry the broccoli, mushrooms, carrots and onions, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon for about 5 to 8 minutes until the onions are translucent. Add 1/2 cup of water, cover, and steam for 3 minutes. Set the cooked vegetables aside.
  7. Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil in the wok, and use a wooden spoon or spatula to deglaze the pan. Pour off the liquid and wipe the wok dry with paper towels. Return the wok to the heat, add 2 tablespoons of oil, and swirl the wok to coat the sides with oil.
  8. When the oil gets hot to the point of smoking, add the shrimp. Let the shrimp cook on one side until it turns pink before flipping it over to the other side and letting it cook.
  9. Return the chicken and vegetables to the wok, and toss to combine with the cooked shrimp.
  10. Create a well in the middle of the ingredients and pour the sauce in, then stir well until the sauce thickens, keeping it relatively confined to the well in the center of the pan. Add the cooked noodles to the well and coat them with the sauce, using chopsticks or a fork to toss and separate them if they are sticking together.
  11. Stir to combine, and serve.

Nutritional Information*

Nutrition Facts
A Special Chicken and Shrimp Lo Mein
Amount Per Serving
Calories 302 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 1828mg 76%
Potassium 282mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 10g
Protein 27g 54%
Vitamin A 198%
Vitamin C 12%
Calcium 5%
Iron 18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Cooking by the Numbers…

Step 1 – Set out Your Mise en Place

Measure out the necessary amounts of Chinese egg noodles, vegetables, shrimp, cornstarch, soy sauce, oyster sauce, black pepper, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, ginger, and chicken stock.

Prepped ingredients for making lo mein.

If you have not already, devein the shrimp. Not sure how? Check out our helpful guide to peeling and deveining shrimp!

Step 2 – Prepare the Vegetables

Wash the broccoli and cut it into bite-sized florets, discarding the stems or saving them for another use. Prep the mushrooms by removing the stems and cutting them into thin slices. Peel the onions and then slice them thinly.

Getting all the veggies prepped for a chicken and shrimp lo mein meal.

Peel the carrots and julienne them into thin noodles. I like to use a julienne peeler to do this, but you could also use a mandoline or sharp chef’s knife.

Peel the ginger, and grate it for the sauce.

Step 3 – Marinate the Chicken

Combine the cornstarch, soy sauce, oyster sauce, black pepper, and rice wine vinegar in a large bowl. Mix well.

Trim away any fat with a paring knife as needed, and cut the chicken breast into thin, 3-inch-long strips.

Prepping the chicken for chicken and shrimp lo mein.

Coat the chicken strips in the prepared marinade, massaging it in to coat each piece.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the meat soak for at least 25 minutes in the refrigerator.

Step 4 – Make the Sauce

For the sauce, combine the cornstarch, soy sauce, chicken stock, oyster sauce, brown sugar, grated ginger, and freshly ground black pepper. Mix well and set aside.

Getting the sweet and savory sauce ready for lo mein.

Step 5 – Cook the Noodles

While the chicken is soaking, cook the Chinese egg noodles according to the package instructions, or as outlined above.

Cooking noodles for a lo mein dish.

Once the noodles are cooked, drain them immediately and rinse them under cold tap water in a colander to prevent them from cooking further.

Toss the noodles with a drizzle of vegetable oil to prevent them from clumping together, then set them aside.

Step 6 – Cook the Chicken

When the meat is done marinating, heat up your wok and coat the sides of with vegetable oil. If you do not have one, a large frying pan can also work – but a sturdy wok really is an excellent item to have on hand for making stir-fries.

Cooking chicken in sauce for lo mein.

Once the oil is heated to the point of smoking, add the meat and toss with a wooden spoon for a few minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken from the wok and set it aside.

Step 7 – Stir-fry the Vegetables

In the same wok, heat up a bit more oil and stir-fry the broccoli, onions, mushrooms, and carrots for about 5 to 8 minutes, or until the onions are translucent and the carrots and broccoli are crisp-tender.

Cooking assorted veggies for lo mein.

Add ½ cup of water and cover the wok to let the vegetables steam for about 3 minutes. Remove from the pan and set the vegetables aside.

Step 8 – Deglaze and Cook the Shrimp

Bring ½ cup of water to a boil in the wok and use a wooden spoon to deglaze the pan. If it is not burned, you can save the liquid to add it to your sauce.

Otherwise, throw it away, rinse out the wok, and wipe it dry with paper towels.

Cooking the shrimp for our chicken and shrimp lo mein.

Return the wok to the heat, add a bit of oil, and swirl to coat the sides. When the oil is hot to the point of smoking, add the shrimp.

Cook the shrimp fully on one side and allow them to turn pink before flipping to cook on the other side.

Step 9 – Combine Ingredients

Now it’s time to put all of your ingredients together.

Adding noodles to finish the lo mein dish.

Once the shrimp is cooked, return the chicken and vegetables to the wok and toss to combine.

Create a well in the middle of the chicken-veggie mixture and pour the sauce in, maintaining the well while stirring until it thickens.

Add the cooked noodles to the well and stir to combine. Make sure they are loosely distributed, not clumpy and sticking together.

Fold in the chicken and vegetables from the edges, toss to coat with the sauce, and serve immediately.

Ditch the Takeout Menu – Make Chinese at Home!

The next time you get a craving for Chinese, toss away the takeout menu. Make some authentic lo mein in your own kitchen!

Enjoy a bowl of chicken and shrimp lo mein with assorted vegetables.

As long as you follow our advice for the right equipment, ingredients, and prep strategies, making this meal will be so worth the effort.

You’ll soon enjoy a nice bowl of assorted veggies, chicken, shrimp, and tasty noodles – in whatever combination you decide to make tonight!

There is just one other very important consideration…

If you are the type of person who believes leftover cold Chinese food is far better than when you get it hot and fresh, you and I share the same food soul.

Homemade lo mein with chicken, shrimp, and vegetables.

Cold lo mein ranks right up there with cold pizza as a late night munchie. You might consider making a bigger batch specifically to enjoy the cold leftovers.

Don’t neglect this delightful snacking opportunity!

Love stir-fry? Try my other recipe for Sriracha tofu, green bean, and carrot stir-fry, served over rice! If you want something meatier, you’ll be licking the plate clean if you make our Mongolian Beef!

How else do you like to cook your lo mein? What other types of ingredients do you like to use? Maybe you like a meaty beef version instead! Let us know in the comments below.

For more shrimp dishes from around the globe try these favorites:

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Making lo mein at home doesn't have to be difficult, even with a small kitchen space. Make it as complicated or as simple as you like, with this recipe. We'll teach you how to utilize fresh or frozen vegetables, as well as your favorite combination of chicken, beef, and shrimp. The marinade and sauce are homemade, too! Read more now on

Photos by Felicia Lim, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally posted November 24, 2013. Revised and updated March 27, 2017 with additional writing and editing by Nikki Cervone and Felicia Lim.

*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

About Lynne Jaques

Lynne is a stay-at-home mother of two boys. As a former US military officer and the spouse of an active duty US military member, Lynne enjoys traveling the world (although not the moving part!) and finding new cuisine and methods of preparing food. She also has the habit of using parenthesis way too much!

12 thoughts on “One-Pan Dinner: A Special Chicken and Shrimp Lo Mein”

  1. Looks fun to try out this particular dish here, but i need to budget {ahem!}…groceries and all plus i need motivation in the picture of friends…then i believe am good to go..if am allowed the page has been bookmarked for a tryout…once i succeed, i’ ll feedback, back…wish me luck 😉

  2. This recipe sounds delicious, fresh and healthy alternative to take-out. I love the addition of fresh cut veggies. I usually get lazy and put in freezer veggies but I should really stop. They probably don’t even add any nutrition, just color. When I’m cooking for vegetarians, I like to use mushroom or vegetable stock, but I’ve noticed that it doesn’t taste the same as chicken stock.

  3. I like the idea of the beef, chicken, and shrimp combination if I were to make this for company, but just for me, I would probably use one protein in the dish, to save on money. I recently splurged, and bought oyster sauce and rice vinegar, since I love Asian food, so I’m looking forward to making this. I’ll probably start with a shrimp version, and I’m glad you included the technique for crispy noodles, as well, because I’d like to try that variation.

  4. I have to say, this dish looks absolutely amazing. It seems rather simple to make as well. I have a WOK, and until reading this recipe, I had no idea my skillet was what it is! Ha! I love Chinese and Asian food, and I feel this may be a much healthier way of eating Chinese. Those restaurants use all kinds of unhealthy ingredients, such as MSG. I will be sure to follow up with my review once I make this for myself. I showed this to my boyfriend and we may end up making this sometime this weekend 🙂

  5. OMG making this for my roommate and I!!! the stereotypical ramen for dinner every night in college is absolutely no joke. This will switch it up especially on our budget

  6. This dish sounds amazing I’m not a big chicken eater, but in this case I’m willing to make an exception. I am a nut over shrimp, and pasta. I don’t eat a lot of pasta at home we usually go out for it. Red Lobster has some awesome paste dishes.

  7. Oh wow this recipe looks very good. Usually when I eat Chinese food I just opt for takeout, but we all know how unhealthy that is. This recipe looks especially healthy, hearty, and filling. And because I like to lift weights, eating protein and carbs are essential for me. It looks as if this recipe, tweaked slightly to add more shrimp/beef/chicken, will be perfect for hitting my protein and carb goals. I’m gonna try this one tomorrow!

  8. Yum, I’m definitely going to give this recipe a try! I love cooking with Asian flavours, I think I’d like to try this with a little sesame oil to finish it off. It sounds like it would make good leftovers too, which is nice when you’re cooking for two people! The tips for a small kitchen are especially helpful…I live in a basement suite and our kitchen is teeny tiny; we barely any counter space.

  9. As a huge aficionado of any food normally eaten with chopsticks, I will definitely have to bookmark this one! I usually make some variation of stir fry with rice (the variety exist in whether or not I use chicken), so it’s about time I actually branch out a bit. Thanks for the tip about the oyster sauce and rice vinegar, too! I usually stick to soy and sriracha!

  10. It looks and sounds tasty. I’m trying to expand my repertoire, so this looks like another good addition.

    I’m hoping I can find a substitution for the noodles, perhaps some spiral veggies. I know you said it has less than most, but I’m just trying to avoid pasta altogether.

    Like anything else, it will be a learning experience, adjusting each dish to my “diet.” I think it will still be good.


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