Panda Express Chow Mein Recipe

Everyone gets a craving for Chinese food every now and then, but you don’t have to call for delivery or swing through the drive-though to enjoy a delicious bowl of chow mein. With this Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein recipe, you’ll learn how to whip up a homemade, authentic dish that tastes just like what you get at the fast food chain. Enjoy!

Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein

Serves Prep Time Cook Time Total Time
6 5 min 25 min 30 min

Panda Express Chow Mein Recipe


  • 2 packages chow mein noodles (recommended: Yakisoba)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 8 oz cabbage
  • 2 oz celery
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons oyster sauce


  1. Cook chow mein noodles, but do not include spice packets. Drain.
  2. Cut onions and cabbage into thin, long strips.
  3. Chop celery into small slivers.
  4. Heat pan with oil on medium-high heat.
  5. Sautee veggies – onion, celery, and cabbage.
  6. Once the vegetables are caramelized, stir add the chow mien noodles to the pan.
  7. Add remaining ingredients (soy sauce and oyster sauce) and stir until the sauce coats the noodles and veggies.
  8. Toss in any additional ingredients – chicken, steak, shrimp, etc.


Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 424
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20.4g 26%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 872mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 54.4g 20%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 1.8g
Protein 8.9g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 111mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet.2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • To find the chow mein noodles, look int he Asian food section of your grocery store. Yakisoba noodles are some of the easiest to make (they almost look like ramen noodles), which is why I always use those. You can also order the noodles on Amazon.
  • If you don’t have olive oil, canola or vegetable oil will work.
  • Many chow mein recipes call for red and green bell pepper, as well as green onions. While it won’t be exactly like Panda Express’ recipe if you toss those in, they are delicious additions if you want a bit more flavor.
  • Can’t find chow mein noodles? Try whole wheat spaghetti or fettuccine noodles instead.

Join the Conversation


  1. Elizabeth M Doukas says:

    Thank you! I’ve been doing this for years but never knew about the oyster sauce….I knew something was missing.

  2. Raheem Fellows says:

    Panda is like my favorite Chinese restaurant. I will definitely add this recipe to my list to prepare!

  3. Annika Clements says:

    Chow mein noodles are not my favorite but still went ahead with the exact steps and surprisingly I enjoyed this meal so much.

  4. Jodie Horner says:

    My family loved this homemade dish, except for my husband he is not a fan of Chinese style cooking.

  5. Jesse Parrish says:

    My girl wanted to know how to prepare this meal after i made it so i shared this recipe on here. Loved it.

  6. Kane Tapia says:

    I am not a great cook but followed these steps and came out great. Thanks!

  7. Zaynah Chang says:

    Let me tell you what i love about this right here. The ingredients used are straightforward man i enjoyed too!!

  8. Crystal Cardenas says:

    Simple and easy as peasy 😀

  9. Johnnie Mill says:

    I added some red bell peppers and it tasted just like Panda Express to me but i guess every ones taste is different.

  10. Mylee Kenny says:

    Yo! This tasted great but couldnt get oyster sauce at my local grocery store and i only used soy sauce.

  11. Laurel Ross says:

    Fettuccine noodles went well for me not a fan of chowmein.

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