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Easy Chicken Chow Mein Recipe- Skinnified!

This easy chicken chow mein recipe was a huge hit at my house!

I think it might even taste better than the yummy chow mein at Panda Express.  One difference from Panda’s,  I’ve added chicken to it.  Turn it into a vegetarian dish by just leaving the chicken out (see vegetarian skinny facts below).  But the biggest difference, my skinny chow mein has much healthier ingredients so you can actually enjoy every bite guilt-free!  Each serving has 327 calories, 5g fat and 8 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.  I’m sure you’ll receive two thumbs up from the whole family!

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients for Chow Mein:

8 ounces dry whole grain spaghetti, see shopping tip

2 cups celery, sliced on the diagonally

2 cups onion, diced

5 cups cabbage, shredded

1½ cups cooked chicken breast, diced

Cooking spray

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

Ingredients for Sauce:

⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce  (6 tablespoons)

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons water

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons ginger (from a jar), see shopping tip

Fresh ground black pepper, to taste


1. Cook the spaghetti for about 6-7 minutes just until soft. Do not over cook.

2. In the meantime, prep all vegetables and dice the chicken. Set aside.

3. In a small bowl, add all sauce ingredients and mix until well blended. Set aside.

4. Coat a large nonstick wok or pan with cooking spray. Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in pan.
Add celery and onions and saute over medium-high heat for several minutes until onions become soft. Add cabbage and chicken. Saute another few minutes until soft.  Turn down to medium heat, add noodles and soy sauce mixture.  Stir-fry for about 2 minutes or until noodles are heated through. Stir constantly to blend everything.

5. Store any leftovers in the fridge for a few days.

Makes 5 servings (each serving, 1½ cups)

Vegetarian Skinny Facts

Leave the chicken out and this chow mein becomes a fantastic vegetarian dish for “Meatless Mondays”
Weight Watchers (old points) 5
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 7
Skinny Facts: for 1 vegetarian serving (~1¼ cups)
264 calories, 3g fat, 9g protein, 54g carbs, 8g fiber, 749mg sodium, 10g sugar

Shopping Tips

I used Barilla whole grain spaghetti. A (2 ounce) serving has 6 grams of fiber! Most supermarkets sell this brand but there are others available.

Ginger, in a jar, can be found in the produce section where garlic, in a jar, is sold.

Prep Tip

The key to making this dish really simple is to prep the veggies, chicken and sauce before you start to stir fry. Then it comes together very quickly!

Weight Watchers (old points) 6
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 8

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 skinny serving (1½ cups)
327 calories, 4.6g fat, 21g protein, 54g carbs, 8g fiber 776mg sodium, 10g sugar

FAT FACTS: for 1 serving Panda Express chow mein
490 calories, 22g fat, 13g protein, 65g carbs, 4g fiber, 1060mg sodium, 8g sugar

Find more delicious recipes from Nancy Fox on her website, Skinny Kitchen

Nancy Fox

Nancy Fox is no stranger to the food industry. She founded Mrs. Beasley's, a gift-basket company featuring baskets full of decadent baked goods. It became the "hot" gift to give among the Hollywood community. 
Nancy later opened 2 low fat restaurants called Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen. Her line of reduced-fat cookies were featured on "Oprah's Favorites" gift show. Continuing her passion for cooking and baking Nancy created a recipe website called Skinny Kitchen. Each week she shares skinny recipes, cooking and kitchen tips, food finds and the healthy benefits of many recipes. There’s also nutritional facts and Weight Watchers POINTS on each recipe.

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