This is one of my go-to super quick meals I have on repeat for busy weeknights. Bagged slaw is a big shortcut for me when I don’t have a ton of time to chop up fresh vegetables and I always pick up a bag or two when I’m at the grocery store.
The magic in this recipe is the sauce. It is super flavorful and gives any quick meal a depth of flavor that is unexpected. I often make it in the morning while my baby naps and store it in the refrigerator during the day to make the dinner process in the evening easier. You can even substitute the raw chicken for prepared rotisserie chicken (just reduce the cook time so you don’t dry it out) or shrimp to make it even quicker!
Shortcut Chicken Lo-Mein
A healthier alternative to take out for a busy weeknight.
- extra virgin olive oil for sautéing
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- 1 package chicken breasts (1.5 to 2 lbs), cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 12 oz package broccoli slaw (I use “Mann’s” brand)
- 2/3 of a package of dried lo-mein noodles (about 6.5 oz)
- 4 Tbsp Hoison sauce
- 4 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp dried cilantro
- 1 clove garlic, grated or chopped finely
- 4 tsp rice wine vinegar
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp fresh ginger (to taste)
- 2 tsp brown sugar or honey
- 1 tsp lime juice
- 1/2 to 1 tsp sesame oil (to taste)
- 3 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- Prepare the sauce first. You can even make it days before. Ive had it keep in the refrigerator for about a week. In a bowl or a mason jar, combine all ingredients from Hoison through olive oil. Stir or shake to combine and set aside.
- Preheat a skillet with a drizzle of olive oil over medium high heat. Season the chicken and sauté until almost cooked through, about 6 minutes. While the chicken cooks, bring water to a boil in a separate pot and cook the lo-mein according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
- Add the slaw to the pan, toss, and allow to cook about 2 minutes. Pour sauce into the chicken/slaw mixture. You may have leftover sauce. Use as much as you like! Allow the sauce to thicken slightly, about 4 minutes. Stir in lo-mein and allow the sauce to evenly coat all ingredients.