This Slow Cooker Chicken Lo Mein recipe is made with boneless chicken and vegetables that simmer in the crockpot in a savory, dark sauce. Simply add the noodles when ready to serve.
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Hoisin sauce wasn't in my original recipe for lo mein but I do find it adds a great deal of flavor so it was a great update to my original recipe.
If you aren't familiar with lo mein, lo mein is a Chinese noodle dish full of vegetables and typically a protein (chicken, pork or beef) in a rich dark sauce.
Traditionally, chicken lo mein would be prepared similar to a stir fry but I find it convenient to have the chicken and vegetables cooking throughout the day in the sauce and then when it is time for dinner, I simply cook up the noodles.
Exact amounts will be listed in the printable recipe card below. This is just a brief summary.
- Chicken - boneless/skinless breasts
- Vegetables - carrot, red bell pepper, snow peas, scallions
- Brown sugar
- Sauces - soy sauce, hoisin sauce, oyster sauce
- Red Chili Flakes
- Noodles - lo mein noodles
Detailed instructions for preparing the crockpot chicken lo mein are located in the recipe card below. This is just a brief overview to give you an idea of how this lo mein is prepared.
The chicken goes into the slow cooker first.
Add the carrots and peppers on top of the chicken.
Combine all the sauce ingredients and pour over the chicken and vegetables.
Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.
Take the chicken out of the crock pot and shred it.
Add the shredded chicken back to the slow cooker and add the peas as well.
Stir it all together, pop the cover back on and let it go another 15 minutes or so.
TIP: The snow peas are added toward the end because we don't want them to get soggy. Keep this in mind if you add other delicate vegetables.
Prepare the noodles according to the package instructions.
Add the noodles to the slow cooker and using tongs, give everything a good toss so everything is evenly and well-coated.
When serving, garnish with chopped scallions and/or sesame seeds.
Variations and Substitutions
One of the best parts of this lo mein recipe is it is versatile. Here are some of my favorite exchanges and substitutions for this recipe.
- Vegetables - Broccoli, water chestnuts, shredded cabbage, green beans, baby carrots
- Protein - Pork or beef
- Spice - Leave out the crushed red pepper if you don't want any heat. If you don't have crushed red pepper, try garlic chili paste or sriracha sauce.
- Noodles - If lo mein noodles are not available to you, try linguine for an easy swap.
How to store the leftovers
Slow Cooker Chicken Lo Mein leftovers can be stored in an air-tight container, in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
I have not experimented with freezing options.
Have questions regarding the safety of using a slow cooker? The USDA has a whole section dedicated to Slow Cooker Food Safety you can check out.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Lo Mein
- Slow Cooker
- 1 pound chicken boneless & skinless
- 1 cup carrots julienne / matchstick cut
- 1 red bell pepper sliced
- ⅔ cup lite soy sauce
- ½ cup hoisin sauce
- 2 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 4 tablespoon brown sugar light brown
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- ½ teaspoon red chili flakes more or less to taste
- 8 ounce snow peas
- 2 scallions chopped
- 14 ounce lo mein noodles
- sesame seeds optional
- Place chicken in the slow cooker. Add peppers and carrots on top of chicken.
- Whisk together soy sauce, hoisin, oyster sauce, sugar, garlic and red pepper flakes in a bowl. Pour over the chicken and vegetables.
- Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.
- Remove chicken from slow cooker and shred, using two forks, meat claws or a shredding tool. Place shredded chicken back in slow cooker and add the snow peas. Stir to coat everything evenly. Cover and let sit for 15 minutes.
- In the meantime, prepare the noodles according to package instructions. Drain noodles and add to slow cooker. Toss well.
- Garnish upon serving with chopped scallions and/or sesame seeds.
Your Lo Mein looks delicious! It's one of my favorite things to order when getting take-out, but I've never tried making it at home yet! I'll have to give it a try, this looks fantastic!
Thank you Maria. I was nervous to venture into "take out" foods at home but it's a lot easier than it sounds. Good luck.
anyonita green says
Oh Lo Mein is one of my favorite takeouts! 🙂