Whip Up This High-Protein Chicken Chow Mein Recipe In 20 Minutes

Chicken chow mein in a bowl
(Image credit: HelloFresh)

There are some days when you can enjoy the luxury of having a couple of spare hours to make dinner, and then there are days when it feels like you have no time at all. It’s tempting to opt for a takeaway or beans on toast when you’re as time-starved as you are starving, but if you keep the ingredients for this chicken chow mein recipe from HelloFresh to hand you’ll always have the option of making a proper meal in double-quick time.

The recipe takes a mere 20 minutes to make, involves little washing-up and counts as two of your five-a-day. It’s also loaded with protein—a chunky 49g per serving—so it makes for an ideal post-workout dinner.


  1. Add the noodles to a saucepan, cover with boiling water and place on medium-high heat. Simmer for four minutes, then drain in a colander, drizzle with oil and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a splash of oil in a large frying pan on a high heat. Add the chicken and stir-fry for four minutes until golden. Then add the pepper, mange tout and half the spring onion. Stir-fry for five minutes, until the chicken is no longer pink in the middle.
  3. Stir in the soy sauce and 2tbsp water. Lower the heat to medium, stir in the chow mein paste (you can get this ready-made or make your own if you have a bit more time), and stir-fry for one minute to dissolve. Then add the noodles to the pan and stir through until piping hot.
  4. Serve the chicken chow mein in bowls sprinkled with the remaining spring onion.

Ingredients (makes two servings)

  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 3 spring onions, sliced
  • 2 nests egg noodles
  • 280g chicken, diced
  • 1 pack mange tout
  • 1½tbsp soy sauce
  • 45g chow mein paste

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)

Calories 525
Fat 8g
-of which saturates 3g
Carbohydrates 67g
-of which sugars 17g
Protein 49g
Salt 5.69g

Nick Harris-Fry
Senior writer

Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.