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Char Siu Chinese Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

by Maria

This post was sponsored by Cost Plus World Market.  As a Cost Plus World Market ambassador, I am excited to share amazing products and delicious foods that you will enjoy! All opinions are my own. #sponsored #worldmarkettribe

You will love this authentic Char Siu Chinese Chicken Chow Mein Recipe! It is so simple to make, and the flavors are restaurant quality. These silky soft noodles with tender flavorful Chinese chicken are utterly scrumptious.

Each bite has an authentic flavor, hard to duplicate at home. Before now!

All my recipes have some pretty strict requirements:

  • Quick & easy to prepare for busy weeknights
  • Amazing flavors
  • Crowd & family pleasers


What is Chinese Char Siu BBQ Sauce?

Because you might be asking yourself what exactly is Char Siu, we have the answer.

If you stroll through Chinatown, you may see red pork hanging in the grocery windows. That vibrant color of Chinese pork is from the Char Siu sauce. Traditionally made from the marinade of fermented red soy, it can be very bright in hue.  Char Siu can also be made with soy sauce, honey, ketchup, and spices.

Most of us have tried this delicious Chinese barbecue sauce and still may not know it by name.

 Fresh, fluffy chow mein with authentic Chinese flavors.

The noodles and Char Siu sauce can be found in the Asian aisle of grocery stores, but  I found these both ingredients in the Oakland, CA Cost Plus World Market store.  Find your store //here//

The flavors on the sauce and noodles were amazing, so I highly recommend you try them. You can buy them both on the Cost Plus World Market website or in store.

Getting my Table Ready for the Year of the Dog

I always giggle when I remember that I was born in Chinese astrology in the year of the Pig. We are considered considerate, independent, and optimistic. I’ll take it!

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, we celebrated Chinese New Year every year.  Part of that tradition was to receive coin envelopes, make paper lanterns and eat traditional foods. Additionally, I always appreciated that this holiday involves spring cleaning as well. Any holiday rooted in culture and history holds a BIG place in my heart.

As you can see my passion lives on for this holiday.

In addition to a large offering of international foods, you will discover Cost Plus World Market is a great place to find Chinese New Year Decorations. These detailed blue and white ginger jars are hand painted in different shades. They have many traditional style jars and vases that fit right into my colorful Lunar New Year decor.

I filled my jars with gorgeous wildflowers, kale, and roses. I also picked up other Lunar New Year compliments. This included a fortune book, fortune cookies, Chinese New Year Party Decor and lucky chocolate gold medallions.



Let’s Get Cooking!

One of the best parts of making chow mein is all the fresh vegetables. There are 4-5 cups of vegetables packed in 3-4 servings.

My husband was wildly impressed with the result of this recipe, and we haven’t been out to eat Chinese food since we started making this. Do you know how hard it is to take pictures of food when you are super hungry?  This was really hard.

Traditionally Char Siu is made with pork. So many people do not eat pork, so we used chicken as a substitution.

This recipe had me inspired, so I wanted to add some more authentic Asian dishes to my dinner.

I picked up the Lucky Peach Presents 101 Asian Recipes cookbook. This green onion salad I made from the cookbook recipe was fresh with a little heat.  So easy to make, even if my pile never made it up as tall at the Statue of Liberty.

What a great idea for a Chinese New Year DIY meal!



Now let’s really get cooking! Enjoy.

Char Siu Chinese Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

Skill Level:  Easy


  • Prep & Marinade: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Servings: 3-4


  • 1 package skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • I package fresh chow mein (soft noodles)
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup napa cabbage, chopped
  • 1 cup bok choy, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Marinade*
    • Char Siu sauce (homemade version below)
    • 1/2 cup soy sauce
    • 3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together soy sauce, garlic and Char Siu sauce.
  2. Chop uncooked chicken into 1-inch cubes.  Place in the bowl with marinade. Mix gently, marinade in fridge at least 30 minutes.
  3. In a small pan, pour in marinade and chicken cubes. Cook for 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally. Drain liquid when fully cooked.
  4. In a larger stir-fry pan, add olive oil. On medium heat, add celery and carrots. Stir for 2-3 minutes. Add fresh chow mein noodles, any spices include and the remaining vegetables. Cook 3-5 minutes. Add any spice package or 3 tablespoons of soy sauce. Toss in Char Siu Chicken to incorporate.


Fresh Chow Mein can be found in the Asian food aisle of most groceries. I LOVE the Cost Plus World Market packets and they have an added spice package.

*If you cannot find Char Siu Spice or Sauce at the grocery here is the homemade version: stir in a pan for 2-3 minutes 1/2 soy sauce, 1/3 cup honey, 1/3 cup ketchup, 1/3 cup brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of five spice.



Noh Chinese Barbecue Char Siu

Shirakiku Fresh Chow Mein Noodles

Indigo Organic Reactive Glaze Serving Platter

Blue and White Porcelain Bowls

Asian Passage Fortune Cookies

Steenland Zodiac Chocolate Medallion

Blue and White Oval Porcelain Ginger Jar

Lucky Peach Presents 101 Asian Recipes Cookbook


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Jay @ JayTriedAndTrue February 19, 2018 - 4:41 am

This looks amazing and you make it sound so easy! I would love you to share this at Smell Good Sunday https://jaytriedandtrue.blogspot.com/2018/02/smell-good-sunday-53.html

Megan February 19, 2018 - 11:30 am

Can’t wait to try this instead of takeout!!

Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen February 19, 2018 - 6:21 pm

Love that bright color!

Carolyn February 23, 2018 - 6:01 pm

This looks incredible! I can’t wait to try making this!

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