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Chicken Instant Pot Lo Mein Recipe

Instant Pot lo mein with chicken is a great dinner for the whole family! Soft flavorful noodles with vegetables all in the same bowl for this one pot meal. 

pressure cooker lo mein

Have you tried chicken Instant Pot lo mein yet? If you love one pot meals with pasta and a light homemade sauce then this will be a winner. One of our favorite quick Instant Pot recipes here on The Typical Mom blog. (originally published 3/19, affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi Lo Mein

You can use any electric pressure cooker to make this one. Makes a great Crockpot Express recipe or make in your Ninja Foodi too. If you have a favorite sauce by all means use that. But if you need a little help there’s a light yet flavorful lo mein sauce you can follow below too.

This quick one pot meal had poultry added to it but could use thin strips of beef or left vegetarian too. You can add all sorts of vegetables but the most common are listed below. A light Asian meal we all love at restaurants but now can be made a lot cheaper at home.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

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Chicken Lo Mein Instant Pot

Just dice up some chicken, whisk together your sauce, and noodles will come out tender in 4 minutes! Including lots of vegetables, this dinner is just the bomb. You’ve gotta’ try it! Have leftovers and just want to use that as the main protein? That works great too.

If you forgot to defrost you can first cook frozen chicken in Instant Pot and then shred. Add that back in as directed below and off you go. Rather use beef? In that case I would slice thin so it cooks quickly. I like to marinate it first in teriyaki sauce. Saute until the outsides are no longer pink and off you go for that.

And you can skip the animal products all together too. It’s super versatile for sure. If you cannot find the “traditional noodles” you can order them online. Besides that I would use spaghetti noodles vs. egg noodles. Break into thirds and increase cook time to 8 minutes, the rest would remain the same.

easy lo mein recipe

The most important tip is how to add them, a criss cross pattern after being broken into smaller pieces is best. If they are already short like this you are in luck, but overlapping the least possible is best. We have made a few Asian Instant Pot dinner recipes, like this Instant Pot pulled pork recipe. It has a homemade sauce that is out of this world!

Pressure cooker lo mein

Cooking chicken in a pressure cooker works great. We have done it all. Tips for the best choices are below. Of course you can cook bone in with the skin but the cook time wouldn’t be accurate. For more of an Instant Pot stir fry of sorts you need the meat to be diced into smaller pieces like you see here. Just choose;

  • Boneless skinless
  • Chicken breast
  • Or chicken thighs
  • Either way cut them into bite size pieces

This will keep your meal under 30 minutes total, and easy to eat once it is done cooking.

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Instant Pot Chicken lo mein recipe

The most important aspect of this is the ratio of pasta to liquid. You need enough for it to get tender and you should submerge it as well as you can. If you do not have enough moisture on them they will stay stiff so breaking them apart into smaller pieces is typically necessary to get the job done right.

  1. Chicken 
  2. Sesame oil
  3. Garlic 
  4. Ginger
  5. Wide lo mein noodles
    1. We used these
    2. If you absolutely cannot find these, others have found success just using spaghetti noodles, but I would add 4 minutes for this.
  6. Vegetables – cabbage, carrot, green onion, snow peas
  7. Soy sauce
  8. Chicken broth

Cornstarch is used to thicken the sauce a bit. If you cannot have this and need this to be gluten free you can omit. OR arrowroot powder has been a good alternative as well. This last step isn’t entirely necessary but if you want a richer sauce to serve it with you might like it.

Instant Pot Lo Mein

Instant Pot Lo Mein with Spaghetti

You could use regular noodles for this if that is what you have on hand. If so I would increase the timing to 8 minutes since those take a bit longer to get tender.

  1. Add sesame oil, chicken, minced garlic and salt and pepper to the inner pot of the Instant Pot. Saute until the chicken is white. Turn pot off.
  2. Add in vegetables. Then break Chinese noodles into 3rds, put noodles on top. 
  3. Whisk together in a bowl your cornstarch, soy sauce, water, and chicken stock in a bowl. Pour into your pot.
  4. Push noodles down if needed so they are as submerged into the liquid as much as possible. Do NOT stir the noodles in with other ingredients.
  5. Put the lid on your pressure cooker and turn the pressure valve to sealed.

Set to high pressure cook for 4 minutes cooking time. Do a quick release when the time has finished. Everything will be cooked perfectly in this short of a time. If you love this easy recipe you’ll love these other easy Ninja Foodi recipes

Spaghetti Squash Lo Mein

** Another low carb idea you could do with this is to eliminate the noodles all together. Cook the rest of the ingredients and sauce for the 4 minutes as stated. Then cook Instant Pot spaghetti squash, scrape once tender and serve those together.

Spaghetti Squash Lo Mein

Is Lo Mein Good Next Day

Yes you can save this. If you have it with the pasta then you will definitely want to save as much of the sauce tossed with those as you can so they don’t stick. Allow what you have leftover to room temperature. Then transfer to a freezer bag or container with a lid and into the fridge it goes for up to 4 days.

It will get kinda’ a weird texture the longer it sits so 24 hours later is the best time to heat it again and eat it for another meal. The best way to reheat lo mein is to first add a bit of broth, leftover sauce, or a bit of soy sauce / teriyaki to the top. Toss with the noodles to add moisture and unstick them from one another.

Microwave for 45 seconds, stir, and then for another 45 or so until it is warmed to your liking. Enjoy as is or with a bed of rice on the side. I hate wasting food so I love making a second “free meal” when I can.

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Serve with broccoli florets on the side and it’s a great meal. Don’t add these in at the same time because it takes longer for noodles to cook than this tender veggie. Use the same instructions below for any brand of pressure cooker. Jump to recipe below.

Chicken Lo Mein Instant Pot
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Instant Pot Lo Mein

Instant Pot lo mein with chicken is a great dinner for the whole family! Soft flavorful noodles with vegetables all in the same bowl for this one pot meal. 
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Chinese, Japanese
Keyword chicken, chinese, instant pot, lo mein, ninja foodi, pressure cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 372kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add sesame oil, chicken, minced garlic and salt and pepper to the inner pot of the Instant Pot. Saute until the chicken is white. Turn pot off.
  • Add in vegetables. Then break noodles into 3rds, put noodles on top. 
  • Whisk together in a bowl your cornstarch, soy sauce, water, and chicken stock in a bowl. Pour into your pot. Push noodles down if needed so they are as submerged into the liquid as much as possible.
  • Put the lid on your pressure cooker and turn the pressure valve to sealed. Set to high pressure for 4 minutes, doing a quick pressure release when the time has finished. 

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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Lo Mein
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 372 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 909mg40%
Potassium 695mg20%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 2495IU50%
Vitamin C 21.6mg26%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Colleen Marker

Wednesday 26th of May 2021

can i substitute pork loin for the chicken

Carol

Wednesday 12th of May 2021

First time making this, had to add more liquid to cover noodles. I thought the noodles would soak up the liquid, but it didn't and was soupy. Tasted good though.

Jennifer Lane

Sunday 20th of December 2020

Thank you for the recipe! I broke my noodles in half and used a little more liquid, but I still had submersion and clumping problems. Maybe one improvement would be to add some of the vegetables after the pressure cook, to give more room for the noodles and to keep the vegetables crispier?

Jen

Saturday 1st of February 2020

How did you combat noodle clumps? I broke the noodles everything was mixed in and as far apart as I could but I still got some clumps. Flavors are great!

The Typical Mom

Monday 3rd of February 2020

Sprinkle in noodles and stagger them too

Corrin

Sunday 2nd of February 2020

With any noodle recipe you want to stagger the noodles in the pot.. it helps prevent them from clumping

Christy L

Friday 6th of December 2019

When should the minced ginger be added? The directions do not say.

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