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Panda Express Chow Mein Instant Pot Chinese Food

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Skip ordering takeout and stay in! Make this delicious Panda Express chow mein Instant pot Chinese food. Tender pasta, celery, cabbage all mixed with the popular stand-out sauce. This copycat Panda Express chow Mein is such a hit in our home. 

Panda Express noodles are one I always have to order. There is something that makes their Hokkien street noodles stand out from other restaurants. 

instant pot panda express chow mein noodles on white plate

Instant Pot copycat recipes truly help me to stay home and cook for my family more. We can recreate popular restaurant recipes at home right in our pressure cooker. 

Quick, simple, and you get similar flavors as you would ordering. 

instant pot panda express chow mein ingredients in ingredient bowls


  • Hokkien Noodles
  • Celery
  • Onion
  • Cabbage 
  • Oil 
  • Soy sauce
  • Hoisin sauce 

How to Make

The first step is to turn your pressure cooker to sauté. Allow the pot to get hot to mimic a wok. 

Add in your oil and veggies and cook them down to work on caramelizing them. 

When the vegetables are close to done, Todd in noodles and sauce and sauté another 2-3 minutes. 

Make sure to stir or you will burn the noodles. Once done, turn off and serve. 

instant pot chow mein on white plate

Variations To Chow Mein Recipe

  •  Consider sautéing diced chicken before veggies to add in some meat. 
  • Use classic or light soy sauce depending on flavor preference. 
  • Cook vegetables to your preference of being done. 
  • Make a double or triple batch to feed a larger group. 

Storage of Leftovers

Have a bit of your Panda Express noodles leftover? Place all leftovers in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Just eat the fish cold or choose to heat it on the stove or microwave. 

The veggies will be softer in texture but still delicious. Just make sure to add a tad of water if you heat on the stove. This will help prevent the burning of noodles or vegetables. 

Recipe FAQs for Panda Express Chow Mein

What are Hokkien Noodles?

Hokkien noodles are a fresh egg-style noodle. You will find they are used in many Asian and Chinese recipes. They are not always found in the stores. If you happen to can't find it, you can replace it with any long noodle style pasta.

Can I add chicken to chow mein?

Yes, if you want to make this a full dinner, use cooked chicken. Then mix in as you cook the vegetables to get it nice and hot. Then follow the recipe as it follows.

Does chow mein store well?

Chow mein does refrigerate nicely. The vegetables will soften a bit, but overall, it tastes great. Serve cold the next day or warm it up in the microwave.

If you want to make for meals, just place them in single-serve containers and then grab and go to enjoy.

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Yield: 2 servings

Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein

chow mein noodles on white plate

Easy Copycat Panda Express Chinese food recipe lets you make restaurant takeout noodles right at home. It is so easy to make this favorite at home!

There are many times when take-out is a great option - after all, it's quick, convenient, (usually) tasty. But for many favorite restaurants, you can create a version at home that is a fairly close replica and you can control the quality of the ingredients. In the case of Panda Express Chow Mein, we have a perfect copy for you and it is incredibly quick to put together.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


    1. Set instant pot to sauté. This allows the instant pot to heat up to the temperatures of a hot wok.
    2. Add the oil and vegetables to sauté until starting to caramelize.
    3. Once vegetables start to caramelize, add the noodles and the sauces. Sauté for 3 minutes stirring constantly to avoid burning the noodles.
    4. Remove and serve.


Variations for a unique Chow Mein Recipe:

  • Consider sautéing diced chicken before veggies to add in some meat. 
  • Use classic or light soy sauce depending on flavor preference. 
  • Cook vegetables to your preference of being done. 
  • Make a double or triple batch to feed a larger group.


  • Can my dog have Chow Mein? The simple explanation for why Chinese food is bad for dogs is it's way too salty and spicy for them. Even though the noodles, rice, meat, veggies, etcetera probably pose no risk, the spices and sauces can make your dog sick, and could even be potentially fatal.
  • Can my cat have Chow Mein? Chinese food often results in leftovers, and you might be wondering if your cat can have some, especially if it’s a chicken dish or some other protein-filled entree. Most times it’s not good to give your cat food that we eat, and with all of the extra spices, oils, and breading this is not something that is suitable to give to a cat.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 562Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 18gCholesterol 0mgSodium 822mgCarbohydrates 75gFiber 6gSugar 9gProtein 14g

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