Healthier Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein - Slender Kitchen

Healthier Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein

Weight Watchers® SmartPoints™
(3 PointsPlus®)

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If you love Panda Express chow mein, this healthier version you can make at home is for you! Not only is it better for you, I think it tastes even better than the real thing.

I am so excited to share today's recipe with you. Not only is it delicious, it is so much healthier than the Panda Express version that I know so many people love. Plus it is so easy to make. You can make it in less time than it would take to go out and get take-out. And with only 140 calories per serving, compared to 490 in the real thing, it's a no brainer when it comes to dinner time.

Now let's talk about the recipe. The trickiest part of this recipe is finding the noodles. You can go with either a fresh yaki-soba noodle that you can normally find in the refrigerated section where the tofu is or you can go with a dried yaki-soba noodle found it the Asian section of the store. You could also use any other dried pasta, but using yaki-soba really makes a difference in terms of texture. Then a quick sauce, lots of shredded cabbage, and a quick toss in a hot pan and it's ready. So good and so much better than the unhealthy take-out version.

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Healthier Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein

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  • 4 oz. fresh yaki-soba noodles
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce (GF if needed)
  • 4 U cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. ginger, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 U onion, diced
  • 2 U celery ribs, chopped
  • 4 cups shredded cabbage

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
1.5 cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 141
Calories from Fat 38
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 723mg
Total Carbohydrate 23g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 8g
Protein 4g


  1. Prepare the yaki-soba noodles according to the package directions. Do not use a seasoning packing if included. For fresh noodles, just add them to boiling water for 1-2 minutes until they separate and become tender. Dried noodles usually need to be boiled for 4-5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, mix together the soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and pepper.
  3. Heat the olive oil over medium high heat, Add the onion and celery and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the cabbage and cook for 2 minutes until just tender. Add the noodles and the sauce. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring often. Taste and season if needed with additional soy sauce or pepper.
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  • Susan Findlay's picture

    Average: 5 (1 vote)

    This was superb. My whole family loved it and they can be picky eaters. I added chicken to make it a dinner.
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  • Jayne Domogalla's picture

    Average: 5 (1 vote)

    Once again a recipe we both loved! Delicious and very easy. I did add some rotisserie chicken also. I will definitely make this again!
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  • Emma Thompson's picture

    Average: 5 (1 vote)

    This was absolutely delicious! It was low in fat already but I made it even lower by using just a few sprays of the Olive Oil in a can and used a wok. I also added a couple of pieces of rotisserie chicken for more protein. Even my husband who hates eating "healthy" ate several bowls of this and raved about it. Thank you so much!!
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