Instant Pot Panda Express Chow Mein–a copy cat recipe for Panda’s chow mein…only it’s made faster, easier and cheaper in your Instant Pot.
Instant Pot Panda Express Chow Mein
This tastes like the real thing, only better because it’s not so heavy and greasy and doesn’t leave you in a Chinese food coma. Panda Express chow mein is a noodle dish with with onions, celery, cabbage, soy sauce and oyster sauce. With only 8 ingredients and a 3 minute pressure cook time this dish comes together super quick.
You can make this as your main dish or serve it as a side to chicken or another meat. It really is a perfect side dish to orange chicken, cashew chicken or another chicken dish. Another idea is to serve stir fried vegetables with it (like broccoli and snow peas).
I was skeptical that this would have enough flavor with the small amount of sauce included in the recipe. However it flavored it really nicely without it being over the top salty or heavy. You can always add extra sauce if you feel like it needs more!
I used plain old spaghetti noodles instead of Yakisoba noodles because they are easier to find and it’s what I had on hand. I haven’t tried this with any other noodle so I’m not sure how it would work out. But I thought the spaghetti worked out perfectly. I used a thin spaghetti with a 3 minute pressure cook time. Angel hair will be the same cooking time. If you’re using thicker spaghetti then use a 4 minute pressure cook time.
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A copy cat recipe for Panda’s chow mein…only it’s made faster, easier and cheaper in your Instant Pot.
- 2 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 2 ribs of celery, sliced thinly
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 8 oz thin spaghetti
- 8 oz chopped cabbage (about 3–4 cups)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp oyster sauce
- Turn Instant Pot to sauté setting. When the display says HOT add in the oil and swirl it around. Add in the onion and celery and sauté for about 4-5 minutes. Pour in the broth and scrape bottom of pot so that nothing is sticking. Turn off sauté setting.
- Break the spaghetti in half and lay it in a criss cross pattern in the broth.
- Cover the spaghetti with the cabbage.
- Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 3 minutes. When time is up let the pot sit for 5-10 minutes. Then move valve to venting. Remove the lid.
- Stir in the soy sauce and the oyster sauce.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Category: Pasta
- Method: Instant Pot
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