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Instant Pot Panda Express Chow Mein

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Thinking about heading to Panda Express for some Chinese cuisine? Think again…you can make your own Panda Express chow Mein right at home in your Instant Pot! I think the copycat recipe is even better than what you get at Panda. In addition to making chow mein, you can also make some other gourmet Chinese dishes including:

Nothing says Chinese like a variety of options. Whip out those Instant Pots and make a whole meal out of it!

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Instant Pot Chow Mein Tips

This recipe is so easy to make that you can do it even if you haven’t ever used your Instant Pot before! In fact, you won’t even have to use the pressure cook setting! Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Don’t walk away. This recipe only takes about 5 minutes to complete. If you leave it on sauté and walk away, you may burn the noodles.
  2. Use exact ingredients. If you can’t find one of the ingredients, click the link below to order them online. You must use the ingredients exactly for it to taste like Panda Express.
  3. Can do it on the stovetop. If you prefer to use your Instant Pot for one of the other Chinese recipes above, you can always follow the directions below on your stovetop to make this delicious Instant Pot chow mien.
Chow-Mein-Ingredients

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For this Panda Express Chow Mein, you will need to get some pretty specific ingredients. Make sure you have them all before you start the recipe!

How to Make Instant Pot Panda Express Chow Mein

For this recipe, you will not be using the pressure cook setting. Follow the simple steps below:

Step 1: Turn on Sauté

Set instant pot to sauté. This allows the instant pot to heat up to the temperatures of a hot wok. 

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Step 2: Sauté the Veggies

Add the oil and vegetables (including the crunchy celery) sauté until starting to caramelize.

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Step 3: Add the Noodles and Sauce

Once vegetables start to caramelize, add the noodles and the sauces.

If you want a bit more of a crunch in your chow mein, you can add some chopped peanuts or cashews when you stir in the hoisin sauce.

add noodles

Step 4: Continue to Sauté

Sauté for 3 minutes stir constantly to avoid burning the noodles. 

add sauce

Step 5: Serve and Enjoy

Remove and serve.

Instant Pot Panda Express Chow Mein

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Yield: serves 2

Instant Pot Panda Express Chow Mein

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

To serve more than 2, double the recipe indgrients.

Ingredients

  • 14 oz precooked pouches of hokkien noodles
  • 2 stalks of celery chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cabbage
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of hoisin sauce

Instructions

Set instant pot to sauté. This allows the instant pot to heat up to the temperatures of a hot wok. 

Add the oil and vegetables to sauté until starting to caramelize.

Once vegetables start to caramelize, add the noodles and the sauces.

Sauté for 3 minutes stir constantly to avoid burning the noodles. 

Remove and serve.

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About Angela Milnes

Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and adults. Angela has also taught cooking classes and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Instant Pot Table. Follow her on Pinterest!

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