Chicken Lo Mein State (Iowa) Child Nutrition Agency Developed Recipe

Age Group: Ages 6-18
Serving Size: 50-100
This first place winning Lo Mein recipe is sweet, savory, and tangy all at the same time.
NSLP/SBP crediting information:
1 cup provides ⅛ cup red/orange vegetable, ⅛ cup dark green vegetable, ⅛ cup other vegetable, ⅛ cup additional vegetable, 1¾ oz equivalent meats/meat alternates, 2¼ oz equivalent grains.
Recipe Project Name
Fiscal Year 2021 Cohort A Team Nutrition Training Grant for School Meal Recipe Development Iowa Department of Education
*This recipe was developed and standardized by a State Child Nutrition Agency. USDA has not tested this recipe.
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Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes


  • Bake chicken for 40-45 minutes at 350 ºF.
    Critical Control Point: Heat until chicken reaches 165 ºF or higher for at least 15 seconds.
  • Rough chop chicken.
    Critical Control Point: Hold at 135 ºF or higher until ready to serve.
  • Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add whole wheat noodles and cook for 10-12 minutes. Drain. Rinse with cold water.
    Critical Control Point: Hold below 41 ºF or above 135 ºF.
  • Cut bell peppers, onion, carrots, broccoli, green onions, and garlic.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a large braising pan on the stove top or tilt skillet. Add onions, bell peppers, carrots, and minced garlic. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add broccoli and green onions. Continue cooking for another 5-8 minutes.
  • In a saucepan, mix the pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, spices, cornstarch, and water. Stir until smooth.
  • Place the mixture on the stove and bring to a boil. Cook for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add chopped chicken and noodles to the vegetable mixture. Add sauce and mix until all components are evenly distributed.
    Critical Control Point: Hold for hot service at 135 ºF or higher.
  • Serve a 1 cup spoodle and top with 2 Tbsp chow mein noodles.


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Nutrition Facts
Chicken Lo Mein State (Iowa) Child Nutrition Agency Developed Recipe
Amount Per Serving 1 cup (1cup spoodle) and 2 Tbsp chow mein noodles
Calories 397 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 436mg19%
Total Carbohydrate 62g21%
Dietary Fiber 8g33%
Total Sugars 11g12%
Protein 21g42%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
*Marketing Guide
50 Servings:
Broccoli florets: 4 lb
Carrots: 2 lb 10 oz
Green onions: 7.7 oz
Onion: 2 lb 2 oz
Bell pepper: 1 lb 6 oz
100 Servings:
Broccoli florets: 8 lb
Carrots: 5 lb 4 oz
Green onions: 15.4 oz
Onion: 4 lb 4 oz
Bell pepper: 2 lb 12 oz


*See Marketing Guide for purchasing information on foods that will change during preparation or when a variation of the ingredients is available.
Cooking Process#2: Same Day Service
Yield / Volume
50 Servings:
About 33 lb 12 oz
100 Servings:
About 66 lb 11 oz