Chinese-Inspired Recipes

You can make your favorite Chinese take-out recipes at home! Check out chicken, rice, pork and beef recipes, as well as soups, noodles, stir-fry and more delicious Chinese-inspired dishes.

Staff Picks

Lighter Sesame Chicken

Rating: 3.7 stars
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Say "open sesame" to a Chinese-restaurant classic that's no longer a guilty pleasure. This chicken is sauteed in a little oil instead of deep fried. The less-sweet sauce has fewer calories than a standard recipe, and, nutritionally, brown rice beats white.

General Tso's Chicken

Invented in 1950s Taiwan by chef Peng Chang-Kuei, this crowd-pleasing fried chicken dish was adapted for American palates with a chile-spiked sweet-and-sour sauce and has since become a Chinese takeout classic.

Pork Fried Rice

Rating: 3.22 stars
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If you have any leftover cooked rice, use it for this dish—it won't stick together in the skillet and it's an economical, tasty supper.

Pork Egg Rolls

Rating: 3.59 stars
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Plenty of ground pork and veggies make this take-out favorite quicker and tastier than delivery. The egg rolls can be fried or baked; surprisingly, calorie-wise, both are about the same.

Hot and Sour Soup with Tofu

Rating: 3.56 stars
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In this Chinese soup recipe, an egg is stirred in at the end to form tiny ribbons. For more flavor, add a teaspoon of toasted sesame oil just before serving.Note: Be sure to drain the tofu thoroughly before adding it to the soup so it will soak up the flavor of the broth.

Shrimp Chow Mein

The star of this at-home version of the Chinese takeout favorite? An umami-packed sauce made with chicken broth, oyster sauce, rice-wine vinegar, sesame oil, sambal oelek, and fresh ginger and garlic. It's a delicious foil for tender egg noodles, plump shrimp, and crisp-tender snow peas.
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Cashew Shrimp

Oyster sauce, garlic, and ginger deliver big flavor to succulent sautéed shrimp in this speedy takeout-inspired supper. Roasted cashews and sliced celery add a pleasing crunch.

Chow Mein

This Chinese-American restaurant staple pairs crispy fried noodles with chicken and vegetables stir-fried in a thick brown sauce. This family-friendly dinner couldn't be easier to make.

Beef and Broccoli with Black-Bean Garlic Sauce

Better than takeout? We think so! What really sets this beef-and-broccoli stir-fry apart is the addition of black-bean garlic sauce, a rich and super-savory Chinese condiment made with fermented black beans, garlic, and chilis into a rich and super savory paste that soaks into this stir-fry with aplomb.

Broccoli and Pork Stir-Fry

Rating: 3.02 stars
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Coins of peeled broccoli stalks add a faint sweetness and crunch to savory pork. Round out the meal with fiber-rich brown rice.

Broccoli with Oyster Sauce

Rating: 3.53 stars
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You can find sweet and savory oyster sauce in Asian markets.

Pupu Platter

This delicious pupu platter will impress your guests at your next gathering.
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Inspiration and Ideas

18 Fried Rice Recipes to Stir Up Your Leftovers Routine

For a fast dinner, make any of these Asian-inspired fried rice recipes—they're the best way to use cold leftover rice.

Sweet-and-Sour Pork Stir-Fry

Rating: 3.14 stars
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Pineapple and soy sauce combine to give this dish its sweet-sour flavor.