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

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.

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 stars 112
Coins of peeled broccoli stalks add a faint sweetness and crunch to savory pork stir-fry. Round out the meal with fiber-rich brown rice.

Hot and Sour Soup with Tofu

Rating: 3.5 stars 163
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.

Stir-Fried Chicken with Peanuts

Serve this home-style version of kung pao chicken and peanuts with a side of steamed white rice. If you're feeding a large crowd, stir-fry an additional batch instead of making one large serving at once; overcrowding the pan won't allow the ingredients to cook properly.From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).

Broken Wonton Soup

No need to form wontons for this soothing soup! The wrappers go into the garlic-ginger broth separately from the filling (mini pork meatballs flavored with soy sauce and cilantro). Vitamin-rich bok choy provides a welcome pop of green.

Gingery Pork-and-Broccoli Stir-Fry

This gingery pork-and-broccoli stir-fry uses pork tenderloin—it's tasty, tender, and affordable. Hone the technique by cooking each ingredient separately over super-high heat, then combining, and you can apply it to all kinds of vegetables and proteins.

Easy Moo Shu Pork Stir-Fry

Moo shu is a sweet and savory stir-fry typically made with pork and thinly sliced cabbage and vegetables. At the table, the mixture is then tucked into thin and chewy pancake wrappers. To make this at home (and make it weeknight-friendly), use storebought flour tortillas and pre-shredded coleslaw mix to save on time and prep work.

Pork Fried Rice

Rating: 3 stars 405
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.

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.

Pork Egg Rolls

Rating: 3.5 stars 94
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.

Fried Rice with Chinese-Style Sausage

Sweet Chinese sausage browns quickly and adds just the right amount of richness to this one-pan supper.

Inspiration and Ideas

Wonton Filling
Rating: Unrated 182
Lemon Chicken Stir-Fry with Green Beans
A fresh-tasting sauce made with lemon, sesame oil, and ginger perks up stir-fried chicken breast and green beans in this weeknight-friendly dinner.
Wonton Soup
Rating: 3.5 stars 175

Making this classic Chinese soup is a lot of fun and easier than you might think -- it's the perfect snow-day activity.