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
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
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
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
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.

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
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
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.

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

Pineapple and soy sauce combine to give this dish its sweet-sour flavor.