24 Classic Takeout Foods That Are Easy to Make at Home

Beef and Broccoli with Black-Bean Garlic Sauce recipe
Photo: Yuki Sugiura

No need to download an app or pick up the phone with these takeout food recipes you can make at home any night of the week. Whether your go-to order is margherita pizza or dan dan noodles, we have streamlined recipes for you. Our homemade versions of take-out favorites will help you explore new cooking techniques—with delicious results. Some come together as fast as delivery. Before you reach for the menu to place an order, here are 24 take-out staples you can make at home.

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Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas

sheet pan chicken fajitas
Ren Fuller

A Tex-Mex favorite that's easy to make at home when you use our sheet pan approach. These fajitas pack chicken breast and yellow and green bell peppers into wheat tortillas. Top them with sour cream, salsa, and ripe avocado and enjoy.

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Cashew Shrimp

spicy cashew shrimp with rice
Justin Walker

Start the rice before you begin to make this takeout-inspired supper because it only takes 20 minutes to make. Oyster sauce, garlic, and ginger deliver big flavor to succulent sautéed shrimp while roasted cashews and sliced celery add a pleasing crunch.

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Baked Fish and Chips

Romulo Yanes

Fish and chips is a favorite takeout food because but who wants to deep fry at home? This recipe is baked not fried, uses olive oil and panko, and it's all cooked in the oven, so it's easy to put together in your kitchen.

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Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken
David Malosh

Try making this takeout chicken and peanuts classic at home. Our recipe takes 45 minutes to the table and the technique ensures the chicken breast is moist and the sweet-sour sauce balanced just right.

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Fish Taco Bowl with Lime Crema

summer grain bowl
Martyna Szczesna

Switch things up and rather than order fish tacos, make this ace fish taco bowl. It's a genius way to use leftover cooked rice, or any other leftover grain you have on hand. Use striped bass, another white fish, or shrimp. With cherry tomatoes, shredded cabbage, and avocado it's a colorful, healthy dinner.

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Dan Dan Noodles

Bryan Gardner

This popular Sichuan dish is made with ground pork and fresh ramen-style noodles and characterized by strong flavors. Our version uses Chinese five-spice powder, ginger, garlic, scallions, tahini, and hot chile oil.

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Classic Margherita Pizza

classic margherita pizza
Paola + Murray

This homemade pizza will rival the slices from your favorite brick-oven spot. It's topped with fresh mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and fresh basil. Make the dough in advance (or use store-bought) so that the whole pie comes together in just 20 minutes.

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Healthy Chicken Burrito Bowl

burrito bowl with avocados corn rice chiken beans and cabbage on blue table
Bryan Gardner

We call this a chicken burrito bowl but the truth is it can be a shrimp or fish bowl just as easily because the simple cilantro-lime marinade works for different proteins. So use what you have on hand or what you most enjoy when you put this hearty entrée together. We opted for black beans and brown rice but you can switch it up with your favorite legumes and grains.

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Buffalo Wings

buffalo wings
Johnny Fogg

Yes, you can make juicy, saucy wings at home; all you need is a large Dutch oven or stockpot and plenty of oil. A combination of sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and blue cheese is the perfect funky accompaniment to buffalo wings.

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Avocado Sushi

vegetable sushi
Joanna Garcia

You don't need to place an order for sushi—you can make your own vegetarian version at home with crisp cucumbers, crunchy carrots, and creamy avocado. Use sticky white rice and mayonnaise for easy rolling and slicing.

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Japanese Fried Rice

Mike Krautter

The seductively savory combination of soy sauce, sake, butter, and garlic seasons this chicken-and-egg fried rice.

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Pressure-Cooker Thai Red Curry

thai red curry with butternut squash
Marcus Nilsson

Butternut squash, coconut milk, curry paste, and fish sauce are the base for this slightly sweet, comforting dish. On a chilly fall day, there's no more satisfying dinner.

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Classic Burger-Joint Cheeseburger

burger lettuce tomato pickle cheese
Armando Rafael

Instead of grabbing a burger from your favorite fast-casual spot, craft your own #1 combo at home. Our special of the day features juicy, grass-fed beef, American cheese, thick tomato slices, dill pickle, and a shortcut special sauce of mayonnaise and ketchup.

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General Tso's Chicken

general tsos chicken in pan
Martyna Szczesna

This sweet-and-sour Chinese-American dish is one of our favorites. Toss fried chicken thighs in a finger-licking sauce made from soy sauce, chiles, garlic, ginger, and scallions.

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Creamy Baked Ziti

creamy baked ziti
Bryan Gardner

When you want to enjoy classic Italian comfort food for dinner, make a baked pasta dish. Be sure to use whole-peeled canned tomatoes, such as San Marzano, then boost their flavor with fresh garlic, basil, and olive oil.

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Healthy Chicken Tikka Masala

indian-spiced braised chicken thighs served with naan
Justin Walker

This take on tikka masala is lighter as it uses plain yogurt rather than heavy cream.

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Massaman Curry

massaman curry
Bryan Gardner

This warm and spicy stew hails from Northern Thailand and is a hearty, cold-weather meal. Our version is made with chuck roast, Yukon Gold potatoes, and roasted peanuts.

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Baked Salmon Sushi

salmon sushi
Joanna Garcia

Here's an easy introduction to homemade sushi. Baked, flaky salmon is paired with cucumbers, carrots, and avocado. Sticky sushi rice and a little bit of mayonnaise keep the ingredients from falling out of the nori sheets.

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Chicken Parmesan

chicken parmesan

Our take on this popular Italian-American main uses chicken cutlers that are baked not fried so the meal is a little healthier.

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Ryan K Liebe

Making this beloved Vietamese dish is a project but it's a truly delicious one. The broth for pho is meaty, rich, and flavorful thanks to a combination of beef marrow, oxtail, and beef brisket, plus plenty of spices and herbs. You can make the broth ahead and store it in the freezer for up to a month. That way this noodle bowl can be a weeknight dinner.

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Kung Pao Chicken


If you're a fan of spicy food, then this Chinese chicken dish will do the trick. In a very hot wok or skillet, lightly fry peanuts, scallions, Chinese red peppers, and garlic, then add chicken coated in cornstarch (which helps it to develop a thick glaze).

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BBQ Chicken Pizza

bbq chicken pizza
Bryan Gardner

A BBQ chicken pizza is a little unexpected and completely delicious. We love the combination of rich barbecue chicken, shredded white cheddar, and red onion on a crispy pizza crust.

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Kimchi Fried Rice

Mike Krautter

A fast and delicious vegetarian option for dinner. The spicy tang of kimchi gives a delicious twist to this fried rice entrée that comes together in 30 minutes. Each portion is topped with a sesame oil-fried egg to make it a complete meal.

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Beef and Broccoli with Black-Bean Garlic Sauce

Beef and Broccoli with Black-Bean Garlic Sauce recipe
Yuki Sugiura

This dish is an easy upgrade on the usual beef and broccoli. It's made with black-bean garlic sauce, a traditional fermented Chinese condiment. Once you try this 30-minute dinner, you'll want to keep the sauce in your pantry all the time.

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