It’s no secret that I love Chinese food. But I don’t love the cost of restaurants and takeout these days. Here are 21 quick and easy Chinese recipes that are so delicious, you’ll forget all about your favorite place to grab dinner to go. Stir up some magic in your wok tonight and everyone will be happy.
Dan Dan Noodles
Dan Dan Noodles are famous for their use of mouth-numbing Sichuan peppercorns. This recipe, which combines ground pork, tender greens, and spicy, mouth-tingling seasonings, is utterly irresistible. It’s easy to make, too!
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Char Siu Bao
Char Siu Bao are one of my go-to orders at any dim sum meal. And it turns out, they’re not that hard to make at home. The fluffy buns filled with sweet-savory char siu filling are so satisfying.
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Salt and Pepper Chicken
Like Dan Dan Noodles, Salt and Pepper Chicken also relies on Szechuan peppercorns for their addictive mouth-tingling effect. Deep fried and topped with stir-fried hot chile peppers and garlic, this dish is crunchy, spicy, and addictive.
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Crispy Chilli Beef is one of my favorite Chinese restaurant dishes—strips of tender beef are fried until crispy and then tossed in a sticky, sweet, spicy sauce. It’s easy to make at home, and no deep fryer is needed!
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I love to make Char siu in the Instant Pot and finish it either on the grill or in the air fryer to get delicious crispy, caramelized edges. I’ll serve some straight away and use the leftovers for Char Siu Bao.
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Kung Pao Chicken
This kung pao chicken is just like what you get at your favorite Chinese takeout restaurant. Tender bits of chicken (I like to use chicken thighs for the tenderest, juciest, and most flavorful pieces of meat), crunchy peanuts, a sweet-savory sauce, and the kick of dried red chile peppers all come together to make one delicious dish.
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Pork and Shrimp Wonton Soup is one of my favorite Chinese soups. The savory broth is studded with juicy, flavorful homemade wontons (or you can substitute store-bought frozen wontons if you prefer). It’s delicious, comforting, and can be on the table in less than 30 minutes.
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Chicken Potstickers make a great appetizer or snack, but I also like to serve them as a main course along with some stir-fried or steamed veggies. These are nice and crispy on the bottom and filled with a flavorful mixture of chicken and seasonings.
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Dry Fried Green Beans
Chinese dry fried green beans are a classic Sichuan dish. Tender green beans are seared in a hot wok or skillet along with bacon, garlic, ginger, and fiery dried red peppers.
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Chicken Hot and Sour Soup
Chicken Hot and Sour Soup is filled with mushrooms, bamboo shoots, tender pieces of chicken, tofu, and ribbons of egg. It’s quick and easy to make and so satisfying.
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These crunchy fried pork and shrimp wontons are totally addictive. They’re filled with a classic combination of pork and shrimp with Chinese seasonings.
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Har Gow is a must for me at any dim sum restaurant, but it turns out they’re actually pretty easy to make at home. These plump Chinese shrimp dumplings have a delicate flavor and equally delicate translucent wrapper.
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Mongolian Chicken, like Mongolian Beef, is a restaurant favorite. Tender chicken pieces are fried to a golden-brown crisp and then tossed in a sweet-savory, gingery hoisin-based sauce studded with fresh green onions.
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Pork Fried Rice
I love using leftover Char Siu (or any delicious pork) to make Pork Fried Rice! This version has carrots, peas, and eggs, too.
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This sesame chicken is quickly air fried to a crispy crunch, then tossed in a sweet-savory sesame sauce. This one is on repeat at my house.
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Wheat noodles tossed with ground pork and a rich sesame-based sauce that combines sesame paste, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger, are a real crowd-pleaser. You can even use regular spaghetti for this dish if that’s what you have on hand.
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Singapore Rice Noodles are delicious—seasoned with curry powder. and studded with sliced Char Siu or Chinese Roast Pork, prawns, bits of egg, julienned carrots, thinly sliced onions, and scrambled eggs.
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Sweet and Sour Tofu
Sweet and Sour Tofu perfectly plays sweet and savory flavors against a backdrop of crispy tofu. This vegetarian takeout classic is easy to make at home. In just 30 minutes, you can have your favorite vegan Chinese takeout meal.
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Spicy Szechuan Shrimp is one of my favorite Chinese dishes to make at home. It’s super quick and so full of spicy flavor. Hot bean paste, chili oil, and Szechuan peppercorns give it a kick!
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Vegetarian Dan Dan Noodles
Vegetarian Dan Dan Noodles defy tradition since the traditional topping for the fiery noodles normally starts with ground pork. But give this meatless version a try and you won’t be disappointed.
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Tanghulu is a recent TikTok phenomenon, but it’s a classic Chinese street food favorite. Fresh fruit gets a crispy, crunchy candy shell that’s fun to eat and delicious.
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