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8 Chinese Food Recipes Better Than Takeout

by Julia Blanter

Kung Hei Fat Choi! Happy Chinese New Year! Raise your chopsticks to happiness and prosperity with our better than takeout Chinese recipes. True, these recipes don’t come with free fortune cookies, but they taste so much better than your usual #23 lunch special.

1. PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps

We’ve made this fast midweek dinner recipe dozens of times and it gets more delicious each time. Plus it has less than half the fat and calories of the restaurant version. Get the recipe here.

2. Beef and Broccoli

Sorry Oriental Garden, we’re ditching you for this super quick beef and broccoli recipe. Get the recipe here.

3. General Tso’s Chicken

No one can resist the allure of General Tso’s chicken (even if it’s as close to authentic Chinese food as China itself) but this lighter version still satisfies with crispy chicken and a sweet-spicy sauce. Get the recipe here.

4. Shrimp Fried Rice

Comfort food doesn’t get much better than a bowl of fried rice scattered with crunchy shrimp. It’s a great way to use up those vegetables lurking in your refrigerator too. We love it with a hit of Sriracha. Get the recipe here.

5. Hot and Sour Soup

Forget those gluggy soups that come free with your order: this hot and sour soup recipe is the real deal, full of soft tofu (we love Morinaga Organic Tofu), silky egg and a punchy, vinegar kick. Get the recipe here.

6. Mongolian Beef

This easy stir-fry recipe comes together quicker than waiting for delivery – and tastes so much better. Get the recipe here.

7. Mushroom Tofu Potstickers

Steamy Kitchen’s vegetarian potstickers are fun to make together with your kids – they’ll love stuffing the dumpling wrappers with the delicious filling. Make a batch and freeze for quick and easy dinners. Serve with addictively spicy Fresh Chili Garlic Sauce. Get the recipe here.

8. Beef Lo Mein

Thin slices of beef take only a minute or two to cook along with noodles and crisp-tender vegetables. Lo mein makes fantastic leftovers for a next-day office lunch. Get the recipe here.

We want to know: what’s your favorite Chinese takeout recipe?

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