Every now and then, I get a hankering for some good Chinese take out. It happens pretty often, actually. Just thinking of the smell that comes from the big bag of stir fry, sweet sesame chicken, noodles and fried rice that comes home from our local restaurant makes me hungry. My family gets just excited about it as I do. However, it’s not a secret that eating take out too often really isn’t good for the waistline, or your health in general, really. But luckily, Chinese food can be cooked so easily at home with a few pantry staples, some lean proteins, and fresh vegetables, and I often wonder why I don’t make it on a regular basis.
If you’re like me and want to challenge yourself to learn how to cook up some restaurant quality (maybe even better?) Chinese food at home, check out this great collection of mouth-watering recipes after the jump!
Beef and Pepper Stir Fry 1 of 10My husband always orders Pepper Steak when we order Chinese. This lighter version made at home can be served over rice or noodles, or as a filling for lettuce wraps as Julie suggests.
Make Julie's easy beef and pepper stir fry
Broccoli Beef 2 of 10This is a classic dish served up in Chinese restaurants everywhere. Flavor up your sliced beef in a quick marinade and add fresh broccoli florets for a quick weeknight meal.
Make broccoli beef
Cashew Chicken 3 of 10Who doesn't love a good cashew chicken dish? When I saw this recipe from Angie I immediately bookmarked it. My family will love this for savory nutty chicken and vegetable stir fry over some steamed rice.
Make Angie's cashew chicken
Homemade Eggrolls 4 of 10Step out of your comfort zone and try making your own egg rolls at home. With a few ingredients for your filling, all you need to master is the technique of rolling them up, which Brooke shows with step by step photos and instructions.
Make Brooke's homemade egg rolls
Shrimp Fried Rice 5 of 10Fried rice is always a well loved Chinese dish. Making your own at home is easier than you think, and more economical too. Try out Angie's recipe and learn what her secret ingredient is to making a great fried rice your family will love.
Make Angie's shrimp fried rice
Kung Po Chicken 6 of 10If you're looking for a dish with a kick, this one's for you. Full of colorful veggies, chicken and a rich, authentic sauce, this recipe from Cooking Channel's Ching-He Huang is one to try.
Make kung po chicken
Stir Fried Noodles 7 of 10Have you ever tried rice noodles? They are the star of this colorful vegetable stir fry that easily be enjoyed any night of the week.
Make Angie's stir fried rice noodles
Chicken Potstickers 8 of 10My kids just recently started loving potstickers and have been asking me to make them at home. I've always been unsure and slightly intimidated by the process of putting them together, but after reading and looking at Macki's photos and instructions I think I'm ready to give them a try! I'm also inspired to get my kids involved in the process!
Make Macki's healthy chicken potstickers
Sesame Chicken 9 of 10This dish is hands down my kids' favorite when ordering takeout Chinese. I'd love to try making it at home, especially after looking at Angie's mouthwatering photos for this recipe.
Make Angie's sesame chicken
Sweet and Sour Chicken with Pineapple 10 of 10The sweetness from fresh pineapple brings this chicken and vegetable stir fry to a whole new level. This recipe from Julie is simple enough to make for dinner tonight.
Make Julie's sweet and sour chicken with pineapple