Quick & Easy Chinese Recipes

Find healthy, delicious quick and easy Chinese recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Chinese Ginger Beef Stir-Fry with Baby Bok Choy

Rating: 5 stars
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All of the ingredients for this easy beef stir-fry recipe are cooked in one wok (or skillet), so not only is the meal-prep fast for this healthy dinner, cleanup is quick too. Look for Lee Kum Kee Premium oyster-flavored sauce in the Asian-foods aisle of your grocery store. It has the most concentrated oyster flavor.

General Tso's Chicken

Rating: 3.67 stars
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In this healthy version of a General Tso's Chicken recipe, we cut the fat and sodium in half from the original version by not frying the chicken and by using half as much soy sauce in this Chinese-takeout favorite. Serve with steamed baby bok choy or sautéed spinach and steamed brown rice.

Turkey Ma Po Tofu

Rating: 4.75 stars
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Ma Po Tofu is a traditional Chinese recipe usually made with ground pork. This delicious, healthy version uses ground turkey to cut saturated fat and calories and adds mushrooms for extra veggies. Serve with brown rice and make it extra special with a drizzle of sesame oil just before serving.

Spicy Tofu Hotpot

Rating: 4.73 stars
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Warm up a chilly evening with this light but satisfying one-pot meal. The tofu absorbs the flavors of this fragrant, spicy broth, making it anything but bland. Look for fresh Chinese-style noodles in the refrigerated case of your supermarket alongside wonton wrappers.

Moo Shu Vegetables

Rating: 4.08 stars
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This vegetarian version of the classic Chinese stir-fry, Moo Shu, uses already-shredded vegetables to cut down on the prep time. Serve with warm whole-wheat tortillas, Asian hot sauce and extra hoisin if desired.

Szechuan Tofu & Green Bean Stir-Fry

Rating: 4.31 stars
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This spicy vegetarian stir-fry is a great way to use green beans when they're bountiful and inexpensive at the supermarket. You can also try it with other vegetables, such as broccoli or peppers, just make sure to cut them into small pieces so that they cook quickly. Coating the tofu in cornstarch before you cook it gives it a light crust.

Pork Chop Suey

Rating: 4.06 stars
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Chop suey is often made with bamboo shoots and water chestnuts--add them to this recipe if you wish. Serve with: Udon noodles.

Vegan Cauliflower Fried Rice

Rating: 4 stars
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Substituting riced cauliflower for rice trims calories and carbs in this veggie-packed dish. Use the vibrant flavors of traditional fried rice--ginger, scallions and tamari--to create a low-carb fried rice version of the classic take-out meal.

Sweet & Sour Pork with a Sesame Crust

Rating: 5 stars
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You'll recognize the classic Chinese flavor pairing of sesame, soy and white pepper on these sweet and sour pork chops. White pepper is more mild and earthy than black pepper, but either will work here.

Chinese Chicken & Noodle Salad

Rating: 4 stars
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This delicious Chinese-inspired salad is crisp, crunchy and cool with shredded cabbage, carrots and chicken breast tossed with toasted ramen noodles and slivered almonds. The dressing is an addictive orange, sesame, ginger and soy combination--you may want to double the dressing and save some for a salad the next day.

Easy Fried Rice

Mixed frozen vegetables make this healthy fried rice recipe quick, easy and economical. If you don't have leftover cooked rice on hand, be sure to thoroughly cool your rice before adding it to the wok--if it's too warm, it creates too much steam and sticks to the wok. To quickly cool warm rice, spread out on a large baking sheet and refrigerate while you prep the rest of your ingredients, about 15 minutes.

Brothy Chinese Noodles

Rating: 4.67 stars
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This dish was inspired by Chinese Dan Dan noodles--ground pork and noodles in a spicy broth. We use ground turkey and omit the traditional Sichuan peppercorns for convenience, but add hot sesame oil. Use toasted sesame oil instead if you want mild noodles.
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Inspiration and Ideas

32 Healthy Recipes to Recreate Your Favorite Chinese Takeout at Home

Try recreating your favorite Chinese takeout with these recipes. These recipes are much healthier than the sugary-sweet or way-too salty sauces and fried options you could order. In the time it takes to get takeout, you can make Dan Dan Noodles with Shrimp and Chinese Ginger Beef Stir-Fry with Baby Bok Choy, which are lower in calories, fat and sodium but taste just as delicious.

Healthy Chinese Food Recipes for Weeknights

These quick and healthy Chinese recipes are made for busy families. Stock your kitchen with a few key ingredients and have some healthy, go-to recipes you love. Dishes like Dan Dan Noodles with Shrimp and Cantonese Chicken & Bok Choy Fried Rice are just minutes away!

Spicy Pork & Green Bean Stir-Fry

This vibrant, lip-tingling Sichuan stir-fry is ready in just 20 minutes. Reddish-brown Sichuan peppercorns--which are technically a dried berry husk--have a tart and slightly woodsy flavor beneath their slow-burning heat. Look for them in Asian markets or the bulk section of natural-foods stores.