There is no need to order takeout to get great Chinese food. These Chinese recipes are so easy to make at home -- and fun to make with the kids, too -- that you will never want to order take out again. Even better: These dishes are terrific the next day, too. So make a double batch, and enjoy the leftovers!
Don't Miss: Stir Fry Recipes
This is a classic Chinese dish that will remind you of your favorite Chinese restaurant. I add red bell pepper for extra color, but feel free to leave it out. Cutting the beef against the grain makes it nice and tender.
Noodles are mixed with broccoli, scallions and red peppers, then tossed in a sweet-spicy sauce that naturally appeals to kids. This is a vegetarian dish, but feel free to add cooked chicken or tofu to give it more protein.
This salad has just four ingredients and takes only minutes to prepare, yet it tastes like it came from a nice restaurant. The sweet peanut dressing is always appealing to kids. Look for wonton strips in the produce section or Asian section of your favorite grocery store.
It's hard to believe that this recipe has just four ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes of active time to prepare. These short ribs are so rich with flavor. Don't worry about these ribs being spicy - the heat of the chili garlic sauce mutes dramatically as the ribs slowly cook, leaving a mild, sweet Asian flavor that everyone in the family will enjoy.
To me, there is no better way to use leftover rice than by making fried rice. This version uses leftover cooked beef - it could be any kind of cooked beef, such as T-bone steak, flank steak, beef brisket or even deli roast beef. Frozen peas and carrots mean you don't have to spend time chopping vegetables to make this dish.
This is a basic, meat-only stir fry recipe for kids who don't like vegetables. But this dish would taste wonderful with added broccoli, bamboo shoots, green peppers or mushrooms. Try adding your own favorite vegetables.
The easiest way to make good fried rice is to start with cold, cooked rice. You can use brown rice or white rice for this recipe. And feel free to add your own favorite vegetables.
Kung pao chicken is normally spicy cubes of chicken with peanuts. My version is not made with dried red chili peppers (which can be quite hot). Instead, it uses a sweet Thai red chili sauce and a dash of hot sauce, which are less spicy. You can also adjust the heat of this recipe to your liking. For a moister chicken, use boneless skinless chicken thighs instead of breasts.