Chinese Cuisine

Trying to define Chinese food is like trying to nail down what makes American food "American." China is an enormous country, and each region has its own cuisine. Stir-frying is popular throughout, of course, but intensely spiced Szechuan fare made with chicken, pork, or shrimp is a world apart from the sweet and sour flavor profiles found in the Hunan province. To re-create authentic dishes, look for quality ingredients (hint: food made with ketchup will taste like ketchup) and try to mimic cooking techniques as closely as possible (a well-seasoned wok really does boost flavor, whether you're making noodles or fried-rice). Feel like experimenting? Opt for dim sum, so you can sample a wide range of flavors. With the right tools and ingredients, your Chinese dishes will almost certainly trump the takeout around the corner.

Vegetable Fried Rice

Family Circle

Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Better Homes and Gardens

This fast chicken and vegetable stir-fry dinner beats takeout any day!

Total: 30 mins
Total: 55 mins

Asian Dumplings with Pickled Ginger Drizzle

Better Homes and Gardens

Instead of ordering Chinese takeout tonight, try making it yourself. These dumplings burst with flavor: cabbage, cilantro, sesame oil, soy sauce, green onion, and chile pepper. Bonus: They are better for you, too.

Peanut-Sesame Noodles

Family Circle

Serve these spicy lo mein-style noodles as a main-dish or side dish. For a totally vegetarian recipe, replace the chicken broth with vegetable broth.

Mandarin Mu Shu Pork

Better Homes and Gardens

Flour tortillas and bagged cole slaw mix are speedy alternatives to the traditional when making mu shu pork.

Total: 40 mins

Spareribs Cantonese

Better Homes and Gardens

This easy pork recipe uses just five main ingredients to create an intriguing, satisfying dish.

Cashew Pork and Broccoli

Better Homes and Gardens

Although not native to China, cashews worked their way into Chinese cuisine and into stir-fries like this one.

Mango Noodle Salad with Sesame Seeds

Parents

To make this Asian noodle salad a meal, add grilled shrimp, chicken or steak.

Crunchy Mandarin Orange Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

In 15 minutes, this easy dinner salad with cashews and ramen noodles is ready to eat.

Total: 15 mins

Chicken-Mushroom Lo Mein

Better Homes and Gardens

Enjoy Chinese food at home without picking up the phone. This homemade lo mein is easy to prepare and tastes terrific.

Total: 20 mins

Saucy Sweet and Sour Chicken

Midwest Living

Frozen lemonade provides the sour component for this Asian slow cooker main dish recipe. Serve with white rice to complete the meal.

Pacific Rim Stir-Fry

Better Homes and Gardens

To achieve the perfect amount of "heat," adjust the amount of chili oil you add to this chicken stir-fry.

Total: 35 mins

Four-Color Dumplings

Better Homes and Gardens

Carrots, egg, mushrooms, and shrimp distinctively top these tiny dumplings. Serve this recipe as an appetizer or a first course with an Asian-style meal.

Sizzling Rice with Shrimp

Better Homes and Gardens

Made in a wok, the hot shrimp sauce sizzles as it comes in contact with the fried rice patties in this seafood dinner recipe.

Total: 35 mins
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