15 Healthy Asian Recipes Better Than Takeout

A Low-Calorie Shrimp Lo Mein Recipe That’s Better Than Takeout
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If you crave a particular kind of food, it really does not change your mind, and the Asian cuisine has something so satisfying, right? However, if you go for a takeaway, you often get American versions of classic high calorie and sodium meals, and all diets are gone. That's why the perfect solution is to prepare your own Asian recipes directly at home.

We have grouped 15 of our favorite dishes with Asian influences, so you can cook in a smart yet delicious way in your own kitchen. From fried rice to lo mein to the beloved beef and broccoli entree, there's a good chance you'll throw away those takeaways when you're preparing these dishes. Trust us, these recipes are so good!

Check out the 15 best Asian recipes that are better than takeaway.

Healthy Kung Pao chicken Mitch Almond and Thomas MacDonald

Per 1 serving: 290 calories, 13 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 670 mg sodium

There is nothing better than conjuring up a pan for dinner: it's fast – so you'll be eating much sooner – and it can be delicious, especially if you've got the flavors under control. A real Kung Pao dish has a kick loaded with dried chillies. In this recipe, this is rewarded by bringing the whole heat.

Get our recipe for Kung Pao Chicken.

Healthy sesame noodles with chicken Mitch Almond and Thomas MacDonald

Per 1 serving: 340 calories, 11 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 400 mg sodium

Sometimes a box of fettuccine is just what you feel like, and it goes perfectly with an Asian-inspired meal. In this dish, the key is to look at it as a salad, with the noodles serving as a "salad base". Next add some protein (also known as the chicken) and tons of vegetables and toss everything in a light but tasty dressing.

Get our recipe for sesame noodles with chicken.

Healthy Chinese chicken salad Mitch Almond and Thomas MacDonald

Per 1 serving: 380 calories, 21 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 23 g carbohydrates

This salad was made popular by chef Wolfgang Puck in his restaurant in the 1980s. Today it is an absolute must and is offered everywhere from four-star restaurants to fast-food pubs. Our version is much lighter than the one you eat out, as we have taken care not to strain the dressing or fried noodles too much.

Get our recipe for a Chinese chicken salad.

Paleo-chili mango chicken Mitch Almond and Thomas MacDonald

Per 1 serving: 240 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 410 mg sodium

This dish is about refining a simple stir fry dish with the classic combination of spicy and sweet flavor. The heat comes from the chili sauce and the sweetness of mango pieces. Along with healthier oils such as sesame and peanut versions and a generous helping of mangetouts, you'll be completely satisfied with this dish without feeling crowded.

Get our recipe for a chili-mango chicken stir-fry.

Asian chicken meatballs Paleo Mitch Almond and Thomas MacDonald

Per 1 serving: 230 calories, 12 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 670 mg sodium

The inspiration for these chicken meatballs comes from street corner grills in Vietnam and Thailand. With many flavors such as ginger, lemongrass, garlic and jalapeño peppers, combined with grilled char and served with steamed rice, cucumber and large lettuce to wrap everything in a burrito style, treat your taste buds. Be so happy.

Get our recipe for chicken meatballs.

Healthy beef with broccoli Mitch Almond and Thomas MacDonald

Per 1 serving: 330 calories, 13 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 900 mg sodium

Beef and broccoli are staples of plenty of Chinese-American takeaway food, but our version contains the heavy brown sauce, extra oil and sodium that you notice when ordering food. Instead, we focus on lean meats and fresh broccoli and handle the sauce more easily.

Get our recipe for beef with broccoli.

Asian beef noodle soup Mitch Almond and Thomas MacDonald

Per 1 serving: 350 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 550 mg sodium

Asian cuisine masters the art of preparing a truly delicious, filling soup. In our slow cooker recipe, we combine rich ginger and soy spike broth with pieces of beef, pasta and fresh bok choy. Yes, this soup is worth a full meal.

Get our recipe for beef noodle soup.

Paleo spicy thai chicken with basil Mitch Almond and Thomas MacDonald

Per 1 serving: 190 calories, 6 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 890 mg sodium

This recipe is inspired by the Thai dish called Gai Pad Grapow, which uses chillies, garlic and fresh herbs to produce all its delicious qualities. So you are not only spoiled with really delicious flavors that go hand in hand with a kick, but all are ridiculously healthy for you and known to boost your metabolism.

Get our recipe for spicy thai chicken with basil.

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Healthy thai chicken curry Mitch Almond and Thomas MacDonald

Per 1 serving: 340 calories, 13 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 400 mg sodium

Thai curry combines ginger, lemongrass, chili and coconut milk in a dish that goes perfectly with chicken and vegetables. It's salty, sour, bitter and spicy at the same time. A magical combination that only exists in Southeast Asian cuisine.

Get our recipe for Thai chicken curry.

Paleo teriyaki pork chop with apple Mitch Almond and Thomas MacDonald

Per 1 serving: 315 calories, 9 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 890 mg sodium

Yes, we know what you're thinking: This is a remake of the old Homer Simpson dog made from pork chops and applesauce. But we'll bet Homer has never had a schnitzel soaked in a sweet, garlicky teriyaki marinade. Paired with apples sautéed with ginger and Chinese spices, these teriyaki pork chops are a true game changer. It's also easy to prepare, whether you're looking for a quick dinner idea or a meal to try and impress your diners!

Get our recipe for teriyaki pork chops with fried apples.

Low calorie shrimp lo mein Mitch Almond and Thomas MacDonald

Per 1 serving: 490 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 680 mg sodium

The key to this Lo Mein is that we make sure it's filled with vegetables, shrimp and lots of classic flavors from the Asian kitchen, while the pasta and oil stay light. It's a lot different, but it tastes even better than a takeout version.

Get our recipe for Shrimp Lo Mein.

Vegetarian fried rice with fried egg Mitch Almond and Thomas MacDonald

Per 1 serving: 360 calories, 12 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 390 mg sodium

Yes, even fried rice can be healthy! Again, keep in mind that reducing the amount of rice and increasing add-ins is the key. Between a generous mix of vegetables and the addition of a single, freshly prepared egg, you have a rice dish that will satisfy your appetite to take away right from your own kitchen.

Get our recipe for fried vegetable rice.

Healthy chicken fried rice Mitch Almond and Thomas MacDonald

Per 1 serving: 390 calories, 10 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 720 mg sodium

As you already know, fried rice – even in the presence of protein and vegetables – can quickly become high in calories, giving you a dish that has little to no real nutritional value. However, our recipe is another variation of fried rice that adds a ton of fresh vegetables, significantly less rice and just a bit of baking oil.

Get our recipe Fried rice for chicken.

Paleo chicken pot label Mitch Almond and Thomas MacDonald

Per 1 serving: 200 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 520 mg sodium

These Chinese dumplings are usually the healthiest option in the entree section of the menu, but they're done in just 10 minutes at home. So why not try to prepare them in your own kitchen? In our version we give the dish thanks to the mushrooms and peas an additional nutrient boost.

Get our recipe for chicken potstickers.

Healthy Beijing Wings Mitch Almond and Thomas MacDonald

Per 1 serving: 290 calories, 10 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat), 890 mg sodium

Who said wings always need to get the buffalo sauce treatment? In this much healthier recipe, the chicken is soaked in an Asian marinade and then roasted in the oven until it is completely crispy, rather than being drowned in oil in a fryer. Low calorie, flavorful wings are always a good idea for us!

Get our recipe for fried chicken wings in an asian marinade.

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