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15 Best Better-Than Takeout Recipes

The best, budget-friendly takeout recipes you can easily make right at home. So easy, these dishes are practically fool-proof!

15 Best Better-Than Takeout Recipes

I need to start by making a confession. Picking 15 of my favorite take-out recipes took way longer than expected, about 43 minutes and 27 seconds. But who’s counting?

It was a tough decision because I just love them all. But choices had to be made and recipes were crossed off. So here are my absolute favorite takeout dishes you can easily make right in your own kitchen without breaking the bank.

1. PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps – Believe it or not, this comes together in just 20 minutes from start to finish. [GET THE RECIPE.]

PF Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps - A copycat recipe that you can easily make in just 20 minutes. And it tastes a million times better too!

2. Chinese Orange Chicken – I kid you not. This is the BEST orange chicken hands down. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Chinese Orange Chicken - Not even Panda Express can beat this

3. Easy Lo Mein – Not only is this made in just 15 minutes but you can easily customize this recipe with your favorite veggies and meats. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Easy Lo Mein - The easiest lo mein you will ever make in 15 min from start to finish. It's so much quicker, tastier and healthier than take-out!

4. Baked Cream Cheese Wontons – No one would ever believe that these crisp, creamy wontons are actually baked, not fried. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Baked Cream Cheese Wontons - No one would ever believe that these crisp, creamy wontons are actually baked, not fried! And they're so easy to make!

5. Firecracker Chicken – The most amazing combination of sweet and spicy flavors that no takeout place can beat.  [GET THE RECIPE.]

Firecracker Chicken - The most amazing combination of sweet and spicy flavors that tastes a million times better than take-out!

6. Easy Beef and Broccoli – A takeout classic that the whole family will love. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Easy Beef and Broccoli - The BEST and EASIEST beef and broccoli made in 15 min from start to finish. And yes, it’s quicker, cheaper and healthier than take-out!

7. Bang Bang Chicken – Amazingly crisp chicken bites drizzled with sweet chili mayo. So good, you may want to double or triple the recipe. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Bang Bang Chicken - Amazingly crisp chicken bites drizzled with sweet chili mayo – so good, you’ll want to double or triple the recipe!

8. Sesame Chicken Potstickers – Easy to make and freezer-friendly, perfect for those busy weeknights. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Sesame Chicken Potstickers - Potstickers are unbelievably easy to make. Best of all, they’re freezer-friendly, perfect for those busy weeknights!

9. Panda Express Sweet Fire Chicken Copycat – Skip the Panda Express line and try this at home. You won’t be sorry. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Panda Express Sweet Fire Chicken Copycat - An easy homemade version that tastes so much better (and healthier) than take-out!

10. CPK’s Kung Pao Spaghetti – This dish costs $15 for one serving at CPK. You can easily make this at home with less than $10 worth of ingredients to feed a family of 4. [GET THE RECIPE.]

CPK's Kung Pao Spaghetti - A copycat recipe that you can make right at home in less than 20 minutes. And it tastes even better than the restaurant version!

11. Shrimp Fried Rice – With half the calories of the restaurant version, you will never want to order takeout ever again. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Shrimp Fried Rice - Why order take-out? This homemade version is so much healthier, cheaper and tastes a million times better!

12. Chinese Chicken Salad – Restaurant-quality salad without skimping on the chicken. Or the crispy noodles on top. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Chinese Chicken Salad - Restaurant quality that you can easily make right at home, except it’s healthier and a million times tastier!

13. Thai Peanut Beef – All you need is 10 minutes prep for this one. Plus, this peanut sauce is to die for.  [GET THE RECIPE.]

Thai Peanut Beef - Skip the take-out tonight and try this unbelievably easy 20-minute dish that the whole family will love!

14. Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken – A healthier baked version. You save on time, money, and calories. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken - No need to order take-out anymore – this homemade version is so much healthier and a million times tastier!

15. Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat – Tastes just like Panda Express except it takes just minutes to whip up and tastes a million times better. Done and done. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat - Tastes just like Panda Express except it takes just minutes to whip up and tastes a million times better!

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16 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kung Pao Spaghetti are really delicious. It is one of the best foods I know. The thai peanut beef looks like so mouthwatering. Thanks for sharing this recipes with us.

  2. All of these recipes look wonderful! certainly better than takeout 😉

  3. All of these recipes sound delicious. Do you have a recipe for General Tsaos Chicken? It’s my husbands favorite and I would like to make it for him.

  4. I love the “bang bang chicken!” Your lo mein was also an inspiration for my own version using round steak and Instant Pot pressure cooker (because there are very few recipes that can escape a “tweak” or two from me). I plan on trying them all as I’m currently on an Asian food kick 🙂

  5. Nice blog and the recipes are really great too. Keep t up.

  6. I could not choose a favorite among these recipes – I am just so hungry now! Chinese takeout gets a bit expensive, especially when my favorite dish always involves shrimp. I found these amazing recipes at http://affimity.com/#/sharedPost/1/9773; I am so glad that I found it, too. I love Chinese takeout, but like I said, it is not cheap. I can’t wait to make this at home – thank for you translating these recipes from my favorite menu!

  7. wow!!! These all look so incredible!!! And your pictures are just BOMB!!!! Would you ever consider doing a tutorial for how you take your pics?

    • Thank you for the kind words! As for the tutorial, I am in no way an expert so I actually don’t feel comfortable providing a tutorial at this time. I still have a lot to learn! 🙂

  8. Thank you so much for such delightful recipes, Chung ah. Each one I have tried has turned out perfectly (a miracle for me!) My family’s favourite so far is the Firecracker Chicken.

  9. You have the greatest food porn. Love your blog and the recipes that you share.

  10. Love the recipes and your blog! Keep it up!

  11. I need to add a 16th– your Pineapple Fried Rice! My taller half and I can’t get enough. He’s not crazy about ham, so I usually cook two boneless pork chops then cube them up to add in for an awesome supper. We get at least 2 huge meals out of it–thanks for such a delicious recipe!

  12. You have me wanting takeout! Nice job 🙂 Great roundup and reminders of all the amazing copycat and takeout recipes you have….wow!

  13. Mmm looks like you’ve pretty much got all kinds of take-out cravings covered here, it looks fantastic, and I have tried a few of them myself ^ ^