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We all love a takeaway as much as the next person. A delicious feast of tasty Chinese food is the perfect pick-me-up, and no-one can say no to a cheeky bowl of Chow Mein or dim sum. But if you’re kicking off a new diet, you may be trying to steer away from temptation. Although now, you don’t have to… Chinese fakeaways are the real deal – the perfect balance between all the flavour and less of the calories, and the extra pennies!

Chinese Fakeaway

Homemade Chinese Fakeaway Recipes

With our Chinese fakeaway recipes, you can get more bang for your buck. So whether you’re trying to be healthier or spend a little less - but don’t want to say goodbye to your beloved Chinese food - our Chinese fakeaways have you covered. With these healthy Chinese recipes, you have the perfect chance to experiment with flavour and conjure up some new creations. Find out how to make your Chinese fakeaway at home below.

Hungry for more? Check out our growing selection of healthy recipes to keep you going.

Homemade Chinese Fried Rice

Fried Rice

A Chinese fakeaway classic, your feast wouldn’t be complete without a healthy serving of fried rice. The ideal side, or even a great main if you’re cutting down on portion sizes, this healthy Chinese food recipe is the perfect choice.

Ingredients: 

350g rice, cooked

200g boneless chicken breast or thighs – to make it extra healthy, remove the skins and cut off all the visible fat

1 small onion, chopped

1 red pepper, chopped

1 small carrot, chopped

Handful of mushrooms, chopped

30g frozen peas

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

1tsp fresh ginger, grated

2tbsp soy sauce

1tsp sesame oil

2 eggs, beaten

2 spring onions, finely chopped

Cooking oil spray

Salt and pepper, to taste

Method:

  1. Spray your pan with cooking oil spray and heat over a medium flame. Add the chicken, season with some black pepper and fry up until golden. Add in half of the soy sauce and toss the chicken until it’s coated. Remove it and set it aside for later.
  2. Fry up the onion, garlic and ginger to cook for a few minutes until soft. Then add the carrot, mushroom and red pepper to fry for a couple of extra minutes.
  3. Add the chicken back in with the cooked rice. Pour over the sesame oil, the rest of the soy sauce and stir until everything is well coated.
  4. Make a hole in the middle of your fried rice, spray some extra cooking oil and pour in the eggs. Stir it until it starts to cook then mix it in with the rice.
  5. Top with chopped spring onions and season with salt and pepper before stirring.

Top tip: Cut out the chicken and substitute it for your favourite meat-free alternative, or leave it out altogether!

 

Healthy Homemade Chinese Chips

Salt and Pepper Chips

The secret to this Chinese fakeaway recipe is the seasoning. We haven’t provided exact measurements, as your taste buds will tell you what you need (and that way, you have the excuse to try it along the way…).

Ingredients: 

Homemade chips

1 bell pepper, chopped

1 onion, chopped

Five spice seasoning

Salt and white pepper

Chilli flakes

Sweetener

Cooking oil spray

Method: 

  1. Slice your homemade chips, spray with cooking oil and season them with the spice mixture – five spice, salt, white pepper, chilli flakes and sweetener.
  2. Cook your chips in the oven or an air fryer.
  3. Meanwhile, lightly fry the onion and pepper. Once the chips are ready, throw them in the pan with an extra sprinkling of the spice mix until you reach the desired flavour!
Sweet and Sour Chinese Fakeaway

Sweet and Sour Chicken

The perfect balance between sweet and sour flavours, this Chinese fakeaway recipe is definitely one to add to the list. Find out how to make sweet and sour chicken below.

Ingredients: 

600g of boneless chicken thighs – remove the skins if necessary

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1tsp fresh ginger, grated

80ml passata

60ml soy sauce

3tbsp of rice vinegar

2tbsp of apricot jam

1 large onion, chopped

165g pineapple chunks

3 peppers, chopped

1tbsp of corn starch, mixed with water for thickening

Cooking oil spray

Method: 

  1. Fry up the chicken in a pan with cooking oil spray over a medium heat.
  2. Once lightly browned, add in the rest of the ingredients, excluding the corn starch and pineapple.
  3. Simmer for around 30 minutes before pouring in the corn starch mixture. Stir your sweet and sour sauce until thickened and add the pineapple right before serving.

Top tip: Make it veggie by switching the chicken out for your favourite meat-free alternative.

Homemade Chinese Pork Ribs

Sticky Pork Ribs

Serve up this homemade Chinese pork ribs recipe as a starter, or add a little extra sauce to some rice and prep it for a hearty dinner.

Ingredients: 

Rack of pork ribs

Five spice seasoning

Hoisin sauce

Soy sauce

Honey

Rice wine vinegar

Method:

  1. Boil the ribs in a pan of hot water for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make your glaze using hoisin sauce, soy sauce, a splash of white wine vinegar, five spice and honey. The measurements will depend on the number of ribs you’re racking up, but use the hoisin for the base.

Top tip: Don’t scrimp on the sauce – the more you make the better, as you don’t want to let your ribs go dry. Got a little extra? Save it for a rainy day, or add it to a stir fry for a quick lunch!

Healthy Chinese Food

What else can you add to your Chinese fakeaway?

But of course, the world of healthy Chinese recipes doesn’t end there. With an extensive range of recipes and homemade Chinese food to choose from, we’ve only scraped the surface. So keep an eye out, because we’ll be adding more Chinese fakeaway recipes along the way… In the meantime, here are a few homemade Chinese food ideas to try:

  • Homemade spring rolls – filled with fresh veggies and Chinese spices, or opt for meaty fillings like pork, chicken or prawns.
  • Peking duck – a classic homemade Chinese food recipe, roast your duck, shred the meat and serve up with some pancakes, hoisin sauce, fresh cucumber and spring onion.
  • Salt and chilli beef – a crispy, flash-fried dish with sweet ginger and red pepper flavours.

And that’s our complete Chinese fakeaway menu! Ready for your new diet and lifestyle, try out our healthy Chinese recipes to keep the cravings at bay. Because a healthy diet doesn’t have to be a boring one… For all of your fakeaway Chinese ingredients, head down to your local SPAR to pick up your supplies. For more foodie inspiration and tasty treats and deals, sign up to our E-newsletter – you won’t want to miss out on what we have to offer.