Chinese Dishes for Kids

Does your family love Chinese take-out, but you'd like to avoid the expense and extra calories of restaurant dishes? With this awesome list of Chinese recipes for kids, there's no need to order take-out to get great-tasting Chinese food. Your family is going to love these recipes for kid-friendly Chinese food dishes that are fun to eat, jam-packed full of flavor and healthy ingredients, and so easy for moms and dads to make at home.

  • 01 of 10

    Chinese Noodles in Peanut Sauce

    Chinese noodles with peanut sauce

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    Noodles in peanut sauce may be the all-time favorite Chinese food recipe for kids. If your kids enjoy the taste of peanut butter, they'll go bananas for this super easy Chinese noodle recipe, that's ready for dinner in just 30 minutes.

  • 02 of 10

    Vegetable Fried Rice With Cashews

    Fried rice

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    Fried rice is a quick and satisfying meal that's easy to make in about 20 minutes, and is a great way to use up any leftover rice you have in your fridge. Cashew nuts add protein, essential minerals, and crunch to this simple, nutty-tasting, vegetarian Chinese fried rice. Kids will demand seconds!

  • 03 of 10

    Chinese Stir-Fry Beef With Vegetables

    Chinese Stir-Fry Beef With Three Vegetables

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    This filling, colorful, kid-friendly recipe for Chinese stir-fry beef with three vegetables has everything you need for a nutritious dinner. Tender, marinated strips of flank steak are stir-fried with bok choy, mushrooms, and red onion in a flavorful sauce. You can customize this easy dinner recipe with your family's favorite vegetables. It's a perfect family meal, served atop a mound of hot, cooked white rice.

  • 04 of 10

    Orange Pork Chop Stir-Fry

    Pork stir-fry

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    Delight your kids with ​this delicious Chinese dinner recipe that's different than your usual pork chops. Stir-fry recipes are great when you're rushed to put a meal on the table for your family, and kids are sure to love this yummy, satisfying version. Slices of moist and tender pork are quickly fried with baby vegetables, in a sweet and tangy orange, soy, and honey sauce. Serve over hot cooked rice, or Chinese egg noodles, for a complete, nutritious meal.

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  • 05 of 10

    Vegan Chinese Scallion Pancakes

    Scallion pancakes

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    What kids don't love pancakes? This super-easy Chinese food recipe for green onion pancakes is destined to become a new favorite in your household. Scallion pancakes are served from carts by food vendors across China, where they're often eaten for breakfast. You can make these savory, crispy little pancakes anytime, though. They taste great hot or cold and make a great after-school snack. Serve with soy sauce at the table for dipping. Yum!

  • 06 of 10

    Chicken Fried Rice

    Chicken fried rice

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    Chicken fried rice is a favorite recipe for kids. Use cooked chicken (a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store is great) to make this classic Chinese recipe that makes a perfect dinner on busy weeknights. Cold, cooked rice and chicken chunks are stir-fried with eggs, peas, and store-bought soy and oyster sauces, and garnished with bright green onions, for a healthy dinner that's ready to serve in just 20 minutes.

  • 07 of 10

    Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir-Fry

    Sweet and sour chicken stir-fry

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    This healthy, colorful and nutritious stove-top recipe will please everyone at dinnertime, including the kids. Slices of tender chicken are stir-fried with fresh, crunchy vegetables and herbs in a tangy, sweet and sour sauce that adds plenty of flavor to this low-fat dish. The recipe includes instructions for a homemade sauce, but you can use store-bought sweet and sour sauce to make it even easier.

  • 08 of 10

    Chinese Honey Garlic Spareribs

    Garlic spareribs

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    Kids love barbecued spareribs — and eating with their hands! This awesome Chinese food recipe for oven-barbecued spare ribs in a sweet and tangy honey garlic sauce is both delicious and fun to eat. Ribs are prepared in a quick marinade that combines liquid honey with a few store-bought sauces, then baked in the oven until they're tender and falling off the bone. Be sure to provide kids with plenty of napkins when you serve this yummy, saucy dish.

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  • 09 of 10

    Easy Beef Lo Mein

    Beef lo mein

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    Here's an easy one-dish dinner that's inspired by the children's favorite recipe Bistro Beef from the PF Chang chain of restaurants.

    Inexpensive flank steak meat is coated with jarred oyster sauce and stir-fried in a hot pan with sesame oil, Chinese noodles, vegetables, and soy sauce. It's a great, filling, high-protein dinner dish that will satisfy hungry kids, and leave parents only one cooking dish to clean.

  • 10 of 10

    Healthy Chicken Chow Mein

    Chicken chow mein

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    Here's a great recipe to know if your kids love Chinese food, but you're trying to eat more healthfully as a family. Our version of chicken chow mein has the same crisp noodles kids and adults love in Chinese restaurants, but without all the extra fat and calories. Chow mein noodles from the store are quickly boiled, then popped under the broiler for 5 minutes, to create a great, crispy texture — no oil required. They're then flash-fried in a pan with strips of marinated, boneless, skinless chicken, some chicken stock, and sliced fresh vegetables. It's sure to become a family favorite recipe.