10 Quick and Easy Chinese Recipe Ideas That Have Low Calories    

Chinese Recipe Ideas That Have Low Calories
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There is a category of Chinese cuisine lovers who are afraid of the high amount of calories in it. Craving Chinese and worrying about calories is the worst test of self-control. Thankfully, there are some homemade recipes that will help you to enjoy the Asian flavors that you crave with much fewer calories.

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Last week, on our way back to my place from our adventure at the breakout escape room, my friends suggested we order takeout for dinner. When I told them that I could cook them some delicious Chinese food in no time at home, all of them looked at me as if I had grown a second head. “You will cook noodles and stir fry and dumplings for us after we get home? Are you sure it will be ready by dinner time, or should we prepare for a breakfast-dinner situation?”

To be honest, I don’t think it is just my friends who would react this way. Most people consider homemade recipes time-consuming. But if you want to enjoy some lip-smacking Chinese cuisine without having to worry about how badly it can affect your health in the long run, homemade recipes are a much better option than restaurant food.
Let’s look at some quick and easy-to-cook Chinese food recipes which are low in calories.

1. Chinese Pepper Steak

chinese pepper streak

This delicious dish is loaded with veggies and made with pantry staples. The meat is tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce with ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and other spices, making it perfect with noodles or rice. The recipe contains only 312 calories and takes 30 minutes to prepare.

2. Chinese Pork Tenderloin

Chinese Pork Tenderloin

Here is a spicy dish for those who like it hot. Tenderloins of pork are marinated in a spicy ginger sauce for the preparation of this dish. This all together can create a delicacy in just 35 minutes that can give any fancy restaurant meal a run for its money. The dish has 222 Calories.

3. Authentic Chinese Steamed Fish

People who love seafood and Chinese flavors will love this steamed fish recipe. All you need is just 5 simple ingredients, and it will be ready in just 30 minutes. The dish tastes best when paired with white rice. With just 379 calories, this dish is the perfect comfort food that you can have multiple times a month.

4. Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken

This scrumptious recipe comes with a perfect balance of sweetness from dates and sourness from pineapples. The outer coating of arrowroot and eggs makes the crispy chicken outside. With just 399 kcals and a 20-minute preparation time, this chicken dish is the ideal fit for days when you are lazy to cook but still want to put together a quick meal.

5. Chicken Lo Mein

How can we omit noodles from a Chinese recipe list?
Chicken Lo Mein
Chicken Lo Mein’s recipe is a mixture of chicken, egg noodles, bell peppers, carrots, and spices. This will be a heavy meal, so you can serve it as a main course. You can replace chicken with shrimp, beef, or vegetables as you wish. The preparation takes less than 30 minutes.

6. Cream Cheese Wontons

These cheesy, crispy wontons come with flavorful ingredients like paprika, garlic pepper, and lemon. The dish will be perfect as a side with your favorite meat or seafood. If you want to reduce the oil content, bake it in the oven or use an air-fryer. These wontons can be paired with Chinese mustard, Teriyaki sauce, or sweet and sour sauce. You can cook this whole recipe in 30 minutes.

7. Chicken Lettuce Wraps

You can enjoy both your meat and vegetables with this wrap. The crunch of fresh lettuce and super juicy chicken will blow your mind with satisfaction. You can have these wraps as sides or as the main course. All you need is 20 minutes and the simple ingredients. With only 293kcals, this recipe is the ideal middle ground between taste and health.

8. Avocado Eggrolls

This roll is an appetizer that contains fresh avocado, cilantro, red onions, and sun-dried tomatoes. The deep-fried crisp of Chinese wonton wrappers, combined with the festival of flavors and soft textures inside, will take you to new food heaven. You can serve these rolls with any dipping sauce of your choice. The preparation time for this dish is just 20 minutes.

9. Chicken Corn Egg-Drop Soup

This delicious drop soup recipe is perfect for cold days and winter. The soup contains chopped chicken, sweet corn, and eggs. If you don’t like sweet corn, you can replace it with any corn that suits your taste. But remember, only an ear of fresh corn will help the soup to get a supple texture and satisfying flavor. This soup has 182kcal and takes 25 minutes to get ready.

10. Chinese Scallion Pancakes (gluten-free)

Chinese scallion pancakes could be your breakfast favorite from today onwards. It is easier and quicker to make than any other recipe. The flavorful, crispy gluten-free pancakes are good to go with any dips of your choice. You can cook this dish in 30 minutes, and it has around 200kcals.


These are some of the easiest Chinese recipe ideas that you can cook fast and enjoy without any health and wellness worries. The days of eating boring salads while watching cooking videos of your favorite Asian dishes are finally over!

Author Bio: Aniya more is one of the brightest content writer at Breakout escape room. She is a passionate writer who loves to read books and explore different escape rooms. With a great work ethic, she spends most of her time researching and reading. When she is not working, she likes to relax with a cup of coffee and enjoy watching her favorite tv show or walking her dog peanut. You can find her on LinkedIn.


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