16 Best Chinese Food Casserole Recipes
Instead of ordering takeout tonight, try one of these Asian-inspired Chinese casserole recipes.
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Chinese food is a classic take-out cuisine in America, but we're here to help you make it at home. The 16 Best Chinese Food Casserole Recipes includes a variety of Chinese recipes that are easy to make in the comfort of your own home. So, before you pick up that phone and order from Szechwan Palace, make the decision to try one of these homemade casseroles instead.
We start with Chinese chicken recipes, which include a few different versions of cashew chicken, chicken fried rice, and other chicken and rice dishes. A lot of Chinese food is cooked in a wok, so it's easy to turn these beloved recipes into your new favorite Asian casserole. The ingredients are already being cooked together, so baking it all in one pan just helps incorporate the flavors even more.
Moving on from chicken, we have some great chow mein recipes that use either ground beef or turkey. Blast from the Past Chow Mein Casserole is one recipe you have to have in your dinner repertoire. It's a classic, easy, and delicious meal. And let's not forget about vegetarians. We feature some awesome Chinese vegetarian recipes, too. One is made with fried rice and another with noodles. They're so good, you won't even miss the meat. So, what are you waiting for? Go check out these top Chinese-inspired casserole recipes.
BONUS! For another Chinese food recipe you can make at home, check out the below video for Chinese Noodle Bowl.
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Chinese Chicken Casserole Recipes
The steamed snow peas and white sauce are delicious on top of this casserole.
If cashew chicken is your favorite Chinese take-out item, then you'll love this Chinese chicken recipe.
Make this awesome comfort food any time of the year. There are plenty of shortcuts, making it that much easier to get on the table.
Shitake mushrooms, ginger, garlic, and hoisin sauce give this recipe a distinctly Chinese flair. Plus, this recipe was made in our Test Kitchen!
This casserole gets its Asian food flavor from many ingredients, including ginger, garlic, sesame oil, and soy sauce.
Called Cap Cay in China, this delicious meal is sure to satisfy your appetite. It includes chicken, carrots, tomatoes, and more.
It only takes six ingredients to make this flavorful Chinese chicken casserole recipe.
This Asian recipe features the perfect blend of sweet and savory. The whole family will love this Chinese take-out alternative.
If you find yourself with leftover chicken after trying all these delicious Chinese recipes, be sure to download our free eBook. For meal ideas that will impress the whole family and help make dinnertime a breeze, check out 12 Top-Rated Chicken Casserole Recipes
Chow Mein Recipes
Get nostalgic and enjoy this classic hamburger casserole meal.
This chow mein casserole is creamy and crunchy, and is perfect to make when you have leftover turkey you need to use up.
It doesn't get much simpler than this ground beef casserole that is made with canned soup, rice, vegetables, and soy sauce.
A delicious combination of beef, broccoli, and rice is topped with crunchy chow mein noodles to make this take-out fake-out casserole recipe.
Chinese Food Recipes for Vegetarians
Combining Chinese food and eggs into a vegetable frittata recipe is a wonderful idea. It's another great way to enjoy your favorite Chinese recipes.
A bed of rice makes up the bottom of this frittata, which is topped with veggies, egg, and cream soup. You haven't seen a vegetable frittata recipe quite like this before. What's more, it's vegetarian, gluten-free, healthy, and 100% delicious.
Even meat eaters will love this noodle recipe that is loaded with hearty vegetables.
Looking for more vegetarian recipes? Be sure to check out our collection of 14 Vegetarian Casserole Recipes
BONUS Chinese Casserole Recipe
Teriyaki Tilapia Casserole - If you're looking to try something completely unique, you should try this teriyaki recipe.
Cabbage, sesame seeds, and almonds create a dish that is truly special.
Plus, this recipe can be ready in about 30 minutes so it's perfect for a weeknight dinner.
Pantry Staples for Asian Food Recipes
If you like making Asian or Chinese-inspired meals at home, stocking your pantry with common ingredients will make meal planning even easier.
“A few of my must-have ingredients for Asian cooking are hoisin sauce, chili garlic sauce, and of course soy sauce. Adding those seasonings to a simple chicken and rice casserole can give it an exciting, new international flavor!”
– Andi Gleeson, The Weary Chef
- Soy Sauce – One of the most common flavorings in Asian food, soy sauce is used in a similar as kosher salt. Light soy sauce should be your go-to sauce for cooking. Dark soy sauce is also available, but it is usually mixed with molasses and cornstarch, so it is thicker and less salty than light soy sauce.
- Sesame Oil – If you’re looking for an easy way to add more flavor to your Asian-inspired recipes, this aromatic oil is a great choice. Made from toasted sesame seeds, it can be used for frying or too add unique flavor to your cooking. Plus, a small amount will go a long way!
- Hoisin Sauce – This Chinese barbecue sauce is used in pork dishes as well as recipes with noodles. It has a slightly sweet, smoky flavor and is made from fermented soybeans, sugar, garlic, and red chiles.
- Rice Vinegar – Used in a similar manner as lemon juice, rice vinegar will add acidity to recipes and help to balance out flavors. White rice vinegar is the type that is most commonly used in cooking, but black and red rice vinegars are seasoned and are great for salad dressings.
- Rice Wine – Rice wine is used commonly in marinades and is similar to dry sherry. It adds acidity and distinct flavor, similarly to the way red and white wines are used in Italian cooking.
- Ginger – You can use fresh ginger or minced ginger from a jar to add heat, flavor, and help tenderize meat. It’s a healthy way to boost the flavor in your recipes.
- Frozen Vegetables – Since it’s easier to keep frozen vegetables on hand than fresh ones, you can store carrots, broccoli, snap peas, and more to make your favorite Asian-inspired recipes.
- Rice or Noodles – Traditional Chinese recipes are always made with either rice or noodles. You can use long or short grain white rice or even brown rice, if you’d like to add more fiber to your diet. Asian noodles come in many varieties including egg, rice, wheat, soba, soy, and much more!
The History of Chinese Food in America
The emergence of the California gold rush in the mid-1800s brought nearly 30,000 Chinese immigrants to the U.S. The first Chinese restaurants opened in San Francisco soon after the start of the gold rush, to feed themselves as well as their fellow American workers. Authentic Chinese dishes were adjusted to suit the preferences of Americans and to make use of the available ingredients.
The early 20th century saw the emergence of packaged Chinese food products from companies like La Choy and Chung King which allowed homecooks to use these ingredients in their own cooking. Some of these products included bottled soy sauce, canned Mandarin oranges, and water chestnuts.
In 1972, President Richard Nixon visited Beijing, China, and the authentic Chinese feasts he enjoyed were televised. The international visit sparked American interest in Chinese food and the cuisine became more popular in towns both big and small.
Some popular American Chinese foods like General Tso’s Chicken and fortune cookies actually have no basis in authentic Chinese culture. These foods are completely new American creations. These types of American Chinese dishes are most prevalent in places outside of major U.S. cities. In larger cities like New York and San Francisco, authentic Chinese restaurants can be found more easily.
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