Whether it’s Chinese New Year or just another Friday night, being gluten free shouldn’t stop you from enjoying your fave Chinese takeaway dishes. So here’s 10 gluten free Chinese takeaway recipes you won’t believe you can eat at home!
And no, it’s not just the boring options you can eat (like boiled rice… if that’s even safe at a takeaway – I wouldn’t risk it!), it’s all the things you really miss eating. Sweet and sour chicken, prawn toast, chow mein, crispy chilli beef… it’s all here and it’s all gluten free! So here’s 10 gluten free Chinese takeaway recipes you won’t believe you can eat…
I should also mention that these dishes aren’t just ‘sort of like a takeaway’ or ‘close enough’ copies. My boyfriend’s family is from Malaysia so naturally, he absolutely loves Asian cooking (I’m not sure he had a choice in that matter!) and recreating dishes especially for me… and now you! So we really both hope you enjoy these gluten free Chinese takeaway recipes. Here they are!
This is basically my wildest gluten free dreams summed up in one photo.
I mean, I probably hadn’t had a Chinese takeaway in about 5 years before we made this and… wow. It’s exactly like the Cantonese-style sweet and sour chicken that I missed soooo much!
The batter is light and crispy and the sweet and sour sauce is lovely, sticky and sweet. What more could you want?! You’ll need to be comfortable with deep frying to batter the chicken for this recipe. It’s not that hard!
But if you’re not confident, you can always just use the sauce with un-battered chicken breast. Trust me, it still tastes awesome! Oh and if you can find all the right ingredients, it’s super easy to make this low FODMAP too if you need it to be.
If you only make one of my gluten free Chinese takeaway recipes, make sure it’s this one!
Well there’s a recipe I never thought I’d ever share on the blog!
Like all the recipes in this post, they’re made to be exactly like what you’d order from your local takeaway. But this recipe just really hits the nail on the head!
It’s also probably one of the easiest to make as well as you only need 5 ingredients.
BUT one of those ingredients is pretty specific as normal egg noodles are definitely not gluten free friendly, ever. However, Oomi protein noodles are gf and they’re the perfect replacement. You’ll definitely need to add this to your repertoire of gluten free Chinese takeaway recipes!
Crispy chilli beef was definitely always tagged onto the end of our takeaway orders back when I could eat gluten.
I can’t believe I missed out on those suuuuper crispy little strips of beef in that sticky, sweet and fiery sauce for so long!
And as always… there really was no need to go without for so many years when it’s so easy to make at home from scratch.
This is another recipe that requires a bit of deep frying, but trust me – it’s soooo worth the effort. It’s one of my fave gluten free Chinese takeaway recipes!
Ok, when Mark recreates Chinese takeaway recipes for me, he always does an amazing job at staying true to the original dish.
But I think he actually managed to make this better than I remember ordering from my local takeaway!
The mild, curried spice of the noodles is lovely, along with a little crunch from the peppers and a mix of chicken, prawns and gluten free char siu pork hiding beneath.
Mark makes his own gluten free Char-Siu pork to throw in, but if you fancy making this in a hurry, chicken and prawns will do just fine.
What would a takeaway be without a Chinese chicken curry?
(well it’d definitely be someone else’s takeaway order, not mine!)
I’m going to sound like a broken record, but I had been missing eating this for yeeeeears before Mark went and recreated this for me. I know most curries are gluten free, but a lot of Chinese takeaways use curry powder that has wheat in it – so remember that!
You’ll never believe how Mark gets the chicken to be so juicy and tender… I’ll let you go over to the recipe and find out for yourself! You’ll be having your own 10 gluten free Chinese takeaway night every week!
And only a couple of places down from my gluten free Singapore noodles recipe is my sweet and sticky gluten free char siu pork recipe!
Char siu is basically like a Chinese BBQ flavour that to be quite honest, I’d just eat on it’s own with boiled rice because it’s so goood.
But you can always chip this up a little and throw it into my Singapore noodles, or any other noodles for that matter.
It’s just a matter of creating a marinade, marinating and roasting your pork. Easy peasy!
Now, this wasn’t on my local takeaway menu circa 2002, but I’m pretty sure that it is now!
It’s basically like the chicken version of crispy chilli beef, but it’s got a little bit more of a sauce to it that you can serve with rice. It also works really well with prawns FYI, if you fancy a change. Just bear in mind that they take less time to cook in the oil.
It’s exactly the same batter as my gluten free sweet and sour recipe, so if you’re already acquainted with making that, then this will be a complete doddle.
I’m not sure how vegan options are at local takeaways these days, but I decided to throw one in!
Mark grew up tasting all the amazing satay flavours in Malaysia and I managed to convince him to show me how to make a really creamy, peanut satay sauce. He did and it’s amazing!
Sweet potato is such a lovely substitute for chicken in this recipe as it soaks up all the flavour and the sweetness works so well against the spicy sauce.
Did I mention it only takes 15 minutes to cook?! And that’s not why it’s one of the most popular gluten free Chinese takeaway recipes on the blog… it tastes out of this world to boot!
I hope you didn’t think I was going to forget about my favourite Chinese takeaway side orders… a homemade gluten free Chinese takeaway wouldn’t be the same without these!
Yep, prawn toast is definitely right at the top of that list. Luckily, it’s so easy to make gluten free. Like seriously easy peasy.
You just basically create a paste from chopped raw prawns and some spicing, then spread it on gluten free bread. Turn the bread onto a plate of sesame seeds, cut into triangles and fry on both sides. Simple!
If it’s so incredibly easy that you fancy a little extra leg-work, then why not make your own sweet chilli sauce while you’re there too?
And if you were thinking that I put prawn toast as my fave takeaway side because gluten free spring rolls are impossible, then think again!
You defo have to deep fry these to get the full-effect, but honestly, they’re everything you’ve ever missed in a spring roll.
Crispy on the outside, with lovely, crunching, steaming-hot veg in the middle 😍 Just dip in sweet chilli sauce and enjoy!
Happy Chinese takeaway night!
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