Chinese food was always a “we’re tired and hungry, let’s get take-out” kind of dinner for us. Then we became gluten-free, and for the first few years, Chinese food was off the list. Eventually, a few places in our area caught on and began to offer gluten-free Chinese food, but by then, we’d already begun compiling favorite recipes. We also found out that we could make it much healthier, and sometimes even faster, than take-out. Here I’ll share four of our favorites– one original recipe for Fried Rice, the source of our favorite Lo Mein recipe, and two crockpot links for our favorite chicken dishes.

Fried Rice

Chicken fried rice

One of our first attempts was Fried Rice, and we were pleasantly surprised to find out how easy it was to make well. Find our family recipe for Chicken and Vegetable Fried Rice here, and feel free to customize it to the likes of your own family!

Lo Mein

My daughter frequently requests Lo Mein… it’s the one dish that we haven’t found gluten-free at a single Chinese restaurant, since the traditional noodles contain wheat. We use brown rice spaghetti, and presto, Lo Mein is back on the table. Find the recipe in the first cookbook (Gluten Free on a Shoestring) of the Gluten Free on a Shoestring franchise, and enjoy these delicious noodles once again.

Sesame/General Tso’s Chicken

General Hso's

This is another family favorite, a dish that’s a standard in our take-out order… but nice to be able to make without all the breading and oil that comes with battered chicken. This recipe comes from A Year of Slow Cooking, and always disappears by the end of dinner. I add sake, sesame oil, and toasted sesame seeds to the final product, and turn the Tso’s into Sesame. Since it cooks in the crockpot, you’re free to enjoy the afternoon, and pop some rice into the rice cooker right before dinner.

Orange Chicken

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Another easy crockpot dish, this Orange Chicken recipe is one that I blogged about recently.  It’s worth mentioning in this line-up since it was so good. Combine it with a few of the others highlighted here, and you can almost feel like you’re sitting in your favorite Chinese restaurant. To find out what’s new in our kitchen, stop by, or become a fan on Facebook.

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