Chinese Christmas Food

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Whether you’ve seen ‘A Christmas Story’ or not, eating Chinese Christmas food (or New Years!) is totally becoming a thing for many Americans.

Chinese Christmas Food Recipe Collage and Pinterest Graphic

Grant it, our version of Chinese food isn’t necessarily what you’ll actually find in most parts of Asia (unless they are catering to us tourists), but nonetheless, the love of eating Chinese food for Christmas is growing in popularity.

In fact, Mini Chef and I may start doing that ourselves because our usual family tradition is all about Christmas breakfast. So A Chinese Christmas dinner may not be the worst addition to our holiday evening around here.

“Chinese Food Open On Christmas”

Most folks will simply google the above words and place an order at the nearest open restaurant. But along with that comes bloat and water retention from the MSG, and an empty stomach about an hour after you’ve eaten.

The solution? Homemade Chinese Christmas food, of course!

Chinese Food Recipes

I will start this off by saying that these are MY versions of Chinese food (or Asian food, in general).

I do not claim that these are authentic recipes from the heart of China made by a Chinese chef who created these recipes on the Chinese New Year and only speaks Chinese.

Nope, these are recipes I’ve created in my own kitchen to fit in with my clean eating style of cooking and eating. So please don’t be offended if something doesn’t feel “Chinese enough” for you. I promise, it’ll all be okay in the end.

Chinese New Year Food

Some folks will skip Chinese food for Christmas, and eat it for New years instead. New Year fortune cookies anyone? What better way to kick off the new year than with a quick little fortune from a cookie?

If that’s your preference, these recipes will work just as well for the New Year. So lets dive in!

Easy Orange Chicken

This is a favorite for most folks. It’s fast to make with easy-to-find ingredients and you can serve it by itself or over rice.

Orange Chicken Recipe

A front view of this bowl of Easy Orange Chicken topped with sliced green onions for garnish.

Kung Pao Chicken

This delicious main course is filling and flavorful and perfect for eating with chopsticks!

Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

Clean Eating Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

Teriyaki Salmon

A delicious salmon recipe that’s easy to make with a quick and easy, homemade teriyaki sauce. I make mine with coconut aminos, even though my original recipe was made with Tamari or soy sauce. So if you can’t have soy, you can still enjoy this recipe!

Teriyaki Salmon Recipe

A Teriyaki Salmon Fillet with a fork holding a single bite.

Easy Teriyaki Chicken

Here again, I use my simple, homemade Teriyaki sauce to make this delicious chicken, and I show you two ways to serve it!

Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

A bowl of this Easy Teriyaki Chicken Recipe served over a bed of rice.

Sesame Chicken

This is one of my favorite Chinese food recipes. Second only to orange chicken!

Sesame Chicken Recipe

A pile of sesame chicken sits in a square, white bowl. You can see sesame seeds and delicious glaze coating the chicken in this sesame chicken recipe.

Egg Roll In A Bowl

Egg roll wrappers are not the “cleanest” ingredients you can buy. But I say, save yourself the work of all that wrapping and get your egg rolls in a bowl instead! Delicious, super easy and made quickly in an Instant Pot!

Egg Roll In A Bowl Recipe

A white bowl filled with this Egg Roll In A Bowl Recipe sits on a slate tabletop. You can see bits of chicken, cabbage, shredded carrots and sliced green onions.

Chinese Chicken Salad

If you don’t mind putting in a little work to build an epic salad (I promise, it’s not too much), then a Chinese Chicken Salad could be just the meal you ask Santa to bring you this year!

Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe

This Chinese Chicken Salad sits surrounded by carrots, green onions, ramen noodles and a small cutting board with a fork where the chicken was sliced.

Egg Foo Young

This recipe is versatile and uses easy-to-find ingredients and definitely satisfies.

Egg Foo Young Recipe

A plate of Egg Foo Young with a side of sliced green onions. Gravy slathered over the top with fresh green onions on top.

Pork Fried Rice

Some folks don’t like pork, so feel free to sub chicken here. It’ll be just as tasty!

Pork Fried Rice Recipe

Clean Eating Pork Fried Rice Recipe

Chinese Food Side Dishes

Everyone wants good side dishes with their Chinese food, and for good reason! Here are two side dishes you may want to consider.

Sticky Rice

I will be the first to tell you that this is not “traditional” sticky rice. It’s made with brown rice, but it’s definitely sticky. So give it a try!

Sticky Rice Recipe

Sticky Brown Rice in a rice cooker, ready to be served.

Miso Soup

Okay, hear me out on this one. I know it’s Japanese, not Chinese. But if you don’t mind mixing cultures just a little, it makes a great side dish to any of the above dishes.

Miso Soup Recipe

A delicious bowl of miso soup sits next to a smaller bowl of tofu with sliced green onions on top.
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