10 gluten free Chinese takeaway recipes you won't believe you can eat (2024)

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’s10 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!

1. Gluten Free Sweet and Sour Chicken

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!

Click here for my gluten free sweet and sour chicken recipe.

2. Gluten Free Chicken Chow Mein

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!

Click here for my gluten free chicken chow mein recipe.

3. Gluten Free Crispy Chilli Beef

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!

Click here for my gluten free crispy chilli beef recipe.

4. Gluten Free Singapore Noodles

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.

Click here for my gluten free Singapore noodles recipe.

5. Gluten Free Chinese Chicken Curry

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 own10 gluten free Chinese takeaway night every week!

Click here for my gluten free Chinese chicken curry recipe.

6. Gluten Free Char Siu Pork

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!

Click here for Mark’s gluten free char siu pork recipe.

7. Gluten Free Crispy Sweet Chilli Chicken

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.

Click here for my gluten free crispy chilli chicken recipe.

8. Gluten Free Vegan Satay curry

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!

Click here for my gluten free vegan satay curry recipe.

9. Gluten Free Prawn Toast

I hope you didn’t think I was going to forget about my favourite Chinese takeaway side orders… ahomemade 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?

Click here for my gluten free prawn toast recipe.

10. Gluten Free Vegetable spring rolls

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!

Click here for my gluten free spring rolls recipe.

Happy Chinese takeaway night!

Thanks for reading about the 10 gluten free Chinese takeaway recipes you won’t believe you can eat!If you make them, I’d love to see how they turn out. So absolutely make sure that you send me a pic using my social media links below…

Any questions about the recipes? Please do let me know by leaving a comment below or on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram!

Thanks for reading,

Becky xxx

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10 gluten free Chinese takeaway recipes you won't believe you can eat (2024)


What can I eat from Chinese that's gluten-free? ›

  • Chinese Dining: Gluten-Free.
  • Steamed Chicken/Shrimp or Seafood: Chicken, shrimp, or seafood usually steamed with.
  • Egg Drop Soup: Beaten eggs in boiled chicken broth with condiments (pepper, scallions)
  • Fried Rice: White rice, egg, scallions, carrots, and usually meat, pork, or tofu.

What kind of Chinese sauce is gluten-free? ›

Try Red Boat Fish Sauce, our favorite brand that also happens to be gluten-free!) Hoisin Sauce: Find a gluten-free equivalent such as Lee Kum Kee GF Hoisin.

Can celiacs eat Chinese curry? ›

Things to watch out for are, seasoning mixes for example curry blends or powders as they may have gluten containing ingredients or may contain statement. Also on the "need to check" list should be curry pastes or jarred curry sauces and if you're using meats that have been marinated or had ingredients added to them.

What Chinese rice is gluten-free? ›

Even Asian or sticky rice, also called “glutinous rice,” is gluten-free, despite its name. In this case, the “glutinous” term refers to the sticky nature of the rice and not the gluten protein found in wheat, barley and rye.

What Indian dishes are gluten-free? ›

  • Indian Dining: Gluten-Free. ...
  • Vegetable Pakoras: Deep fried fritters made of stir-fried vegetables, onions, and seasonings, ...
  • Chicken/Tofu/Shrimp Tikka or Tandoori: Marinated (spices and yogurt) chicken/tofu/shrimp. ...
  • Palaak Paneer: Diced homemade cheese cooked with spinach, butter, cream, and spices.

Are Chinese dumplings gluten-free? ›

Dumplings (especially Chinese ones) are usually wrapped in a wheat dough. If you are gluten-free, be cautious; the dough used for making crystal shrimp dumplings (har gow) contains wheat starch in addition to tapioca flour. The batter used to make rice noodle rolls (cheong fun) sometimes contain wheat starch too.

Why is hoisin sauce not gluten-free? ›

Traditional hoisin sauce recipes are gluten-free, but today most commercially available hoisin sauces are made with wheat, either to thicken the sauce or in added soy sauce. If you have celiac disease, only eat hoisin sauce labeled gluten-free.

Is chicken fried rice from the Chinese gluten-free? ›

Most Chinese takeout fried rice contains gluten because they usually use cheap soy sauce and possibly fish sauce and oyster sauce, which all contain gluten.

Are there gluten-free Chinese noodles? ›

Rice Noodles

Yes, most rice noodles are gluten-free because they contain rice flour and water, although as always, please check the ingredients, just in case. You will find it in most supermarkets as they are traditional in Asian recipes.

What junk food can celiacs eat? ›

These six indulgent standards might not seem like they'd be gluten-free, but surprisingly enough, they're viable snack-time options.
  • Potato chips. Crunch on these freely. ...
  • Chocolate. Feel free to enjoy chocolate. ...
  • Macaroni and cheese. Don't be afraid to get cheesy. ...
  • French fries. You can still enjoy these. ...
  • Tacos. ...
  • Ice cream.
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Does KFC do gluten-free chicken? ›

KFC. KFC specializes in breaded, fried chicken, so it's not much of a surprise that their gluten-free options are limited. The only options on the menu here are sides, including their green beans and corn.

What fast food is safe for celiacs? ›

  • Chipotle: Chicken Burrito Bowl. Chipotle. ...
  • Taco Bell: Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco. Taco Bell. ...
  • Chick-fil-A: Grilled Chicken Filet on a Gluten-Free Bun. Chick-fil-A. ...
  • McDonald's: McFlurry with M&M's. McDonald's. ...
  • Burger King: Fries. ...
  • Checkers: Classic Wings. ...
  • Subway: Buffalo Chicken No Bready Bowl.
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Why is fried rice not gluten-free? ›

Rice itself is gluten-free. However soy sauce which is ubiquitous in most fried rice dishes, is usually made with wheat, which contains gluten. The process of making the soy sauce breaks down the gluten, but the components are still there.

What is the best rice for gluten-free? ›

All natural forms of rice, including white, brown, or wild, are gluten-free. Natural rice is a great option for people who are sensitive to or allergic to gluten, a protein usually found in wheat, barley, and rye, and for people who have celiac disease, an autoimmune disease triggered by gluten.

What makes rice not gluten-free? ›

In theory, yes, all types of rice are gluten free, including brown rice, jasmine, red, wild, and basmati. However, some may have cross-contact contamination. And processed rice products often contain wheat or other gluten-containing ingredients in sauces, spice blends, and as a filler.

Which fries are gluten-free? ›

The traditional fries—which span classic-cut, crinkle-cut, smiles, and steak-cut fries—contain no gluten ingredients. The seasoned, however, all contain wheat flour as a top ingredient, and the beer batter fries also use barley.

Is Chinese chicken and vegetables gluten-free? ›

While not all Chinese food is gluten-free, many dishes are safe to eat. Some popular gluten-free Chinese dishes include rice noodles, steamed vegetables, and stir-fried chicken or shrimp. Always ask your server about ingredients and preparation methods to avoid cross-contamination.

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