11 Easy Chinese Recipes For Kids To Try

Chinese cuisine is a favorite among many children. But it is not always a healthy option to get takeouts for your children. Thus, we bring you a few Chinese recipes for kids that you can try with your children at home to have a fun time cooking together.

If your child demands something Chinese every time they sit to eat, it can become burdensome to come up with new and interesting recipes every single time. But fret not, for we’ve got you covered. You can try out several Chinese recipes after prioritizing your family’s health and well-being.

Read on for a list of healthy and interesting Chinese recipes you could try making for your children to keep them happy and healthy.

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11 Easy Chinese Recipes For Kids

Child specialist Dr. Mubina Agboatwala says, “Kids can enjoy Chinese food, as long as it includes sufficient proteins from sources such as chicken, eggs, peanuts, or seafood, along with an abundance of vegetables. Additionally, you may opt for whole grain noodles for added nutritional value and ensure minimal use of sweet sauces while avoiding MSG (monosodium glutamate) for a healthier alternative to regular meals.”

1. Chicken Fried Rice:

Chicken fried rice for kids

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You Will Need:

  • 2 tbsp of oil
  • 300 grams of cubed chicken filet
  • 1 medium sized onion, finely chopped
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 2 cups of rice, cooked
  • 4 tbsp of chicken stock powder
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 tbsp of soy sauce
  • Salt
  • 2 spring onions (sliced diagonally)

How To:

  1. In a frying pan, heat the oil and add onion and garlic to it. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  2. Then add chicken and cook until tender.
  3. Then add rice, chicken stock powder, salt, and pepper.
  4. Stir-fry for 5 minutes.
  5. Then add the soy sauce and spring onion. Sprinkle a little water. Cover and cook for one minute before serving.

2. Chinese Chicken Salad:

Chinese chicken salad for kids

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You Will Need:

  • 2 bunches of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 3 cups of shredded chicken
  • 2 cans of mandarin oranges
  • 2 cups of Asian wonton strips

For Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of Hoisin sauce
  • 3 tbsp of canola oil
  • 3 tbsp of vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tbsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • Kosher salt and black pepper powder to taste

How To:

  1. In a salad bowl, toss lettuce, chicken, mandarin oranges, and wonton strips.
  2. In a separate bowl, add all the remaining ingredients to prepare the dressing.
  3. Add the dressing to the salad and toss well.
protip_icon Point to consider
Hoisin sauce is quite salty so use it in small amounts. About 19.5g of Hoisin sauce contains 420mg sodium (1).

3. Chicken Stir Fry

Chicken stir fry for kids

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You Will Need:

  • 1 pound of boneless chicken breasts (diced)
  • 1/3 cup of cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup of orange marmalade
  • 1 tbsp of minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp of minced ginger
  • 1/4 tbsp of red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and black pepper powder to taste
  • 2 tbsp of canola oil

How To:

  1. Add cornstarch to chicken cubes. Toss to coat well.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk ginger, garlic, soy sauce, marmalade, and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat the wok and add canola oil.
  4. Fry the chicken on medium heat until golden brown.
  5. Add the sauce and stir-fry to coat the chicken.

4. Asian Noodle Salad:

Asian noodle salad for kids

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You Will Need:

  • ½ Chinese cabbage, shredded
  • 6 shallots, sliced
  • 1 cup of toasted almond slivers
  • 1 packet fried noodles (cooked)

For The Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup of white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp of sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil

How To:

  1. In a saucepan, combine all the dressing ingredients and heat until the sugar dissolves. Keep it aside to cool.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add almond, shallots, and cabbage.
  3. Pour the dressing over the cabbage mix. Toss well.
  4. Add the fried noodles just before serving.

5. Chicken Chow Mein:

Chicken chow mein for kids

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You Will Need:

For The Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp ginger, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 tbsp of tomato ketchup
  • 2 tbsp of oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp of soy sauce

For The Noodles:

  • 1 large red pepper
  • 5 spring onions
  • 200 grams of bean sprouts
  • 1 large chicken breast (diced)
  • 3 nests of egg noodles
  • 1 tbsp of sunflower oil
  • Salt

How To:

  1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the sauce and stir well.
  2. Cook the noodles according to the instructions on the packet. Drain and leave it aside.
  3. Heat oil in a wok and then add the chicken pieces. Cook until the chicken turns tender. Then add salt and pepper and cook for another minute.
  4. Pour the sauce into the wok and stir well.
  5. Then add the noodles, spring onion, and bean sprouts. Toss the noodles well.
  6. Cook for five minutes. Serve hot.

protip_icon Quick tip
You may add a teaspoon of toasted sesame seeds just before serving to accentuate the noddle’s taste and nutritional value.

6. Kung Pao Chicken:

Kung pao chicken for kids

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You Will Need:

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp of sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp of red chili sauce
  • 3 boneless, chicken breasts (diced)
  • 1 tbsp of cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp of rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • A dash of hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup of scallions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of roasted peanuts
  • Salt

How To:

  1. Whisk together sesame oil, red chili sauce, and minced garlic in a small bowl.
  2. Add the chicken to the sesame oil mix and toss to coat well. Leave it to marinate for 30 minutes.
  3. In another bowl, dissolve cornstarch in soy sauce. Then add honey and rice vinegar. Season with hot sauce.
  4. In a wok, heat sesame oil and add the chicken pieces. Fry until the chicken turns golden brown.
  5. Then stir in the soy sauce mixture and cook for another mixture.
  6. Add the scallions, salt and peanuts. Let it simmer for five minutes and serve with warm rice.

7. Ginger And Garlic Prawns:

Ginger and garlic prawns for kids

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You Will Need:

  • 4 tbsp of peanut oil
  • 500 grams prawns (peeled)
  • 4 tbsp of chopped garlic
  • 2 tbsp of finely grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp of light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp of corn flour
  • 1 cup of chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How To:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the prawns. Keep it aside.
  2. Add the remaining oil and stir-fry ginger and garlic for a minute.
  3. Mix corn flour with the chicken stock and soy sauce. Pour it into the pan and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Cook until the mix thickens.
  5. Add the prawns and cook for a few minutes before serving.

8. Dim Sums:

Dim sum for kids

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You Will Need:

  • 200 grams of prawns, peeled and chopped
  • 300 grams of minced pork
  • 1/2 cup of water chestnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup of bamboo shoots, finely chopped
  • 2 dried mushrooms
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp of corn flour
  • 1/2 tbsp of vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp of salt
  • 1/2 tbsp of sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp of white pepper powder
  • 1 carrot, finely grated
  • 1 packet of wonton skins

How To:

  1. In a bowl, combine pork, prawns, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, and water chestnuts. Then add the rest of the ingredients, except the wonton skins and carrots. Mix well.
  2. Place a spoonful of the mixture in the middle of the wonton skins and draw up the edges toward the top.
  3. Top with grated carrot and steam cook for 12 minutes.
protip_icon Did you know?
Dim sums are linked with the historic Chinese tradition of yum cha, which means “tea tasting” (2).

9. Ginger And Soy Chicken:

Ginger and soy chicken for children

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You Will Need:

  • 4 tbsp of dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp of whole grain mustard
  • 2 tbsp of grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp of oil
  • 1 large chicken breast (diced)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How To:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and leave it to marinate overnight.
  2. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes at 450 degrees F.

10. Sweet And Sour Chicken:

Sweet and sour chicken for kids

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You Will Need:

  • 400 grams of pineapple rings in juice
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 1 red pepper sliced
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 2 cm of fresh ginger root (grated)
  • 2 tbsp of dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp of tomato purée
  • 50ml of vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of dark soy sauce
  • 200ml of chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp of plain flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 500 grams of chicken breast (diced)
  • Spring onions to garnish
  • 4 tbsp of oil

How To:

  1. Chop two slices of pineapple and keep the juice aside.
  2. Sauté the sliced vegetables, grated ginger, and crushed garlic in a pressure cooker.
  3. Add the pineapple juice, tomato puree, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce and chicken stock and stir well.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add the chicken pieces after tossing them in the flour.
  6. Then put the lid on and cook until the chicken and vegetables are tender.
  7. Add the pineapple chunks and stir. Garnish with spring onions and serve hot.

11. Egg Rolls:

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You Will Need :

  • 12 egg roll wraps
  • 1⁄2 to 1lb ground pork, chicken, or beef
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger (chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 egg (beaten with 1 teaspoon water)
  • 1 bag shredded cabbage and carrot coleslaw mix (16 ounces)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 4 green onions (sliced)
  • oil (for frying)
  • Sweet and sour sauce (for serving)

How To:

  1. Cook ground meat with chopped ginger and minced garlic in a pan.
  2. Add salt, soy sauce, sugar, and sesame oil to the meat and mix well.
  3. In a large bowl, combine cabbage and carrot coleslaw mix and green onions.
  4. Add the meat over vegetables and stir well.
  5. Lay wrap such that it resembles a diamond shape.
  6. Place 3 tbsp meat filling in the middle of the egg roll wrapper.
  7. Fold the corner on the bottom upwards, over the filling, and roll once.
  8. Fold in the right and left points.
  9. Brush the top point with a beaten egg and finish rolling.
  10. Make all the rolls in the same way.
  11. Heat two to three inches of oil in a frying pan on high heat (oil temperature to reach 350ºF).
  12. Fry egg rolls for two to three minutes per side (fry a few rolls at a time).
  13. Place on paper towels to drain oil.
  14. Serve with sweet and sour sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What Chinese food is good for children?

Dishes such as Chinese vegetable Manchurian, baked chicken egg rolls, spring rolls, whole wheat momos, and stir fry can be made with little or no sauces and have lots of vegetables and protein. Also, they do not have excess refined sugar, refined flour, or other unhealthy ingredients and can be suitable for children. However, avoid Chinese foods that contain MSG (monosodium glutamate) and sodium-high sauces (1).

2. What Chinese food is good for picky eaters?

There is something for everyone in the enormous variety of Chinese cuisine. Even the pickiest eaters will enjoy cuisines belonging to Chinese cultures, such as egg rolls, Lo Mein, wonton soup, and sweet and sour pork.

3. Which noodles are healthy for children?

Healthy noodle options to add variety and nutrition to your child’s meal include squash noodles, whole-grain noodles, buckwheat noodles, quinoa noodles, and black bean noodles.

These tasty Chinese recipes for kids can help you prepare their favorite meal at home rather than depending on takeouts. You may avoid using harmful ingredients such as Ajinomoto or monosodium glutamate and food colors while cooking at home. Chinese fried rice, tofu, chicken salad, stir fry, Asian noodle salad, chicken chow mein, kung pao chicken, and ginger garlic prawns are some easy-to-prepare Chinese recipes. Children may also like dim sum, dumplings, and sweet and sour chicken. You may store some Chinese sauces, vinegar, and spices to prepare Chinese foods for your child. You may also encourage your child to learn to use chopsticks to relish Chinese food items.

Infographic: Easy-To-Make Vegetarian Chinese Snacks

While meat, seafood, and meat-based sauces dominate most Chinese dishes, the love for your child’s favorite cuisine need not be limited to non-vegetarian. Chinese cuisine is expansive and includes several plant-based options. Here is an infographic with some easy-to-make vegetarian and vegan options lined out just for you.

plant based chinese dishes for children (infographic)

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Key Pointers

  • Chinese food is delicious, but eating out every day can be unhealthy.
  • Use the recipes provided above to prepare nutritious and healthy Chinese meals for your children.
  • You can serve these meals for their regular meals or pack them in their lunch boxes.
  • You can adjust the flavors and add desired vegetables or meat to the recipes to suit your taste.
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References

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  1. Hoisin Sauce; FDC ID: 2012647; Food Data Central, USDA
    https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/2012647/nutrients
  2. Have You Ever Tried Dim Sum?; Wonderpolis
    https://www.wonderopolis.org/wonder/have-you-ever-tried-dim-sum
  3. Anca Zanfirescu et al.; (2020); A review of the alleged health hazards of monosodium glutamate
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6952072/
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