Chicken chow mein

Best ever healthy DIY takeaway recipes under 500 calories

Our best ever healthy DIIY takeaway recipes under 500 calories are a healthier way to enjoy classic British and Asian takeaway food at the weekend or midweek

Looking for takeaway-style recipes? Want the best homemade kebab or curry? Check out our recipes below and then take a look at our healthy curry recipes and best ever takeaway recipes.


Spicy chicken chow mein

Chow mein is a Chinese takeaway favourite. This easy version is on the table in 40 minutes and under 500 calories a portion. You’ll need soy sauce and shaoxing rice wine for this recipe. Right this way for more easy Chinese recipes.

Chicken chow mein

Adana kebabs

These Turkish-style lamb kebabs are flavoured with chilli and sumac, and come in at under 250 calories each. Serve with flatbreads, yogurt and sumac onions.

Turkish Lamb Kebab Recipe

Chicken tikka masala

Chicken tikka masala is a curry house classic, known for being sweet and creamy. Here, in The Curry Guy’s lighter recipe, the buttery flavour is achieved by using ground almonds, and just enough sugar makes the masala mildly sweet. Fat-free yogurt makes for an incredibly creamy curry too, which has fewer than 500 calories per portion. Want more healthy curry recipes? Check out our collection.

Chicken tikka masala

This recipe for lighter pad Thai is packed full of authentic Thai flavours but without the high calorie count, thanks to the use of courgette instead of normal noodles. It’s really easy to make, ready in under 30 minutes and well under 300 calories.

Healthier fish and chips

Shallow frying the fish and baking rather than frying the chips makes this fish and chip dish lighter so you can enjoy this delicious British takeaway classic without feeling too guilty. An easy, healthier way to enjoy a taste of British seaside!

Chicken saag

This chicken saag recipe proves that you can eat healthily without having to miss out on your favourite foods. This comes in at under 500 calories and is ready in under an hour.

Healthy Curry Chicken Saag Recipe

Healthier pizza

On a diet but craving pizza? This version has a thin and crisp base, a rich but light tomato sauce and is topped with creamy mozzarella, rocket and a little parmesan.

Thai green curry

Thai green curry is an Asian classic and very popular in the UK. Our delicious green curry recipe which shows you how to make the curry paste from scratch so that the fresh, vibrant flavours really come through.

Thai Green Chicken Curry Recipe

Yaki udon noodles

This Japanese-inspired yaki udon noodle recipe is ready in 20 minutes and under 300 calories. Leave out the Worcestershire sauce for a vegetarian version.

Yaki Vegetable Udon Noodles Recipe served in a deep silver metal pan

Fall-apart vindaloo with red onion mint chutney

If you love curry, you’ll love this vindaloo. Our version is easy, made with pork and full of authentic spices. Serve with rice and homemade mint chutney at a dinner party for friends. We have plenty more healthy curry recipes where this came from.

Fall-apart vindaloo with red onion mint chutney

Greek chicken flatbreads with tzatziki

These chargrilled chicken skewers, wrapped in warm flatbreads with tzatziki, make for a great takeaway alternative. Ready in quickly in 20 minutes they come in at 400 calories. We have lots more healthy chicken recipes.

Greek Chicken Flatbreads with Tzatziki Recipe

olive magazine podcast ep54 – make-your-own takeaways, eating insects and mastering negronis

In this episode, food director Janine reveals her favourite new takeaways and how to make them at home.