Chicken chow mein

10 healthy takeaway recipes

Try our DIY recipes for a healthier way to enjoy takeaway classics, from courgetti pad Thai to chicken saag, fried rice, pizza and burgers

Looking for healthy takeaway-style recipes? Check out our recipes below and then take a look at our best ever takeaway recipes.

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For more healthy meal inspiration, take a look at our healthy curry recipes, healthy pasta recipes and healthy Italian recipes.


Healthy takeaway recipes

1. Chicken saag

Packed with fresh red chillies, garlic, ginger, turmeric, cloves and spinach – this chicken and lentil curry recipe shows you can eat your favourite takeaway dishes without compromising on flavour

Healthy Curry Chicken Saag Recipe

This recipe for pad Thai is packed full of authentic Thai flavours but uses courgette instead of normal noodles for a lighter dish with added fibre and veggies. It’s really easy to make and ready in under 30 minutes

Frying pan full of healthy Pad Thai with prawns

3. 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

Want more healthy curry recipes? Check out our collection

Chicken tikka masala

4. 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 per portion. You’ll need soy sauce and shaoxing rice wine for this recipe

Right this way for more easy Chinese recipes

Chicken chow mein

5. Vegan dhansak curry

Cook aubergine pieces with fragrant spices and red lentils for a hearty yet healthy version of a curry house staple

A large silver pot filled with cooked lentils and chunks of aubergine

6. Creamy lamb curry

This creamy lamb and tomato curry recipe is a great one to have on hand midweek. It may take a little longer, but it’s totally worth it and it’s really easy. Big flavours, minimal effort – it’s a winner for us!

Creamy lamb and tomato curry

7. Vegetable fried rice with turmeric

Try our vibrant turmeric-fried rice. This colourful recipe is packed with punchy flavour and is really straightforward to make. Plus, it comes in under 300 calories per serving. See more of our favourite turmeric recipes

Vegetable Fried Rice Recipe with Turmeric

8. Dan dan (ish) noodles

This might be slightly different to the version you’d get from a takeaway, but it’s full of flavour. It has that comforting warmth you crave when you come home and want something delicious yet simple to put together

Easy Dan Dan Noodles Recipe

9. Cauliflower crust pizza

Cauliflower works as an alternative to flour in this on-trend, lighter pizza base. The parmesan gives the cauliflower crust a deep flavour which you can then personalise with your own toppings


10. Healthy chicken burgers with pickled red cabbage

These Asian-inspired chicken burgers make a great, leaner alternative to the usual beef. Pickled red cabbage on the side adds an extra kick

Why not serve with our easy sweet potato wedges?


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Tracey Raye is health editor for olive and BBC Good Food. Tracey, MSc, is a registered nutritionist, holding a master’s degree in Personalised Nutrition. She is passionate about harnessing the power of all things health and well-being, in a way that enhances, rather than limits our lives. She curates our nourishing recipes and collections, and stays abreast of the latest health and lifestyle trends in order to bring you the tools and inspiration you need to find what health means for you.