Chicken chow mein

8 healthy takeaway recipes

Our DIY recipes make a healthier way to enjoy takeaway classics, from courgetti pad Thai to low-calorie chicken saag and healthier sweet 'n' sour

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


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, all for less than 350 calories – 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 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.

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. 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

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 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

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