It's definitely a convenience to reach for the Chinese takeout menu when you need dinner on the table right away. But once you've added up that order, you realize it can get pretty pricey. And by the time that takeout gets to your door it might not even be as hot and fresh anymore. Instead of ordering in, have a homemade takeout night.

Many of those Chinese-American foods can easily be made at home with just a few condiments like soy sauce and rice wine. You can whip together a stir-fry just as fast -- if not faster than -- the time it takes for takeout to arrive. And at the end of the day the savings alone will have you wishing you've thought of it sooner. Not to mention that what you cook at home is vastly healthier than takeout.

Check out Chinese takeout recipes from around the web in the slideshow below.

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  • General Tso's Chicken

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.fromaway.com/cooking/chinese-new-year-general-tsos-chicken">General Tso's Chicken recipe from From Away</a></strong>

  • Fried Rice With Char Siu (Chinese Barbecue Pork)

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.celestialdelish.com/2011/07/fried-rice-with-char-siu.html">Fried Rice with Char Siu (Chinese Barbecue Pork) recipe from Celestial Delish</a></strong>

  • Orange Beef And Broccoli

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://pinchofyum.com/light-orange-beef-and-broccoli">Orange Beef and Broccoli recipe from Pinch of Yum</a></strong>

  • Chicken Lo Mein

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://foodsofourlives.com/2012/07/homemade-chicken-lo-mein/">Chicken Lo Mein recipe from Foods of Our Lives</a></strong>

  • Pork-And-Scallion Pot Stickers

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/guotie-pot-stickers_n_1061456.html">Pork-and-Scallion Pot Stickers recipe</a></strong>

  • Wonton Soup

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.hungrycravings.com/2010/11/wonton-soup.html">Wonton Soup recipe from Hungry Cravings</a></strong>

  • Mu Shu Pork Lettuce Wraps

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.thatssomichelle.com/2012/09/mu-shu-pork-lettuce-wraps.html">Mu Shu Pork Lettuce Wraps recipe from That's So Michelle</a></strong>

  • Chop Suey

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.cookrepublic.com/recipe-archive/american-chopsuey/">Chop Suey recipe from Cook Republic</a></strong>

  • Kung Pao Chicken

    Get the <a href="http://www.theperfectpantry.com/2011/10/kung-pao-chicken-recipe.html">Kung Pao Chicken recipe from the Perfect Pantry</a>

  • Chinese Egg Rolls

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://steamykitchen.com/13029-my-mothers-famous-chinese-egg-rolls-2.html">Chinese Egg Rolls recipe from Steamy Kitchen</a></strong>

  • Moo Goo Gai Pan (Mushrooms And Chicken)

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://rasamalaysia.com/moo-goo-gai-pan/">Moo Goo Gai Pan (Mushrooms and Chicken) recipe from Rasa Malaysia</a></strong>

  • Egg Drop Soup

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.bellaeats.com/blog/2010/3/18/on-a-whim.html">Egg Drop Soup recipe from Bella Eats</a></strong>

  • Wok-Fried Black Pepper Shrimp

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/wok-fried-black-pepper-sh_n_1059646.html">Wok-Fried Black Pepper Shrimp recipe</a></strong>

  • Sweet And Sour Chicken

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://traceysculinaryadventures.blogspot.com/2012/08/sweet-and-sour-chicken.html">Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe from Tracey's Culinary Adventures</a></strong>

  • 15-Minute Hot And Sour Soup With Sizzling Beef

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://wholesome-cook.com/2012/01/16/15-minute-hot-and-sour-soup-with-sizzling-beef/">15-Minute Hot and Sour Soup with Sizzling Beef recipe from Wholesome Cook</a></strong>

  • Chicken Chow Mein

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chicken-chow-mein_n_1058765.html">Chicken Chow Mein recipe</a></strong>


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