03/01/2015 08:16 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

6 Homemade Takeout Dishes Your Family Will Love

Why spend money on take-out when you can make the same dishes even better at home? These flavorful and family-friendly recipes will one-up your favorite restaurant meals.

1. Thai Shrimp Curry


Sweet, plump shrimp are simmered in a rich and fragrant coconut sauce infused with lemongrass, ginger, hot green chilies and fresh herbs. With just a few essentials in your pantry, you're never more than 25 minutes away from this delicious meal, alive with the vibrant flavors of Thailand. GET THE RECIPE

2. Cashew Chicken


You'll toss that greasy Chinese food menu away after tasting this tender stir-fried chicken with roasted cashews in an authentic brown garlic sauce. GET THE RECIPE

3. Grilled Chicken Wings with Seasoned Buffalo Sauce


Classic Buffalo wings are fried and messy to make at home, but grilled wings are no fuss, no muss and finger lickin' good! GET THE RECIPE

4. Easy Chicken Curry


Thinly sliced chicken breasts are simmered in an aromatic, slightly sweet curry sauce thickened with yogurt. Have this family-friendly Indian dish on your table in 30 minutes -- or in the time it takes to make some basmati rice. GET THE RECIPE

5. Vietnamese Caramelized Shrimped


In this easy recipe, large shrimp are sautéed with garlic and onions and then simmered in a traditional Vietnamese caramel sauce made from fish sauce, brown sugar, scallions and cilantro. Every time I make it, my family literally scrapes the pan clean. GET THE RECIPE

6. Peruvian-Style Roast Chicken with Green Sauce


This is my take on Pollo a la Brasa, the delicious spit-roasted chicken made popular by so many Peruvian restaurants. The chicken is marinated in olive oil, lime juice, garlic and spices, and then oven-roasted until tender, juicy and crisp-skinned. The green sauce, which gets it's color from cilantro and jalapeño peppers, is downright addictive. GET THE RECIPE