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22 AIP Chinese Recipes (You Won’t Need To Get Takeout Again)

Louise | December 6

It’s everyone’s go-to for takeout…

“Let’s get Chinese food tonight”

But when you’re on AIP (Paleo autoimmune protocol)?

Regular Chinese takeout isn’t an option –

It’s full of inflammation-causing ingredients… from soy sauce to tofu to peanuts to MSG.

As well as being cooked in hydrogenated vegetable oils, which are very bad for your health.

But, that doesn’t mean Chinese food is off the table though.

You can make your own with these Chinese-inspired AIP recipes.

There are satisfying autoimmune-friendly soups and dumplings:

  • Har Gow-Inspired Shrimp Balls
  • Broth Simmered Shrimp Dumplings
  • Cantonese Ham & Lotus Root Soup
  • Chinese Chicken Sparerib Soup

Perfect for when you need something warm and nourishing at the end of a long day.

There are sweet-and-spicy sautés and stir-fries:

  • Orange Beef Stir-Fry
  • Bacon and Zucchini Stir-Fry
  • Stir Fried Pork with Cabbage Noodles
  • Simple Chinese Stir Fry Cabbage with Dried Shrimp

With flavors like zesty orange, fresh basil, warming ginger – and the salty umami taste of coconut aminos (the AIP substitute for soy or tamari sauce).

As well as varied and versatile vegetable side dishes:

  • Ginger and Garlic Bok Choy Stir-Fry
  • Summer Veggie Sauté
  • Chinese Style Broccolini
  • Chinese Bamboo Salad

They’re a tastebud-tingling way to get your five a day on AIP.

Here are just a few of the Delicious AIP Chinese Recipes we’ve included:

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AIP Chinese Recipes – Soups

Cantonese Ham & Lotus Root Soup

– My Heart Beets

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Photo Credit: Ashley from My Heart Beets

Ingredients: ham bone, lotus roots, Jujube (red date berries), water.

In this recipe the lotus root adds more than just flavor, it adds texture as well because it stays crunchy even after cooking. This contrasts with the texture of the ham giving an interesting Chinese staple dish. Lotus root can be bought frozen which makes sourcing it a lot easier if you are not near a Chinese or Asian store.

Chinese Chicken Sparerib Soup

– I Heart Umami

Ingredients: chicken, spareribs, carrots, celery, shiitake mushrooms, lotus root (optional), ginger, sea salt, water or chicken broth.

Soups are very common in Chinese cuisine, and this soup is satisfying and incredibly nourishing. It’s perfect when served after a long day at work to lift your spirits. It is full of flavor and has a little touch of heat from the ginger. It is recommended that you parboil the meat first to remove any impurities.

AIP Chinese Recipes – Chicken

Easy Orange Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe

– Paleo Flourish

AIP orange chicken recipe
Ingredients: avocado oil, chicken breasts, salt, navel orange, coconut aminos, ginger, garlic.

This is another AIP dish that shows how well chicken and citrus go together! The orange gives a lovely tang to the sauce, yet there is a subtle sweetness too. When cooked, the chicken will have absorbed all the sauce, leaving it so succulent. Remember that ginger can be grated while still frozen; that way you can keep a stock of it so you never run out.

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken Recipe

– Paleo Flourish
AIP slow cooker orange chicken
Ingredients: chicken breasts, navel oranges, ginger, garlic, coconut aminos.

This AIP Chinese recipe is tangy and delicious and will impress your dinner guests. Here we used navel oranges, but you can try it with mandarins or, as a special treat and if you can find them, blood oranges give this dish a really special flavor. Serve on its own or with a simple salad.

Sage & Lemon Chicken with Roasted Kabocha Squash

– Life as a Dreger

Ingredients: chicken, lemon, sage leaves, salt, olive oil, kabocha squash.

It may seem a bit fussy to place the seasonings under the skin on the chicken, but this is quite easy to do and is really worth the try! This way the flavors of the sage and lemon can permeate through the flesh, giving it a unique taste. Kabocha squash is quite like butternut and can be used as an alternative mash along with most meats. Just remember to omit the black pepper from this recipe if you’re sticking very strict to AIP.

AIP Chinese Recipes – Beef, Bacon and Pork

Easy Zucchini Beef Sauté with Garlic and Cilantro

– Paleo Flourish
AIP zucchini beef stirfry
Ingredients: beef, zucchini, cilantro, garlic, coconut aminos, avocado oil or coconut oil or olive oil.

Beef is very satisfying meat and can be served throughout the year, especially in a stir-fry form like this. Try to use a good cut of meat, but if you are on a budget, cheaper cuts can also be used. Instead of chopping the zucchini into strips, you could also try serving it over spiralized zucchini, which resembles noodles.

Orange Beef Stir-Fry

– Paleo Flourish (Guest Post)
AIP orange beef
Ingredients: beef round, oranges, garlic, ginger (optional), tamari sauce (use coconut aminos for AIP), green onions (scallions), coconut oil or avocado oil, cilantro, salt.

Stir-frying is a quick and easy way to cook meat and vegetables, and very typical in Chinese cooking. This AIP recipe is tasty, sweet, and tangy thanks to the oranges and seasonings that it sets off the flavor and texture of the beef really well. If you prefer not to use beef then the chicken is a great substitute.

Broccoli Beef

– Paleo Flourish
AIP broccoli beef recipe
Ingredients: broccoli, beef, garlic or garlic powder, ginger or ginger powder, coconut aminos, coconut oil.

Broccoli beef can be ready to serve in just 20 minutes, so is a quick and easy AIP meal when you are short on time. With the garlic and ginger seasoning, this beef recipe is so tasty and has a real Chinese taste to it. Broccoli can be an earthy vegetable which goes so well with beef and helps to make the meal hearty and healthy!

Oven Baked Chinese Pork Jerky

– Meatified

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Ingredients: pork, orange juice, fish sauce, avocado oil, ume plum or white wine vinegar, green onions, ginger, garlic powder, cinnamon.

Jerky is any flavored or salted meat which has been dried. This makes a great snack and is normally associated with beef. However, this is a pork recipe which is ideal for use with the Chinese seasonings and fish sauce. If you are cutting your own pork you might find it easier to place it in the freezer for half an hour first.

Bacon and Zucchini Stir-Fry

– Oh Snap Let’s Eat

Ingredients: coconut oil, zucchini, bacon.

With only two ingredients, this must be the simplest one ever, yet you get a delicious meaty meal, ideal for a quick dinner after a busy day. The salty bacon goes very well with the soft zucchini and it also has enough taste that you don’t need any seasoning. This dish would also work well as a quick breakfast option too.

Stir-Fried Pork with Cabbage Noodles

– Meatified
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Ingredients: avocado oil, ground pork, cabbage, onion, garlic powder, ginger, coconut aminos, gluten-free fish sauce, dried Thai basil, green onions, cilantro, mint, lime juice.

The stir-fried cabbage in this AIP Chinese recipe keeps its crunch and adds a great texture to the whole dish. You can use whatever cabbage you like. Thai basil has a unique flavor that is not as strong as regular basil but still adds fragrance to this meal.

AIP Chinese Recipes – Seafood

Simple Chinese Stir-Fry Cabbage with Dried Shrimp

– Oh Snap! Let’s Eat!

Ingredients: cabbage, dried shrimps, olive oil, salt.

Here is another recipe that could not be easier! Dried shrimp has long been a staple ingredient in Asian cookery and in this dish they add a special crunch and flavor to the cabbage side. They can be used in soups to give the desired umami taste. The dried shrimp is also a great source of vitamin B12 and Selenium, so has health benefits too.

Broth Simmered Shrimp Dumplings

– Meatified
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Photo Credit: Rach from Meatified

Ingredients: shrimp, garlic and chive spread or coconut cream, cilantro, garlic powder, sea salt, chicken broth, lime wedges, sliced scallions.

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best, and these dumplings swimming in fragrant broth both look and smell amazing! Friends or family members who are not on AIP could spice up the broth by adding some chili flakes, although this would be totally optional. The recipe calls for chicken broth but these would work well using a homemade fish stock.

Chinese Petrale Sole Recipe with Ginger and Garlic

– Paleo Flourish
paleo Chinese Petrale Sole Recipe with Ginger and Garlic
Ingredients: petrale sole fish, coconut oil, coconut aminos, white wine vinegar, scallions, ginger, garlic.

If you’re looking to cook a whole fish, then give this easy autoimmune-friendly recipe a try. Just remember to use coconut aminos instead of the traditional soy sauce or tamari sauce.

Zucchini Noodles with Scallops & Bacon

– Meatified

AIP Chinese Recipes

Photo Credit: Rach from Meatified

Ingredients: petite bay scallops, bacon, zucchini, garlic powder, green onions, fresh lemon juice, sea salt.

If you dry the scallops thoroughly before you cook them and make sure the pan is very hot, you avoid the risk of them turning to rubber before your eyes. Scallops have a subtle flavor that goes so well with pasta, or in this case, zucchini noodles. The salty bacon adds even more flavor as you are cooking the scallops in the bacon fat, allowing the flavors to mingle in the pan. Zucchini noodles are so easy to make with a spiralizer and can taste even better than pasta.

Har Gow-Inspired Shrimp Balls

– Gutsy By Nature

Ingredients: shrimp, fish sauce, coconut oil, arrowroot powder, salt, bamboo shoots.

Making Chinese dim sum can be a fantastic way to experiment with traditional ingredients and flavorings and these shrimp balls could even double as an appetizer for a Chinese-inspired meal for friends. Try not to overdo pulsing the bamboo shoots as they provide great texture to these Chinese treats, and when you are forming them, keep your hands wet to avoid them sticking.

AIP Chinese Recipes – Vegetables

Chinese Bamboo Salad

– Paleo Flourish

AIP bamboo recipe
Ingredients: bamboo shoots, cilantro, olive oil, salt.

Bamboo shoots have a lovely texture when cooked, and bamboo salads make a great starter for a Chinese-themed meal. If you are not into cilantro you could use baby spinach or parsley instead.

Ginger and Garlic Bok Choy Stir-Fry

– Paleo Flourish
Paleo Chinese Ginger and Garlic Bok Choy Stir-Fry Recipe
Ingredients: bok choy, garlic, ginger, salt, coconut oil.

Here is another great Chinese side dish which is quick and easy to prepare. It is more common in Chinese cuisine to use soy sauce as well, but it is not essential – the garlic and ginger give this vegetable dish enough flavor. Fresh bok choy is quite easy to source nowadays as it is often stocked in supermarkets, so you don’t have to find an Asian store.

Summer Veggie Sauté

– Mindful Mama

Ingredients: yellow summer squash, bok choy, carrots, garlic, herbs, coconut oil.

This is such a versatile dish as you can throw in whatever veggies you have at home! The combination used here gives you a vibrant, colorful and tasty side dish which would go really well with grilled chicken, pork chops or whatever you like!

Garlic & Ginger Baby Bok Choi

– Paleo Dish

Ingredients: coconut oil, baby bok choi, garlic, ginger, sea salt.

If you are getting a bit fed up with kale and spinach, then bok choi can give you a new alternative to try. Partnered with the traditional Chinese ingredients of ginger and garlic, the bok choi cooks quickly and has a light fresh flavor. This side is great to serve with chicken or fish.

Coconut Lime Cauliflower Rice

– I Breathe I’m Hungry
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Ingredients: cauliflower, coconut milk powder, coconut oil, water, cilantro, lime zest.

The discovery of cauliflower rice as a low-carb alternative to white rice has probably been a godsend to many people. It has the same texture as boiled rice and in this recipe, the coconut milk helps to give it an extra creaminess. This side would work really well with meat or chicken curry, but because it has lime zest, it would work with fish curries too.

Mushroom and Celery Stir-Fry

– Oh Snap Let’s Eat

Ingredients: mushrooms, celery, cooking oil, garlic.

This is a wonderful combination of flavors and textures – the meaty mushrooms and the crunchy freshness of the celery! Sometimes the simple recipes are the best and this one only has three ingredients (excluding the cooking oil). That’s why this is a great AIP Chinese side dish to make any day.