Top 10 Easy Recipes to Celebrate Chinese New Year

Here are some quick and easy variations on well-known Chinese dishes:

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    Shrimp fried rice
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    This is a basic recipe for fried rice that you can add to as desired. You can also try this egg fried rice.

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    Chinese Potstickers
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    Tasty potstickers are the easiest Chinese dumpling to make. This recipe has been reader-rated at 5 out of 5 stars and includes an easy dipping sauce.

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    An easy variation of the popular restaurant recipe beef lo mein, made with Ramen noodles.

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    Sweet and Sour Pork Chops

    Sweet and Sour Pork Chops
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    Pork chops are paired with stir-fried vegetables in a tangy sweet and sour sauce.

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    Kung Pao Chicken
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    Kung Pao chicken is often served during the Chinese New Year season. This stir-fry recipe has a little less heat than what is found in many restaurant versions of Kung Pao Chicken, making it easier to pair with wine, beer, or spirits. It includes a nutritional breakdown.

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    Pineapple Fried Rice
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    Canned pineapple chunks and cooked shrimp give this dish the flavor of classical pineapple fried rice without the work.

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    Bowls of Chinese spicy chicken dish and rice

    This spicy Szechuan chicken recipe gets its heat from Tabasco sauce, cayenne pepper, and crushed chilies. Parboiling or "oil poaching" the chicken in hot oil helps make it extra tender.

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    Szechuan Noodles
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    Cold noodles are topped with a tart dressing made with balsamic vinegar and hot chili oil (available in Asian markets).

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    Stir fry vegetables with beef
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    The Chinese believe three is a lucky number.

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    This is a variation on the classic dish Moo Shu Pork, using chicken breasts and flour tortillas. Leftovers taste great reheated for lunch the next day.

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