How to Make Stir Fry in Less Than 20 Minutes

Our hankering for Chinese food is a constant ebb and flow; sometimes it’s stronger than others, but it’s always there, just below the surface. So when the mood strikes, there’s really nothing you can do to calm that hunger than to go to your favorite Chinese spot — or better yet, to get takeout from your favorite Chinese spot.

Getting to enjoy a plate of General Tso’s without having to put on clothes and interact with others? It’s the best scenario almost every time.

But your habit of ordering Combo Platter #3 has its downsides, too. For one thing, it can get kind of expensive ordering out once or twice a week (or however many times your Chinese cravings rise to the surface). For another, your typical Chinese food isn’t all that good for you; it’s comfort food after all, so grease, carbs, and fats are all practically mandatory.

What if we told you there was a way to satisfy all your hankerings for noodles and rice without the hefty weekly bill or the added unhealthiness? It seems too good to be true, but there is a way thanks to the Domestic Geek!

She has whipped up three amazing stir fry recipes that are just as delicious as takeout but easy to make right at home with some lighter ingredients in only 20 minutes. That’s less time than you’d spend waiting for the delivery guy.

To summarize, you’re basically taking all the cons out of Combo Platter #3 and replacing them with all pros.

No more justifying another night of Chinese food — get the materials for these amazing recipes and get cooking!

Orange Chicken Stir Fry

Homemade orange chicken stir fry.The Domestic Geek


  • Zest and juice of 1 orange
  • Minced garlic
  • Grated ginger
  • Soy sauce
  • Honey
  • Cornstarch
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Bell pepper
  • Snap peas

Beef and Broccoli



  • Beef broth
  • Soy sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Beef
  • Onions
  • Minced garlic
  • Grated ginger
  • Broccoli

Fried Rice

Homemade fried rice.The Domestic Geek


  • Onions
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • Frozen peas and carrots
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • Rice
  • Soy sauce
  • Sriracha sauce

To get the instructions to all three of these recipes, you have to check out the Domestic Geek’s video below! It’s such a fun watch and you’ll be blown away by how quick and easy these recipes are to make.

You might be seeing the ingredient cornstarch on these lists and feel confused, but it’s for a good reason! The recipes that require sauces (only the first two) need the cornstarch to thicken up the sauce. Trust us, a thick sauce is always better than something watery and weak.

For the fried rice, the Domestic Geek confessed that this was a weeknight meal, which means she was trying to cut corners and be as efficient as possible. That means, you guessed it, those peas and carrots are frozen veggies. This is totally okay to copy, or you can use fresh veggies instead! But if you do, make sure you give your vegetables extra time to saute.

What do you think of these homemade versions of your takeout favorites? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.