Broccoli lemon chicken with cashews

Broccoli lemon chicken with cashews

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(82 ratings)

Takes 15-25 minutes


Serves 2
A superhealthy meal for two - full of vitamin C. You could use ordinary broccoli instead of tender stem

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal372
  • fat13g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs15g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre3g
  • protein48g
  • salt0.69g
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  • 1 tbsp groundnut oil or sunflower oil
  • 340g pack of mini chicken breast fillets (sometimes called goujons)



    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 200g pack tender stem broccoli, stems halved if very long



    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…

  • 200ml chicken stock
  • 1 heaped tsp cornflour
  • 1 tbsp clear honey or 2 tsp golden caster sugar



    Honey is made by bees from the nectar they collect from flowers. Viscous and fragrant, it's…

  • the zest of half a lemon and the juice of a whole one



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • a large handful of roasted cashews



    The seeds from the 'Cashew Apple' - a tree which bears bright orange fruit and is native…


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok. Add the chicken and fry for 3-4 minutes until golden. Remove from the pan and add the garlic and broccoli. Stir fry for a minute or so then cover and cook for 2 minutes more, until almost tender.

  2. Mix the stock, cornflour and honey or sugar well, then pour into the pan and stir until thickened. Tip the chicken back into the pan and let it heat through, then add the lemon zest and juice, and cashew nuts. Stir, then serve straight away with basmati rice or noodles.

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Comments (83)

johnstonel's picture

Loved it!
So chuffed with myself with tonight's dinner! It was absolutely delicious - even better than a take-away.
I fried the chicken in some garlic, fresh chilli and ginger then lifted it out with a slotted spoon before frying the veg. I added mushrooms, peppers, spring onions and a splash of soy sauce to the recipe. I didn't add the rind but squeezed the juice of a full lemon.
Just the right amount of stock if you're adding exta veg.
Sure you won't be disappointed with this.

lauren499's picture

Nice meal however, it desperately calls out for salt or soy, something to give it a kick of flavour

madeleineostlie's picture

really needs chilli or something to spice it up - and purple sprouting broccoli makes the sauce red/purple!! cornflour not really needed either :)

kj2202's picture

full of flavour and filling! Just ate it on its own

alivus's picture

Too much lemon. None would have been plenty. Not tasty.

jb5370's picture

Was a wee bit disappointed with this. Had hoped it would be a bit stickier than it was. The broccoli wasn't cooked enough for my liking - didn't live up to the tenderstalk name! The lemony flavour was lovely though and I loved the cashews. A bit soy might improve it and more honey.

lucymellor's picture

Lovely dish. Will use less lemon juice next time as my lemon was large and it slightly overpowered the chicken, but will definitely make this again!

abip1907's picture

What do you guys think about replacing the chicken with shrimp?

abip1907's picture

What do you guys think about replacing the chicken with shrimp?

erinsdaddy's picture

Really tasty stir fry,will be on the list to cook again.

susanna0195's picture

I loved this - really fresh and zingy. Served it with noodles and have made it again and again!

babsfazekas's picture

I took the cue from the others who said it was too soggy, made a few changes and it came out great. Skipped the stock and corn starch bit to avoid the gooey mess, cooked the rice with a stock cube for the extra flavour, mixed the honey with half the recommended lemon juice and added that towards the end with some chilli flakes. It was really flavoursome and fresh. Boyfriend said it was in his favourite top 5. (Gave it four stars to reflect the necessary changes.)

warvik's picture

Very very lemony. Also it calls for way too much stock in this recipe. We had to serve it in bowls with rice and ended up with a tangy soup thing. Not a fan.

cindy2171's picture

A great recipe that is a refreshing change from the usual soy sauce based stir fries. I used broccoli (as others did) and thigh fillets as they are oth considerably cheaper alternatives. My sauce also did not thicken very much - not sure why. Maybe it should be added with a small quantity of water at the end (based on other recipies I've read)? Just a suggestion.
Nevertheless, the end result was delicious and I really liked the textural differences between the broccoli, chicken and cashew nuts.

helenelle's picture

To stretch it to accommodate an unexpected guest I added mushrooms, ginger and a bag of spinach - delicious

thespecialk's picture

Absolutely amazing! My boyfriend loved it, will definitely be making it again!! Served with noodles which absorbed the extra sauce!! Deserves the 5 stars

I had no cornflour so made the paste instead by melting butter and adding flour then the stock. It also needed an extra spoon of honey to balance the bitterness of the lemon.

gnixon's picture

Very tasty and quick and easy to cook

barrystea's picture

I was disappointed with this. It lacked flavour. It needed maybe some ginger, soy sauce & chilli to give it a kick.

lisalovesmanolo's picture

Loved this -will certainly become a staple recipe. Quick, easy and relatively low calorie!

sylar1988's picture

Made this for my dinner tonight, thought it sounded nice. WOW, taste is amazing, I absolutely loved it. Fantastic meal!


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