Broccoli lemon chicken with cashews

Broccoli lemon chicken with cashews

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(78 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 (82)

ClaireMG's picture

Delicious! I just halved the amount of chicken, but stuck to the recipe exactly. Had it with rice noodles. Tasted lovely and fresh. I dont even like broccoli, but this was so lovely!

CKins's picture

My husband and I both love this. I make it almost exactly as the recipe except I don't put any lemon zest in as we both prefer the flavour of just the juice. I serve it with cous cous and it always goes down well. I love the simplicity and feeling of contentment whilst eating something health that this recipe gives us. I make it every few weeks and never get bored of it. YUM!

mazface's picture

Great recipe as a base and put together with a few extra bits, its perfect. We love the lemon flavor and often have lemon on our noodles, so this recipe was perfect but you should always add lemon to taste obviously!!

We added extra veg (snow peas, red peppers and bok choy) a few spices (ginger!) and fresh chili, and we used Singapore noodles which went perfectly!! We will make again for sure. Next time with lashings of coriander.

cookinfromscratch's picture

Forgot to rate - 5 stars!

cookinfromscratch's picture

I love this and cook it at least once a month. Quick, no fuss, looks and tastes healthy - I usually do this with wholegrain basmati and grind in loads of black pepper to balance the lemon.

KeinEngel's picture

Bland, I won't be making it again

dave6376's picture

This was OK but no more. I loathe tender stem broccoli and replaced it with the ordinary stuff.

lourolls01's picture

I loved this & didn't think it was too much lemon, I just added a bit more stock as I felt there wasn't enough of the sauce, but my partner & I loved this!

srussb's picture

After reading other comments, I halved the amount of lemon used and also reduced the amount of liquid. Sauce was a good consistency, but still found the lemon to be quite strong despite being a fan of it. Nice receipe but wouldn't make again.

lizzyfinn1985's picture

Loved this recipe for years. Halve the stock and make sure to taste for salt and pepper before serving. Agree that a whole pack of chicken is too much, and I cut the ends off the tenderstem and add extra cashews, which I toast before serving. A firm favourite with my rather sickly family - the blandness is actually quite good if you suffer from regular nausea and it is great for the immune system with all the vitamin c and iron in it :)

emmas29's picture

Delicious! I used half the amount of chicken as it seemed a lot for 2 people and bulked up the vegetables with some mini corn and mange tout peas. After reading the comments I made the sauce in a separate pan and only used half the amount of stock. I also added a pinch of chilli flakes to the sauce and used a mixture of honey roast and normal roast cashews.....served with basmati rice. A definite success!!!

satsumayum's picture

I thought this was awful. The lemon was over powering and everything else tasted boring. Wouldn't recommend.

Poodle Doodle's picture

Thank you, this was superb! I came home from work and it was nice and simple and tasted delicious. I wouldn't change a thing!

BeccaJThomas's picture

I liked this; like other reviewers I added a chopped chilli, which I think it needed. My other diversion from the recipe was coating the chicken in a mix of beaten egg and flour before cooking

zoe7284's picture

Nice, if a little bland.

MrsH1978's picture

I found this quite bland but my husband really enjoyed it. I'm usually a very tidy cook but I seemed to end up with stuff everywhere while making this! I don't think I'd make it again.

beckys86's picture

Tasty and easy but too lemony for us, will make again but with half the amount of lemon juice

katsuya's picture

Very tasty. Took a bit longer to cook than suggested and I think I could have done with a bit more cornflour as the sauce was a bit watery. Will make again.

gabriellebourke's picture

Super easy and really tasty. Used ordinary flour to thicken the sauce, worked out fine, I didn't have the problems with the amount of stock as other cooks found. Used baby corn and beans as well as brocolli to pack in more vege, and a little chilli to liven it up a bit. Will definitely make it again.

kathy535's picture

This recipe contains ingredients I love but I was disappointed by the end result, it was bland and lacked depth.


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FlamingoLegs's picture

I add double the stock and more stir fry veg and mix up with noodles. Also good with turkey!

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